My BMW R75/6 Cafe Build

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by gozany, May 1, 2010.

  1. gozany

    gozany n00b

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    I have been reading this site for about a year. I thought it was about time I posted something. Here are the pics of My BMW R75/6. I purchased the bike for $1200.00. It took me about 2 months to build her. I think I have about $3500.00 invested including purchase price. Lots of time but it was so worth it. I love this bike!


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    The tear down.

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    Just started at the front & worked my way back.


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    I moved the fuse board to a box I built under the seat. You'll see why in a minute.

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    Bought a cafe tail & used the foam from the original seat.

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    I made a /5 style headlight. That's why I had to move the Fuse panel.

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    The picture is a little blurry but you can see it's taking shape.

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    Here is the finished product. I used LED's for the idiot lights.

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    Templates for side panels & front fender.

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    Side plates done. Front fender cut. Almost ready for paint.


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    Almost finished!

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    So here she is all finished.

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  2. Detroit Steve

    Detroit Steve Homely Adventurer

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  3. Speed King

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    I love it. Great job.
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  4. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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  5. rkatapt

    rkatapt Indo-Kraut

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    Love the speedo in the headlight and the blacked out wheels. Did you rattle those?

    I want a speedo on mine, but I don't want it to stick above the handlebars.
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  6. gozany

    gozany n00b

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    Yep, I rattle canned the wheels & headlight bucket.

    I was limited on placement of the speedo by the back of the headlight bulb & the angle of the cable. If you stretch the headlight body a bit you might be able to place it lower in the bucket. You could also use a different (smaller) speedo.
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  7. Treadless

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    Hey n00b fill out yer profile eh. :poser

    Nice to see that all those hours spent harping at you didn't go waste. :lol3

    Nice job on the bike! :thumb I'd like to see it sometime. Same phone number and address.
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  8. wolfy317

    wolfy317 Addicted to BMW

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    I'm soon to be cafeing my 75/5...did you address yours in a way that you could tilt the seat pan and still have easy access to the underside? Also, where did you get those sweet sweet handlebars?

    Loving the looks by the way
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  9. ivantheterrible

    ivantheterrible Been here awhile

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    great job. I want to do something similar to my r65's speedo/headlight. Do you have anymore pics of that process? If not, could you describe it best you can? thanks
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  10. Curvy

    Curvy Lost Planet Airman

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    Sweet.
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  11. gozany

    gozany n00b

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    It was not wasted. I may have been though. All jokes aside I learned more from you than anyone. Your one of the finest craftsman i've ever met. Honored to have learned from the master.
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  12. gozany

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    The rear tail comes off easy. Just 1 bolt holds it @ the back & it slides in the frame tube @ the front. I welded in a tray to hold a tool roll. You can see it in the pics. I think I got the bars from caferace.com. If I remember right the were only about $20.00. Let me know if I gave you the right site for the bars. I'll check my receipts.
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  13. gozany

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    Ok here goes:

    1 Remove all the wires & relays from inside the headlight bucket. You will need to lengthen all the wires going to the fuse block. It's the worst part of the job.

    2 Cut a big ass hole in the top rear of your headlight bucket. A little bigger than your speedo.

    3 Set your speedo in the hole with the cable attached & put the bulb in. This will give you a idea of how far down you can go in the housing & how much you can tilt it.

    4 My speedo was in a plastic housing that sat on top of the bars. So If this is the case with yours you need to find a metal cover for it. I used one off a 305 Kawasaki. It fit perfect.

    5 Weld the cover to the headlight bucket. I shaped the pieces so it would flow into the headlight bucket.

    6 you'll need to make a bracket to hold the speedo in place from the underside. A strip of metal screwed into the headlight bucket.

    That's pretty much the bullet points. It's a bit of trial & error.
    If you've got time & a welder i'm sure you can pull it off.

    Sorry I don't have more pics to share of the process.
    Hope this helps. Good luck!
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  14. wolfy317

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    Caferace did have the handlebar; thanks.

    I'm wantin to set up my seat so that I can tilt it. I'm thinking of finding a seat pan and cutting it to fit inside the cafe tail, so that I can use th stock mounting, but I'm not sure it will work out that way.

    Love the bike man, looks sweet!
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  15. ivantheterrible

    ivantheterrible Been here awhile

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    thanks for the write up on the Headlights.
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  16. otilram

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    Awesome job.:clap
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  17. igormortis

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    Nice Volvo.

    Oh, and love what you did to the bike of course!
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  18. CafeRacerLuigi

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    Where did you get the tail section from? Did it include the seat pan and hardware? LOVE how you finished the seat!:clap
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