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Forum: Airheads 10-31-2013, 06:50 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 20,396
Posted By backdrifter
Very nice - I love riding the Mississippi River...

Very nice - I love riding the Mississippi River flood planes! You should post that photo of your wheelie on the R60 - I'm still very impressed by that! :D
Forum: Airheads 10-26-2013, 06:52 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,018
Posted By backdrifter
Sorry to see/hear that as well. It makes me sick....

Sorry to see/hear that as well. It makes me sick. I know I'm trying to use reason here on what was certainly done by a crackhead, but I can't believe they would rather risk the consequences of...
Forum: Airheads 10-18-2013, 08:08 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 20,396
Posted By backdrifter
I love that bike. Haven't heard anything about it...

I love that bike. Haven't heard anything about it in a long time. Does Chris from San Jose BMW still post here?
Forum: Airheads 10-17-2013, 02:59 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 20,396
Posted By backdrifter
A gorgeous Autumn day, so I took the bike to meet...

A gorgeous Autumn day, so I took the bike to meet a friend for lunch. We took some pictures of my completed project side by side with his (an amazing hybrid of a Series II and a Defender 90). They...
Forum: Airheads 10-16-2013, 06:17 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 20,396
Posted By backdrifter
Those Sportster pipes look great, Rudolph! How...

Those Sportster pipes look great, Rudolph! How do they sound?

Lots of nice bikes here, keep them coming!
Forum: Airheads 10-15-2013, 06:42 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 20,396
Posted By backdrifter
Thanks for starting this thread, Blaine, we...

Thanks for starting this thread, Blaine, we deserve our own place! :clap

OK, photos, stories, where to start? Many of you have probably seen my rebuild thread, so I won't bore you with too many...
Forum: Airheads 10-01-2013, 08:53 AM
Replies: 6,491
Views: 1,300,476
Posted By backdrifter
That looks like a fun ride, thanks for sharing! ...

That looks like a fun ride, thanks for sharing!

Here are a few photos from an early Saturday morning ride last weekend:
...
Forum: Airheads 10-01-2013, 06:29 AM
Replies: 483
Views: 70,395
Posted By backdrifter
Thanks for the kind words, gentlemen! It's been...

Thanks for the kind words, gentlemen! It's been a fun ride, and again, I really couldn't have done it without everyone's help.

F800 Rob: I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I...
Forum: Airheads 09-28-2013, 10:14 AM
Replies: 483
Views: 70,395
Posted By backdrifter
Well, it's been a few months since I upated this,...

Well, it's been a few months since I upated this, and there really isn't much left to post. I did finally get my custom license plate, shown below. I thought it was a nice final tribute to Papa,...
Forum: Ride reports 09-20-2013, 12:32 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 40,018
Posted By backdrifter
I've become more silent in this thread, but...

I've become more silent in this thread, but nothing lifts my day like another installment of your amazing adventure, Blake. This is hands down my favorite ride report ever on ADVrider. You have a...
Forum: Airheads 07-19-2013, 01:46 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 8,153
Posted By backdrifter
I don't believe he's purchased it yet. There are...

I don't believe he's purchased it yet. There are more pictures of the bike at the link I originally posted:

http://www.michaelsmotorcycles.com/BMWR100caferacer712.html
Forum: Airheads 07-18-2013, 10:27 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 8,153
Posted By backdrifter
Great, glad I could help! I think it's a great...

Great, glad I could help! I think it's a great looking bike. Let me know how it works out!
Forum: Airheads 07-18-2013, 10:19 AM
Replies: 6,491
Views: 1,300,476
Posted By backdrifter
Thanks a lot! I inherited the bike from my...

Thanks a lot! I inherited the bike from my wife's grandpa. I'm more interested in keeping it true to how it was when it belonged to him than when it was new from the factory. It didn't have the...
Forum: Airheads 07-18-2013, 09:31 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 8,153
Posted By backdrifter
Thanks much, gents! Take this with a grain...

Thanks much, gents!

