Pulled the trigger! New Airhead owner!

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by LasseNC, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. LasseNC

    LasseNC XSessive!

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    I finally caved to an awesome deal. This one was listed for 20000,- DKK which is way cheap, but I got it for 13500,- DKK.

    Its all freshly painted, gearbox, carburettor, driveline and wiring has been checked and serviced. New clutch and pistons, leadfree head job done too.

    I can't believe it yet, so effin nice deal :)
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    Pics don't do it justice, really need to take some in daylight!
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  2. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    Congratulations and many happy miles to you! :clap
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  3. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    Looks good, but what is it?
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  4. TimTowtdi

    TimTowtdi Been here awhile

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    Its a frankenbeemer. Looks nice.
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  5. Renner

    Renner combustophile

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    you seeing red x's ?
    BMW R60/6 in "Algerian Blue".
    Though I wonder when it picked up the front disc... maybe after BMW ran out of drums?

    Congrats LasseNC, looks like a fine example.
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  6. Uncle Pollo

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    Congratulations!

    It looks good!
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  7. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    No, a sweet looking bike. Nicer looking than my bikes. :lol3

    The disc/choke/valve cover/exhaust nut/petcock/transmission/missing reflectors/crooked left sidecover made me wonder if this bike has a story to tell. :ear

    Now that I look closer, the pinstripes look a little fat, too.

    So, did the 60/6 tank have a space for the under-tank MC, even though it was a drum bike?
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  8. Hawk Medicine

    Hawk Medicine Coyote's Brother

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    Looks like a stock R60/6 to me.

    Maybe that front fenders been trimmed a little but thats a /6 with R100 valve covers and exhaust nuts. The later ribbed trans is a welcome improvement and the side cover that needs a new elastic band and the non-factory pin stripes are beyond trivial.

    Yeah CDD, the tanks with the extra space for the MC actually came on-line during the last of the /5 run and all of the /6 bikes used the common /6 tanks and the Toaster was dropped.. I understand that it's possible to find a Toaster tank with the MC space in the bottom and I'd love to have one!

    If this bike was mine, I'd start looking to a dual disk set-up and ride the hell out of it while I was looking!

    Hey.... Nice bike LasseNC!! I hope you enjoy it and welcome to the club!
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  9. Renner

    Renner combustophile

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    Ah... good eye.

    I'm not sure from these pics but it appears to have short-stem mirrors on Euro bars... same set-up my /5 when I bought it... good for forearm viewing.

    I'm loving that blue :raabia
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  10. LasseNC

    LasseNC XSessive!

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    I thought I just had a /6 with a /7 frontend :D

    Should I know anything here for when ordering parts? Parts that I need for different models or anything like that. The disc is a given :)
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  11. LasseNC

    LasseNC XSessive!

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    Dual disc you say, hmm.

    What would that require?
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  12. Hawk Medicine

    Hawk Medicine Coyote's Brother

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    If you decide to go to dual disks you'll need to either acquire the entire DD front end from a dead bike or find the right side parts by themselves.

    As you might imagine, buying the entire front end or a dead bike is the preferred way to go and your braking will improve dramatically!

    Fact is, I bought a blown-up Airhead for $100, kept the front end for myself and made several hundred dollars selling off the leftovers to other BMW nuts.

    Keep your eyes open!
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  13. LasseNC

    LasseNC XSessive!

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    Is my tank identical with an R75 tank? I am looking at "Bagster" tank covers at the moment, would be neat if it was the same tank.
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  14. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    R75/what?

    Look for a good aftermarket sidestand, you are going to want it. Nice looking bike!
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    LasseNC XSessive!

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  16. Plaka

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    I checked that part number. Bagster ain't much help. I'd say make sure they have an excellent return policy if you don't like the fit and find out. Otherwise, fuck 'em. An R75/5 came with two tanks as did the /6. If they can't do better than that saying what they fit....BTW, you have the "big" tank. 6 Liter or something.

    Fit fuel filters---the little inline jobbers.

    I doubt anyone is making an aftermarket sidestand anymore. I'll sell you an old Luftmeister for waaaay too much (collectors item) and you get to fix it. I got it new 25+ years ago, it's very worn and needs a bushing made for it. I already got a new pivot screw. I think it's the best ever made. I currently use a Brown. It works fine.

    The problem is that the factory stand is awkward to deploy and it's spring loaded. If the wind rocks your bike and takes weight off the sidestand, it will fold up, dumping the bike. An early attempt at nannyism and an utter failure on all fronts.


    See what you can find. ANYTHING is better than the original.

    The center stand should be quite good. Buy a spare spring and carry it on tour. Keep an eye on the spots that wear on the ground and get them filled with some beads of stainless weld metal before it wears through. Just an old bike issue and easy to fix. Usually you fit new pivot bushings and bolts at the same time. Cheap.


    Buy an exhaust nut wrench and pushrod seal drift (special tools) and some go/no-go feeler gauges for the valves. If it has the factory toolkit, you're golden and adding those 3 items will take you a long way.

    If it has points ignition, make yourself a static timing light. Never, ever remove the front cover with out first disconnecting the battery ground strap. It can be an expensive mistake.
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  17. LasseNC

    LasseNC XSessive!

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    Exhaust nut wrench is on my wishlist, adding the seal drift too.

    I am not going to do that much work on the bike as of now, it has had a very nice going over. I did however spot a little blueing on the LH side and none on the RH side not alot, but will adjust the valves sometime in the near future.

    I will see what I can figure out regarding a sidestand, buying from the US is too expensive :)
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  18. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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    Looks like a good find there Lasse. Congrats. Try Motobins for a Surefoot sidestand. They're excellent, but I think you need to send them your left footrest.
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  19. LasseNC

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    The joys :)

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  20. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    Check out this one from hendersen:

    http://www.hendersenprecision.com/indian_moto/bmw_products.html

    (scroll down). price in USD is very reasonable and it fits the newer style nuts. it very light so shipping could be reasonable too. Maybeffind an inmate to buy it and ship it to you. You don't have a lug wrench but you could come up with a piece of rod locally. just a thot.


    Looks like a later /7 front engine cover. Methinks you got a /7 block if that fits. (but I could very easily be wrong on that) Did you check the serial numbers on the motor against on the RealOEM site (and others) to see what year the block is? Does it seem to go a whole lot faster than you would think a 600 should? :D Also pop the rubber bung and observe the flywheel. Does it have the old style flywheel or the new style "clutch carrier"?

    You need a torque wrench to set the valves, You always torque the heads first. A simple beam type works great.

    The /7 rocker covers you have an up and a down, unlike the older ones. They are marked. Direct exchange with the older ones, different look and stronger. Getting the two little 10mm nuts off is one of the special joys of airhead ownership. One of them is always a pain. You may have to pull the crash bar on one side. Helps to have a magnet handy to catch the washer. Beware overtightening the chrome center nut. Easy to strip it's stud out of the head. That nut doesn't do anything, I leave mine off. Only tighten enough so it doesn't fall off---maybe a bit of blue locktight.
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