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Numbers-Matching 1976 BMW R90S Is Brimming With Bavarian Thrills and Classic Flamboyance

The R90S was a great commercial success for the German manufacturer, and it really isn’t that hard to see why.
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Before the invigorating refurbishment that was kicked off in 2018, the 1976 BMW R90S you’re seeing here spent around 34 years locked away in storage. To keep things looking nice and tidy, the overhaul saw its steel double cradle framework powder-coated black, but the bulk of the work had occurred on the mechanical side of things.

The Beemer’s gearbox and horizontally opposed mill were resealed to prevent any leaks, while its carburetors and suspension modules have been serviced for good measure. In addition, one may find a fresh clutch mechanism and youthful rubber accessories replacing the original items installed at the factory.

BMW’s collectible icon comes equipped with an air-cooled 898cc boxer-twin power source, featuring Dell’Orto carburetion hardware and two valves per cylinder head. Accompanied by a five-speed transmission, the engine is able to spawn 67 hp at 7,000 rpm and 56 pound-feet (76 Nm) of torque lower down the rev range.

Its force is handed over to the rear wheel through a shaft final drive, thus enabling the R90S to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (0-100 kph) in 4.8 seconds. Aided by a modest curb weight of 474 pounds (215 kg), Motorrad’s gemstone can hit a top speed of 124 mph (200 kph).

In terms of suspension, the Bavarian employs leading-axle telescopic forks and dual preload-adjustable shock absorbers. Stopping power originates from 260 mm (10.2 inches) rotors and ATE calipers at the front, along with a traditional drum brake measuring 200 mm (7.9 inches) at the opposite end.

This classic jaw-dropper is making its way to the auction block as we speak, and it'll be waiting for your best offer on Bring a Trailer until June 24. With only two days separating us from the auctioning deadline, the top bidder is prepared to spend eight grand on the ‘76 MY R90S, though we can’t be sure whether this sum will satisfy the reserve price.

Editor's note: This article was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.

 
 
 
 
 

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