I have been getting loads of help in a questions thread about this bike, but I am finally getting on my butt and writing up a build thread. I am about a month into the build already, so I will start with the catch ups. I purchased this 79 R100RS cafe from London and had it shipped down to me in Naples, Italy. I am US military working in Naples, and thankfully worked very hard to ensure I had a garage in my place here. The bike has obviously been cobbled together with a mix of parts from various model years. The engine is the original R100 motor, but the front cover was from a later motor, the front suspension is from an 81-84 model (with Brembo brake calipers vice ate), and the controls are from the later model also. NONE of the original body panels remain. The front fender and rear cowl are caferace.com items, and the tank is a non-BMW aluminum tank from Terry Baker in the US. And by non-BMW, I mean that it wasn't meant to be fitted to a BMW. A rather ugly looking roll of foam was placed on the backbone and then the tank was set on top. Even one of the coils had to be relocated lower in order to accommodate the tank. In a word, the tank is a MESS. It rattles while riding all of the place, and touches metal to metal on many parts of the bike. The conversion was done sloppily at best!! I loved the polished tank from the pics before I bought it, but I am going to replace it with a stock tank. I like things that work. So, straight off the truck: The fairing is not an S fairing, it is aftermarket, and held in with crappy looking brackets and zip ties. Boo. It came off: Gotta go eat, more later!!