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Old 03-31-2013, 07:54 AM   #16
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Very nice. I'm like the other Southern Bums here, can't own nice stuff. When I work on car restorations, I quickly hand them over!
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:24 AM   #17
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Gorgeous build, wonderfully thought through as well. If I could buy one of these new from my local BMW shop I'd be out having a blast riding it right now.

How's it compare to the 690?
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:13 AM   #18
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How's it compare to the 690?
Have not had the new ride off road. It has no business on rocky roads and goat trails where the 690 lives. 690 begs to go fast and ain't happy going slow. I'm sure the R80 will be very happy tooling along.

Thank you all for the kind words. I'm having fun with it!
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:17 AM   #19
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Saw the bike this morning in Rick's garage, and it's awesome. It looks like a museum piece, but with a blueprinted engine and a modern suspension, it begs to be ridden properly in the muck.

Not with that tank though. It's too pretty.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:20 AM   #20
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Amazing job, pics don't do it justice.
How is it you have more time for projects with a full-time job?
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:34 AM   #21
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I've been following this project since the beginning, I was very sceptical in the beginning

Seeing the end results I can only tell that Rick is the guy to make it happen!!!

Stellar work and project management
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:48 AM   #22
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that is art. nice to see the attention to detail. please do not let me near it or my xr...I fear we both will taint it. But if you are offroad with it, please feel free to use me or my bike for traction. That thing is worth protecting.
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:34 PM   #23
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Your build and post's inspired me to do something similar! Hope to see ya around town :)
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:07 PM   #24
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Awesome job Rick!
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Old 03-31-2013, 03:17 PM   #25
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R-dubb, very nice result
It's really inspiring me to freshening up my G/S.

Some years ago I mounted some alternative instrumentation, GPS and headlight using similar aluminium angle brackets as you. After only a few offroad rides the brackets cracked right in the sharp bends. So you might keep an eye on these. Currently all is held in place by zip-ties but I'll probably make some stainless brackets with a "soft" bend.

Did you get the original BMW steel header pipes and collector box or are they stainless from Keihan or another company?
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:11 PM   #26
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Wow, that looks great!
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:03 PM   #27
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Did you get the original BMW steel header pipes and collector box or are they stainless from Keihan or another company?
Flat black steel pipes and collector from Boxxerparts. The finish was not very nice, so I had them ceramic coated inside and out. It was done locally and very affordable.

Oh, I am a little concerned about the instrument mounting rails. There is also strong support from the bottom, so maybe it will hold up. I'm also having some issue with the brake line route. My plan will be to put up some miles and work out modifications.

Good luck with yours!

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Old 03-31-2013, 08:43 PM   #28
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Oh Rick, I miss working with you so much, great job as always
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:20 AM   #29
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Watch it or this could become an addiction and you'll be building another with "lessons learned"...again, and again, and again

I've got two builds going on right now..head down to Redwood City for a chat.

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Old 04-01-2013, 06:33 PM   #30
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Watch it or this could become an addiction and you'll be building another with "lessons learned"...again, and again, and again

I've got two builds going on right now..head down to Redwood City for a chat.

Greg
Thanks Greg, I've enjoyed it. I've torn down and worked many marks. I come back to the airheads. Less pain, more gain. My next project is new crank bearings in a Norton P11. That could cure my urges forever. I hate working on that bike more than any.

We really should compare notes and soak a few every now and then.
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