c. 1975 BMW 898cc R90S Frame no. 4070369 Engine no. 4070369

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Lot 217
c. 1975 BMW 898cc R90S
Frame no. 4070369 Engine no. 4070369

Sold for CHF 5,980 (US$ 6,566) inc. premium
c. 1975 BMW 898cc R90S
Frame no. 4070369
Engine no. 4070369

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."

    This R90S has been rebuilt in racing style, featuring a tuned engine with '336' camshaft; wide rear wheel; larger diameter front brake discs; braced frame; front fork brace; Marzocchi shock absorbers; cockpit fairing; racing saddle, megaphone exhausts, etc. The machine is offered with original French registration papers and Swiss form 13/20.

    BMW R90S 898 cm3 c.1975
    Cadre n° 4070369

    Avec l'introduction de la gamme « /6 » en 1973, BMW rejoignit le clan des superbikes avec une paire de flat-twins de 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 stylemégaphone 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 ».

    Cette R90S reconstruite dans le style course bénéficie d'un moteur préparé avec un arbre à cames « 336 », d'une roue arrière large, de disques avant de grand diamètre, d'un cadre rigidifié, d'une fourche avant entretoisée, d'amortisseurs Marzocchi, d'un carénage bulle, d'une selle course, de mégaphones, etc. Elle est offerte avec ses papiers d'immatriculation français d'origine et son document suisse 13/20.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is 4070369R90S. Le numéro de châssis est 4070369R90S.
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c. 1975 BMW 898cc R90S Frame no. 4070369 Engine no. 4070369
c. 1975 BMW 898cc R90S Frame no. 4070369 Engine no. 4070369
c. 1975 BMW 898cc R90S Frame no. 4070369 Engine no. 4070369
c. 1975 BMW 898cc R90S Frame no. 4070369 Engine no. 4070369
c. 1975 BMW 898cc R90S Frame no. 4070369 Engine no. 4070369
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