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Old Today, 01:42 AM   #1
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Introduction - First Post - BMW Cafe Racer

Merry Christmas to everyone, this is my first post on the forum. My name is Stuart Kilgour, live in Somerset West, South Africa. I'm married with twin boys who are 13 years old.

I've been attracted to motorcycles from an early age, and had 2 50cc's during my school days. I then progressed to a Katana 550 whist in college.

Unfortunately, I sold the Katana just before I went to sea (Seaman), I never rode another bike for around 16 years. Then the bug bit me again and I decide to get the retro looking Honda VT750S. I had that bike for about 2 years, but it seemed to lack a bit of character, so I decided to sell it and purchased my first BMW - the F700GS, awesome bike. I then went a bit crazy and bought another BMW a year later - the classic looking R nine T, another awesome bike.

I then wanted to purchase / build a Café Racer. I'm pretty good with spanners, but not welding or any type of machining! so I decided to have one made for me, the donor bike was an old beat up 1981 BMW R100RS. I wasn't sure exactly about the look I wanted, so at the time, I decided it would look pretty cool if it looked pretty similar to my BMW R nine T. The bike came out alright, although I was not too happy with the paint job and seat, but otherwise it's pretty cool looking. Well, that all changed when I came across Bill Costello's thread and YouTube videos (actually had a lump in my throat after watching the video on his fathers old BMW R50) Anyway, after seeing his Café Racer thread, I decided that was the look I was after - what a fantastic looking bike. Needless to say, I've been in contact with Thor in Florida and have already purchased the Café Racer seat. Now.....I must just be patient until it arrives, so I can get on with the conversion, will be getting help from Ian in Cape Town who runs "Black Silver Customs"

Well that's my story in a nutshell, will post some pics of my bikes later on today.



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Old Today, 01:51 AM   #2
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Hi Stuart and welcome,
Good luck with the BMW project, I don't know if it is any help but there is another airhead builder in Cape Town called Altus Pienaar who is in the Woodstock district, I found him a helpful chap who might be a useful contact, PM me if you want his contact details.
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Thanks for the info Mark, will keep that in mind.
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Ok, ......... here we go, some build pictures of my BMW R100RS (1981) Café Racer. I must apologies for the quality of the last 2 pictures, were taken by me in a hurry in my garage. Will post some better and more scenic ones when I get a chance.
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The transformation starts to take place.............Neville working his magic.
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Starting to look more like a Café Racer.......wheels on.
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The BMW R100RS in it's new home.......
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......and the last pic, until I can take some better shots of the bike. I'll also be posting more pics when I fit the new seat and the bike has been repainted..........this will only happen towards the end of February / March 2015.
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