Take this with a grain of salt and just as a random comparison, but this bike at Michael's Motorcycles is $3,995. I think it looks quite nice, even if you're not into the...
Forum: Airheads 07-17-2013, 07:18 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 8,153
Posted By backdrifter
Ground up, nuts and bolt restoration, new just...

Ground up, nuts and bolt restoration, new just about everything - in the neighborhood of $6,000. 99% of the labor done by me, of course, so not much labor cost. I got the bike for free, and...
Forum: Airheads 07-17-2013, 09:57 AM
Replies: 6,491
Views: 1,300,476
Posted By backdrifter
This isn't the most beautiful or stimulating...

This isn't the most beautiful or stimulating picture, but it is meaningful. This was my 2nd ride, and my longest to date (maybe 30 miles or so), since completing the rebuild/restoration. I met my...
Forum: Airheads 07-09-2013, 07:19 AM
Replies: 483
Views: 70,395
Posted By backdrifter
Got out for a 30 mile ride over the weekend. It...

Got out for a 30 mile ride over the weekend. It was the farthest continuous distance I've traveled on the bike. Everything felt pretty good, though I think both the brakes and the jetting can still...
Forum: Airheads 07-09-2013, 07:15 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,332
Posted By backdrifter
I'm on the very tail end of my own R60/5...

I'm on the very tail end of my own R60/5 rebuild/restoration, and as I look at your "before" photos, part of me is jealous that you have the entire rebuild in front of you, and part of me is relieved...
Forum: Airheads 07-04-2013, 10:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,279
Posted By backdrifter
Thanks for the kind words, Renner, and again for...

Thanks for the kind words, Renner, and again for all of the help. I agree that finding the smoking gun is important, and do intend to do so. It shouldn't be too tough now that its been narrowed...
Forum: Airheads 07-04-2013, 07:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,279
Posted By backdrifter
No Renner, thank YOU, and even though it didn't...

No Renner, thank YOU, and even though it didn't solve this specific issue, it absolutely was helpful! Now I know how to check out an alternator rotor in the future, and know that it should read...
Forum: Airheads 07-03-2013, 08:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,279
Posted By backdrifter
I had checked on the continuity setting only when...

I had checked on the continuity setting only when it read "short". I just checked again on the ohms setting and it read 6.9 ohms. I'm too tired to do any more tonight, but I hope to do some more...
Forum: Airheads 07-03-2013, 03:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,279
Posted By backdrifter
OK - more details. Did the business card...

OK - more details.

Did the business card trick to isolate the brushes and checked for continuity between the two rotor rings. It read "short".

Did another test - pushed the key in with the...
Forum: Airheads 07-03-2013, 01:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,279
Posted By backdrifter
Thanks, Renner Any ideas as to why the charge...

Thanks, Renner Any ideas as to why the charge light would go off with the front cover off, but come fully back on again with the cover back in place?
Forum: Airheads 07-03-2013, 01:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,279
Posted By backdrifter
OK gents, another piece to the puzzle... I...

OK gents, another piece to the puzzle...

I got some time to take a look at the bike today. 12.3v at rest (not running), 12.3V at idle, and I couldn't get a steady state reading at 3,000 rpm, but...
Forum: Airheads 07-01-2013, 07:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,279
Posted By backdrifter
Which specific connections? I have dealt with a...

Which specific connections? I have dealt with a LOT of electrical connections while rebuilding this bike! :D

I have not had a chance to do anything just yet, but have a lot to try now, thanks to...
Forum: Airheads 06-28-2013, 10:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,279
Posted By backdrifter
Yeah, yeah, I know! And I truly do like working...

Yeah, yeah, I know! And I truly do like working on this bike, but with as long as it took to get this thing streetable, I can't lie - I really would have enjoyed a couple of uneventful months of...
Forum: Airheads 06-27-2013, 07:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,279
Posted By backdrifter
Thanks gents. Big Bamboo - good to hear...

Thanks gents.

