R90/6 1974 in NZ

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by onestop, May 15, 2012.

  1. onestop

    onestop Been here awhile

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    Hi
    thought I'd show u my 1974 R90/6 I just bought as a do up.Bike, came from the USA about 15 years ago and has never been put on the road legaly runs good but needs a good clean up, I have now striped all bodywork off for a repaint, taken rear sub frame off and painted rear swinging arm , shocks etc cleaned up wheels .
    I was a bit shocked to find a broken front brake disk but lucky I had a spare cast iron disk doing nothing.
    When I removed the front fork gaitor the oil gushed out and the fork seal popped out also is this common as I have only seen leaky fork seals.
    the speedo works but the odometre goes wild can anyone tell me if I have a w1.144 speedo in mph and I replace it with a w 711 in kph will it read ok , or what gearing can I swap over inside the speedo .
    I have bought new mufflers and a new seat along with new tyres so with the new paint job it will look good.
    Would any one have a good chrome headlight ring

    darryl from NZ

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  2. Voltaire

    Voltaire Titanium and Ceramic Hipster

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    Nice bike....not tempted to leave it as it is....? looks nice and aged.
    I never saw that on Trade Me..:rofl
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  3. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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  4. lachie

    lachie Drunk

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    Can't help you with any of your questions but that's a good looking bike! How hard will getting it registered be?
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  5. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    The 711 speedo is the exact one you need! No problems there.

    It looks like a good bike just as it sits - I'd have touched it up and ridden it.

    I've also gotten these bikes with cracked discs - they seemed to work ok for the PO that way, but just a bit too spooky for me.
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  6. kadesean

    kadesean eyesuck

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    Are you sure it's a '74? Drilled rotor started in '75 as did the plastic (not aluminum) turn signals.
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  7. onestop

    onestop Been here awhile

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    the bike shows as 74 on vin plate by the numbers and by checking on the internet..
    The bike looks good in the photos. When I took the tank rubbers off rust was there also on top of tank paint is thin with rust showing most probably just caught it in time.
    When I bought the bike there was no paperwork to show import etc ,I have now got permission to VIN bike without this.
    thanks for your replys as all info helps
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  8. motu

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    Wow, reflectors on the forks - everyone will know where it came from. Get the grinder out.
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  9. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Nope, they are bolt on reflectors. They came standard on my UK registered '78 R100RS as well. Actually I'd rather have them there than not.
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  10. Padmei

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    Looks good Darryl. Keep us posted with your updates.
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  11. ontic

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    Yeah, I've got them on my '74 90/6 as well. I like em. I found them in the spare parts that came with my bike- tried them on and pondered whether to keep them on....
    Black motorbike with below average brakes (thats right, I've got twin discs:D so they've been upgraded from poor to below average)... yep, more visibility is good. And now I am used to them I actually like the look of them.

    Nice bike Darryl.
    1974 R90/6's are simply the best airheads ever made, anyone who disagrees is just jealous and I am not biased at all.:evil
    I tried zooming in on your switchgear- have you got a photo handy? Along with the lovely aluminium indicators the 74 should have come with the /5 switchgear which I am also partial to. The zoomed in pixelated silhouette I can see of your switchgear kind of looks like the later variety.
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  12. onestop

    onestop Been here awhile

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    thanks
    I thinks it has the later model switches left has lights high beam and horn , right has kill switch,indicater and starter.
    the blinkers are the black plastic type.
    before taking apart I rode this for around 200miles and it went well looking forward to riding it again with good tyres, and new fork seals.
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  13. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Ha! Darryl, Whangarei...Did you meet Igor & Penny earlier in the summer then? :wink:
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  14. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Feel free to join us in the NZ section too. We've just about managed to squeeze the lesser bikes out of there so we will have a pretty free reign of the place:D
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  15. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    Good luck with that ring. They were almost unobtanium back when I was hunting for one!
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  16. onestop

    onestop Been here awhile

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    yes I did meet and help Igor and Penny
    Blaine I have just finished reading your write up on restoring,lucky for me I've played with a few boxers so have a reasonable know how but its amazing if u buy without seeing what shows up later .
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  17. ADV8

    ADV8 Taumarunui..Darwin..

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    I wonder if a Ducati Monster chrome ring would fit or be the same.
    I fitted a R90 glass to my 900SD once which I think has the same ring as the SD Bosch head light,the SD reflector fits the Monster head light. ????
    Might be another possibility.

    Nice R 90,I rode a R90S once,bit like a Morris Minor on steroids,the brakes made a whistling sound and seem to remember the foot pegs had the same off set as the cylinders,yikes,a German her indoors is enough. :lol3

    Have to admit,if the momentum was kept up it could cover some ground easily.
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  18. onestop

    onestop Been here awhile

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    u could be right about other brands fitting
    My 1st bm was in 86 and I haven't owned another since old and new until 2009 when I bought a 88 600 transalp in brisbane and did the birdsville track and down to adelaide and back to Brisbane.only owned it for 2 mths
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  19. Voltaire

    Voltaire Titanium and Ceramic Hipster

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    Yes the Ducati Monster headlight lens is the same as the post /5 ones, and some 70's Ducatis. I was failed on having a LHD one my Darmah and the local Ducati dealer have BMW ones...$ 150.00.Chances are the ring is the same too.
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