R 65 Police: Lothar Schuettler
1988 BMW R 65 Police #6461040
650cc M84 (A20) Boxer Twin 48 hp @ 7,250 rpm
451 lbs. (w/o special equipment)
In its second generation, the R 65 found favor with German police forces, who ordered an authority model with a large fairing, extra lighting, saddle bags, a small trunk, a siren, a larger-capacity fuel tank, and stiffer Fichtel & Sachs suspension. The R 65 seen here was built for the police in Hessen, Germany, where Lothar Schuettler bought the bike at auction with help from a longtime friend in charge of the Hessen police fleet. Contrary to custom, the bike was shipped to the US with its police equipment, which Lothar re-installed upon taking delivery.
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