For everyone who had plans because of the holiday and couldn’t make it to the Eastside classic don’t worry because we were there to snap a little eye candy for you - though a little late and wasn’t able to catch some snaps of the awesome custom painted helmets before being raffled. Nonetheless enjoy our eyes of the show and catch more media from the show online at Eastsideclassicatx.com or Instagram- @eastsideclassic as the trail heads.
The two bikes amongst this conversation are as follows: a 1973 r75/5 and a 1974 r 90/6, both are obviously red and of consecutive years but coincidently as a collective are a milestone for BMW. Our small history lesson begins by explaining the '73 is the last version of the /5 and the '74 is the first version of the /6, two completely different models that in fact shared a lot but also came with some key differences paving a new way for BMW.
The '74 was the first year that the 900cc engine displacement was offered over the '73's 750cc engine, differences in aesthetics, the size of the tanks; the '74 having a smaller tank and differences in the instrument panel. Not much, but enough. Having these bikes in the shop at the same time were great comparison and contrasting visual puzzle pieces - they represent the one of many smooth seams in the evolution and history of BMW Motorcycles.
A nice upgrade for an Airhead. The Dyna III electronic ignition timing system is a "set and forget" alternative to worn out mechanical breakers. $225 plus install or plus shipping.