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Old 11-21-2012, 05:36 PM   #1
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New Guy Introduction

Well hello all. I thought I would introduce myself and what I'm up to.

I just registered for this site as I just recently purchased my first BMW as my next project. I moved from Wisconsin to England in July and upon moving here got my next project.

Well I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Its was a 1987 BMW R80RT that the previous owner thought would look great as a welded together attempt at a chopper that I'm trying to straighten out.

In the back of a VW Passat Estate


Condition I bought it in



Half an hour later


mock ups




Gas Tank the bike came with



Moved into new house/home for bike



Got new front end




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Old 11-21-2012, 10:38 PM   #2
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Hi Sleevedoubt,
Welcome to the site and to England, I hope your getting on alright on the wrong side of the road and working with spanners not wrenches.

That looks like a bit of a challenge, it is amazing what some people think looks good.

A tip, if anybody says something that doesn't make sense they are either making a joke or from up north, you will get the hang of which it is.

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Old 11-21-2012, 11:22 PM   #3
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Nice! I love the tracker bars and the USD forks. What tank is that you're putting on there ( the yellow one ) and what was the mock up tank?
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:23 PM   #4
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Also, is that a hole in the valve cover?
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:48 PM   #5
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At least the purists aren't going to hassle you to keep it stock
What is the front end off? Big brakes!
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:54 AM   #6
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Thanks guys.

Yellow tank I got for 10 and is a Norton Jubilee, black tank it came with I have no idea but its gonna be my new rear cowl.

Front end is Triumph yokes with Kawasaki ZX9R forks, wheel, and brakes.

Yes there's a valve cover hole from where the previous owner dropped bike then it appears he tried to stick weld the hole together.

I don't mind driving here in England, and I think roundabouts are better than traffic lights, I just wish my area had as many Autojumbles as it seems the north gets.

Cheers
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:49 AM   #7
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I don't mind driving here in England, and I think roundabouts are better than traffic lights, I just wish my area had as many Autojumbles as it seems the north gets.
What were you thinking? The whole country to choose from and you went south!! It's not too late to move.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:37 PM   #8
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My new wife is from Wiltshire area so I had no choice.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:25 PM   #9
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:52 AM   #10
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I just need to find someone that has a R1100 rear swingarm I could borrow. I need to see if an idea would work.
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:01 AM   #11
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I just need to find someone that has a R1100 rear swingarm I could borrow. I need to see if an idea would work.
The 1100 Swinging will fit straight into your frame but you will end up with too much offset on the rear wheel. With spoked wheels you can pull the wheel rim over and get it almost back in line.

This is an 1100 swinging arm in a Paralever airhead frame. You can see how far from the central line the wheel ends up.

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Old 11-24-2012, 04:06 AM   #12
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Hmm...

If you re-lace the rear wheel how much of this can you take up?
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:44 AM   #13
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Hmm...

If you re-lace the rear wheel how much of this can you take up?
You can take the majority of it out, enough to be acceptable, but it isn't a cheap mod to do. There are only one or two people who will do it because the spoke angles in the rear hub have to be altered. There's also an adapter to buy to convert the airhead gearbox output flange to take an 1100 driveshaft - http://www.bmwboxersupplies.com/adap...aft-p-331.html you also need to sort out some way of mounting an upright shock where the battery normally sits and you will need a custom made rear shock.

You could always fit a Paralever GS/R swinging arm and rear wheel but that may not be look your going for, the parts are expensive and not easy to find.

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Old 11-24-2012, 08:48 AM   #14
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I love how all of these ideas I have seem to follow the path of "pain in the ass to attempt", haha
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:07 AM   #15
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I love how all of these ideas I have seem to follow the path of "pain in the ass to attempt", haha
best to know the pitfalls before you spend any cash?
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