Tuesday, November 27, 2012

BMW /5 Scrambler

I picked up a copy of this months BMW Owners News and came across a full page add from Max BMW for their new /5 scrambler conversion kit.  It's not a bad looking bike for something built mostly with stock BMW parts.  Since they advertised having all they parts on their website, I decided to check out what the price tag might be.

After searching their site, it became apparent that there is not a parts list available for this project.  They do have all the parts, but you'll need to figure out what they are and look them up one by one.  Thanks...

I'm not a BMW expert by a long shot, but with my own stock /5 sitting in front of me, this is the list I came up with:

Two into one exhaust system
Police solo seat
offroad tires
offroad handlebars
upgraded shocks
skid plate for oil pan
extended front fender mounts
aftermarket handgrips
aftermarket brake and clutch levers

The only thing that keeps this from being a total bolt on upgrade is the gas tank.  The tank was modified on both sides to allow clearance for the left side header pipe.

Speaking of exhaust, the list price for this ISDT style system is $3837.30.  A quick search of Craig's List found plenty of running /5's for less than price this exhaust system!  Of course you can offset the cost by selling your turn signals and side covers on eBay.  The rest of the parts probably total somewhere between $1500 - $2500.  Add in the bodywork on the tank for the exhaust clearance along with repainting and this conversion is starting to cost some serious money.  If you don't already have a donor /5,  the purchase price of a good used /5 along with these parts will easily push the total past $10,000.  Now you've got a really expensive 40 year old dirt bike with bad brakes.  I think I'll leave mine stock.

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