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Christian Bynum's Classic BMW Motorcycles: 1973 R75/5
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Motorcycle Data Sheet

Model: 1973 BMW R75/5 (SWB)

Nickname: "Lola"

Engine: 745cc 2-valve boxer twin (tuned and modified for high compression)

Years of Production: 1970-1973

Number Produced: 38,370

Purchase Date: June 2003

Previous Location: Elkhart, IN

Previous Owners: Unknown

Mileage at Purchase: 0 (Rebuilt)

Mileage Since Engine Rebuild: 0

Restoration Projection: A lot...

Restoration Costs to Date: $225


Some day, this bike might be a highly modified, high-horsepower 750cc track bike. Right now, it's a pile of parts in boxes...


I am still exploring my options about what to do with this frameset.

Reconstruction Chronology

July 2003

  • Beadblasted/powdercoated main frame and subframe


Thanks to the following individuals for assisting in this restoration project: Barbara Bynum, DL Powers, Bucky Sexton, Mick Vallantine, and Richard Zinsmeister.