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Old 07-03-2013, 01:53 PM   #46
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Next entry to the fix your bike on the road competition......

I had a carb diaphram develop a leak out in the boonies in Australia, the bike ran, but like crap.

The fix was to patch the hole with some rubber from a condom and some rubber glue from the tyre patch kit
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:59 PM   #47
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Those 3 pics are ones I will cherish for the rest of my life. They express the feeling and emotion of a café racer. A bike that looks cool and purposeful even when its not even moving. A bike that gets no pillion seat because its soul mission is to create a bond between man and machine.


Nice bike, but it's starting sound like the same old douchey cafe racer cliche in here.


...oh and it should be "sole" not "soul"
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:17 PM   #48
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Nice bike, but it's starting sound like the same old douchey cafe racer cliche in here.


...oh and it should be "sole" not "soul"
Thanks for the spelling correction. I make that error a lot.
As for your feeling of douchey cafe themes, I can't say I blame you!
If you are not a cafe fanatic how the hell did you get this far?

I stand and look in awe at my creation whenever I walk by it. I am kind of obsessed. If passion equals douchiness then color me guilty.
I fear you will begin to hate my bike more once you start seeing it pop up on other blogs.
My condolences in advance.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:28 PM   #49
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Thanks for the spelling correction. I make that error a lot.
As for your feeling of douchey cafe themes, I can't say I blame you!
If you are not a cafe fanatic how the hell did you get this far?

I stand and look in awe at my creation whenever I walk by it. I am kind of obsessed. If passion equals douchiness then color me guilty.
I fear you will begin to hate my bike more once you start seeing it pop up on other blogs.
My condolences in advance.

Well played sir.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:42 PM   #50
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Next entry to the fix your bike on the road competition......

I had a carb diaphram develop a leak out in the boonies in Australia, the bike ran, but like crap.

The fix was to patch the hole with some rubber from a condom and some rubber glue from the tyre patch kit

LOL!
That is what I will tell my wife when she asks me why I packed condoms on my next trip!


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Old 07-03-2013, 03:18 PM   #51
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Next entry to the fix your bike on the road competition......

I had a carb diaphram develop a leak out in the boonies in Australia, the bike ran, but like crap.

The fix was to patch the hole with some rubber from a condom and some rubber glue from the tyre patch kit
What brand of condoms? I didn't know butyl cement would work on latex...
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:24 PM   #52
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I haven't a clue what brand, this did happen in 1981.

However it worked for about 750 miles.
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:24 AM   #53
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The "cafe racer"..........

........to end all cafe racers'.



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Old 07-05-2013, 01:45 AM   #54
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Well played sir.
Touché indeed.

(I would say possible case of green gills)
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:13 AM   #55
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Hi Bill,
Nice work on the cafe bike....I do actually prefer your father's old bike.
So, right now, I want to personally thank you (and your Dad) for the fine write up and video.
Thanks much and RIDE FAST and SAFE!
Best wishes always,
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:35 AM   #56
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That bike is flat gorgeous, functional and tasteful without being too flashy.

I understand people having issues with modifying a classic bike such as these, but hell that looks like something BMW should have (could) make at the factory. Very well done. Makes me want to find a neglected airhead and spend some quality garage time with it

One of these days
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:19 PM   #57
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Hi Bill,
Nice work on the cafe bike....I do actually prefer your father's old bike.
So, right now, I want to personally thank you (and your Dad) for the fine write up and video.
Thanks much and RIDE FAST and SAFE!
Best wishes always,
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Thanks. I too like my father's R50 better too. Besides being a priceless heirloom to me, it is flat out beautiful and classy. I had planned on making her the only bike I would ever own. Despite its age, it is reliable, quick enough for any kind of riding except long highway rides, and it is surprisingly smooth and comfortable. But I wanted to build a hot rod, and I also wanted a second bike that was a bit more modern to ride with my friends who have modern bikes. My café seems to be filling this goal nicely so far.

Today I rode with my friend who was on his HP4 that he just got. It may have 193 HP but it weighs a whopping 373 pounds, so I had to go really easy on him.
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:26 PM   #58
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That bike is flat gorgeous, functional and tasteful without being too flashy.

I understand people having issues with modifying a classic bike such as these, but hell that looks like something BMW should have (could) make at the factory. Very well done. Makes me want to find a neglected airhead and spend some quality garage time with it

One of these days
Thanks Grubel. I am flattered. My goal was indeed to build a bike BMW would have built. ANd I didn't destroy a classic- I saved an airhead that would be headed for the dump in a few years. Now I will keep this bike for decades as I have no plans to sell it and I built it to suit my exact needs.
Go find an old airhead on Craigs list for a few grand and save another one! You won't regret it. Building a project bike was one of the most satisfying things I have ever done.
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:47 PM   #59
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...also wanted a second bike that was a bit more modern to ride with my friends who have modern bikes.
Bikes are like shoes: got to have one for each occasion.
This is what I tell my girlfriend.

I gather you re-purposed the RT for those kick-ass occasions.
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:10 AM   #60
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Great bike! Especially like the seat, one, if not the, best I've seen so far (check www.anythingbutstockbeemers.blogspot.nl). Tried to find this Thor on the internet, but in vain. Could you help me out?
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