R90 Tidyup

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Voltaire, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. Voltaire

    Voltaire Titanium and Ceramic Hipster

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    Gave the R90 a bit of a tidy up, it had a nice set of Staintunes on it, but rusty old headers. Took the ones off the race bike and had them all polished.
    Added a second disc with S/S lines, new pistons and cable.
    Fitted the ex R65 Konis and some HD fork springs with 10wt oil.
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    Ready for a spot of summer touring :clap
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  2. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    You boring old fogey. No billet or carbon fibre anywhere.



    I like it:D
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  3. Voltaire

    Voltaire Titanium and Ceramic Hipster

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    Carbon Fibre..... I'm pushing the boat out with Stainless Steel pipes.
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  4. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Thats the classic bmw look.

    Do the 70's bike ride as well as the later airheads?

    What is something like that worth?
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  5. Voltaire

    Voltaire Titanium and Ceramic Hipster

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    I rode it today into town, on the motorway and to work, its really nice to ride. Later ones have better brakes and are a firmer ride with better gearshifts.
    I scored it from just north of Welly, Nainaie or summit for $5K.
    They come up on TM but you have to be quick and take a punt.
    They are undervalued compared to Brit and Iti iron but starting to pick up.

    Happily cruises along at 110 with the odd 130/140 overtake.

    Its a keeper.:D

    oh and very comfortable.
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  6. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    Funny, was talking to a guy into classic bikes who organises runs etc and was talking about the amount of bmws showing up. Not proper classics in his mind compared to brits and itis etc.

    Maybe they too reliable or something, or not appreciated enough? Dunno didn't ask, but interesting.

    I'd have one though.
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  7. JayBo1

    JayBo1 Long timer

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    Very nice Voltaire:clap. Having sheds full of old Land Rovers myself, I can appreciate the old BMWs as good, solid, simple machines. Not necessarily totally reliable, but so simple to do anything with that it really doesn't matter. Good on ya for keeping it going and using it:clap. I hope it rewards you with plenty of grins:D.
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  8. Padmei

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    I think the british bikes are overvalued. This is reflected in the prices of british bikes on t me that remain on there for a long time
    The other side of it is that a lot of british bike riders also have the luxury of a modern good looking low maintenance old school bike in the bonnie, thruxton, enfield etc. This widens the market for the more modern bloke about town that doesn't have time or motivation to fettle.

    A classic bike character was inviting me to take Schmidt on a run. He obviously didn't realise the cutting edge modifications I've done to him.
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  9. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    What's happening in the VW workshop? I'v been looking at too many Baja 1000 sites lately. Man if it takes me so long just putting a bike together I can't imagine doing a Baja conversion:D
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  10. Voltaire

    Voltaire Titanium and Ceramic Hipster

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    I advertised the Beetle as a 'project', got down as low as $1400 take it away...cut my losses...
    Then I parted it out and got my cash investment back.
    Even at $1 reserve parts are hard to move, rest went in skip.

    Car projects Pfft.:puke1


    Anyway liking my new work bike. Got a text from the company next door saying " Mate that bike sounds sweet, purrs past music"
    Needless to say its not made in Germany :rofl
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  11. Voltaire

    Voltaire Titanium and Ceramic Hipster

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    Been using the R90/6 as my daily rider, other than its vintage clunky gearbox its a nice ride, lanesplits well as the panniers are quite narrow.
    Yesterday following our annual " Black Start" noticed the rear tyre looking a bit low........ had to get a ride in a cage home.:rofl

    Today took the back up bike, not as good round town but has a ventura rack to strap wheels to.

    Curbs are handy for changing tyres.



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    Italians Bailing out the Germans....Typical :rofl
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  12. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    You obviously haven't seen my lil dig at you on oldscool? :wink:
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  13. Voltaire

    Voltaire Titanium and Ceramic Hipster

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    :icy" your mean"
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