1977 R100RS Resto?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by awaffa2003, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. awaffa2003

    awaffa2003 Adventurer

    Jun 12, 2010
    Northern Illinois
    Hey all, I've been working on a buddy's RS for some years now. Paint job, engine work, spline greasing, things all over. Now I've picked it up again and it's sitting in my garage waiting on me to replace the main wiring harness and I'm looking at how far I'm gonna have to tear this thing down all over again for the umteenth time and honestly I'm sick of looking at it. How much have you guys spent on taking a bike from that used, 70's hunk of a BMW to a reliable, pretty, touring machine? I feel like my biggest expense would be powdercoating the frame and getting the engine cases, front and rear hub, and triple trees blasted... I've already done the suspension, front and back, new headers and pipes, rebuilt the front calipers...typing aloud am I...? Anyway, thoughts? I'll have pictures up soon.
  2. chasbmw

    chasbmw Long timer

    Feb 19, 2006
    Bath Uk
    Yes it's expensive and at the end of the day you will have a bike that costs you more than its worth.........but just think, a new bike loses 20% depreciation the day you take it out of the dealers and a further 10% in the first 12 months.....

    I work on my bikes during the January March period, it's my winter therapy, and then I make sure that the bike is ready for spring summer. What I do depends on time finances etc etc, but bit by bit the bikes get changed. My 1070 bike was bought in 1994 and turned from a Bradley used RT to the nice looking R90s replica that goes very well. Don't ask me how much it has cost, but spread over nearly 20 years it has been a darn site cheaper than buying a new bike every 4 or 5 years.

    So I would stick with it, get the frame powdercoated this year and replace the frame bearings and wiring loom, that should keep you out of trouble until your riding season starts....
  3. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

    Oct 28, 2003
    Strangel Living West of Hell, SoCal
    ...in the end close to $7K...not a frame-off resto either...:1drink
    Red One