1981 BMW R65LS

HIGH BID: $1,500

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BMW’s partnership with Hans Muth – the man notably behind the Suzuki Katana – was a major factor in the release of the R100RS, which in turn led to the creation of the sport-touring segment. During these years, Muth had the chance to express his creativity on different boxer twins and to propose audacious designs for riders. While the major goal of BMW in the 70’s was to propose an alternative to the most powerful four-cylinders produced by the Japanese makers at the time, they did not ignore the midsize market and started producing a 650cc bike in 1978, the R65. By 1983, Muth designed a particular body for this bike, and that became the R65LS.

The R65LS has very few differences from the regular R65. The 649.6cc engine is a short-stroke version of the bigger-size BMW boxer-twin, with a size of 61.5mm instead of 70.6mm. Therefore, the LS could benefit from the same narrow shape of the engine, and a better lean angle. Sharing the same frame, suspension and shaft, the bike remained pretty lightweight at 416lb dry. One of the only differences with the regular R65 was the installation of dual disc brakes with Brembo calipers at the front instead of the single disc. The major difference was the sporty version of the R65 had a fancy design with the triangular shaped front light fairing, black pipes and incorporated passenger handgrips on the rear end of the bike, which kind of looks like a fastback body.

This example is VIN: 6350652. The seller acquired this bike 17 years ago from their father-in-law, who was the original owner.

The odometer shows 20,183 kilometers (12,541 miles). The seller has put roughly 8,000 miles on this example. This motorcycle was original imported from France.

The seller states they have serviced the gearbox selector, clutch cable, and starter relay. They also note they have performed regular oil changes on this example.

The seller has included documentation of the work performed on this motorcycle.

The seller states this example is stock.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Metzeler tires that have aged out. The seller states they will be providing new tires with the purchase of the motorcycle.

The sale includes one key.

This sale includes the original toolkit.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

The seller reports that the center kick stand lever is missing, however the center stand functions as intended.

Currently located in Westport, Connecticut, this BMW is offered on a clean Connecticut title. Have any R65LS stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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Total Bids Placed: 10

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: SRC

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
SRC September 7, 2023 11:31 am PDT $1,500 Auto
ransamuels September 7, 2023 11:31 am PDT $1,400
SRC September 5, 2023 5:18 pm PDT $1,300 Auto
ransamuels September 5, 2023 5:18 pm PDT $1,200
SRC September 5, 2023 5:18 pm PDT $1,100 Auto
ransamuels September 5, 2023 5:18 pm PDT $1,000
SRC September 5, 2023 9:27 am PDT $601
Kid Shelleen September 5, 2023 8:45 am PDT $501
SRC September 5, 2023 8:45 am PDT $500 Auto
SRC September 1, 2023 11:04 am PDT $1
Auction started August 31, 2023 7:20 am PDT
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