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    A true barn find!

    The unfortunate death of my cousin results in another bike to add to the stable.

    Here is the "story"!

    Years ago Garth and I had looked at this bike in the back of a barn. We talked to our cousin Nate about selling it to us. However, he declined at the time. He said " I'll find out what it's worth and think about it." Nate never got back to us about selling the bike. I put it in the back of my mind after Garth died and started readjusting to life after that tragedy.

    Nate, my second cousin, died in a car accident this past spring. His sister Karen, is the "heir" to the estate. Karen told me to "If you come out to the farm and "dig" that old BMW out of the barn. I'll just give it to you. You can fix it, sell it, or whatever you want and use the proceeds for the Garth Eppley Memorial Scholarship Fund."

    Woodnsteel came over that past weekend and we uncovered the bike and brought it to my garage. I think I may just fix it and keep it for the memories.

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    Good luck guys. Keep us posted on the progress. Looks like a '70/71 750.

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    good find

    it even had the "nail" still in the headlight. Also look for a Dryer BMW dealer sticker. Pop Dryer was the dealer in Indianapolis on the west side of town.
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    That's cool.

    That Z50 would put a little something into the scholarship fund too.

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    barn finds

    I really like barn find stories!

    And it'll be nice to keep this in the Eppley family.
    Rinty

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    A little more information.

    It is a 71 the build date on the vin. plate is 11/70. The "nail" was in the ignition, it is now in my toolbox. Speaking of toolbox, it has a box with a black exterior and a white interior, and a full set of tools in the pouch. I have not seen one with a white interior before. Now get this, the odometer reads 01717. It was last plated in 1974. It was purchased from Peru Cycle Center just west of Wabash 15 miles or so. Does anyone know what kind of bags those are? The side next to the frame is molded/contoured to fit around the rear shocks and the tops just lift off after unbuckling one buckle at the rear of the bag.

    Yeah, that Z 50 is a hoot! I remember seeing it hanging off their combine and grain trucks years ago. We just folded the handle bars down and I put it in the back of Jim's car and hauled it home also. More pictures to follow when I get time.
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    72 R75/5

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    Those are enduro bags, designed for /5 and /6.

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    Here's some information about those Enduro bags if you're interested.

    http://w6rec.com/duane/bmw/bags/enduro/index.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by barryg View Post
    Those are enduro bags, designed for /5 and /6.
    I also went to Duane's site and thought they looked more like the "Unknown Bags" at the bottom of this page:

    http://w6rec.com/duane/bmw/bags/misc/index.htm

    If anyone figures it out, let Duane know!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 88bmwJeff View Post
    Here's some information about those Enduro bags if you're interested.

    http://w6rec.com/duane/bmw/bags/enduro/index.htm
    Thanks for the link to the information about the bags. I have more pictures posted now.
    Bill
    a.k.a. "Garths dad"
    "F.O.G. Riders" BMWMOA Club# 777
    06 R1200 GS
    90 K100LT "Mule"
    90 K75 S Garth's "Red Pony"
    72 R75/5

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    Turn Siginals

    Are those black plastic turn siginals? A 1971 would have a small amber reflector on them.

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    Turn Siginals

    OOps, I enlarged the photo. Definitely 1971...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbeils View Post
    Are those black plastic turn siginals? A 1971 would have a small amber reflector on them.
    Aluminumn turn signal housing with amber reflectors on the side/ends. Also Woodnsteel clued me in that 71s had no battery covers or the lugs welded to the frame to mount them.
    Bill
    a.k.a. "Garths dad"
    "F.O.G. Riders" BMWMOA Club# 777
    06 R1200 GS
    90 K100LT "Mule"
    90 K75 S Garth's "Red Pony"
    72 R75/5

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    Cool!

    Post more pics as the project continues.


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