I am selling a 1964 R27 I have owned since 1986. I am thinning the herd. It has less than 23,000 original miles. All original hardware. Hella turn signals, Pagusa solo saddle. It has a new sealed 6V attery. Available for viewing at Iron Horse Motorcycles, Tucson, Arizona. Priced at $5,900. It runs beautifully.
Contact James Strang at email@example.com. Or telephone 520-327-0773.
Gorgeous bike, is it still available?
I'm considering my first vintage bike. I've been leaning towards 1960s twins, but there's something spare and beautiful about a single.
Is this one that could be ridden with some frequency?
Redwood City, CA
I'll get in touch with him.
What's the comfortable cruising speed?
... What's the comfortable cruising speed?
I cruised my first R27 in 1966 in the 55-60 range for long trips.
I cruise my present R27 at 60-65, but my rides are short.
The top speed is 70-75, depending on the level and wind. I am 6'-2" and 200 lbs, 30 lbs heavier than I was in 1966, which is quite a bit of wind resistance and weight for low power and soft suspension of the little bike. At speed, the rubber mounted engine is smoother than the R60/2 and R69S and R69US that I owned.
Whether you think the cruising speeds are good or bad, the acceleration and shifting are slow, and the bike is not good for riding in fast stop and go traffic.
The acceleration once in a gear is OK. The problem in traffic is stops, and the big ratio difference and long pause between 1st and 2nd. 1st gear tops out around 12 mph, then there is a very slow shift to 2nd to let the flywheel die down and allow the gears to fall in place, and by the time you get back on 2nd, the driver behind has run up on your tail light, has put on his brakes, and is working their mouth and looking in their mirror to get around you.
Part of the enjoyment of riding the R27 is mastering the relation between the little engine, the heavy flywheel and the box full of gears, and an unhurried smooth quiet 1-2 shift is part of that.
I'm 6'1" and 200+ lbs. too....but have modern bikes for sport riding and touring. Just trying to get a feel for what it's like to ride one of these gems on present-day roads and traffic.
"Just trying to get a feel for what it's like to ride one of these gems on present-day roads and traffic."
For your sake and the bike's, don't do it. Ride at times and locations where there is no traffic. I like dawn to 9:00 AM on Sunday mornings.
given my riding interests i think i'm going to avoid temptation and keep looking for an R69S....let me know if you decide to let one go or come across a nice example for sale!
I have had two R27s and three R69Ss. If your riding interests require an R69S, you would be very disappointed with an R27.
thanks for the tips! i've been biased towards the "sporty" 600...but will definitely do a little research on the 50/2....
are there any years to avoid in the 50/2?
Jeff, is the R27 still for sale?