1976 BMW R90S Frame no. 4990955 Engine no. 4990955

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1976 BMW R90S
Frame no. 4990955 Engine no. 4990955

US$ 7,500 - 9,500
£ 5,400 - 6,900
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1976 BMW R90S
Frame no. 4990955
Engine no. 4990955
With the introduction of the '/6' range in 1973, BMW joined the superbike league with a pair of 900cc flat-twins. The touring version was typed 'R90/6' and the gorgeous new sportster 'R90S'. With its twin front disc brakes, racing-style seat, megaphone-shaped silencers and cockpit fairing, the R90S looked like no BMW before it, while the air-brushed 'smoke' custom finish to tank, seat and fairing meant that no two examples left the factory exactly alike. With 67bhp on tap, the R90S was good for a maximum speed of more than 125mph. True, there were a handful of rivals that were faster, but none of them could match the BMW's capacity for sustained high-speed cruising. 'When it comes to comfort and capability for traveling at maximum speed with minimum fatigue, the R90S is second to none,' declared Bike magazine's tester back in 1975. 'The truth is that many bikes do one thing superbly, but the BMW is the only bike I know that does everything very well.'

This example is presented in good cosmetic condition, finished in original Daytona orange and black with the addition of an Ultra Touring fairing from 1978. Purchased from the Barber Motorcycle Museum, the mileage is an indicated 19,400. BMW's landmark first superbike can only become increasingly collectible, and the machine offered here represents a rare opportunity to acquire an unmolested example in well-preserved condition.

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