Colours for police motorcycles (early 1970s)

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Colours for police motorcycles (early 1970s)

Postby r75boxer » Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:57 pm

Hello all. Was 'Police white' (code 083) the most common colour for R50/5 motorcycles or was it painted with 'Cream white/Feather white'? Were other colours used (I suppose this would depend on the country)?

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Re: Colours for police motorcycles (early 1970s)

Postby CharlieVictor » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:54 am

Hello all. Was 'Police white' (code 083) the most common colour for R50/5 motorcycles or was it painted with 'Cream white/Feather white'? Were other colours used (I suppose this would depend on the country)?

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Your answer is in your question.

Furthermore, police services had also their own color codes and fleet orders being by the dozens, they could pretty much request their own paint scheme.
Having said that, 083 (and probably gloss black 079) were the default colors for police bikes of the period.
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Re: Colours for police motorcycles (early 1970s)

Postby Rob Frankhamr » Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:06 pm

In my day, they were all 083 that I saw (in the UK)... that is to say all of the ones used for traffic patrol were. That doesn't mean that all police bikes were 'Police White' or Black for that matter. It depended on what they were being used for. You might be surprised how many police machines there were that weren't used for regular patrol.

In realtion to earlier models, I couldn't be sure.

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Re: Colours for police motorcycles (early 1970s)

Postby r75boxer » Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:47 pm

Thanks to both of you. I'm contemplating painting an R50/5 toaster tank I just picked up. All my slash 5s have been black, so perhaps time for a change. The bike was repainted by a previous owner British racing green (or very close to that). Although it doesn't look bad the tank has some large scratches on the top so needs to be repainted. Before that happens I'll contact the BMW Munich group to determine the original colour. I'm a sucker for originality.

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Re: Colours for police motorcycles (early 1970s)

Postby CharlieVictor » Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:19 pm

No problem ...


Might be the original POLIZEI green then !

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Re: Colours for police motorcycles (early 1970s)

Postby r75boxer » Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:06 am

Do you know the colour code for the bike pictured?

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Re: Colours for police motorcycles (early 1970s)

Postby Mjolinor » Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:12 am

Whatever the code it sure looks well.

Are those brown air filter pipes plastic? I have seen lots of pictures of them but never actually seen one in person. I can't believe they are copper.

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Re: Colours for police motorcycles (early 1970s)

Postby Rob Frankhamr » Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:32 am

From the image, it looks too dark to be 067 Police Green... but that could just be the light.

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Re: Colours for police motorcycles (early 1970s)

Postby windmill john » Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:56 am

Are those brown air filter pipes plastic? I have seen lots of pictures of them but never actually seen one in person. I can't believe they are copper.

Take a look here, but it does not say material:

http://largiader.com/articles/intake/


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Re: Colours for police motorcycles (early 1970s)

Postby daz » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:51 pm

The air filter pipes on my 1971 R50/5 are plastic of the same color. (colour). No amount of cleaning takes it away. Previous person painted them silver. The silver came off but not that color.
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Re: Colours for police motorcycles (early 1970s)

Postby chasbmw » Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:41 pm

Or you could go back to a civilian green...
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Re: Colours for police motorcycles (early 1970s)

Postby r75boxer » Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:52 pm

Thanks to all. I have the same plastic 'copper coloured' breather tubes. Strange colour and appears to stay the same regardless of cleaning.

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