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Old 11-20-2012, 02:51 AM   #3143
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Location: Aylesford, Kent, UK
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Time to refurbish my R100GS-Paris Dakar

This is my R100GS-Paris Dakar, made in 1989 but is a German import arriving in the UK in 1993. I bought her in 2004 with daydreams of a RTW ride or similar but reality has set in and I don't have the money to do that. After twelve more-than-happy years riding my ST1100, including two coast-to-coast across the US, she's finally too heavy for me and I ride her so little, a mere 800 miles last year. Time to resurrect the Paris Dakar.

I have plans to re-inforce the frame and subframe before powdercoating, and BMW specialist Jim Cray is going to work wonders with the engine. Jim re-built my R100/7 about eighteen years ago and it was a flyer. The wheels will be polished and fitted with stainless steel spokes. I've already fitted a four-pot caliper from an R1100 and a floating disc which incidentally altered the effectiveness of the front brake from very poor to poor. I fitted a taller Secdem screen (although I like the US Parabellum) and have bought a single seat and rack from the US plus Touratech panniers. A nice project for the winter.
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