Bonhams | 16-Oct-2016 | The Autumn Stafford Sale Important Collectors Motorcycles | Venue : Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground
Category : Classic Motorcycles
Lot No. : 163
Year : 1976
Engine Size : -
Registration No. : NLA 113P
Chassis No. : # 4091987
Engine No. : # 4091987
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


The success of BMW's 900cc horizontal twin is already well chronicled; especially after the launch of the R90S flagship in 1975, which ensured the firm stayed very competitive in the market during the Superbike era.
Following the late owner's tragic and untimely demise earlier this year no work had yet begun on the R90S, which was originally purchased in 1999 as a specific long-term restoration exercise, due to begin after the owner's retirement in 2017. (Some 40 years ago, incidentally, he had bought an R90S from new, but this was subsequently part-exxed against another BMW.) The NLA machine has been dry stored since acquisition, remaining virtually unused aside from an M.O.T. trip to North Leicester Motorcycles in 2012. The late owner, a widely respected motorcycle industry figure, had already begun purchasing an extensive quantity of new parts in anticipation of undertaking the task of refurbishment. These several items, which include a new seat, are supplied with the machine. Although of little concern to the late owner – in view of the projected rebuild – it should be noted that the machine has deteriorated in several areas; likewise the bodywork is pitted in a number of places, and there is corrosion to some of the bright-work. Fundamentally, however, the bike is worthy of a conscientious restoration. Inspection of the new parts, plus the accompanying technical literature, is strongly recommended. Offered with V5C documentation, and sold strictly as viewed!