1982 BMW R65LS
The R65 is fitted with a type 248/1 engine, a different version of the well-known BMW type 247, also known as an airhead. The engine is a 648 cc, OHV, two valves per cylinder, air-cooled flat-twin (i.e., horizontally-opposed cylinders) or "boxer" engine. The R65 weighs 205 kg (455 lb) with a full tank of fuel and has a five-speed gearbox connected to a final shaft drive. From 1981 on, the R65 was fitted with the breaker-less electronic ignition. This further improved the already good reliability of the bike.
Following standard BMW practice of the time, two 32 mm Bing CV carburetors were used, and the R65 used a single dry plate clutch. An additional lower powered version was also produced for the German market and was fitted with 26 mm Bing CV carburetors.
The R65 features a smaller fuel tank than other larger BMW airheads, with a 22 liters (4.8 imp gal; 5.8 US gal) capacity which includes a 0.5-gallon reserve.
The monoleverIn 1982 to enhance the R65’s image the Hans Muth designed R65LS was introduced. 6,389 R65LS bikes were produced, which featured a triangularly shaped pod fairing and instrument housing versus the standard naked front end of the R65. Furthermore, a different rear seat featured pillion grab handles similar in style to the soon-to-be-introduced K Series BMWs. Different model transfers were used, and the only colors
version of the bike was produced from 1985 until 1993.were
hennarot (red) and Polaris (silver). Much of the chrome work of the R65 was replaced by black painted or black chrome features (exhaust piping, mufflers). Other options included:
- Twin disc front brakes in-lieu of single disc
- Lower front handlebars for a slightly more sporty seating position
- Different alloy wheel pattern - on red models painted white
- Different rear drum brake size
- Black chrome mufflers and black painted exhaust pipes
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