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Old 04-06-2013, 05:34 AM   #3706
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I saw an engine cover that looked so good I wanted to f--- it. Can't find it now. It was one of those things that looked like an exciting factory variant rather than a driveway mod. The whole motor just looked sleek and sexy and right rather than crudely chopped off. No idea what it took to make it but if you can do a seat cowl...and I bet 'glas would work.
I know the engine cover you are talking about. I thought about using the rounded cover but after seeing a lot of these I now think they make the boxer motor look like an egg. They somehow "feminize" the look of the bike slightly, while the sharp ugly plate people use to cover the airbox hole looks less refined and angular and manly. I now prefer the unfinished unrefined look to the egg cover as well as the original giant rectangle stock look. So in conclusion, I understand you opinion, but your opinion is wrong!
;-)
In the next few months I will be posting my bike right here and I look forward to all of your opinions. There are ways to be a little nicer with some negative comments but we all have a way of speaking that we developed as young adults and nobody is going to change the way they talk at this point in life.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:24 AM   #3707
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There are ways to be a little nicer with some negative comments but we all have a way of speaking that we developed as young adults and nobody is going to change the way they talk at this point in life.
+1

Motorcycle riders and enthusiasts as a whole don't tend to be the most refined, polite people on the planet as a group. If you post photos of your bike on the internet, you're not necessarily going to get all praise. Be ready for it and don't be shocked if not everyone LOVES your bike. Also don't be shocked if they don't take extra special care to express these negative sentiments in the kindest, most sensitive way. In other words suck it up and quit whining.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:25 AM   #3708
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Back on track... a little Florida back road dirt surfing this morning on the way over to a friends house. Love this bike. Looking forward to getting some dual purpose tires on it.

Cheers!
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:25 AM   #3709
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Boxer Metal Build?

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Isn't this a BoxerMetal build?
Not quite. I built the bike using Boxer Metal parts. Chris was gracious enough to give me some of his proprietary badges for the writ-up in Iron & Air. I kept them on there afterwards. Chris was very helpful in wiring up the Acewell gauge. The Boxer Metal parts on this are:

Rearsets
Fender Eliminator
Block Off Plate
Gauge/Ignition Mount
Badges

More info: http://ironandair.com/iron-air/featu...es/rodarte-bmw
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:44 AM   #3710
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Cafe Racer Build

Thanks for so many positive comments. Sorry if it offended some of you, but I built it for my pleasure. If you hated this one, you'll detest the R65 I'm currently building. ;)


A little background on the build:

  • Fitted with the following:
  • The flywheel was lightened, the carburetors upgraded to Bing 40mm with Pod Filters.
  • Upgraded to Dual Disk Brakes up front
  • New Spiegler Stainless Braided Brake Lines
  • San Jose BMW Aluminum Upper Triple Clamp powder coated
  • Chrome Fork Caps and Steering Nut
  • Luftmeister Front Fork Brace
  • Rubber Ribbed Fork Gators
  • Stainless Steel nuts and bolts throughout
  • Stainless Brake Rod and Hardware
  • Powder coated Frame
  • Re-lined Gas Tank
  • Custom Rear Sets
  • Shorai light weight Lithium Iron Battery relocated under seat cowl
  • Custom Battery Cables
  • New Motion Pro Clutch, Choke, and Throttle Cables
  • Choke relocated to handlebars.
  • Custom Air/Breather Box Kit
  • Polished aluminum "Peanut style" Valve Covers
  • Aluminum Monza Style Flip-top Gas Cap
  • Acewell Digital Analog Speedometer & Tach
  • Tommaselli Clip-ons
  • Custom upholstered Cafe Seat
  • Powder coated Wheel Hubs
  • Stainless Steel Spokes
  • Polished Rims
  • New Dunlop K81 Vintage tires
  • New Hagon Shocks
  • New Turn Signals
  • Rear Fender Eliminator Kit
  • Stainless rear Mud Guard
  • Shortened front fender
  • Boxer Metal Ignition relocator, and Gauge Mount
  • Custom Mango Tango color paint job with cool rally flag graphics

Some of these photos are conflicting, in some you'll see the original Clubman bars which inspired the build. I later switched them to Tommaselli's for comfort. The mirrors, of those pesky mirrors...well they're still not right as you see, I've gone to different version. I'll end up with Bar-end mirrors shortly. The Handgrips are not painted, they're a translucent Brown, seems to go well with the color of the bike. Someone commented on the chrome bits, the valve covers and carb tops are not chrome, they're just polished aluminum. As far as the eyebrow on the headlight, it has been long gone. It looked cool for a while. I'm still not done with it. Next week the cylinders come off, and I'll have those painted High-temp black like my R90s. and I haven't decide on whether to polish or paint black the front forks. It's always something. Again, thanks for the constructive criticism. If you'd like to read the Iron & Air article follow this link. http://ironandair.com/iron-air/featu...es/rodarte-bmw

Cheers!

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Old 04-06-2013, 12:03 PM   #3711
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Nice bike there man... rode a cafe'd KZ1000 like that for about 6 years. Put thousands of miles on it and enjoyed many road trips.

For the record... stubby front fenders work just fine.
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:35 PM   #3712
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Just found some old photographs from the early 90's.

I was a laverda rider at the time so didn't really notice the airhead in the background. Looks pretty trick from what I can see but if you're going to build an airhead racer would you pick pink??

It looked to me like a BOTT starting field. Until i spotted the BSA behind the Laverda. There where some very fast German teams with 2 valve twins in odd colours. And as long as you are on the first start row, nobody makes jokes about your colour. Remember the colours of th Britten, nobody complained.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:54 AM   #3713
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Love the bike... but you lost me with the headlight eyebrow thing
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:56 AM   #3714
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Nice Toaster!


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Beautiful bike, lucky! She looks like a runner indeed....

Here are the latest pictures of mine, which actually runs now!


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Old 04-07-2013, 02:00 AM   #3715
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But I love those GROOVY `70's pull back bars. Not.


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Old 04-07-2013, 06:25 AM   #3716
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Can't wait for it to get above 40 in the mornings, I want to start riding to work in the mornings.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:37 AM   #3717
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But I love those GROOVY `70's pull back bars. Not.

Yeah, they were the first thing to go. Well, after the '70s Vetter fairing that I didn't even bring home.

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Old 04-07-2013, 01:48 PM   #3718
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Spent the better half of a perfectly beautiful central Florida day puttering along dirt roads around the Mosquito Lagoon... Totally in heaven today.

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Old 04-07-2013, 03:28 PM   #3719
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Spent the better half of a perfectly beautiful central Florida day puttering along dirt roads around the Mosquito Lagoon... Totally in heaven today.
Grrrrrrrrreat!
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:40 PM   #3720
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Here is a real "airhead"






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