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Why are R65LS's "Collectible"?

It seems that I see the term "collectible" almost any time I see an airhead for sale. Collectible or not, most people just continue to ride the snot out of their airheads. However, what's the deal with the R65LS model? Is this truly a collectible? What are the differences between the LS model and the standard R65 other than the fairing? I'm currently looking at an '82 and am curious.

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The R65LS was designed by none other than Hans Muth, who designed the R100RS, the R100RT and, of all things, the Suzuki Katanas (the early ones). To my eye, the LS is an excellent example of early 80s motorcycle design. The red ones are especially tasty and unusual. I don't believe they ever sold in significant quantity either.

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1. Frame. If you've owned K-bikes, you know that nothing flexes between the steering head and the swingarm pivot. Very stable. Not so on BMW airheads, with their double-cradle steel tube frames, which earned airheads (like the R90S) the nickname Gummikuh (rubber cow). 2. Brakes. The R90S has 70s-era brakes. Not so good by comparison to late 80s-early 90s K standards. Many of the Ks also have ABS. Not so the R90S. 3. Engine: K-bikes engines are liquid-cooled fuel injected, computer controlled, and exhaust catalyzed. The R90S, like other airheads, is carbureted and air-cooled. Stay out of traffic jams on the highways, or pull over and shut it off. 4. Tires: The post-90 K-R bikes models have radial tires. I've found the R90S, like the KRT/LT models, to feel somewhat tall with its bias ply tires. That said, several years back I bought an R100RS just to own one, and to understand the experience was. Didn't hold a candle to a KRS in terms of performance, but had a certain heritage-appeal.

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