10/11/11

Good for Retro and Classic Motorcycles

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Text by Chris Hunter
During the austere and oppressive reign of General Franco—a remarkable 36 years from 1939 to 1975—foreign motorcycles were a rarity in Spain. So this BMW R75/5 must be a novelty on Iberian roads. It’s owned by Juan Ramón Ortega, a Madrileño with a longstanding passion for BMWs. He bought this 1972 model six years ago: “It’s one of three R75/5s that I found in Belgium and brought back in a small truck with some friends. Then we left the bikes gathering dust … the crisis came.” Two years ago, Ortega wheeled out his bike and started work. He cut down the rear subframe, fitted a Harley-Davidson rear fender and a Ford stoplight, and got out the paint gun. He also fitted a new hand made seat, Renthal bars and Firestone vintage-style tires. Racing-style number plates from England provided the finishing touch. But this custom is no bar-hopper: Ortega has just finished a huge motorcycle tour of Spain and Portugal, and it’s his daily driver too. For such a practical bike, it’s remarkably beautiful.















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3 comments:

OLIVIER PRAT said...

THANKS A LOT MR PARTY BOYS FOR THE TEE SHIRT

Matt said...

very nice photographs!

Erik Lucien said...

Whoa, your photographs made me have goosebumps! As far as I know, this bike can reach roughly 110 mph, which is incredibly fast for the 1970 models. The design isn't bad either. In fact, I’d take this vintage over any other model made by manufacturers today. Well, this BMW R75/5 might be considered a vintage today, but the people who drove it in their time certainly see it as a treasure. :)

Regards,
Erik Lucien