No Reserve – 1974 BMW R90S

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Post Sale Update: This R90S sold for $7,567 after 34 bids on eBay.


When it was released in 1974, the R90S was a game-changer for BMW. With oversight from Hans Muth, this bike was built to show the world that the German firm could make more than just touring bikes for old guys. Reg Pridmore helped soldify that claim with a first place finish in the first ever AMA Superbike Championship series in 1976.

This example (VIN: 4950879) shows 72,424 miles on the odometer, though the seller notes that the bike “is in excellent condition with near perfect paint” and “runs extremely well”. Pluses include color-matched aftermarket bags, an aftermarket fork brace, and the original tool kit. The flaws seem limited to a dead battery, rock chips on the front of the fairing, a stain under the right silencer, and some cosmetic deviations from factory. I don’t really mind the non-OEM mirrors or the black grab rail (which I believe should be chrome), but if I was buying this bike for myself I’d find a way to get the correct sidecovers (with “900cc” decals) and the usual gold pinstriping on pronto. Still, it’s rare to see a R90S being offered with no reserve, and it’s exciting to see what it will go for.

This seller has owned the bike for over three years and he says that he “wouldn’t hesitate to ride this across the country.” is a long-time Bike-urious reader who has bought a bike or two through the site in the past. He’s shrinking his motorcycle collection to make transport easier for an upcoming move – if you’re a classic bike fan you may want to keep tabs on his listings as he’s got several older BMWs (R100RT, R100RS, R60, R69) as well as a Yamaha SR400 and a Honda CBX that will be up for sale shortly.

Find this R90S for sale in Traverse City, Michigan with bidding up to $6,799

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