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Discussion in 'Airheads' started by a_k_nicholls, Sep 4, 2004.
Your shop is cleaner than my doctors office!
I wish my doctor had 4 or 5 BMW's in his office!!
You'd think that when people get to a certain age they'd have a little dignity
Jabber admiring Thunders Kalahari
it was pretty clean
Had a friend visit last weekend on his stunning, freshly restored Daytona Orange R90S. It had done 150k miles with not a lot of love in recent years prior to the restoration. It now has a new pair of 1000cc Siebenrock cylinders & pistons, late clutch & flywheel, and a post '81 big tube swingarm among other things.
It's a '76 matching numbers bike which was privately imported to NZ from Florida in 1989, and was originally Silver Smoke.
Pity about those mag wheels - they do nothing for it. At least IMHO
Mag wheels or not, its freakin beautiful in my opinion
I like the wheels with the black in it, even better than the spoked wheels. I wouldn't do it on an original bike but since this one was already modified, restored and color changed why not do some more.
I like them, at least they are period.
I like the mags too! But, in all fairness I still have my KZ from the old days. So, they do something for me. To each their own...
I'm guessing the wheels are not a recent addition, but were already on the bike when it was imported into Unzud in '89.
Good guess. I have a strong connection with the DO R90S, as I seriously considered purchasing it in '89 when it first arrived into NZ. It had the Lesters, a fork brace, Konis, a pair of Metzeler Marathons and a low mileage of around 43,000 miles from memory. It was mint, and had obviously been owned/set up by an enthusiast. I already had an R90/6 which I considered trading against the R90S, but chickened out. The bike made quite an impression on me though, and I'd kept in contact with the owner intermittently over the years.
I finally had the opportunity to buy it about 4 years ago, but it was little better than a basket case, very tired and needing a full restoration. My intention was to restore it, until I came to the view that I really didn't need two R90Ss. The guy who bought it has restored a few British bikes and I've seen his work. He's a very talented guy.
Stunning indeed, as are the machines surrounding it. I'm curious about the one at the back of this row. Can you tell me about the source for the cafe' fairing with the white 'wings'?
This is not genuine, but I like the red strips and white turn signals on the silver smoke 90S
Interesting color - what is it?
Me too. So it's a hybrid, you mean like a Toyota Prius?? I think we need a few pics and a bit of a story.
Hi Bob, the black bike is a one owner '75 R75/6 which he personally collected from BMW in Munich. It's done 150,000km and has original paint. The owner swapped the single disc front end for a drum brake out of personal preference about 15 years ago.
The fairing is a genuine "S" fairing with fibreglass attachments for wind protection. I have acquired the moulds for them, but can't imagine wanting to make any. They are functional, but hideous IMHO.
Yeah, the indicators aren't "correct" and nor are the pinstripes. In fact there's quite a long list of non-standard stuff on this bike, but it is a genuine 1976 "4090###" matching numbers R90S, built in Nov 1975. Given that ten short years ago it was in boxes, dismantled because it was worn out by the previous owner, I don't feel bad about the changes one little bit. The features unique to the R90S model are present and correct, such as the handlebar clamps, Dellorto carbs, fuel tank, etc.
So the bike at rear is not the hybrid......I'm still keen to here about it. Although there aren't many old bikes that actually get used that haven't been changed in some way.
From here: http://thevintagent.blogspot.com/2013/11/concorso-di-moto-villa-deste-2014.html
Untitled by Levi Yamen, on Flickr
Untitled by Levi Yamen, on Flickr