1976 BMW 898cc R90S Frame no. 4092434 Engine no. 4092434

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Lot 215
1976 BMW 898cc R90S
Frame no. 4092434 Engine no. 4092434

Sold for CHF 16,100 (US$ 17,647) inc. premium
1976 BMW 898cc R90S
Frame no. 4092434
Engine no. 4092434

Footnotes

  • 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, and 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 travelling at maximum speed with minimum fatigue, the R90S is second to none," reckoned Bike magazine's tester back in 1975, going on to conclude: "The truth is that many bikes do one thing superbly, but the BMW is the only bike I know that does everything very well."

    Finished in the evocative 'Daytona' colour scheme, this example of BMW's landmark first superbike was in poor condition, minus its fairing, before being totally restored, with extreme care taken over the paintwork. Accompanying documentation consists of old Swiss registration papers. It should be noted that there is a leak of brake fluid.

    BMW R90S 898 cm3 1976
    Cadre n° 4092434

    Avec l'introduction de la gamme « /6 » en 1973, BMW rejoignit le clan des superbikes avec une paire de flat-twins 900 cm3. La version tourisme fut désignée « R90/6 » et la superbe et nouvelle sportster « R90/S ». Avec son double frein avant à disque, sa selle racing, ses silencieux style mégaphone et sa bulle, la R90S présenta un aspect totalement inédit chez BMW et la finition custom « smoke » à l'aérographe du réservoir, de la selle et du carénage signifiait qu'il n'y aurait pas deux exemplaires sortant d'usine strictement identiques. Avec 67 ch à la poignée, la R90S pouvait garantir une vitesse de pointe supérieure à 200 km/h. Bien sûr, quelques rivales pouvaient faire mieux, mais aucune n'aurait été en mesure d'égaler la capacité de la BMW à rouler aussi vite pendant aussi longtemps. « Quant au confort et à la capacité de voyager à la plus grande vitesse possible avec un minimum de fatigue, la R90S n'a pas d'équivalent » reconnut l'essayeur du magazine Bike dès 1975 avant de conclure : « La vérité est que de nombreuses motos peuvent accomplir une chose ou une autre à la perfection, mais la BMW reste la seule machine que je connaisse qui réussit à tout faire très bien ».

    Peinte dans la significative teinte « Orange Daytona », cet exemplaire de la première superbike marquante de BMW, découvert en mauvais état et privé de carénage, a été totalement restauré avec une particulière attention portée à la finition. La documentation jointe est constituée des anciens papiers d'immatriculation suisses. On notera cependant une fuite de liquide de frein.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the front brake of this machine is not operational. The frame number is 4092434R90S. Veuillez noter que le frein avant de cette machine n'est pas opérationnel. Le numéro de châssis est 4092434R90S.
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1976 BMW 898cc R90S Frame no. 4092434 Engine no. 4092434
1976 BMW 898cc R90S Frame no. 4092434 Engine no. 4092434
1976 BMW 898cc R90S Frame no. 4092434 Engine no. 4092434
1976 BMW 898cc R90S Frame no. 4092434 Engine no. 4092434
1976 BMW 898cc R90S Frame no. 4092434 Engine no. 4092434
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