The R65LS

    This is the 1982 R65LS. Purchased in May of 1998, she was downright unloved.  The previous owners had gone the cheap route when replacing worn parts, and it was Something of a project to get her back up to original snuff.
The R65LS

    The first thing I did after getting her home was to replace all the fluids, change out the fuel and air hoses and filters, get new carb rubbers, new plugs, and get her all cleaned up.  She ran just fine from the get-go, but everything seemed to go a lot more smoothly with the new fluids.  It had clearly been a while. She was missing her battery covers, so I stopped by Santa Cruz BMW, and ordered a new set in primer.
Close up of the R65LS engine.The carbs needed a lot of cleaning, so I went after 'em with a can of carb cleaner, a friend's good advice, a few sheets of Scotch Brite and some polish. The carbs were then sync'ed, and suddenly she was running almost like new (for an R65LS, this may mean hard starts, even when new. Read the Cycle World review from 1982). The battery was weak when I got the bike, and it finally gave up the ghost, to be replaced by a genuine BMW unit (and the right size this time!). The valves needed adjusting as well (not surprising!).  The adjusters turned out to be stripped, so those got replaced then.  I finally got tired of riding around on a seat covered in cracked naugahyde (the previous owner had cleverly used electrician's tape to cover the cracks.  This is fine until you start finding sticky glue spots on your jeans 8-), so I took the seat in to get re-covered.  That added to the comfort factor much more than I was expecting, I am happy to report. An inspection of the front forks showed the seals were in good shape, and the springs were fine.  A change of oil worked wonders.  The rear shocks are Konis, which is a nice upgrade.
Rear 3/4 view, showing damage to the seat cowling.The Rack...  This is something of a troubling issue...  The luggage rack is nice, but awkward and cumbersome.  The only hint of body damage is on the rear seat cowling.  In this photo, you can see a spot where some of the fiberglass has chipped off.  There are a couple of other small (less than 1 cm square) spots on the cowling that have been touched up, where the rack has met fiberglass.  Because of the location of the rack, the seat does not swing open on the hinges like it was intended.  In fact, someone has removed the hinges entirely, which allows (or forces, depending on how you look at it) the seat to come completely off whenever I need to access the storage compartment underneath.  I will probably be removing this rack sometime in the future.  Of course, that means losing the saddle bags as well, since the mounts are all integral.  Oh, well, the things do not add to the appearance of the bike anyway.

Here are some additonal photos of my 1982 R65LS: In May of 1999, I sadly sold the R65LS to finance my living expenses during ground school for my new job.  Fortunately, the bike went to a very good home.   I recently saw her sitting in her new owner's garage, with a blanket over her.  It makes me feel very good to know that this bike has gone to an owner who will appreciate it. Part of the transaction involved my acquisition of a 1970 BMW 2002, which is another story, and will soon be another page!

Return to my BMW page

This page Copyright 1999 Michael Zenner( Last Update November21, 1999