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R75/SS

This R 75 was built as a period correct 1971, street legal Cafe Racer. In typical San Jose BMW style this R 75 build went straight from the shop to the salt. This bike set a world record at the Bonneville Salt Flats of 130mph, in the 750cc, pushrod, gas, unfaired class, ridden by none other then our parts manager Bill Asquith.

R75/SS

Looks aside, most of the work was inside the engine:

  • Crank – Knife edged, polished and re balanced
  • Connecting rods – Carrillo short rods
  • Oil pump – Smaller than stock
  • Pistons – Short, lightweight, 10.6:1 by CP
  • Heads – Ports raised and reshaped, dual plug
  • Valves – 45mm intake, 36mm exhaust
  • Camshaft – Higher lift, longer duration
  • Carbs – 36mm Mikuni
  • Exhaust – Hand built with restrictors
  • RPM limit – 8800

Photos shot by local artist Ben Ingram

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