Big Bamboo - good to hear from you again! Yes, at the end of my ride yesterday, the red charging light stayed on full time. I haven't started the bike since, but will go out...
Forum: Airheads 06-26-2013, 12:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,279
Posted By backdrifter
New rebuild, first long(ish) ride, and the red charging light comes on....

Hi all,

I just completed a multi-year rebuild/restoration of my '73 R60/5. I've put maybe 70 miles on it since, but all of it so far has been quick 2 to 3 mile jogs around the neighborhood and...
Forum: Airheads 06-22-2013, 06:25 AM
Replies: 483
Views: 70,395
Posted By backdrifter
Running well mattsz, thanks for asking! I...

Running well mattsz, thanks for asking! I tightened up the left fork bottom and no leaks since (from anywhere on the bike). I set the carbs back to the baseline settings and it's very close. It...
Forum: Airheads 06-21-2013, 07:45 PM
Replies: 483
Views: 70,395
Posted By backdrifter
Bringing this thread back from the dead for a...

Bringing this thread back from the dead for a small update. I (finally) went to get the bike registered today, but I didn't have the right paper work. I'll be able to get a hold of it Monday and...
Forum: Airheads 04-25-2013, 12:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,986
Posted By backdrifter
I knew this thread would go down the path of...

I knew this thread would go down the path of denouncing the asking price, but my intent was just to share something that you don't see every day. I think it's sad that the bike hasn't been ridden,...
Forum: Airheads 04-23-2013, 08:14 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,986
Posted By backdrifter
That place is about half an hour away from my...

That place is about half an hour away from my house. I'm thinking of taking my R60/5 up there once it's street legal just to check it out. Sure is pretty!
Forum: Airheads 04-23-2013, 06:14 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,986
Posted By backdrifter
Brand new 1969 R60/2

Neat:

http://www.michaelsmotorcycles.com/1969BMW413.html
Forum: Airheads 04-04-2013, 04:36 PM
Replies: 6,491
Views: 1,300,476
Posted By backdrifter
Beautiful bike, lucky! She looks like a runner...

Beautiful bike, lucky! She looks like a runner indeed....

Here are the latest pictures of mine, which actually runs now! :clap :clap :clap
...
Forum: Airheads 04-04-2013, 03:35 PM
Replies: 483
Views: 70,395
Posted By backdrifter
At this point, I think I'll just leave them off...

At this point, I think I'll just leave them off since I have no idea where they are! :D

Well, I tried the starting ritual and it worked very well - though it is about 60 degrees out today - the...
Forum: Airheads 04-02-2013, 07:19 PM
Replies: 483
Views: 70,395
Posted By backdrifter
Thanks Bill, I'll give that a try next time. Do...

Thanks Bill, I'll give that a try next time. Do you have any Grail related witchcraft that will make this damn thing idle? :D
Forum: Airheads 04-02-2013, 04:10 PM
Replies: 483
Views: 70,395
Posted By backdrifter
Thanks again, gents. georgesgiralt, where...

Thanks again, gents.

georgesgiralt, where in France are you? A few years ago I got to visit Nice and Monaco during a European tour. I would love to go back and see more of your beautiful...
Forum: Airheads 03-30-2013, 07:18 AM
Replies: 483
Views: 70,395
Posted By backdrifter
Glad you had one! I had 5 or 6 and then moved to...

Glad you had one! I had 5 or 6 and then moved to scotch! :eek1 I'm a little fuzzy around the edges this morning! Thanks again for the wiring information Renner, it was a HUGE help!



I...
Forum: Airheads 03-29-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 483
Views: 70,395
Posted By backdrifter
Yep, that's right! Still can't stand the thought...

Yep, that's right! Still can't stand the thought of the first scratch on this bike regardless of where it is. I know it's pointless, but I'm thinking up ways to put some kind of plastic sliders on...
Forum: Airheads 03-29-2013, 02:45 PM
Replies: 483
Views: 70,395
Posted By backdrifter
And what the hell, I'm going to post my...

And what the hell, I'm going to post my prove-positive that she's running one more time since we just turned over onto a new page:
...
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