SELLER SAYS: This bike is in all original condition with a genuine 46,096km on the clock. Everything works including the clock. The motor has not been rebuilt, as you can see by the photographs. This bike is in exceptional condition throughout. Paintwork is scratch free. I have recently added Krauser panniers, complete with inner bags. I have the log books and all receipts for servicing by a BMW service provider. I would welcome any inspection. Contact Phil on 0407 460 508 (Perth, WA)

EDITOR TERLICK SAYS: Last year, I sold my 2007 BMW K1200S and replaced it with a 1975 BMW R75/6. The K1200 boasted a 165hp four-cylinder engine, and almost every modern-day piece of motorcycle tech that money can buy. The R75, on the other hand, boasted 50hp and all the technology of a claw hammer. Why did I do it? Apart from anything else, I wanted to explore a nagging doubt that old bikes were more comfortable than modern bikes. And guess what. Not only is the old Beemer more comfortable in seating and ergonomics, it’s actually more fun to ride. It has an engine you actually fang (without needing access to an autobahn or race track), soft suspension, and mechanicals that I’m capable of servicing in my garage. More than that, it’s so much smoother to ride. On the big K-bike, the engine and gearbox never felt happy unless you were riding it like a race bike. Which I never did. Another attraction of old boxer-twin BMWs is that the engines will run for hundreds of thousands of kilometres before needing major work. They are superb long-distance motorcycles and perfectly competent daily riders. The R100RS variant, like this one of Phil’s, came with a bunch of serious highway equipment above and beyond my airhead’s plush seat and suspension. A nice big fairing and sizeable panniers make for open-road bliss and, with less than 50,000km on the clock, this is a bike that’s likely to outlast all of us.

The Postman