Additional photos of this custom BMW R65LS are available here for your perusal.
The BMW R65LS was designed by the legendary Hans Muth, who produced a sportier spinoff of the 648cc short-stroke airhead with dual-disc front Brembo brakes, a larger rear brake drum, lower handlebars, a triangular fairing, and special wheels and paint schemes. Only 6,389 LS versions were built.
This particular example (VIN: WB1036505D6371108, Engine #: 6371108) underwent a full restoration in 2011, when it had approximately 30,000 miles on the clock. Among the many updates were a rebuilt clutch, a rebuilt transmission, a rebuilt fork, exhaust valve pushrod and spring, and a new right cylinder head.
A new battery was installed in July 2019, and the Bing carburetors were rebuilt by Black Kat in October 2019, with larger needle jets better suited to the exhaust. Timing and valves were adjusted at that time, and fresh spark plugs were installed.
The only instrumentation is a tachometer. Per the seller (noted automotive/motorcycle journalist and all-around good dude Basem Wasef), the mileage is approximately 40,500.
The seller acquired the bike one month ago and has covered 100 miles on it – he states “I love the bike, but don’t have room for it” and notes that “I imagined keeping it for longer, but realize I simply don’t have time to enjoy it as it should be enjoyed.”
Mechanically, Basem notes that you may get a false neutral if “if the shift lever is not pushed aggressively enough. I’m told this is typical of BMW’s four-speeds of the era.” Otherwise, “this bike needs nothing; it starts easily and runs strongly, living up to airheads’ reputation for bulletproof reliability.”