1974 BMW R90S

Offering a rare, museum-quality first-year R90S.

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Model: 1974 BMW R90S
VIN: 4950280
Mileage: 10,576 miles

General information

The pride of my collection. This is a first-year R90S in beautiful, museum-quality condition.

Reason for selling

I am moving from Renton, Washington to Austin, Texas and have less space to store my motorcycles. I am selling several motorcycles from my collection (including two of my three R90S's.)

Mechanical condition

10 / 10. Condition is superb. Starts easily and runs well. All fluids and grease are fresh from a recent service. Absolutely oiltight with no leaks of any kind.

Cosmetic condition

9 / 10. Condition is excellent with minor signs of wear and age. Clearly garage-kept for its entire life. Minor deterioration visible on some rubber components. Chrome is excellent with no signs of corrosion. Very slight oxidation visible on the engine. Paint is excellent. Nicks and wear marks are visible on the mirrors. Seat is in excellent condition.

Notes and suggestions

Few first-year R90S's still exist in good mechanical and cosmetic condition. This may be the finest example available for sale in North America for a long time to come.

The owner's manual comes with the R90S and is in like-new condition. The original monogrammed BMW hand towel comes with the R90S. The tool tray and toolkit are included. A BMW sales brochure is included as well.

The left handgrip has a hole where the first owner installed a Napoleon bar-end mirror. The next owner may wish to replace the handgrips. The mirrors show nicks and signs of wear. The exhausts are not original. They are perfect replicas made in Italy. The first owner replaced some of the nuts and bolts with stainless steel parts. He did have the foresight to save them. They will come with the R90S. The previous owner installed a BMW accessory socket. It is easily removed but I elected to leave it in place for easy battery charging.

Buying on the internet

I have bought and sold several motorcycles on Ebay. I have a 100% approval rating and intend to keep it that way. The motorcycle is described to the best of my ability with all known flaws in detail. I much prefer to sell it to someone who has the chance to see it in person first. BIKES LOOK BETTER IN PHOTOGRAPHS THAN THEY DO IN PERSON. Digital photos tend to hide slight cosmetic imperfections. Despite everything I can do to explain the condition of the motorcycle be aware there is always the possibility of a latent problem surfacing after the sale. The motorcycle is being sold as-is and without a warranty of any kind. THE BEST WAY TO EVALUATE THE MOTORCYCLE IS TO SEE IT IN PERSON. If that is not possible for you and you are willing to accept the risk then bid accordingly.

Contact me for any additional questions or to arrange a time to view the R90S.

Telephone: 425.785.9199


$500 deposit within 48 hours of auction. Paypal is acceptable for the deposit. The balance to be paid when the motorcycle is picked up by the buyer. Cash or cashier's check. Buyer to pick up motorcycle or make arrangements for delivery. Look under the motorcycle shipping section of my motorcycle links web page.

Friendly note to off-shore scam-artists: Don't waste my time.

10,576 miles on the odometer.

The air-pump, tool tray and toolkit are included.

The owner's manual is in like-new condition.

A period advertising brochure comes with the R90S.

Detail from the advertising brochure.

The original monogrammed BMW hand towel comes with the R90S.