USA trip on an R60/6

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USA trip on an R60/6

Postby Thundergar » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:35 am

I'm about to buy a 1974 BMW 60/6 in Philadelphia with a view to taking a month to ride across the States to San Francisco.
Members thoughts would be welcome on:
1) The particular quirks of this model (I'm used to old tech / twin drum brakes, points ignition, etc)
2) Must see sights (I'm doing the obvious ones like death valley Grand Canyon etc)
3) Would this bike be worth shipping back to the UK? (fair condition about 34k on the clock by the end of the trip)

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Re: USA trip on an R60/6

Postby windmill john » Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:55 am

Being points ignition, hopefully, and drum brakes, even if you had some oil leak issues, you should be good to go.
I'd still want to change the oil and filter before the trip and check drive fluids.
Try and check clearances, as unleaded heads, valves may have closed right up.
You're going on trust re electrics, not that they are bad, just possibly bad earths etc.
34k, overall, shouldn't be too bad.
Maybe take a set of points and condensor with you.

Can't suggest routes.

Number three, yes, definitely.
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Re: USA trip on an R60/6

Postby boxerman » Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:55 am

I believe Bryce Canyon is well worth a visit
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Re: USA trip on an R60/6

Postby k100john » Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:50 pm

Philly to San Francisco - there will be a lot of boring bits. As well as some magnificent rides.
My all-time favourite one day route: Lone Pine (below Mt Whitney in the Rockies) through Death Valley to Shoshone in the Mojave Desert. I did this in February 2007 to celebrate my retirement (albeit on a rented Harley).
I would be cautious about Death Valley on a bike in high summer -it gets VERY hot (there is a reason for the name). In Feb it was a balmy 25 deg C.
The Pacific Coast Highway from SF to LA is a great 2-3 day ride - best done southbound.

A month is not enough.

IMHO the R60/6 is one of the best of the airheads (OK I may be biased). Mine has 95k with no major failures. Pretty much anything that might go wrong can be fixed easily with the standard tool kit. I find it a really sweet ride - it'll cruise forever at 60 mph and return around 60 - 65 mpg (Imperial gallons that is).
I dont know of any quirks, but then I've had mine since 2003 so I will have adapted anyway.

Will it be worth importing? Well, you can do the cost calculations. Possibly you'd get a better price in the US; but if the buyer is in Florida ... Actually I think it'll be an emotional decision. If you enjoy the ride (& I bet you will) then you'll want to keep it. If not, then you'll want to dump it asap!

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Re: USA trip on an R60/6

Postby Jackpeter22 » Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:44 pm

I'm about to buy a 1974 BMW 60/6 in Philadelphia with a view to taking a month to ride across the States to San Francisco.
Members thoughts would be welcome on:
1) The particular quirks of this model (I'm used to old tech / twin drum brakes, points ignition, etc)
2) Must see sights (I'm doing the obvious ones like death valley Grand Canyon etc)
3) Would this bike be worth shipping back to the UK? (fair condition about 34k on the clock by the end of the trip)

cheers
Hey, I am jack. You can check these beautiful sights in san Francisco :-

Golden bridge gate
Ferry Building Marketplace
Legion of Honor
Alamo Square
Twin Peaks

And there are many more sights you can see in san

Answering to your 3rd question. Yes you it can be worth to ship back to UK.
If you ship then you can consider these two company for safe shipping:-
Bikeflight
Citizenshipper

Here is some good tips that you guys need to know when you do ship no matter who it's with!!!

1: make sure you use good padding to protect the product and not so much that it bulges the box to much.

2: If there is other labels on the box especially with any kind of bar code use a black permanent marker and mark out the bar code and numbers if you can not remove or cover them up.

3: When you tape the label on it use clear packing tape and cover it up completely so that it will be protected from the weather.

Best regards,
Jack

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Re: USA trip on an R60/6

Postby Mjolinor » Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:18 pm

I think he has probably finished doing it by now. :)

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Re: USA trip on an R60/6

Postby CharlieVictor » Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:05 am

I think he has probably finished doing it by now. :)
Well, he wasn't very interested in the answers anyway, nor did he sound like he had done a lot of research on the model. :roll:
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Re: USA trip on an R60/6

Postby Jackpeter22 » Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:19 am

I think he has probably finished doing it by now. :)
Sorry for my mistake

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Re: USA trip on an R60/6

Postby Mark Esposito » Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:26 am

No need to be sorry, answering a old thread is a mistake most of us have made at some point .

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Re: USA trip on an R60/6

Postby Mjolinor » Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:47 am

It doesn't matter whether it is an old thread or not. The reasons the threads stay is for other people at a later date anyway so any info at any time as long as it is relevant.

(Relevant << that is rich coming from me, the most abstract, off topic poster on the forum)

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Re: USA trip on an R60/6

Postby CharlieVictor » Sun Aug 23, 2020 9:56 am

It doesn't matter whether it is an old thread or not. The reasons the threads stay is for other people at a later date anyway so any info at any time as long as it is relevant.

(Relevant << that is rich coming from me, the most abstract, off topic poster on the forum)
Absolutely.

Still, checking on the thread you started and thanking the members who have spend their time trying to help you is only basic courtesy. :neutral:
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Re: USA trip on an R60/6

Postby King Herald » Sun Aug 23, 2020 1:09 pm

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An accident could see you in hospital with potential for a million dollar bill.
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