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Old 05-28-2011, 11:51 PM   #31
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Defairing the RT



Started pulling the fairing off today. Got the windshield and the pockets removed.
Next I need to pull the front forks to remove the remainder of the upper fairing.

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Old 05-28-2011, 11:54 PM   #32
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Here’s what I removed today. I’ll be boxing it all up and will decide later if I want to keep the RT fairing or just sell it off.



Windshield, like the fairing, is in “serviceable” condition. No major blemishes, just the normal wear and tear one would expect from a 32 year old bike that had been ridden.

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Old 05-28-2011, 11:57 PM   #33
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With the left mirror swung down, you can see the left side upper windshield mount has broken and an attempt at a repair remains.
Not a big deal really, have all the pieces, just need to do a proper repair, with some glass cloth reinforcement this time.

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Old 05-28-2011, 11:59 PM   #34
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With the headlight protector removed (a heavy piece of tempered glass) and the boot pulled inside out, I can access the inside the fairing.
There’s a small running light that goes in the slot above.
Plate in the center holds the windshield to the fairing; two 8mm nuts on the back side are accessed through the running light slot.


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Old 05-29-2011, 12:02 AM   #35
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The fairing is in “serviceable” condition. It definitly needs to be repainted though.
The clear coat is delaminating in several locations.
But for the most part the integrity of the fairing is solid (with one exception… )


The right upper fairing is missing it's entire clear coat, note the missing pin strips. It has some scrapes on the edge, not bad though, just paint.


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Old 06-05-2011, 10:41 PM   #36
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Now THAT’s more like it.

Like fine wine, an airhead should be allowed to breath…

I decided to start her up and take her for a ride down the street before draining out the old gas. Choke on, hit the starter, and she fires to life. After a minute or so I release the choke and she idles nicely with that BMW thump-a thump-a. Helmet on, I throw a leg over her and tap the gear shift into first, release the clutch and she moves down the street smartly. The clutch engauges at the very end of the lever throw, this may be normal, but I have no way to know. She purrs along smoothly and springs to life when I give her the gas. I’m convinced this bike is mechanically sound. It has almost no miles, 38K, on her and displays no signs of mechanical wear. No blue oil smoke. Carbs seem to be functioning properly. No bad noise coming from the trans or clutch. Valves make a small amount of clatter, but this may just be the normal BMW way… I have not yet to check the valve lash. All in all I’m very pleased with this bike and can’t wait to get her checked out competely and on the road again. I still want to walk through each aspect of the bikes mechanics; brakes, suspension, motor before I get her insured and on the road for some fun. I’ve decided that for phase one I will not worry about the cosmetic things like paint and chrome, but rather give each part a good cleaning and leave the original patina as is for now.

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Old 06-05-2011, 10:43 PM   #37
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Defairing completed


The last of the RT fairing hardware is off. Now I have to decide if I’m going to keep the RT fairing in storeage, or sell it off. Time will tell.

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Old 06-05-2011, 10:44 PM   #38
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Did a rough install of the headlamp ears. Going to take the forks off next to do a rebuild and install new IKON springs, so no reason the finish off the headlamp mounts until after the forks have been rebuilt.

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Old 06-05-2011, 10:46 PM   #39
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Put to R90S bars on, very Café Racer. Much lower then the RT bars, and a few inches narrower too.

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Old 06-05-2011, 10:48 PM   #40
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She’s starting to come together now!

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Old 06-06-2011, 06:41 AM   #41
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She’s starting to come together now!
That's lookin' better. Now you need some turn signals and stalks. Those fork tube nuts, bar mounts and triple tree buff up nicely too. (hint hint)
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:09 AM   #42
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Supershaft used the fairing mount from an RS (I believe) to solidly mount an "S" fairing. You might be able to do the same with the RT mount. It looks slick and takes weight off the steering.
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Old 06-06-2011, 04:29 PM   #43
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That's lookin' better. Now you need some turn signals and stalks. Those fork tube nuts, bar mounts and triple tree buff up nicely too. (hint hint)
Further hint--was:



Became:



Be careful, though. It becomes a habit:

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Old 06-07-2011, 03:28 PM   #44
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Everytime I think of removing the faring on my R/T I remember how great it is when the weather turns to shit!It sure looks good without it tho,mines the same color and all.



But I also have this to ride.



And this.



So I'm still undecided as to what I'll do.I should try to sell it(again) and pick up a /5 my friend has.Great play by play of faring removal though,thanks.
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:32 PM   #45
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IKON Fork Springs



Bought a pair of IKON 500-084 fork springs to complement the IKON 7610-1298 rear shocks I already bought. I have no idea what I have for fork springs currently. They could be the originals, that are now 32 years old, ugh! They may be aftermarket, but no way to tell. In either case it’s better to start with a known set of matching springs than to guess if the springs that came with the bike are serviceable, or not.

The RT fairing is quite heavy and I would expect the weight of the fairing put a bit of extra stress on the fork springs. Considering the added weight of the fairing and the age of the bike (and springs, I suspect) I’d rather spend a few bucks to make the front suspension right.


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