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Old 06-13-2011, 09:52 PM   #16
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too freaking cool. Once again, I'm proud to be part of this community....
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:05 PM   #17
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On one hand, Mike had planned on fixing up the bike. He even mentioned "restoring" it.

On the other hand, it's the punk's bike. It should somehow reflect its history, its former owner.

On the third hand, this isn't going to be a shrine. It's a bike. Mike put the miles on. He used them. When I'm done, it'll be my bike and I'll use it.

What all that means about what gets done, I don't know yet. Do I keep the old crumbling footpeg rubber? Probably not. Does it stay red? Probably.


But I don't want to get ahead of myself debating over what to keep. First things first, trying to find the problem that parked the bike (and see if it's worth repairing), and see if neglect has done any more damage.

FWIW, the "rust" on the rondels is the varnish yellowed and mostly flaked off.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:33 AM   #18
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On the third hand, *snip*
That ought to come in handy for switching the petcock to reserve while you're first 2 are busy in a turn or something.
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:41 AM   #19
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:57 AM   #20
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:07 AM   #21
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Can ya sell me those mounts on the top of the forks for the old clock and Amp meter cheap?
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:04 PM   #22
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:09 PM   #23
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On one hand, Mike had planned on fixing up the bike. He even mentioned "restoring" it.

On the other hand, it's the punk's bike. It should somehow reflect its history, its former owner.

On the third hand, this isn't going to be a shrine. It's a bike. Mike put the miles on. He used them. When I'm done, it'll be my bike and I'll use it.
I inherited my 100/7 and went through the same dilemma. The bike had been my mates only transport for 8 years he'd planned to do it up but never had. I've sorted the mechanicals and left the rest, it has it's own character. He wanted it in shelby White/blue with an s fairing so maybe that's a plan for the future.

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Old 06-14-2011, 02:29 PM   #24
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This is gonna be neat. I'd say that some bits should never be changed though.

The footpeg rubbers worn-out by Mike's boots, the headlight ear worn by his keys. The rusty roundels. And I like the reversed valve-covers - a nice reflection of the beloved PO.

Looking forward to the thread.
Wud I tell you Scott? The road rash got on the top of that valve cover somehow.

This should be fun. I don't know shit about shit, but I'd like to help or at least observe when you start getting dirt under your fingernails.
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:18 PM   #25
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Can ya sell me those mounts on the top of the forks for the old clock and Amp meter cheap?
Up until a couple weeks ago, those mounts were still for sale at Max's BMW... P/N 31421240651 for like 6 bucks apiece (albeit in black instead of chrome). They have now disappeared from the on-line fiche (at least I couldn't find them at Max's) and the prices are going to skyrocket as BMW unobtanium. The hard parts to find for the clock and ammeter are the mounting cups, which have been NLA for a few years. Good luck.
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Old 06-15-2011, 03:42 PM   #26
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Swap the rocker covers over, full oil change and carbie kit and it is away, keep the patina as it is, just to piss off the purists.

In reality the gearbox probably need a refresh, at least all the boxers of this era I have spannered on have been found to need it.

Good project, But don't make it another "as it left the factory" bike.
I wonder why myself and others like to"piss off the purists"?
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Old 06-15-2011, 03:52 PM   #27
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:14 PM   #28
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Some mild progress today.

I know it's down the list of things to care about, but I wanted to get the massive aftermarket battery out. Apparently it was grown in place like a pear in a bottle.



I thought I was having a monkey with the rice in the coconut moment. I don't know how they got this thing in or how the bike got the air it needed.



I ended up pulling the rear fender and the battery support.


Yes, you read that number right.

If you ever wondered how people get started down the bobber/cafe path, it starts right here:
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:17 PM   #29
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I pulled the valve covers and oil pan off and everything looks clean, very clean. The oil that I drained could probably go right back into the bike. Even the plugs, obviously used, don't look they've ever seen a drop of water.





Better yet, with the plugs pulled, the engine turns over without too much effort.

Maybe Mike was more into maintenance than he liked to say.
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:21 PM   #30
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As I move through the bike, I'm finding a mix of odd little bodges to balance out that clean oil. When I pushed the bike out of his garage for the first time I was amazed at narrow the arc the bars would turn. Mike or someone else fitted the bike with low narrow bars. In a not too successful attempt to keep the controls from hitting the tank, they fitted a loosely threaded bolt and rubber washers.



It didn't quite work. You can see the little dent above the rondel.



The rear racks didn't quite fit, so some bent metal and a bunch of washers will do.





There are 'extra' wires dangling out around the headlight presumably from the gauges that would have been part of the original S dash. The front wheel has some interesting slop in it and whatever gas is still in the tank is slowly working its way through the petcocks and carbs.


I need some gaskets and the like. Does anyone want to cut through the chatter and tell me THE best place to get them cheaply and in a reasonably timely manner? I've ordered stuff from Chicago before and been less than impressed with their ability to forget bits and pieces after taking forever to ship stuff.
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