This came to me as a R61 with a running engine. I found it in Southern Germany and it was nearly given to me.
I had a R71 engine in good condition, so in it went. I took this bike on the California 1000 and it was the oldest bike to enter and the oldest to finish. I only had one mechanical breakdown. Somehow I kicked the battery wire off of the battery. I fixed in just a few minutes.
Other riders were really encouraging me during the event. The fastest that I would ride it was about 60 mph. We had removed one cylinder for examination and it looked very good, but still, why push it. Because of the slow traveling speed, I was riding most of the time. I was able to get about 5 hours of sleep. I carried my own sleeping bag in the back.
We went from a hot desert to a high mountain in a snow storm. Many newer better bikes failed. Some riders gave up too. They gave me some sort of plaque for something. I think that I sold this one to the owner of “The Frame Man” in Sacramento.