My bike is being discussed in the BMW caferacre thread on this forum. Personally I don't want to spoil that great topic by placing too many (offtopic) posts about one bike, so I though I'd better start a new one. I've rebuild a cx500 into a chopper with a friend of mine, that was my (our) first project and it turned out great, way, way above our own expectations at the start. That triggered me to buy another CX500 for my Girlfriend and mildy rebuild that one into a caferacer. Then it wa time for me to build a bike for myself. I bought a crashed BMW R80: The previous owner had replaced the R80 engine with a R100 engine ( ), installed a Wilbvers rearspring and technoflex front springs. He also painted the engine black (that was a question from someone. I do not know what kind of paint he used, I just know he did a very crude job, there is (was) even paint on the carburators) I then bought clipons, bar end indicators and a Acewell 3853 tacho. I'm a student so I'm on a VERY tight budget, but I definetly wanted the Acewell because I think a caferacer should be as clean as possible and the acewell allowed me to have just 1 meter with everything (revcouter, speedo, warninglights) and more in just 1 unit. I Then bought a tank on some sort of motorcycle fleamarket. The tank said Thompson Suzuki. All I know is that it is a english tank (I had to buy Triumph petcocks). It looks a lot like some Rickmann tanks, but I just dont know what type it is. Sadly the tank wasn't in a very good shape, I loved the originbal paintjob (and the wear on it), but it had to go to make it water (fuel) tight. I found some Iron tubing in someone else's trash (Told you, low budget ). Togheter with soem meshed aluminium I turned it into the rear end. I had some caravan upholstery shop make me a leather cushion for it. This was all done in a bit of a rush to get my bike running befor I went on a 4 week fieldwork exercise for my study. After that I decided taht IO wanted to make it lighter and more compact. I removed the airbox and placed the battery there. Placing it under the gearbox is not an option woth my exhaust set up. I replced the airfilter with velocity stacks (it runs GREAT on those). To prevent the backwheel from trhrowing mud directly into thos velocity stacks I turned an old CX500 frontfender into a rearfender. After that I started to have a problem with my gearbox. There was a very loud ratle, both while riding and at idle. I decided to gamble and buy a used gearbox with kickstaret from germany. I wanted the kickstarte for a couple of reasons. The first being the very weak (but cheap and smaller) battery I installed. I only had 1 chance at starting the bike... (though I had never needed more) and secondly: I could sell some stuff (like the starter) and save some weight. I also wasn't too happy with the handling, I just knew it could be better, so I made framebraces. Since they had to be low budget and had to be removable (to replace the battery or engineparts) I used exhaustclamps to fix them to the frame (another reason being that according to the Dutch law you can hardly welt anything onto the frame). The framebrace work a lot better than I could ever imagine, the bike feels a hell of a lot tighter now. Further improvements since than are: A new (Ural) headlight, I turned the original foodpegs around so I can use them as rearsets (not having enough many to buy any), bending a piece of threaded bar to be used as a conrod (I had to do that to remain able to use the kickstarter, it is a temporary fix and I'm looking for something better, one of the users of this forum has already send me a personal message with a great suggestion) and I replaced the exhaust. for teh sound and a vid of a working Acewell tacho: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFJ1REB1Cao My plans for the future: - installing sportier clip ons, I got fully adjustable Tomasselli clip ons on the way form Germany - making a front fender - finding a way to lower the front end. I dont want to just shorten the legs, since I wouldn't be able to make them any longer when I've overdone it. - ride it, a lot!