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Old 06-18-2011, 11:34 PM   #46
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36mm


Another special tool for the BMW. This socket is for the forks. Both the top and bottom fork nuts and the triple tree steering stem nut are 36mm.


I modified the socket (right) by grinding down the lip to remove the beveled portion of the socket (left). I did this to allow maximum grip between the socket teeth and the nut head. The top fork nuts are not very tall, and with the bevel the socket would likely slip off the nut as I apply torque, thus rounding the corners of the nut… ask me how I know, do’h!

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Old 06-18-2011, 11:36 PM   #47
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This tool was a suggestion in the CLYMER manual. By grinding down the sides of a 13mm socket to accomidate a 15mm open end wrench one can loosen the damper rod locking nut while holding the damper rod with a allen wrench.


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Old 06-18-2011, 11:38 PM   #48
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Black is Back in Style


Found this very cool picture of what appears to be the R90S press intro.
Notice the black bike in the foreground; it has no silver smoke nor pin striping.
My guess is this bike was a prototype bike, or perhaps a color option BMW wanted to get press reaction to?
Regardless, this is how I plan to paint my project bike, straight gloss black. I like it!



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Old 06-19-2011, 02:11 AM   #49
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Found this very cool picture of what appears to be the R90S press intro.
Notice the black bike in the foreground; it has no silver smoke nor pin striping.
My guess is this bike was a prototype bike, or perhaps a color option BMW wanted to get press reaction to?
Regardless, this is how I plan to paint my project bike, straight gloss black. I like it!



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Interesting guess, but no cigar . . . .

That's a photo taken in Holland showing a gathering organised by a gentleman by the name of Theo Terweil (sp?) who owns a business which specialises in painting R90S bodywork. That particular gathering was held only a few years ago IIRC.
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Old 06-19-2011, 02:11 AM   #50
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That looks like a K1 and oilhead GS in the background of your "R90S press intro" shot.

Believe it's a fairly recent R90S gathering photo complete with a non-original black example.

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Found this very cool picture of what appears to be the R90S press intro.
Notice the black bike in the foreground; it has no silver smoke nor pin striping.
My guess is this bike was a prototype bike, or perhaps a color option BMW wanted to get press reaction to?
Regardless, this is how I plan to paint my project bike, straight gloss black. I like it!



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Old 06-19-2011, 08:22 AM   #51
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mystery photo revealed

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Interesting guess, but no cigar . . . .

That's a photo taken in Holland showing a gathering organised by a gentleman by the name of Theo Terweil (sp?) who owns a business which specialises in painting R90S bodywork. That particular gathering was held only a few years ago IIRC.
Thanks Max Headroom for the clarification on the photo. This explains the inconsistency in the bike in the photo.

I still like the non-original all black paint job just the same.

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Old 06-19-2011, 08:34 AM   #52
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:36 AM   #53
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Lazy Sunday Photos


Click on the photo to view slide show. http://www.photosbytink.com/bmwb&w/

I was having a very lazy Sunday and didn’t want to get into working on the BMW but I wanted to spend some time studying her.
So I took my camera, set it to Black & White, and just started taking some “art” shots just to see what I could come up with. Enjoy.

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Old 07-24-2011, 05:09 PM   #54
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I took off the saddle bag mounts, and replaced the tail light with an earlier (smaller) unit today. The tail light that came with the bike was an unsightly large unit with separate brake and tail light bulbs. It had suffered from the common error of putting too big a bulb in the tail light socket which over heats and damages the tail light lens. Got this good condition early tail light unit off E-bay for $38, including shipping.


Had to do a little work on the turn signals too. The right turn signal mounting stem was bent backwards sightly. Easy enough to bend back into place with a small cheater bar. The left turn signal housing internal mounting hardware had suffered some slight damage (from a tip-over I suspect) but was easily bent back into shape.

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Old 07-24-2011, 05:59 PM   #55
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its looking nice, i really like the gold mags.
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:33 PM   #56
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and replaced the tail light with an earlier (smaller) unit today.
Nice call on the tail light. The larger tail light was the camel's nose into the tent of diverging from the perfect design of the original.

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Old 07-24-2011, 08:01 PM   #57
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its looking nice, i really like the gold mags.
The RT was one of the only models I know of that had gold snowflake rims.
Unfortunately someone repainted the front rime a slightly different shade of gold so they don't match.
I'm thinking of making a quasi John Player Special; black paint, gold pinstripe, gold rims.


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Old 07-24-2011, 08:07 PM   #58
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The RT was one of the only models I know of that had gold snowflake rims.
Unfortunately someone repainted the front rime a slightly different shade of gold so they don't match.
I'm thinking of making a quasi John Player Special; black paint, gold pinstripe, gold rims.


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im thinkin im going to powdercoat my mags gold after seeing how sweet they look on your bike. my r100s is white, but gold mags on the white would be bitchin
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:02 PM   #59
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The RT was one of the only models I know of that had gold snowflake rims.
Unfortunately someone repainted the front rime a slightly different shade of gold so they don't match.
I'm thinking of making a quasi John Player Special; black paint, gold pinstripe, gold rims.


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Tink, email me once you get the fairing on and a photo taken, I'd be happy to do some quick photoshop renderings of different coloring ideas.

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Old 11-16-2011, 12:16 PM   #60
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Loving the build. Funny hearing about the wheels. You guys want them gold, and I can't wait to make them anything but gold. Guess it just isn't my style. Mine aren't perfect anyway, so no big loss.

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