BMW R65 Review

1984 BMW R65 from South Africa

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 kilometres
Most recent distance42000 kilometres


Great city bike


Replaced battery, and had a starter relay unit fixed. Also had the light switch fixed.

General Comments:

I got this bike for an absolute steal at 6000ZAR.

It is my first bike and I love it. It is in very good condition for its age.

It's a great city bike, not very much suited to open road use as it's naked.

I only get 120-130km/h flat out, chin against the tank.

It seems that around 4500rpm it isn't getting enough fuel. Had the carburetors cleaned/adjusted, but still not right, any comments on this problem?

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th July, 2007

3rd Oct 2007, 08:06

Had the carbs rebuilt by BMW motorrad dealer, the diaphragms were cracked. It goes like the clappers now!

28th Feb 2011, 11:21

Just one comment on top speed. I had a 1984 R65 years and years ago, and it did do 160 km/hr indicated, not sure whether there was some speedometer error there or not.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review