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    How BMW Motorcycles Got Saved - The R90S

    I'm reading a nice article in the Airhead Airmail of an interview with Bob Lutz. It seems that while the introduction of the /5 was a shot in the arm for BMW, it was quickly beaten back by the release of the Honda 750-4. It had more horsepower, was cheaper, and could also be used as a tourer. Enter Bob Lutz, who along with Hans Muth and others, brought out the 900cc R90S. We of course know what that model did in the Superbike series!!

    Here's a couple of links that have the basic story...depending on website, you might prefer one over the other:

    BMW Motorrad - http://www.bmw-motorrad.com.hr/com/e...ws.jsp&id=2495

    Rideapart - https://www.rideapart.com/articles/2...panjo-edition/

    CycleWorld - https://www.cycleworld.com/2014/09/2...bration-event/
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    R90s

    Thanks for the articles. I recently purchased a completely refurbished R90 and have been grinning from ear to ear every time I get on or near that bike!

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    Thanks for the links to all three articles Kurt. Interesting stuff. One little bit of information which struck me was that an R90s cost more than a BMW 1600 car. I recall that in 1967 an R69S at a dealer in Springfield, MA had a sticker price of $1675. That seemed like a pile of money back then...
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    John -

    Probably about right. Duane Ausherman has a number of price lists on his website. Here's one for 1963 showing the R69S at $1625 on the west coast.

    https://w6rec.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/1963.jpg

    From a website, in 2019 dollars, that $1625 is nearly $13,500.
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