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Old 01-05-2008, 02:32 PM   #91
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I'm right behind you...

Phil shipped me a Sito exhaust, which should be here next week.

I just need time and motivation to get this done.
16:30 hours Saturday January 5, 2008 and the S is in as many pieces as it can be. Time for a black and tan I think.
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:05 PM   #92
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16:30 hours Saturday January 5, 2008 and the S is in as many pieces as it can be. Time for a black and tan I think.
Way to go Steve.

You might as well go ahead and start a thread on your bike too so we can enjoy the progress with you.


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Old 01-06-2008, 08:13 AM   #93
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Way to go Steve.

You might as well go ahead and start a thread on your bike too so we can enjoy the progress with you.


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I made an interesting discovery about my S last week. After referencing the Mick Phillips book "Twins Restoration" I determined that the bike was a '78 based on the serial no. table in the appendices.
Further investigation about finishes and such led me to my pal Doug Mo who asked me a few questions about the bike. The answers left no doubt that the S is really a 1977. More evidence was discovered when I removed the motor yesterday and was able to read the factory decal under the right cylinder which is stamped "9 77". Great news as 1977 was the first year that BMW made the R100S. The stock just went up.
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Old 01-06-2008, 06:54 PM   #94
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I made an interesting discovery about my S last week. After referencing the Mick Phillips book "Twins Restoration" I determined that the bike was a '78 based on the serial no. table in the appendices.
Further investigation about finishes and such led me to my pal Doug Mo who asked me a few questions about the bike. The answers left no doubt that the S is really a 1977. More evidence was discovered when I removed the motor yesterday and was able to read the factory decal under the right cylinder which is stamped "9 77". Great news as 1977 was the first year that BMW made the R100S. The stock just went up.
Dude. You've gotta get some pics of this process going.

That's freaking fantastic news.
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Old 01-06-2008, 07:07 PM   #95
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Hate to tell you this, but the Germans end the model year in either July or August when the whole country goes on vacation. After Vacation when they start up production again is the beginning of the new model year. It sounds like yours is a '78.
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Old 01-06-2008, 11:44 PM   #96
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So his bike stamped "9/77" is considered a 1978 model? Even if it's sold within 1977?
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Old 01-07-2008, 12:08 AM   #97
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Yep, it's considered a 78. I guess it makes sense, because how else would you get new bikes to the showrooms in January unless they were built ahead of time?
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Old 01-07-2008, 02:03 AM   #98
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but a bike manufactured in sept 77 can easily be sold by the next month... is this a german-only thing?
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Old 01-07-2008, 12:12 PM   #99
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I know this is the way BMW works, not familiar with other brands. It does make sense that the next year's models need to be manufactured starting the previous year, but I don't know how everyone else does it - do they manufacture some of the 78 models in 77 and just list them as being manufactured in 78? Here's a little more info:http://www.bmbikes.co.uk/enginechassis.htm
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Old 01-07-2008, 12:47 PM   #100
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FWIW, I'll corroborate that date thing from my experience. My 95 Ducati was built in something like July 94 and my 83 R80 ST was built in October 82.
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Old 01-07-2008, 02:22 PM   #101
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FWIW, I'll corroborate that date thing from my experience. My 95 Ducati was built in something like July 94 and my 83 R80 ST was built in October 82.

Similar thing with mine: it was originally a 1976 R75/6, and has a manufacture date of 10/75.
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Old 01-07-2008, 03:53 PM   #102
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Hey guys, I like the info on all this manufacturing dates and stuff but we're hijacking this thread way off course.



Like it's never been done before.




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Old 01-07-2008, 06:43 PM   #103
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Hey guys, I like the info on all this manufacturing dates and stuff but we're hijacking this thread way off course.



Like it's never been done before.




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Sorry. I tore the wiring harness out of mine last Winter and installed a newer one. It was a pain in the ass, and required tons of patience and hands smaller than mine.
Are we back on track yet?
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Old 01-07-2008, 07:50 PM   #104
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Dude. You've gotta get some pics of this process going.

That's freaking fantastic news.
Steve, now that it's disassembled, I suggest scattering the parts around the Man Castle and various strategic areas of the house to begin photo documentation of the restoration. I know that this approach is in direct conflict to your neat and orderly approach to projects but it will bring maximum effect to the complexities of a ground-up resto!

Heck, now that my CB750 is almost complete, I'm thinking of taking it apart to document the rebuilding. Just kidding. She should be ready for her public debut at the Cycle World Atlanta show.

Anyhow, Steve start a thread... now back to doing something with that airhead...
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Old 01-08-2008, 02:23 PM   #105
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but a bike manufactured in sept 77 can easily be sold by the next month... is this a german-only thing?
Don't know about the German only thing, but my '72 /5 Toaster was made in Sep71. Given that '72 was the first year for the Toaster, there's no disputing the model year...
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