R 90/6: Stephen Houk
1974 BMW R 90/6 #4041527
898cc M04 Boxer Twin 60 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Lewis Center, Ohio
In 1973, the new /6 models brought a new frame with a reinforced steering head and swingarm pivot, hydraulic steering damper, BMW’s first front disc brake, and BMW’s first five-speed transmission. At the insistence of sales chief Bob Lutz, the R 90/6 got BMW’s largest-ever boxer engine. The bike seen here was purchased new by Clifford “Jack” Houk, who replaced its wire wheels with Lester mags before he was killed in a car accident. It went to Houk’s brother Paul before being passed down to his son Stephen in the 1990s. “It has been loved by all of us, and I enjoy knowing I have it from my father,” Stephen says.
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