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Old 08-15-2009, 09:39 PM   #1
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So I bought the r90 (after looking for that model specifically for cross country) a few weeks ago. Before I rode Vespas and a Honda CB360. I went into it wanting something that mechanically ran perfect but cosmetically was not fantastic. Finally found one at the right price point and bought it the next night. The PO was an older gentleman who had maybe 8-10 BMW's in his garage among Harleys and a Guzzi or two. I can't express how much I love riding this bike. It's such a unique ride with how the drive shaft bucks under you and the sound of the valves right there in the wind.
There were a few issues. First was the horrid (to me) Luftmeister fairing, the Reynold's center stand with no side stand. The non stock 7 ich headlight with no stock bezel (finally think I hunted one down). The rest is really just clean, swap or restore really. Only 43k miles on it. Oh and I'd like to eventually get the /6 tank back on it for touring.
On with the pics.










So the fairings gone and so is that HORRIBLE 2-1 exhaust. I put this one on in the next week.







I'm slowly cleaning the engine trying a few chemicals here and there to see what works best. Started like this..



After a little Simple Green and scrubbing got



So this is what I will be restoring over the next 8 month's or so. I will update on this thread and there will be tons of pictures.
Parts I've ordered the past 2 weeks.
-r90S handle bars
-various rubber bits (shifter and such)
-stock bmw grips
-carb rebuild kit
-headlight bezel (thanks to a fellow member)
-bosh 8 inch light (hopefully from a fellow member)
-front brake pads ad rear shoes
Next month
-new seat cover from sargeant
-full bolt kit
-front end fork rebuild (seals)
-progressive fork springs
-speedo/tach rebuild (need to find a company in atlanta)
-tires
I'd also like to get the stock rounded valve covers and an S fairing.
Thoughts and advice completely welcomed.

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Old 08-15-2009, 10:31 PM   #2
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Sweet!

That's pretty much the condition of a lot of airheads I was seeing last summer...so I'm going to be interested in this thread to see how you clean this one up :)
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Old 08-16-2009, 12:29 AM   #3
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Lots of potential in that bike by the looks of it. /6 Tank will look better and how about some round rockercovers?

Where did "that HORRIBLE 2-1 exhaust" go? I might be interested.
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Old 08-16-2009, 04:21 AM   #4
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The bike is going to really appreciate taking off that barn door fairing. I had a Luftmeister with lowers, it was a tad heavy and you've got the earlier one that's worse.
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:23 AM   #5
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get yourself a timing hole cover

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Old 08-16-2009, 09:09 AM   #6
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Lots of potential in that bike by the looks of it. /6 Tank will look better and how about some round rockercovers?

Where did "that HORRIBLE 2-1 exhaust" go? I might be interested.
The 2-1 maybe be going to motoMatt today for a set of Krauser racks/luggage. (Yes the stock covers were mentioned, I'd love to get those back on there for a more classic/non 80s look)


Is the timing hole plug part 108 in this
http://www.bikebandit.com/assets/sch...5-05-12189.GIF
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:14 AM   #7
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Hmm, me thinks you would make a good deal on that, swapping the exhaust for some luggage. To bad for me
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Old 08-16-2009, 01:32 PM   #8
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So this doesn't look like the OEM side stand but with this be a direct fit on the r90 (seeing that it is /6 series)?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1975-...Q5fAccessories

I lack a side stand and it's a pain not having one.
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Old 08-16-2009, 03:06 PM   #9
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Nice looking bike!

Here is a place you can order parts from.

http://www.motorwestmotorcycles.com/

ask for Matt.

I have purchased lots and lots of parts from him and he is a wealth of knowledge.

He has a aftermarket/reproduction of the older valve covers that won't break the bank.

Good luck with the resto and will be interested in seeing the progress
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Old 08-16-2009, 04:05 PM   #10
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Nice find. That beast will haul you around for years to come.
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:27 PM   #11
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Hoo Yah! Good on You!

I bought my 90/6 early this year, and in the words of poet ee cummins, "Kid, dayze nuttin' like it."

It's a gentleman's ride, no doubt. Mine came fitted with the near-flat Euro bars and the S fairing. The euro bars are the cat's ass, no doubt. The S fairing appears to be more an attempt at styling than anything. Looks sweeeet, but gives a near-naked ride, even with the much-taller screen from Gustafson. (www.bikescreen.com)

I'm picking the foam peanuts and figuring the damage on a Hannigan fairing a fellow inmate sold me. If all works out, I may have the S fairing and the new screen listed come winter. Stay in touch.

Oh, yeah, the Redwing Hammerhead shocks from Omar's bolt up nicely and give a good ride. I recommend you look at them at www.omarsdtr.com. Far cheaper than many available, period-correct, and now featuring shiny new springs.

Enjoy your airhead! A wise choice, Sir.

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Old 08-16-2009, 05:55 PM   #12
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I bought a 1974 R90/6 three weeks ago and was thrilled that it came with the aftermarket (but period) Browns sidestand. I bought a Browns for my 1974 R75/6 when I got it and it was one of the best investments I ever made in a bike. So much easier, convenient, and stable than the OEM in my opinion. They are still available sporadically (check Beemershop or Boxerworks or E-Bay).

I'm also looking for a pair of aluminum /6 shock covers which I notice aren't on your bike either. Just to get it looking as close to possible as stock.

Enjoy your new ride.
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Old 08-16-2009, 10:44 PM   #13
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I'm picking the foam peanuts and figuring the damage on a Hannigan fairing a fellow inmate sold me. If all works out, I may have the S fairing and the new screen listed come winter. Stay in touch.
I'm highly interested. Let me know when you're ready to part with it and we'll work something out.
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Old 08-16-2009, 10:58 PM   #14
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Nice exhaust system! What brand is it and where did you get it? Price? I love my Sito mufflers but they're starting to have some surface rust and replacements don't come cheap from Germany.
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Old 08-16-2009, 11:05 PM   #15
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get yourself a timing hole cover

nice bike
+1

These fit surprisingly well and definitely look the part:

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