The Punk's Bike

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by knary, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. knary

    knary sunshine and puppies

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    I've inherited Mike Berlien's old airhead. Mike bought it nearly 20 years ago and it launched his love of long distance riding, pulling him out of a tough place in his life. It hasn't run for something like a decade but he hauled it around from home to home always planning on fixing it up. I hope, with a lot of patience, ingenuity, and undoubtedly a good bit of help, to get it running again. This won't be a restoration project. I won't be worshipping at the teutonic alter. This was a punk's bike.

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  2. knary

    knary sunshine and puppies

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    This frankenbike began it's life as a 1977 BMW R100s. The five digit odometer currently reads 20594. I assume it's flipped once and the bike has 120,594 miles on it. Some bearings or splines failed and that's what parked it those years ago. The original fairing is gone, the exhaust pipes don't match, oil is leaking from various seams, the valve covers are battered, miscellaneous fasteners are missing, and most everything else is more than showing its age. I can't wait to crack it open.

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  3. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    A quick wipe over with an oily cloth and it's good to go:evil

    enjoy.:freaky
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  4. Rob Farmer

    Rob Farmer Long timer

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    Looks to be in the same condition as my 78 100/7. Mine's pushing 220,000 miles now and is still a great bike to ride.

    She'll serve you well just as she is. Enjoy the ride.
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  5. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

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    So you needed a new project, now that the house is done? :D
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  6. e28rusty

    e28rusty Fool

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    Should be a good project, good on you for getting a bike with history back on the road.
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  7. Andy-Gadget

    Andy-Gadget Any bike can go anywere

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    Swap the rocker covers over, full oil change and carbie kit and it is away, keep the patina as it is, just to piss off the purists.

    In reality the gearbox probably need a refresh, at least all the boxers of this era I have spannered on have been found to need it.

    Good project, But don't make it another "as it left the factory" bike.
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  8. knary

    knary sunshine and puppies

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    You noticed the tar paper siding? :lol3
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  9. earwig

    earwig Crowbar of Embrayage

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    I don't see the problem, that's the way my Bonneville left the factory. :dunno
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  10. knary

    knary sunshine and puppies

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  11. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

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  12. kaput13

    kaput13 gasoholic

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    New footrest rubber and your good to go. Like the color. C'mon a little worship at the Kraut altar is good for the bike. These things run on faith alone. :D
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  13. pbarmy

    pbarmy Long timer

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    I'm lovin it!:nod
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  14. fishkens

    fishkens Long timer

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    This is gonna be neat. I'd say that some bits should never be changed though.

    The footpeg rubbers worn-out by Mike's boots, the headlight ear worn by his keys. The rusty roundels. And I like the reversed valve-covers - a nice reflection of the beloved PO.

    Looking forward to the thread.
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  15. vacantstare

    vacantstare Been here awhile

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    I like the rusty roundels as well.
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  16. camgregus

    camgregus riding gently now

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    too freaking cool. Once again, I'm proud to be part of this community....
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  17. knary

    knary sunshine and puppies

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    On one hand, Mike had planned on fixing up the bike. He even mentioned "restoring" it.

    On the other hand, it's the punk's bike. It should somehow reflect its history, its former owner.

    On the third hand, this isn't going to be a shrine. It's a bike. Mike put the miles on. He used them. When I'm done, it'll be my bike and I'll use it.

    What all that means about what gets done, I don't know yet. Do I keep the old crumbling footpeg rubber? Probably not. Does it stay red? Probably. :dunno


    But I don't want to get ahead of myself debating over what to keep. First things first, trying to find the problem that parked the bike (and see if it's worth repairing), and see if neglect has done any more damage.

    FWIW, the "rust" on the rondels is the varnish yellowed and mostly flaked off.
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  18. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    That ought to come in handy for switching the petcock to reserve while you're first 2 are busy in a turn or something.
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  19. Curvy

    Curvy Lost Planet Airman

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    Less talk more wrench'n.



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  20. knary

    knary sunshine and puppies

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