Post-Sale Update: Apparently the seller did start bidding off too high. This BMW R90S never received any bids.
The BMW R90S was a revelation when it was released to the world. Though it was modest from a physical appearance standpoint, it’s top speed of 125 mph was one of the factors that made this the best sportbike of the time, by far. Originally introduced in a gray and smoke paint scheme, the well-known orange and smoke debuted a year later. The R90S is probably best known for two things – putting BMW on the map for more than touring bikes, and being piloted by Reg Pridmore to a first place finish in the first ever AMA Superbike Championship in 1976.
Each of the 3 years of production for the R90S differed a surprising amount. This bike, a 1974, was the first series of production, got the smaller 238 watt alternator, as well as an adjustable steering damper and 38mm Dell’Orto pumper carbs. This bike was designed with oversight from the one and only Hans Muth (who also designed the BMW R65LS and the Suzuki Katana). His task – create a bike that would change the public’s perception of BMW as a manufacturer solely of reliable but boring touring motorcycles.
This specific BMW R90S has only had 2 owners, and is claimed to run well. There are only 3 minor cosmetic flaws – a chip on the gas tank, and two small cracks – one in the fairing and one in the windshield. But overall, this bike is just lovely.
Find this BMW R90S for sale here on eBay with an opening bid of $9,500 in Durham, New Hampshire. This bike will always be a classic – the question now is, did the seller start bidding off at a number too close to 5 digits?