I just wanna ride 1970 BMW R50/5

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by crawler07, Jun 23, 2019.

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  1. crawler07

    crawler07 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I’ve been looking at these,

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    korinthias slightly behind the curve…

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    Some other options:

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    These are all from UK suppliers – I regularly see inmates in the US ordering from Motorworks (first pic) and pretty happy with prices and shipping times.

    Flatracer – second two pics, are an unknown to me, but some of their production seems very impressive, (particularly their 'S' fairing kits) and I wouldn't hesitate to give them a try!

    I have the 'extra low chrome' Tomaselli' bars from Motorworks on my /5 and very pleased with the low-rise bend and the quality. (Tomaselli have been around for many years and historically have made parts for Guzzi etc).
  3. crawler07

    crawler07 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks Korinthias, I had looked at the Flatracer R90 model bars I quite like them, but if I go with the Flanders bars I can order them from the local Honda shop I once worked at and they'll give them to me for 15% over cost.
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  4. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    Personally, I like the quality of Flanders bars. Just make sure they order them in 22mm.
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    vwnate1 Old Idiot who still rides

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    "I use steel wool on mine and it's just fine." :D .

    Thank you for proving my point .
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    thebisch Been here awhile

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    Sorry if I missed it, but what are those bars? I like them. Also, what is that thing hanging from your right side switch gear?
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    thebisch Been here awhile

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    My buddy that has been restoring vintage chrome BMX bikes and parts for almost 20 years now disagrees with you.
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    vwnate1 Old Idiot who still rides

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    That's O.K., I too am still learning, some have closed minds .
  9. crawler07

    crawler07 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Are you talking about the end of the mirror stem? The mirror is from a suzuki (was on the bike when I bought it) I belive it's some type of weight to keep vibrations out of the mirror, but doesn't work to well.

    The bars are the stock US style.
  10. crawler07

    crawler07 Been here awhile Supporter

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    This could be the answer guys!!!

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    The Bronze won’t leave behind anything that can rust and if comes in #0000 so scratches would not be a problem.
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  11. crawler07

    crawler07 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I also like these bars too, they are just about the same as the US bars that I currently have on the bike but to me the cross bar completely changes.

    I think I may also paint them black along with the top triple and the bar clamps.

    I guess I got all winter to decide.
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    crawler07 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Forgot to post a pic of the bars, here ya go.

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    Not sure why but I really like the look with the cross bar added.
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  13. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    The bars with the cross bar are nice especially if you add a clock or some other accessory. The thing about the cross bar is it's not very friendly with the stock /2 handle bar clamps. A lot of /2 owners used to cut the bars to get them off then replace them with bars that don't have the cross bar.
  14. vwnate1

    vwnate1 Old Idiot who still rides

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    On the other hand, the cross bar stiffens the bars significantly if you're a hard rider .

    BMW considered these side car bars .

    I always added them to my BMW /2 Solos .
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    crawler07 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Ive been trying to find some 22mm stainless tubing, thinking about making my own bars but its not an easy find. You guys got any suggestions where to look? I have a tubing bender so bending them will not be an issue, I may even get enough to build some engine guards and a rear rack while im at it.
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    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    If you instead, get 7/8" tubing, you need to figure out how long a blank you need to make your bars. Turn the end area where your controls will be fitted before you bend them. You will also need to make allowances for chroming or powder coat.
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    crawler07,
    I made a set of extra wide sidecar handlebars for my R90/6 rig a few years ago. I ended up sourcing the 22mm stainless tubing from an EBay seller in the UK. Unfortunately it was long enough ago that it is no longer in my purchase history. The tubing came in 500mm lengths. Three pieces worked out well to match up the bends near the controls then weld on to the double bent center section. I left the ends extra long and trimmed them later to clear the sidecar windshield. Photo is before final trimming and addition of bar end signal lights.
    Good luck searching,
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    crawler07 Been here awhile Supporter

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    The thought had crossed my mind Pokie, but it would be so much easier with the 22mm tubing. If all else fails I guess!
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    crawler07 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Wow those look great Brett! Was this tubing stainless?
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    Carott Been here awhile

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    Yes it was stainless. The wall thickness was greater than normal handlebars and I had to grind it down to fit the ox eye signal lights in.
    I wish I could tell you who I bought from but it is too long ago. The short lengths supplied made shipping a lot easier.
    Brett