BMW Cafe Racer Build, Part III

Seat Upholstery

The rear hump need a snazzy padded area for my rump to land on when I twist the throttle on this 1000 cc German powerhouse!. This is a thin wood board and carriage bolts will hold it in place.

Anti-spin! I tacked these thin metal strips to the carriage bolts so they would not spin when I snug up the bolts.

I used soft 1 inch foam here and wrapped it with black vinyl.

Here we are waiting for the contact cement to get tacky. This is not the first time this website get tacky. (Stolen joke from the muppet show)

In retrospect, (there is always retrospect when doing new things) I would have built this seat differently. I would have just made a pan that goes on top of the seat and just covered the pan. Oh well, this is how we learn. Now I will cover front and rear and then make a pad in the center. At 100 mph it will look just fine.

This is Landau foam. Same stuff goes under the vinyl on your grandpa’s Cadillac. It is also called upholstery bondo! I use it to smooth out or soften the subject before vinyl.

With vinyl.

For some interest, I will use this pleated vinyl for the seat portion. As the seat will be lower than the stock seat I opted for high density foam. I hope it will be comfortable enough.

I am not pleased with this but I will live with in for now.

So how did it come out?

Pretty damn good for a quicky!

With a full tank of fuel it weighs 360 lbs! The stock R100 is listed at 478 lbs.

The homemade shortys offers a hard knock sound with a buffalo fart during shifts and snap, crackle and pop on deceleration. Love it!

The vintage looking tires looks just at home on this bike. It handles great and have tons of power.

 Let’s RIDE!

Original 18K miles 1971 BMW R60/5 motorcycle for sale

1971 BMW R60/5 motorcycle for sale.

This is a 46 year-old classic that looks amazing. Paint appears to be all original.
New rear shocks
Washington collector plates, licensed for life.

Upgraded with stealth high intensity LED blinker bulbs that also works as brake lights in conjunction with high output strobe stop light. Also, stealth hazard lights.

Since I can’t save lives with loud pipes the bike has a powerful air horn. Stock horn comes with bike.

Upgraded with Mikuni carburetors. Stock Bing carbs comes with bike. Quick battery charger hook up.

  • Chrome headlight protector (currently off bike)
  • Passenger pegs (off bike)
  • Era correct Continental tires in good condition.
  • Complete factory tool kit
  • Owner’s manual
  • Shop Manual
  • Bike cover
  • Like new BMW Krauser hard bags with keys.

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle logo

The R60/5 was produced between 1970-1973. The 599cc engine was rated at 46hp @ 6,600rpm and could move the 440 lbs. bike to a top speed of 102mph.

Prior to the R60/5 the BMW motorcycles was rather sluggish and boring.

BMW stole Hans-Günther von der Marwitz from Porsche and that was a good thing as his first job was to design a new bike…this one.

The new design called for an improved engine. The engine now uses a chain driver cam shaft and the connecting rods came from the 2.8-liter 6-cylinder car engine. The electrical system was upgraded with a 12-volt alternator and electric starter.

The new tubular frame was lightweight and 7.3-inch drum brakes were responsible for the stopping part. Another brilliant design solution by Hans-Günther (yeah, I feel like I am on a first name basis with this dude) was that the drive shaft also served as part of the swing arm.

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle

The suitcases…ahem, the saddle bags are like new, not a scratch.

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle saddle bags

The seat is perfect as well.

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle original keys

Original keys for the saddle bags and the seat lock.

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle bike cover

Bike cover…then again, why would you want to cover this beauty? I can just sit and look at it!

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle Mikunicarb

Mikuni carbs. Original Bing carbs go with the bike.

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle Tools

A complete original tools kit.

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle manuals

Repair manual and the original owner’s manual complete with previous owner’s handwritten notes.

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle headlight chrome

Chrome headlight protector.

Even the enameled tank emblems are super nice.

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle rear shocks

Sexy! The new rear shocks came delivered in red fishnet stockings. This are IKON brand and they have both adjustable pre-load settings and rebound. I added for the top cover as that makes them look like a factory part.

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle top

Summer is coming…honest!

