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Discussion in 'Airheads' started by TINK, May 3, 2011.

  1. Jasper ST4

    Jasper ST4 Guest

    That's lookin' better. Now you need some turn signals and stalks. Those fork tube nuts, bar mounts and triple tree buff up nicely too. (hint hint)
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  2. mykill

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    Supershaft used the fairing mount from an RS (I believe) to solidly mount an "S" fairing. You might be able to do the same with the RT mount. It looks slick and takes weight off the steering.
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  3. melville

    melville Long timer

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    Further hint--was:

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    Became:

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    Be careful, though. It becomes a habit:

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  4. pbarmy

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    Everytime I think of removing the faring on my R/T I remember how great it is when the weather turns to shit!It sure looks good without it tho,mines the same color and all.

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    But I also have this to ride.

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    And this.

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    So I'm still undecided as to what I'll do.I should try to sell it(again) and pick up a /5 my friend has.Great play by play of faring removal though,thanks.:clap
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  5. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    Bought a pair of IKON 500-084 fork springs to complement the IKON 7610-1298 rear shocks I already bought. I have no idea what I have for fork springs currently. They could be the originals, that are now 32 years old, ugh! They may be aftermarket, but no way to tell. In either case it’s better to start with a known set of matching springs than to guess if the springs that came with the bike are serviceable, or not.

    The RT fairing is quite heavy and I would expect the weight of the fairing put a bit of extra stress on the fork springs. Considering the added weight of the fairing and the age of the bike (and springs, I suspect) I’d rather spend a few bucks to make the front suspension right.


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  6. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    Another special tool for the BMW. This socket is for the forks. Both the top and bottom fork nuts and the triple tree steering stem nut are 36mm.

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    I modified the socket (right) by grinding down the lip to remove the beveled portion of the socket (left). I did this to allow maximum grip between the socket teeth and the nut head. The top fork nuts are not very tall, and with the bevel the socket would likely slip off the nut as I apply torque, thus rounding the corners of the nut… ask me how I know, do’h!

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  7. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    This tool was a suggestion in the CLYMER manual. By grinding down the sides of a 13mm socket to accomidate a 15mm open end wrench one can loosen the damper rod locking nut while holding the damper rod with a allen wrench.


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  8. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    Found this very cool picture of what appears to be the R90S press intro.
    Notice the black bike in the foreground; it has no silver smoke nor pin striping.
    My guess is this bike was a prototype bike, or perhaps a color option BMW wanted to get press reaction to?
    Regardless, this is how I plan to paint my project bike, straight gloss black. I like it!



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  9. Max Headroom

    Max Headroom lost in the '70s

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    Interesting guess, but no cigar . . . .

    That's a photo taken in Holland showing a gathering organised by a gentleman by the name of Theo Terweil (sp?) who owns a business which specialises in painting R90S bodywork. That particular gathering was held only a few years ago IIRC.
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  10. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    That looks like a K1 and oilhead GS in the background of your "R90S press intro" shot. :wink:

    Believe it's a fairly recent R90S gathering photo complete with a non-original black example. :ear

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  11. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    Thanks Max Headroom for the clarification on the photo. This explains the inconsistency in the bike in the photo.

    I still like the non-original all black paint job just the same.

    TINK
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  12. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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  13. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    Click on the photo to view slide show. http://www.photosbytink.com/bmwb&w/

    I was having a very lazy Sunday and didn’t want to get into working on the BMW but I wanted to spend some time studying her.
    So I took my camera, set it to Black & White, and just started taking some “art” shots just to see what I could come up with. Enjoy.

    TINK
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  14. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    I took off the saddle bag mounts, and replaced the tail light with an earlier (smaller) unit today. The tail light that came with the bike was an unsightly large unit with separate brake and tail light bulbs. It had suffered from the common error of putting too big a bulb in the tail light socket which over heats and damages the tail light lens. Got this good condition early tail light unit off E-bay for $38, including shipping.
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    Had to do a little work on the turn signals too. The right turn signal mounting stem was bent backwards sightly. Easy enough to bend back into place with a small cheater bar. The left turn signal housing internal mounting hardware had suffered some slight damage (from a tip-over I suspect) but was easily bent back into shape.

    TINK

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  15. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    its looking nice, i really like the gold mags.
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  16. fishkens

    fishkens Long timer

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    Nice call on the tail light. The larger tail light was the camel's nose into the tent of diverging from the perfect design of the original.

    [/rant from curmudgeon whose sense of BMW motorcycle perfection is firmly planted in 1978]
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  17. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    The RT was one of the only models I know of that had gold snowflake rims.
    Unfortunately someone repainted the front rime a slightly different shade of gold so they don't match.
    I'm thinking of making a quasi John Player Special; black paint, gold pinstripe, gold rims.
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    TINK
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  18. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    im thinkin im going to powdercoat my mags gold after seeing how sweet they look on your bike. my r100s is white, but gold mags on the white would be bitchin
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  19. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    Tink, email me once you get the fairing on and a photo taken, I'd be happy to do some quick photoshop renderings of different coloring ideas.

    S
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  20. xavier296

    xavier296 Alaska n'Back

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2010
    Oddometer:
    289
    Location:
    Prattville, AL
    Loving the build. Funny hearing about the wheels. You guys want them gold, and I can't wait to make them anything but gold. Guess it just isn't my style. Mine aren't perfect anyway, so no big loss.

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