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Old 11-28-2011, 07:21 PM   #46
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My heart soars like a hawk


that is awesome
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:26 AM   #47
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I had an awesome conversation with bmwblake last night ... Apparently, the bike has a history. Of course, this makes me love it much, much more. Without going into a long story ...

I *finally* got the Vietnam reference ... and that is a Vietnam badge. My Uncle (the immediate PO) was a Captain in the Rangers ... and he put that on it. Sometimes it takes me a minute,

One of the PO's was a chopper pilot in Desert Storm.

And the first PO was John Simmons. A BMW master mechanic and previous owner of Grass Roots BMW in Missouri. http://www.grassrootsbmw.com/Our_Staff.html See his pic here:


He took the bike to Mexico and back ... several times. Most of it's farkling, and miles ... dual plugging, Omega charging system, lights was done by him, redone transmission (circlip?) ... anyway ... I find all this VERY COOL. I plan on calling him this week sometime.

I also cut down the shield up front ... covered both sides with clear packaging tape. With a sharpie, drew out the new size. Put a 'tile' blade on the jig saw, and cut it out. I did all of this with the windshield still on the bike.

Before:


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Old 11-29-2011, 02:18 PM   #48
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Get yourself one of them 4 pot brembos machined for the front and braking will be adequate. Good looking bike pre plastic PD!!!!
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Old 11-29-2011, 05:30 PM   #49
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Blake, was (don't ride with) Brad making a Doonesbury reference?
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Old 11-29-2011, 05:43 PM   #50
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When are we riding? Haven't seen you, jenna or brad in a good while.
How bout a breeze between the knees ride
Blaine, I saw you and your GF at the day of the dead show (youngblood). Tried to catch you and talk, but I missed. I'm ready for a ride
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:13 PM   #51
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Fred, Windshield looks great! Nice job.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:55 AM   #52
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Fred, Windshield looks great! Nice job.
Mike! Hey Ya'll Meet my Uncle!

I took it out last night for a spin around Decatur, and the windshield was great. The helmet buffetting is completely gone. Now, there is a bit of updraft at higher speeds, but this will probably be fixed with a slightly steeper angle on the shield. So ... we're dialing it in!

All - Those handlebars are just a touch too wide. On the bars though there is a small bolt that would prevent me taking an inch or so off the end ... and i was looking as some re-pro bars and the design is not as cut and dry as I thought it might be. Is there are similar bar out there that I can buy that is just a touch shorter?
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:00 AM   #53
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Is there are similar bar out there that I can buy that is just a touch shorter?
GSs use very high rise bars. The only widely available options with similar rise are ATV bars. Tomasselli makes GS repro bars in stock dimensions as well as wider ones, but nothing narrower. I got the tomaselli's and was able to get away with cutting about 3/4" off both ends and was still able to fit my ST controls on the bars. The GS controls might not make it though.
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