BMW r90 /6 casual resoration and ride

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by blaine.hale, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    So I bought the r90 (after looking for that model specifically for cross country) a few weeks ago. Before I rode Vespas and a Honda CB360. I went into it wanting something that mechanically ran perfect but cosmetically was not fantastic. Finally found one at the right price point and bought it the next night. The PO was an older gentleman who had maybe 8-10 BMW's in his garage among Harleys and a Guzzi or two. I can't express how much I love riding this bike. It's such a unique ride with how the drive shaft bucks under you and the sound of the valves right there in the wind.
    There were a few issues. First was the horrid (to me) Luftmeister fairing, the Reynold's center stand with no side stand. The non stock 7 ich headlight with no stock bezel (finally think I hunted one down). The rest is really just clean, swap or restore really. Only 43k miles on it. Oh and I'd like to eventually get the /6 tank back on it for touring.
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    So the fairings gone and so is that HORRIBLE 2-1 exhaust. I put this one on in the next week.

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    I'm slowly cleaning the engine trying a few chemicals here and there to see what works best. Started like this..

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    After a little Simple Green and scrubbing got

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    So this is what I will be restoring over the next 8 month's or so. I will update on this thread and there will be tons of pictures.
    Parts I've ordered the past 2 weeks.
    -r90S handle bars
    -various rubber bits (shifter and such)
    -stock bmw grips
    -carb rebuild kit
    -headlight bezel (thanks to a fellow member)
    -bosh 8 inch light (hopefully from a fellow member)
    -front brake pads ad rear shoes
    Next month
    -new seat cover from sargeant
    -full bolt kit
    -front end fork rebuild (seals)
    -progressive fork springs
    -speedo/tach rebuild (need to find a company in atlanta)
    -tires
    I'd also like to get the stock rounded valve covers and an S fairing.
    Thoughts and advice completely welcomed.
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  2. Glowbug

    Glowbug Been here awhile

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    Sweet!

    That's pretty much the condition of a lot of airheads I was seeing last summer...so I'm going to be interested in this thread to see how you clean this one up :)
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  3. jellycow

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    Lots of potential in that bike by the looks of it. /6 Tank will look better and how about some round rockercovers?

    Where did "that HORRIBLE 2-1 exhaust" go? :ear I might be interested.
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  4. Jasper ST4

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    The bike is going to really appreciate taking off that barn door fairing. I had a Luftmeister with lowers, it was a tad heavy and you've got the earlier one that's worse.
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  5. BubbaZanetti

    BubbaZanetti for a corrector life

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    get yourself a timing hole cover

    nice bike:thumb
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  6. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    The 2-1 maybe be going to motoMatt today for a set of Krauser racks/luggage. (Yes the stock covers were mentioned, I'd love to get those back on there for a more classic/non 80s look)


    Is the timing hole plug part 108 in this
    http://www.bikebandit.com/assets/schematics/BMW/BMW-05-05-12189.GIF
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  7. jellycow

    jellycow Back on track!

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    Hmm, me thinks you would make a good deal on that, swapping the exhaust for some luggage. To bad for me :D
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  8. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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  9. OZbeemer

    OZbeemer Been here awhile

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    Here is a place you can order parts from.

    http://www.motorwestmotorcycles.com/

    ask for Matt.

    I have purchased lots and lots of parts from him and he is a wealth of knowledge.

    He has a aftermarket/reproduction of the older valve covers that won't break the bank.

    Good luck with the resto and will be interested in seeing the progress
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  10. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    Nice find. That beast will haul you around for years to come.
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  11. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Hoo Yah! Good on You!

    I bought my 90/6 early this year, and in the words of poet ee cummins, "Kid, dayze nuttin' like it."

    It's a gentleman's ride, no doubt. Mine came fitted with the near-flat Euro bars and the S fairing. The euro bars are the cat's ass, no doubt. The S fairing appears to be more an attempt at styling than anything. Looks sweeeet, but gives a near-naked ride, even with the much-taller screen from Gustafson. (www.bikescreen.com)

    I'm picking the foam peanuts and figuring the damage on a Hannigan fairing a fellow inmate sold me. If all works out, I may have the S fairing and the new screen listed come winter. Stay in touch.

    Oh, yeah, the Redwing Hammerhead shocks from Omar's bolt up nicely and give a good ride. I recommend you look at them at www.omarsdtr.com. Far cheaper than many available, period-correct, and now featuring shiny new springs.

    Enjoy your airhead! A wise choice, Sir.

    Dr. :clap
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  12. RoughReady

    RoughReady Been here awhile

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    I bought a 1974 R90/6 three weeks ago and was thrilled that it came with the aftermarket (but period) Browns sidestand. I bought a Browns for my 1974 R75/6 when I got it and it was one of the best investments I ever made in a bike. So much easier, convenient, and stable than the OEM in my opinion. They are still available sporadically (check Beemershop or Boxerworks or E-Bay).

    I'm also looking for a pair of aluminum /6 shock covers which I notice aren't on your bike either. Just to get it looking as close to possible as stock.

    Enjoy your new ride.
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  13. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    I'm highly interested. Let me know when you're ready to part with it and we'll work something out.
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  14. opposedcyljunkie

    opposedcyljunkie Heavyweight Boxer

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    Nice exhaust system! What brand is it and where did you get it? Price? I love my Sito mufflers but they're starting to have some surface rust and replacements don't come cheap from Germany.
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  15. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    +1

    These fit surprisingly well and definitely look the part:

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  16. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    yup. some of the newer corks are made of a foamy hard plastic and are much better at not crumbling and getting bits inside.

    If you're hurting that bad, next time you ride by Greenville, I'll give you a spare timing hole cover.
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  17. blaine.hale

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    Thanks! They're kind of cheap replacements. It would be nice to have stock but these look fantastic for the price. They're supposed to sound close to stock too.
    http://www.rearsets.info/mufflers.html
    The headers I believe are MAC. They're a bit thinner then the stocks so will require a little more upkeep to keep the rust away but once again, they were cheap.
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  18. Jasper ST4

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    They usually rust from the inside out. The culprit is moisture in the mufflers from rides too short to dry out the condensation. I learned that the old fashioned way, it cost me money.
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  19. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    So I'm not really a fan of Bob's BMW anymore. I ordered the r90S bars for my bike a while back. I received what appears to be the r90 /6 bars with a 3 inch rise. Emailed them about 3 days back about it and still have not received a response. Very annoying considering I need these bars mounted before the 27th of this month. grrrr.
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  20. Jasper ST4

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    I'm not a fan of Bob's anymore either. They sold me the long driveshaft bolts after I told them I was not using washers. Then when I called the guy told me they don't make the short ones anymore and wanted to sell me the washers. Whether he was stupid or dishonest I don't know.
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