Restoring a 1973 BMW R75/5 Motorcycle

January 17, 2009

Schneider is no longer doing business

Filed under: R75/5 — Penforhire @ 6:51 am

I just discovered that Bill Schneider, the owner of Schneider’s Inc, was successfully sued over his “Sidestand Fixer” and driven out of the business he ran since the 70’s. That is why you will not find Flip-a-Lever’s for sale any more. I hear he has an inventory but I have no idea how you’d get one. Hopefully he’ll sell to someone else who will distribute.

The Sidestand Fixer was a conversion to stop the auto-retracting sidestand on later BMW models. My /5 does not auto-retract. I imagine someone installed it, forgot to kick up the stand, and crashed in a left hand turn. I am outraged that he could sue because the function and risks are obvious! Yes, this device bypasses a manufacturer safety feature. Buyer beware. Grrrr…



  1. Hello, Eric
    I’m so glad I found your blog. I have a ’72 R60/5. It’s in similar condition to yours before you started. I got it from my cousin for $100 when he got married. It was running, but cosmetically rough. My cousin died a couple years ago, so I’ve been wanting to restore ol’ Sparky. Finding your blog, and just now having read it beginning to end, I’ve been kicked in the pants to get going. The expense terrifies me, but here we go.
    Thanks a bunch,

    Comment by Damon O'Gan — March 21, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

  2. Hi, I need a throttle friction screw for my R90S. Bobs nor A&S seem to sell them (safety issues?) but I really want one for warming my bike up in the morning. Now that you have your nifty throttle lever, would you like to sell the original screw? Or, does anybody know where to buy the original?

    Comment by Rick — July 6, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

  3. Hi Rick, so far I’m saving all my unusued parts to sell with the bike, to sweeten the deal. Have you tried a few of the older parts suppliers like or They are sure to either have that screw or know where to ask.

    Comment by Penforhire — July 7, 2009 @ 6:45 am

  4. I just wanted to tell you thank you for making this blog. I am 20 years old and working on restoring a bike, not a BMW but still a bike, and one day I hope to do a rebuild just like yours.

    Comment by B — August 26, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

  5. Well, my journey is complete. The bike is back near where it all began, near San Francisco. Peter is going to take good care of it and, best of all, he’s going to ride it. Happy trails!

    Comment by Penforhire — May 2, 2010 @ 11:08 am

  6. Great site! I am restoring a 1972 r75/5 toaster for my wife to ride and am also looking for the schnider flip a lever device. If anyone has info on these I am in for it! I have these on two other r bikes and they are a great help on long trips.

    Comment by MAX — November 6, 2010 @ 6:35 am

  7. First of all, I’d like to thank you very much for rebuilding a classic BMW airhead and even better, blogging all about the experience. I’ve had the privilege of riding as a passenger on this particular bike and all i can say is WOW! you have been a real kickstart for me. Although i am only 14, im currently hoping that i will, at one point or another in my lifetime be able to own an r75/5. An older gentleman in our neighborhood is planning on selling his ’72 Honda CB360, and he says that if i can come up with half the money and mow his lawn this summer, i can have it.
    Again, thank you for giving me inspiration for this, and getting me hooked onto motorcycles. I can now proudly say that my first ride on a motorcycle was on a 1973 BMW R75/5 SWB.

    Comment by Rob — January 3, 2011 @ 12:26 am

    • Thanks Rob. Great photo too! Yep, those are the bar end mirrors I used. Must be my old machine. Nobody else would spend that much on them, ha ha.

      Comment by Penforhire — January 4, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

  8. Hi,

    I`ve chanced upon a royal enfield meteor minor circa 1959. Its in a bit of mess, and I don`t know a lot about bikes. Anyways, I`m writing a blog about it and was hoping you`d take a look as yours seems pretty succesful. Everybody who has read mine thinks it is pretty decent, but I was just wondering what you thought and whether you had any tips on boosting my view count, -I`m just trying to get it out there to the masses.


    Comment by tom — November 3, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

  9. Tom, very nice start of a restoration blog. Keep taking photos as you go! As far as popularity, I was already a member of many on-line bike, car, and tech forums. I just mentioned my blog in appropriate places and watched my viewership grow amazingly. It was just word of mouth. I never tried to cash in on it, no ads of my own. I think that purity of purpose was helpful. That, and I really am a mechanical baboon whose wrenching misadventures can be amusing.

    Comment by Penforhire — November 4, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

  10. This is a very informative post.Thanks for sharing it with all of us. I hope you keep up this good work.

    Comment by Matt — June 25, 2012 @ 3:48 am

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