Hello to all ... About a year ago i was on a solo trip around Europe and i had the pleasure of visiting the BMW Welt museum in Munich which blew me away. I knew i had to get my self an airhead so shortly after i got back, i went on the hunt for one. A 86 mono shock r65.... I rode it around and enjoyed it while also adding a few things to it but i always had the intention of doing a full strip down and cafe style rebuild. So here i am. The plan is to go for a black, very black, very lean, very minimal style bike while keeping the strong presence of BMW. I plan to run an "over the head, under the tail" exhaust system that will exit through the cowl aswell as getting my expert paint and panel guy to smooth over and paint the frame. It will also run with the same acewell digital dash i was using. I am considering leaving the engine "as is" because it felt so good for the 10 months or so i rode it. I will try my luck. I am not fussed about huge speed or big power, just an airhead i can take onto a nice twisty road and i can not stress enough that this will not be a classic, elegant style cafe build even though i love them i am not trying for that with this bike. I am about a week away from placing a huge order from motor works uk and ordering a rear shock which i am still undecided about (wilbers, ohlins, ebay special?) A few new things i will be getting (just off the top of my head): brake pipe SS brake line EBC rotor EBC pads master cyl (still undecided on 14mm or not) clutch cable complete clutch kit including fly wheel and clutch bolts bing overhaul kits bell mouth intakes Left and right handlebar switch gear engine sump extension kit rear main seal swing arm/front wheel bearing surefoot side stand plenty plenty more..... I have also purchased a set of Tarozzi rear sets and bettery relocation kit, frame brace and air box block off plate from boxer metal. I am very hands on and love to tinker with my bike but thats not to say this will not be a huge learning curve for me. I have purchased a haynes manual aswell as a bmw style manual and have a bing rebuild book coming also... I am sure i will have plenty of questions along the way and i encourage a healthy discussion with you all :) Here is the machine when i purchased it. Pretty original and with only 50,000km, it ran great. This was one of the last pictures i took and also about a week before i took it off the road to start work. The rebuild... or should i say strip down has started! So the plan is to get the engine out next and get the bike out onto the street and give it a good scrub (it got pretty dirty after the last trip). From then on i can start to look at what tabs i want to remove and start to grind and file the frame.... The main thing for me is that anything that is not required must go in order to obtain the look i am after... Old footpegs will be gone so i will remove the mounting lug on the frame. I also plan to trim back the original exhaust hangers and mount the rear sets into where the pillion pegs would normally sit. If needed, i will get the brackets welded for extra strength.