Show and Tell: First Project is Ready for the Road!

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Player B, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Player B

    Player B Adventurer

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    Been a busy christmas season for me. Got a lot of work done on cleaning up the bike. Short summary includes: detabbing the frame, painting the frame, painting the wheels, degreasing the engine, fresh paint on the engine, replaced a couple of gaskets, cleaned up the wiring loom, painted forks and rear springs, and a couple other tweaks to some small stuff that was bugging me.

    now on to the good part... pictures!


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    Not much left to do from my perspective. Going to eventually fabricate a pair of rearsets. I really like the boxer metal ones, but my 6'3" frame needs them a little lower than where those are located.

    Eventually I will probably get fresh paint on the tank, seat cowl, and front fender. But for now, I like the look.

    One little concern with my oil pressure switch (pretty sure the PO put on something that isn't stock), but I plan on starting another thread about that. Been running strong for 3k miles with zero debri in the oil pan or under the valve covers, so I'm assume the oil is pumping as it should.
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  2. SERE Nate

    SERE Nate Been here awhile

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    2 questions...

    #1, do you have any videos of the bike running? I'd love to hear those mufflers.

    #2, could you ride with a passenger with that seat? I'm trying to find a cool looking double up seat with no luck......
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  3. motnz

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    Love it. Great work with the seat. I have been contemplating getting one for mine but I think i'd prefer a longer more 'brat' look. Second the comment re the video! :D
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  4. Player B

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    1, No good video's right now, but I'll look try and get one up. Hell, I don't even know what they sound like from anywhere but directly on top of the bike. They're not quiet at high rpms, but they're not obnoxiously loud either. I don't want for any ear protection while riding at least.

    2, That's a no on the passenger. At least for me. Maybe, just maybe, if I slid as far forward, and said passenger was teeny-tiny. But at 6'3" my butt is most of the way back on the seat.
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  5. Player B

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    took a quick video to show off the exhaust sound a couple weeks ago. Totally forgot to share it... :fpalm

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  6. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Man that intake looks cool. :thumb I might have to steal that idea.

    Is that something for the breather in front of the battery? How'd you make that? How has it worked out?
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  7. Player B

    Player B Adventurer

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    thats exactly what I did to somebody else :D

    I was never able to fully get the vibration out at idle when I was running the straight pods. When I installed the old intake tubes, it immediately smoothed out.


    Yup, It just a cheap flask that I picked up randomly. Turns out it makes a perfect catch can. Found a K&N filter that fits right over the mouthpiece and drilled a hole to pop the breather tube to.

    It was always meant to be a temporary fix. It is just held in place with a couple zip ties, but I don't mind the way it looks. Some day I plan to get around to machining out a catchcan/battery holder combo.
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  8. Player B

    Player B Adventurer

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    Bikes been modified again. Some of you may have seen the results in another thread I posted about modifying a dual shock swingarm to fit a monolever shock.

    Here's that thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=939491

    It was a success. Been riding her for a couple weeks as weather permits and she feels great. Better than before, but the original shocks were shot. Tracks true leaned over to both sides and feels much more planted over bumps.

    Short list of the updates:

    - New subframe with the upper shock mount incorporated.
    - Machined a spacer to pick up the back of the tank ~3/4" so that the lines would match the angle of the seat.
    - cut up and modified the bracket I have my Acewell speedo attached to. The angle was a little sharp and the LCD was a hard to read with certain sun angles
    - Hid the Horns underneath the back of the seat.
    - Made a new rear hugger fender out of the left offs I had from shortening the front fender.
    - Reinstalled the stock airbox
    - made a new battery box to mount up under the seat. I had to order a custom ground cable b/c the stock one wasn't long enough.
    - Fresh paint on the frame, fenders, tank, and seat cowl.
    - I spent a bunch of time cleaning up the engine since I took all the pictures. unfortunately I don't have any new ones to share yet.

    Couple pics of the subframe. You can see I added one additional tube across the main cradle. I figured with that tube now seeing all of the load a little additional stiffness couldn't hurt.
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    This one also shows the tank mount spacer
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    This one shows the Final Drive shock bolt and the bushing that needed to be pulled out. the monolever uses a shoulder bolt with the shoulder being the same size as the bushing and the same M10 thread as the bolt.

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    and a couple pictures of the finished product.

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  9. oJOEYo

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    It's stunning! How loud is that thing!? (video :clap)
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  10. warkshop

    warkshop uncbob

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    Less is more, you da man:clap
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  11. warkshop

    warkshop uncbob

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    color/finishes/texture choices work exceedingly well,,,,have you posted this to Pipeburn yet?
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  12. Redrock54

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    What kind of seat are you using on this bmw?:freaky
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  13. Player B

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    Thanks for the positive responses guys. I was happy that my first couple changes looked good and I didn't screw things up. I'm ecstatic about what its turned into. Better than I could have hoped when I first started dreaming about it.

    :wink: Last post on page 3. #45

    Its pretty quiet at idle. Gets aggressively loud past 4k rpm. Not nearly as loud as some choppers I see out on the streets.

    Hoping to get some high quality pictures soon. I have a coworker who is into photography. Finding websites like Pipeburn and Bikeexif are what made me realize that it would be much more fun to build my own bike instead of buying a new one. Seeing MIOB's build on bikeexif led me here and I just knew I had to get an airhead.

    I'm definitely planning on sending pics and the story into a couple of those sites whenever I can. It would be pretty awesome to see my bike on one of them.

    The seat is from MotoLanna and is originally meant for an SR500. A bit of a pain with the overseas shipping. If I had to do it again, Dime City Cycles has their own line of seats which are almost identical. They came out with them a couple months after I purchased mine :doh

    I cut up the stock seat cowl and tweaked it to bolt up to the back of this seat. It has another bmw emblem and the original R80RT emblem as a little throw back to the bikes origins.
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  14. Player B

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    Had a buddy take a couple pictures of the bike with his camera. Much better than the Iphone ones that I've been snapping. There are more to come, but here's a couple.

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  15. knary

    knary sunshine and puppies

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    You're what? Eight feet tall? :lol3

    Gorgeous machine. We might need a soundtrack. :deal
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  16. Player B

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    Ha! I thought the same thing. Only 6'3", but you can see why I'm hesitant to put Rearsets on the bike. The location where most people put them would have my knees up in my chest. I'd like to make my own, but I think I'll need to route a custom exhaust as well to get them where I would need them.

    There's a video at the very bottom of page 3. Doesn't have the backend updates, but she still sounds the same.
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  17. Player B

    Player B Adventurer

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    more pics!

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