Post Sale Update: After 27 bids on eBay, this replica sold for $15,037.
In 1976, the AMA introduced the Superbike class, a new championship for production-based bikes. BMW’s American importer, Butler & Smith, sponsored the #83 of Steve McLaughlin and the #163 of Reg Pridmore to compete, and the latter surprised most motorcycling fans by winning the inaugural championship on a R90S. He’d go on to win the next two years as well, but on Kawasaki KZ1000s, and that’s not relevant to this post! Here’s a replica of Reg’s famous BMW that was originally built to compete in AHRMA racing. It’s never been on a track, but it’s street legal.
In the seller’s words, this was built with “extensive consultation with BMW Mobile Tradition” and a few conversations with Udo Gietl. He claims “virtually nothing is stock.” The idea was to re-create the #163 but with some period conveniences like the electric starter and side stand or upgraded components that would be hidden like Nikasil cylinders, modern ignition timing, lighter flywheel and clutch from a later model, and more. The bike features Lockheed front brakes with custom mounts and rotors, 18″ custom wheels, oil cooler, reinforced frame, and a whole lot more. The listing is well worth a read, but the seller sums it up by saying this bike has $16,415 in components and over 400 hours of labor in it.
Best of all, this bike (VIN: 4043383) is being offered with no reserve. I’m looking forward to seeing what it sells for. Find this Pridmore replica for sale in Scottsdale, Arizona with bidding up to $4,550