$5500.00

BMW R100 Cafe Build, Part II

After polishing, Mr. Humpty-Dumpty rump looks pretty good as well.

For those of you that are old enough to remember The Fixx’s song “one thing leads to another…that’s just how it goes…one thing leads to another.

With my new snazzy rear end I could not clutter it up with a fender, tail lite or a license plate. I think I will mount the plate on the axle.

Yup, axle mounted license plate it is. The license light will be hidden under the seat.

 

Now the front fender is all the sudden too big. Also, that stainless bracket is totally overkill. So, bring on the diet program again.

 

The fender got a good haircut and I removed everything on the bracket that did not look like a bracket.

BMW used carriage bolts coming from the underside of the fender with ugly nuts and threads on full display on top of the fender. I reversed that using polished stainless carriage bolt for a smooth look. Besides, shiny stuff make the bike go faster.

As mentioned earlier,  I don’t want to clutter up the rear with a tail light. These are small Harley blinkers. I reworked the inside so it will accept a dual filament bulb. They will be responsible for tail light and stop light function…maybe even double as blinkers to!

 

The stock aluminum rims are in good condition but rather dull. Bring on the aluminum polish.

 

There, mo betta! Shiny good!…Also, new tires on both ends. These skinny ass tires with vintage tread pattern look right on this build.

 

This is the brake pedal and I took it off just to clean it. All the sudden I can’t live with that casting line. So…

 

Some grinding, sanding and buffing and we got ourselves a snazzy shiny pedal. As you know, shiny parts will increase power and speed.

 

I told you this was a budget build…no need to buy shorty mufflers. I took a hacksaw to the stock mufflers and made economy shortys or as some call them, Poor Man’s Rineharts” These pipes also gave the bike it’s name: “Loud mouth”

 Seat Upholstery next and wrap up.

BMW R100/7 Cafe Build, Part I

This bike had definitely been beaten with an ugly stick but it runs good. My plan for this bike was just to ride it over the summer to evaluate it and then I would build something cool. I was thinking a bobber style bike.

I just could not live with all the farkels so after an evening in the shop, the bike lost close to 75 lbs. Lighter = faster, right?

So here is bike 1.0 and I thought I could live with it for a season.

However…

I figured I would just do a quicky budget job on the bike, fix the seat and maybe spray bomb the tank so it looks a little better.

 

This is the stock rear sub assembly. Anything not needed including the lock assembly will be chopped off.

I shortened the rear hoop. I originally planned to use part of the seat foam but that got scrapped. More on this later.

 

I kept part of the stock front pan as it fits well to the tank but I added a new seat pan to fit the rear frame.

 

The plan is to have the angle of the rear hump line up with the frame.

 

Since I don’t have an English wheel…hell, I don’t even have a Swedish wheel !! so I decided to just create the hump with sheet metal and spend some time hammering in to shape.

A little mud, a little primer and we got a pretty good looking tail piece.

Since I got a new rear end I decided to give the tank some attention as well.

The yuge stock battery was located right in the middle of the frame. I would like to open up that area for that minimalistic look.

Talk about diet!! The original battery weighs 20 lbs! It is also 17 years old! Maybe time to replace it?  The lithium unit on the right is less that half the size and weighs a whopping 3.1 lbs! It is also good for 370 Cold Crank Amps.

The new battery will be housed in the new tail hump.

The plan was just to put a flat paint on the tank and tail hump but the flat clear came out kind of hazy so with nothing to loose I leaned in to it with a buffer.

Hey, that looks pretty good.

More later…

Vintage Motorcycle show

Lawless Harley Davidson in Renton, WA decided to host a motorcycle show.

This is of course an excellent way of scoring goodwill with your customers and also give motorcycle enthusiasts a chance to show off their cool bikes. Heck, they may even sell a bike or two.

Let’s start with Mike Budshat’s 1930’s something Excelsior with a 250 Bultaco engine. It was raced by Bard Hanson and won many feature mains.

 

Bultaco 250 engine

Trophy porn

 

More Bultaco action. This is Justin Reinmuth 1966 Bultaco Mercurio 175.

 

On the description of the bike it was asked for the “cool factor” Mike simply wrote: “The Tank” No shit!

