81' R65 Project

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Planetducky, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. Planetducky

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    This is my first Airhead. I got a great deal on this donor bike. Sorry to all the purists out there, but I'm converting it to a cafe/street tracker style bike. For what it's worth, I'm not hacking up the bike. It will be completely reversible. I'm an amateur wrencher (young grasshopper if you will). I need the Airhead community input on these 2 things:

    1. R80 gas tank conversion. Has anyone done one? I'd like to see what and how it has been done previously. The stock R65 tank is damage and I happen to have a cleaner R80 tank. Besides, I like the look of the R80 tank better. Pics of what has been done previously would be nice.

    2. I'd like to wire up an aftermarket speedo to the existing wiring harness. Any recommendation on a speedo? Acewell has some nice ones, which I'm leaning toward. Also, if someone has a wiring schematic they can share or written notes, I'd greatly appreciated.

    Here's some pics of the progress I've made so far: 03B564E7-7861-4FE2-9A25-7E49EF2EDFBF.JPG IMG_9859.JPG IMG_9860.JPG
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  2. Adrian V

    Adrian V Long timer

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    Tough crowd hey Planetducky :D.

    Re the gauges, there is a bit of info here: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/hpn-i-just-want-one.787760/page-12 . I have a Trailtech Vapor and to be honest it's crap and needs rubber mounting, or it will reset itself at random (which it still does on occasion) The SpeedHut gauges seem nice ($) and when I contacted the owner he liked them.

    Welcome to the mad house :beer.

    Cheers,

    Adrian
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  3. Adrian V

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  4. Planetducky

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    Thanks Adrian. I didn't expect much love going into this. I have thick skin, so it is what it is.
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  5. Planetducky

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  6. CAW

    CAW Been here awhile

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    I like it. It looks like you already set the r80 tank. What problems are you having? I installed an acewel on an r65. It did fine for 8 years, then it failed. There is some detail in the acewell thread. I can dig up my wiring diagram. I’ll have more time later to post. Good luck with the conversion.


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  7. Planetducky

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    Thanks for the response CAW. The R80 tank isn't installed yet. I just set it on the frame just for pics. I ordered a bracket from BMW specifically for the R80 tank that I will bolt onto the R65 frame. That's my game plan. I was hoping to get some feedback from member(s) that may have done this conversion before.

    If you have notes on wiring diagram, that would be very helpful. I'm going to go with Acewell because they have a digital speedometer conversion cable that's plug and play. I'm tackling the wiring last. Here's where I'm at right now.
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  8. Planetducky

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