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A BMW was bought for 300 euros. An R65. Just to get through the winter. Because why not drive a classic in winter? The ex police had slept outside for years in an Arnhem neighborhood full of long-term minimums. And first gear did not work. Everything breaks. Also BMW gearboxes.
Then it turns out that a baking overhaul at professional and company can be perfectly cleared for € 400. That must be possible differently. The local dump motorcycle dealer got a batch of BMW R 65 GSs plus a few pallets of parts from Denmark. There was a bunch of parts .. He had five buckets with kickstarter. If I tried them all for him, I could keep one. All five boxes turned out to be rotten, but I can now change BMW boxes within an hour. The bad buckets can be explained by the way: The BMWs were used for off road and the first three gears had had a very difficult time.
What a bowl costs
Internet hunter teaches that containers are offered from around three hundred euros. Then Waldemar comes into the picture. Waldemar is from the digital generation and he was born smart. He's going to search under 'R45'. That is the kind of boxer that is preventively culled in all shelters because there is no owner to find. Somewhere in North Holland someone offers R45 stuff. The advertisement shows a completely disassembled R45 minus the license plate. There is a container and it must cost € 199. The frame costs 199 euros. The tank and side covers 199 euros. All for 199 euros per portion.
An R45 gearbox could never have suffered much. Because R45s are packed with no power. And Den Helder… I had not been there in twenty years. To come across as convincing, comrade Ernie and I grabbed my Lief's BX. BX drivers are listed on Wikipedia as textbook examples for scruffy people without money. Den Helder is further away than most people think. But eventually we drove into a Vinex-like neighborhood where not even Prozac was against it. The given house number radiated the disconsolate gloom in superlative degree. The hallway smelled of lost toilet freshener and overcooked endive.
Frugality as profit
Now we saw what driving R45 could do. We received text and explanation. The bikes were heirlooms. The heir was professionally entitled to benefits. He had handed in the license plates and number plates and thus took the motorcycles of their existence. This way sales could be kept out of the books. Smart. A friend had advised him to advertise on Marktplaats. Also smart. Moreover, friends had said they would offer everything for € 199 per unit to be sold. Because that saved € 6 advertising costs. Also very smart. You don't need enemies with friends like that.
It took some fitting and measuring to get the stuff in the back of the BX. But the two engines, the two gearboxes, the two tank / seat / side cover sets and the two frames with forks fit in. We declined the offered coffee and fled east again. The R45 gearbox was mounted and shifted gear like new with a click. Well arranged. And so an ex police R65 got his next life. All winter long.
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