Hans Strikes Again – 1982 BMW R65LS

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The BMW R65 was the baby touring bike in BMW’s lineup, built from 1978 to 1993. A limited run, called the BMW R65LS, was built from just 1983-1985. Less than 6,500 of the LS bikes were built, and it was a very polarizing design. Even to this day, riders either love it or hate it.

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Functionally, there isn’t much difference between the BMW R65LS and the bike it’s based on. The only difference was an upgrade to dual disc Brembos on the front wheel. The major difference, is of course, the controversial front fairing. Want to learn more about this bike? Check out this excellent write up from Motorcycle Classics.

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Just like the original Suzuki Katana, the BMW R65LS was designed by Hans Muth. See the similarities in the front fairing? We’re big fans of the very 80’s look of this bike, and the Henna Red (Hennarot) paint job.

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This specific BMW R65LS is in great shape, having been the beneficiary of a mild restoration 9 years ago. It has some minor needs (that the seller doesn’t get into), but it’s on the road every week.

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Find this BMW R65LS for sale here on Craigslist for $3,300 near Long Island, New York.