 

1966? Ducati Mark 3

 

Ducati engine porn

 

Ducati tool box porn

 

1931 Terott HSSL 350cc. From the LeMay family collection

 

1931 Terott HSSL muffler porn.

 

1966? Ducati

 

Ducati headlight porn.

 

Anyone studying vintage motorcycle racing will sure coma across the Rickman name as in Rickman frames. Rickman Motorcycles was a motorcycle chassis manufacturer spearheaded by Derek and Don Rickman.

 

Frame porn. Rickman made motorcycles from 1960 to 1975. Not only were these frames strong and allowed for excellent handling on the track, they nickel finish was an added bonus.

 

 

Luckiest kid evar…

 

Great show. I am personally interested in a Dyna Wide Glide so I asked a salesman if I could sit on a few.  However, he did not stop eating in front of me so I decided to keep looking. There are a lot of late model Harleys out there.

Mellanspel

“Mellanspel” is Swedish and directly translates to “Middle Play” as in something you would do in between. I am in the midst of a full on rotisserie restoration of a 1961 Volvo P1800. Doing a big restoration like this sometimes requires some “mellanspel” to keep your sanity.

I took a break from riding when I had back surgery but now when I am doing OK I decided to get back in to riding again. A world famous motorcycle philosopher once said: Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul”

I picked up a very nice original BMW R60/5 and it has been a great joy to be back on two wheels. Riding the R60 for a while I have come to appreciate the simplicity and the solid ride on these bikes. At the same time I got bitten by the cafe racer bug but cutting up this virgin R60 is not an option, besides, if I am going to race from cafe to cafe I need more powaa!!

So what to do?? A Mellanspel Project!

1977-bmw-r100-slash-7-motorad

So here is the “Mellanspel” project. A 1977 R100 bought from the 83 year old original owner. Needless to say, he did not worry about cosmetics but he changed oil every year in the 75K it has traveled. Runs strong.

1977-bmw-r100-slash-7-motorad-busy-rear

This must be the ugliest motorcycle rear that I have ever seen. Originally I figure I would ride it for a while just to get to know it but I can’t see myself riding around with all those “things” so I decided to at least strip the bike of anything not essential. You know, the old race trick: remove anything not needed to run.

1977-bmw-r100-slash-7-motorad-ugly-fairing

If you look up “ugly fairing” in the dictionary there will be a picture of this.

1977-bmw-r100-slash-7-motorad-naked-bike

Just removing all this junk it looks like a motorcycle again.

1977-bmw-r100-slash-7-motorad-chopping

This will probably get me banned from the BMW club but less is more. This is just a quicky job, the whole bike needs to be properly torn down and build right but it’s kinda fun to hack away a little.

1977-bmw-r100-slash-7-motorad-farkels

Pretty good pile of farkels.

1977-bmw-r100-slash-7-motorad-naked-and-better

I know, this is NOT a cafe racer yet but after shredding close to 100 lbs it sure looks better and should scoot along just fine. I also replaced the handlebars with a shorter version for an all business look. It rides great and now I can spend a month or so getting to know it before I tear it down.

1977-bmw-r100-slash-7-motorad-on-lift

Ergonomics Galore!

With a 25% off coupon this motorcycle lift came to $322 from that tool company. Hell, I could not get the materials to build one myself for that. What a back saver.

This should be a fun winter project. Zoom-Zoom!

1971 BMW R60/5 motorcycle

I always loved the look of vintage BMW motorcycles and their engines. I figured I would build a custom BMW bike at some point.

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle side

Just to see what’s out there, I clicked on motorcycles on that local interweb classified page. One should never click in classifieds that may contain your dream ride but there it was…a 1971 R60/5 and yes, it followed me home. What can I say!

As an original unmolested bike it would be a shame to tear it apart to build a custom. I think this bike should remain pretty much stock and enjoyed as it is.

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle logo

The R60/5 was produced between 1970-1973. The 599cc engine was rated at 46hp @ 6,600rpm and could move the 440 lbs. bike to a top speed of 102mph.

Prior to the R60/5 the BMW motorcycles was rather sluggish and boring.

