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Old 05-01-2012, 09:16 AM   #119
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Joined: Jan 2005
Location: Belleville, IL
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Pics as promised. Lots of them. The painter was a St. Louis area BMW fan named Larry. I highly recommend him and would be happy to put anyone interested in touch with him - just PM me.

I love this photo, it shows just how glass-like the finish really is:

Headlight bucket mocked up with gauges expertly restored by Terry (Wirespokes). Looks ready to ride!

Headlight ears:

One thing that I thought was really cool was that Larry masked and saved all of the initials from the original painters. He also added his own initials, which I thought was a really nice touch. Interestingly, all three pinstriped parts of my bike (front fender, rear fender, tank) were painted by different painters. Very interesting!

The original initials on top, Larry's mark on the bottom:

A closer look:

I'm taking all the necessary parts to be re-chromed soon. Once I get the tank plates back all shiny and new, Larry will airbrush the black "wings" in them and then reinstall them for me (so I don't scratch the wonderful new paint).

Now it's onto mechanical stuff. Next I need to change the timing chain, the main seal, and see what else I'm looking at.

Little by little....
"We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living."
-Thich Nhat Hanh

1973 BMW R60/5:

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