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Old 05-27-2014, 02:21 PM   #1
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02 R1150GS Scrambler conversion

I came across a beaten up rusted 1150 for a sweet deal. It was too trashed to keep in stock for so and I had planned on modifying one into a cafe/scrambler anyways so here it goes.....


With some editing with my kids crayons I drew out what I wanted it to look like.


Grinder in hand I took away all but the motor, tranny, front end, and tank. The rear subframe took the longest to get all the angles lined up for aesthetics.


The seat is in the process of re-padding as the first go around is waay to hard for my soft @ss.


Next up was the headlight. Here is where the dilemma begins. With the fork sliders on the Beemer I was forced to mount using the old location, ie the beak area. Unfortunately I couldn't get the monster 8" LaPaz tucked in as close as I'd like. That and the oil cooler but it doesn't look too bad. I mounted the Acewell to the headlight basket so its all tidy. Close up pix to follow once I cover the cooler and the outside lines of the tank with stainless mesh.


I am still waiting on the Renthal bars before I swap the controls. I also need to make some panels to cover the dead area below the tank for when I reinstall the wiring. Before all this I have a newer motor to swap in before the fit and finish phase. I even chopped down the muffler for a shorter look.


If all goes as planned I should have it wrapped up in the next 3-4 weeks and have it on the road. Lots of minor details to iron out as it all comes together.

I still have the ABS, the airbox, and most likely the controls for sale as well if any one needs some parts. The old motor can go as well.

Thanks for looking!

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Old 05-27-2014, 02:27 PM   #2
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Old 05-27-2014, 06:47 PM   #3
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Old 05-27-2014, 07:02 PM   #4
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:24 AM   #5
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:51 AM   #6
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Just in case you are looking for some inspiration..
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:06 AM   #7
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Subscribed! I really like that 1200 luca9277
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:56 PM   #8
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Just in case you are looking for some inspiration..
Saw that awhile back. Thanks tho!
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Old 05-28-2014, 03:27 PM   #9
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Old 05-28-2014, 06:18 PM   #10
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Old 05-28-2014, 06:31 PM   #11
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Just in case you are looking for some inspiration..
I love that one.
The two design elements that really set it off for me are the Metler Karoo3 tires and that yellow lens on the headlight.
I run PIAA Ion Yellow bulbs in my motorcycles. Anything to make your bike more conspicuous in traffic is a good thing.
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:35 AM   #12
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Check out the new BMW Motorcycle Magazine for Summer 2014! They have a great article on Scrambler Makeovers. Even a 156hp Wethead!
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:04 PM   #13
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Completion at last!

So the fun really began at teardown. More rusted bolts and a complete cluster of wiring that I wouldn't need.


Once I had the wires labeled I could pull the whole harness.


Then came time to transplant the newer motor and see how the tranny looked.


After all this putting it back together was simple. All the parts were either clean or freshly powdercoated and had already been assembled prior to teardown. The wiring was really the only hangup with the LED lights. 4 small resistors cured that!


A quick tune up and some minor fit/finish details and she is done.






I should have some better quality photos in the next few days now that it's tuned and I have some time off to drive it like it deserves. The iphone pix are awful with all the dirt but I don't claim to be a photographer. I have a few dozen other shots but I figure these sum it up well enough.

So far it is incredibly fun. Losing 90 lbs of un-needed weight has made it very nimble and quick. I can say it moves easily on par with my F800GS hands down. The brakes are only concern as they work too well and with less weight the rear will lock up if not careful. The OHLINs could use a revalve as well since the diet. A set of knobbies and it will hanlde how I hoped on dirt.

I am now in a conundrum. The wife is OK with two bikes but she would prefer only one. I would like to sell the F800 cause this one is way more fun but I think I can fetch a better price for this beast. If any of you are interested and the price is right, I might be inclined to sell this one. I am relocating to Wisco next month and will be building more bikes in the future as this is my intended career choice for side work. Hit me up!
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:14 AM   #14
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Nice work! Where in Wisconsin are you headed?
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:35 PM   #15
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I keep picturing one of these...



Good job though.

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