BMW stole Hans-Günther von der Marwitz from Porsche and that was a good thing as his first job was to design a new bike…this one.

The new design called for an improved engine. The engine now uses a chain driver cam shaft and the connecting rods came from the 2.8-liter 6-cylinder car engine. The electrical system was upgraded with a 12-volt alternator and electric starter.

The new tubular frame was lightweight and 7.3-inch drum brakes were responsible for the stopping part. Another brilliant design solution by Hans-Günther (yeah, I feel like I am on a first name basis with this dude) was that the drive shaft also served as part of the swing arm.

 

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle

The suitcases…ahem, the saddle bags are like new, not a scratch.

 

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle saddle bags

The seat is perfect as well.

 

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle original keys

It came with original keys for the saddle bags and the seat lock.

 

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle bike cover

Bike cover…then again, why would you want to cover this beauty? I can just sit and look at it!

 

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle Mikunicarb

The previous owner just added these Mikuni carbs. The work well so I will just leave them. I did get the original Bing carbs with the bike.

 

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle Tools

A full set of the original tools was found under the lockable seat.

 

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle manuals

Repair manual and the original owner’s manual complete with previous owner’s handwritten notes.

 

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle headlight chrome

I am a firm believer in “less is more” so I think this chrome bar need to go. I like chrome and cool accessories as much as the next guy but these vintage BMW bikes bring out the practical utilitarian in me.

 

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle lights

More “take off” stuff. These LED auxiliary lights are brighter than the stock head light but they don’t look right on this bike. So off they go. Maybe they get recycled as back up lights on my truck or something.

 

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle take offs

BMW R60 diet:

None of this is needed to ride this bike and it looks better and cleaner as well.

 

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle headlight yellow bulb

Do like the French…use a condom…safety first you know! This cover makes the white H4 bulb emit…you guessed it…Yellow light!  Looks great on a black bike.

 

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle headlight yellow

Without the head light bar. Looks cleaner.

 

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle mirror

The bar end mirrors did not look era correct so they had to go in favor of these perfect stock units.

 

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle rear shocks

Sexy! The new rear shocks came delivered in red fishnet stockings. This are IKON brand and they have both adjustable pre load settings and rebound. I added for the top cover as that makes them look like a factory part.

 

1971 BMW R60 motorcycle top

There it is. Lighter, cleaner and meaner as in pure motorcycle.It will be a great summer.

Harleys and Hot Rods

The local Harley Davidson dealer (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI) has a car and motorcycle show every year.

Anyway…I had no plans to go but I was just driving by when I saw the balloons at the entrance signaling some sort of event. I had my camera with me so I figured I would swing in and maybe shoot some nice bikes. I was headed for the spectator parking in my ’32 Ford but the gate keeper insisted that I enter the car show…sure, why not. Gotta park somewhere, right?

Once inside a very nice woman came up and said that she had closed the registration table but the gave me a meal ticket and said: Just go in to the motor clothes counter and say Tina sent you and they will give you a free T-shirt. As a car and motorcycle  guy we know that t-shirts are as important as underwear…or more.

I KNEW…right then and there…I would catch hell for this but I decided to brave any attitude that may be thrown my way and walked up to the young ladies as the motor clothes counter. I said (in a pleasant tone) just what I was instructed to say: “Tina said that I should just say that she sent me for a free Harley Davidson t-shirt” (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI)

The young ladies looked at me as if I were some sort of alien beamed down to earth just to try to steal an incredible valuble Harley Davidson t-shirt.  (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI) The young ladies then spent the next ten minutes looking for said Tina or some other manager and then they came back asking: What size do you wear? Not a smile, not a “sorry, we have a lot of folks trying to pull a fast one”…nothing…just crap loads of attitude…

Well, let’s check out some bikes:

Remember: (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI)

How about a hard tail Harley Davidson? (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI)

Harley Davidson Sportster (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI) also (Sportster is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI)

Not a Harley Davidon (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI)

Another part of the entertainment: Having car show participants do burnouts with people standing less that 10 feet from the car. Brilliant!

Oh yeah, remember: Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI

Really!