Thanks for the replies. I just bought it this way and decided to take a chance so I don't know anything about the bike, just speculating. I'm waiting for a valve cover I bought from ebay. I'm very surprised BMW would make a bike that would run with no oil pressure (after there was insufficient oil to be picked up), I just presumed a low pressure switch would shut the engine down. We'll see presently! If I'm unlucky, I may be learning an awful lot about my bike in the very near future! I bought the bike with the view that the engine would need replacing so I didn't give much for it but all the rest of the bike is in excellent shape and has really been taken care of. It's red and my wife has named it the "Flaming Buffalo", with that big old fairing/bodywork on it, you must admit it does kinda look like a buffalo. I'm excited to get her running because I've always wanted to try a Beemer bike after owning an awful lot of the others (been riding and racing for 43 years). Wish me luck and I'll report back with the trial results in a few days!