Another R75/5 joining!

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Michel77, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. Michel77

    Michel77 Backyard Badass

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    Hey guys and gals,
    Just wanna say hi as I'll be lurking here for the foreseeable future getting up to speed on the airheads. Have done some research and finally found a good one to start with at a decent price. Got some plans for down the road but for now enjoying her as is.

    She's a 1973 R75/5:

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  2. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    So, what do you plan on doing to the old girl?
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  3. Michel77

    Michel77 Backyard Badass

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    Nothing major, I think.. Some wider bars, black out the exhausts, Kenda K70's, maybe find some smaller alloy fenders, lighter battery, that'll probably do :evil
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  4. OLD GREEN

    OLD GREEN Long timer

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    Nice, I was just looking at that one on craigslist last night! Good score.
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  5. JonnyCash

    JonnyCash turd polisher

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    I'm guessing that you haven't been riding it at night, with the headlight aimed down at your front tire like that.:evil That's a nice looking bike there, good score. Welcome to the club!
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  6. Renner

    Renner combustophile

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    interesting seat treatment, resembling the earlier rennbröchten, or more like the 'breadloaf' pillion.

    long wheel base swingarm...

    early headlamp bucket supports, not drilled for the later reflectors.
    I stuck high-reflectivith tape (black, adhesive backed) over the holes on mine to achieve that appearance.

    love it. enjoy :thumb
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  7. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    Have you been through inspection yet? Maybe you don't have to in Washington? But I can't imagine they don't have an inspection. As Renner pointed out there are no holes drilled for the side reflectors and there are no aluminum turn signals with the reflectors so I'm thinking you may have a problem if the inspector notices this. Generic reflectors are available but will have to be attached. The missing pieces, if that is what's going on, will not be cheap.

    Welcome to the asylum. We are the inmates and now you are one to.
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  8. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    I'm not seeing turn signals at all much less either of the the original types.

    Didn't have an inspection in CO. It had a title and registration, to transfer I just had to do a numbers check and that was it. If it wasn't registered in another state that might have been different.
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  9. r60man

    r60man Been here awhile

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    Turn signals did not become mandatory in the U.S. until 1974. However, if a machine was built with them they must have them to pass inspection. That is here in PA and it may be different there, but it is worth investigating.
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  10. JonnyCash

    JonnyCash turd polisher

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    In Maine, if a vehicle is 25 years old, you can put antique plates on it. Registration costs half of normal, and you don't have to get it inspected. The only issue is that it cant be your primary means of transport. Also, the machine is supposed to be maintained in stock trim, but really who's gonna check up on that, as long as it's not a chopper or some other blantantly non-stock modification. What are other states' version of this?
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  11. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    In CO antique plates cost just the same. They ain't givin' up a dime. No big restrictions, just the original year of MFG. Only advantage is you can buy your registration in 5 year blocks rather than yearly. :puke1 There is some status for vehicles that essentially aren't driven. Just parades and whatnot.
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  12. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    In NC, anything over 35 years old doesn't need to be inspected.
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  13. Tin Woodman

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    In British Columbia, they are called 'collector plates' and your bike must be at least 25 years old and in original condition. It is for pleasure use only and can't be used for business or going to work. The process takes about a month and a half and involves submitting an application along with 4 photographs documenting its current condition. I paid $195 which includes $1 million third party liability. Otherwise, I estimate the rate would be over $2400 per year.
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  14. r60man

    r60man Been here awhile

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    Here in PA after 25 years you can register your vehicle as a classic, I think after 35 antique, but I am not sure. Neither of those need inspections. They do check here for "stock trim" and you need to submit pictures which go on record. The police here in my area are notorious for stopping people driving their "classic" vehicles on work days, and at night, both of which you are not allowed to do unless on the way to or home from a car/bike show. This is why I choose to keep regular tags and get the bike inspected. I take mine to an independent guy that works with mostly Harleys. If the bike is even close it passes, no questions asked.
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  15. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    No inspections for anything here in WA.

    The only risk you run is being pulled over and ticketed if the office (1) knows the rules (2) has the time to cite you and (3) cares enough to write you up
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  16. spo123

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    Here in the USA, mandatory blinkers did begin with model year 1972.
    FYI.
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  17. Michel77

    Michel77 Backyard Badass

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    Thanks for clearing that up, Solo, was starting to get nervous :) I do however want to run turn signals as I ride in the city, how difficult would that be if there were never any installed?

    Thanks for the warm welcome guys, I'm looking forward to my time here and am starting to read up and use the search extensively!
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  18. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    They came stock on the bike. Really nice aluminum pods. They are on a rod at the rear and ears at the front. look at other pics.

    At the rear there is a cable running inside the subframe next to the pump (where is that?). it has the wiring for the rear light and brake, and rear turn signals. Should have a connector by the grab handle.

    Up front wires came out of the headlight shell, ran inside the headlight ears and out the turn signal stalks/ears.

    Switch function should be there.

    You could rig anything you want. In aftermarket, LED is reccomended because you have little power. Use with a special LED flasher. The oem flasher was costly and funky. This also may be less expensive than trying to find the oem pods and parts. The rear rods are common--they get bent but easy to straiten. Also the later plastic pods are common. The plastic pods bust be used with the plastic reflectors. Aluminum pods are used with pot metal reflectors. lenses and bulbs interchange.
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  19. disston

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    You have an early /5 that would have had the turn signals with integral reflectors. That's why the discussion about no holes drilled in the headlight mount for reflectors. To get the original aluminum signal pods with side markers will not be cheap. Another aluminum signal could be drilled and the reflectors fitted if you had the reflectors. Give it a shot. maybe you'll get lucky and find the original parts. Look on RealOem dot come for all the parts that go with the original system.

    Then you will probably have to fit something after market. Most anything will work. You may have most of the wiring still in place. The switch is there, right? And there is a relay in the headlight shell? See if you can find the original wiring and it may get easier. If you have to add everything all over it is a bigger job.
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  20. Michel77

    Michel77 Backyard Badass

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    Thanks for the info, guys! I'll figure it out and probably find some cheap LED blinkers, not really going for an OEM resto..
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