Up for sale in the Scottsdale area (we like dry bikes), is a high-miles ’71 BMW R60 “slash 5” that is priced to ride every day or kick off a nice toaster-tank resto.
The R60 / 5 was the mid-powered model that year, with a 600cc motor that put out around 40hp and would push the bike to a top speed of almost 100mph. This model, with the sought-after chrome side tank covers appears to be in good overall shape and in very rideable kit – if not ready to win a concours trophy. This example is finished in that lovely schwartz black that only BMWs seem to have, though images indicate it may be thinning in some places. Bike is shown with a correct-looking cowl, which we assume is included, but would ask about.
Seller states that they are the second owner, and that the 121k miles shown on the odo are correct. The seller says that back at 98k miles, they replaced the rings, valves, valve guides, clutch disk and u-joint.
Seller states that they are the second owner, and that the bike has been meticulously maintained and garage kept. The bike comes with service records going back to 2002.
We note a small indention in the top of the tank, and the seller mentions that the bike does need a replacement front brake light switch.
Seller is asking $3625, which is Craigslist code for “I’m really hoping to get $3500 out of this.” In this case, we think this bike is all about getting a deal and not getting stuck with $2500 in maintenance due next week. Our recommendation would be to take it to an airhead mechanic, for a pre-buy inspection, and get the seller to agree to knock that cost off of the asking. If you can walk away with this bike for more like $3k, its probably a keeper.