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On the bright side, when you traded it, it was a low mileage bike !

(Like so many of them were/are)
It had 18,000 on the clock....I rode it.....a lot
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chitty part o that was chuckin/replacin a useable drum.
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Yes, but the BMW is a complicated (by 1970's HD standards) piece of machinery. The expect the engine to do 400,000 klms before needing serious attention.

My 1974 Sportster looks like a Dinosaur next to it. My 62 CH made the Massey Ferguson dealer laugh. (I still bought the parts from him though - those farmers know about how to make things hold together).

Each individual part on my IH's is designed pretty well. They just didn't seem to have an overall view on some things. And clearly, they didn't listen to the dealers or the owners when they complained about such simple things as battery terminal location.

The first incarnation of a race bike built by me is just OK. After several versions and many incarnations they develop into something pretty usable. Each version teaches me something about the design and construction of these Frankensteins.

That is, they evolve. I can look at a 1952 K Model and compare it to a 1969 CH and go WOW ! Look at that ! Overhead valves. What a great leap forward in 17 years.

Honda followed a similar path in the same time period. Mind you, they didn't start with 40 years experience under their belt. So, took them several years to win a WORLD Championship. But in 1969 they were building 4 cylinder overhead cam bikes. For the average user.

Another 10 years down the track and Harley had the Mighty XLCR and the Japs were building1000cc DOHC 4 valve rocket ships.
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Another 10 years down the track and Harley had the Mighty XLCR and the Japs were building1000cc DOHC 4 valve rocket ships.
7 yrs. before that Harley had the alloy XR-750. dominated dirt track racing for the next 40+ years.like the KR's had done previously.dirt and asphalt.
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As I understand it, Volkswagen have been the only manufacturer to ever win a Formula V race in the entire world !
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