Overland Classified :: Vintage 1973 BMW R75/5 Toaster

Vintage 1973 BMW R75/5 Toaster
94,798 miles

There lives in many a motorcyclist’s heart the desire for a vintage motorcycle, and this impeccable-looking 1973 BMW Toaster looks like a fun, eye-catching town ride!

1973 BMW R75/5 Toaster


Vintage 1973 BMW R75/5 Toaster


Vintage 1973 BMW R75/5 Toaster

As there aren’t any specs in the ad found here, let’s go over some of the finer points on this motorcycle.

R/5 models come with air-cooled, four-stroke, boxer engines. The reversed arrangement of the camshaft below the crankshaft allows for better ground clearance and a well-balanced center of gravity. The R75/5 model comes with a single-disk dry clutch, a 12-volt alternator and electrics, a standard tachometer and turn signals, and telescopic front forks.

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R75/5 Toaster


The Toaster’s 50 horsepower, 6,400 rpm power, and 58 newton-meters of torque is more than exciting enough to turn that boring work commute into an exhilarating ride. I’d also love to take one of these on a long-weekend exploration of some quiet, scenic roads. The fuel tank capacity is unclear at either 4.7 gallons or 6.3. Tires are 19 inches in the front and 18 inches in the rear.

For more information, contact the owner through their ad on ADVrider.

BMW has been making motorcycles under the Motorrad brand since 1923, and their production of boxer or “flat-twin” engines continue to be manufactured today. The advantages of these engines are their low center of gravity, smoother rides, and easy access for maintenance.

These engines can be expensive to maintain, but having ridden a BMW motorcycle around the world and for years afterward, I’ve never once had a problem with both the F 800 GS and the G 650 GS.

Hurry on over to the for sale ad, as this classic Toaster is likely to get snatched up soon.

For another classic BMW feature article, see this BMW R 1200 GS.

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Heather Lea has traveled to over 60 countries, 40 of which were on a BMW F 800 GS during a 708-day round-the-world motorcycle adventure with now-husband, Dave Sears (Trip Blog: Riding Full Circle). Heather has been a freelance writer for over twenty-five years and a book and magazine editor for more than fifteen. Aside from Expedition Portal, her stories can be found in Overland Journal, Canadian Geographic, Kootenay Mountain Culture, and Canadian Alpine Journal. She loves doing anything in the backcountry, including backpacking, four-wheel-driving, ski touring, and climbing. Heather is a Canadian now living in Bellingham, WA. Find her on Instagram @writer_heather_lea or on Facebook @heatherleawriter.