In which Plaka builds a Cafe bike.

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Plaka, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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  2. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing Supporter

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    best.title.ever
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  3. Adrian V

    Adrian V Long timer

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    You're not a small furry bear by any chance?
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  4. nmalozzi

    nmalozzi airheaded

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    Oh I like where this is headed.
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  5. nmalozzi

    nmalozzi airheaded

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    Damn, the snow rolled in right as this started to get good.
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    ccmickelson MonoMania Supporter

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    Yes, banger of a thread title. And your word choice thus far borders on Shakespearean. "Sub-pretty" might just be my new favorite word.
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  7. Uke

    Uke visualist Super Supporter

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    Those look like Corvair Corsa "turbo mufflers", pretty much what was used in the '70s when you got tired of replacing glass packs.

    ***EDIT: That should be Corvair, as in the rear air cooled rear engine 6 banger from the '60s, not the Corsair built by Chance Vought Aviation during WW II, I know the difference, the effing spell-check doesn't.
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  8. Adrian V

    Adrian V Long timer

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    Though I think you got the gist :D.
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  9. Adrian V

    Adrian V Long timer

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    You need to lacquer this on the tank as well:
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  10. Square1

    Square1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Catchy title, great story!

    Enlighten us about those " saddle tanks", never seen those.
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  11. Adrian V

    Adrian V Long timer

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    That's Ogri, a subversive biker, who featured in a cartoon strip in "Bike" magazine in the 70's. He was renowned for doing his own thing, in his own way and for his laisse faire attitude to authority. I just have a feeling this build may have a similar feel to it :D.
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    Square1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    I'm not surprised. Those Luftmeister saddle tanks have been going up for years. Last I remember was $350 but how many years ago was that?
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  14. Jim K in PA

    Jim K in PA Long timer

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    Yeah, those on eBay are no more NOS than I am. I have a pair of NOS saddle tanks, Avus black, with white pin striping. I also have a pair of used that will get cleaned up and put on my R90/6 camper.

    If you find a pair now for under $400, expect to spend some time and effort cleaning them up. My grungy pair are the early ones with vented caps.
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  15. bodine003

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    A badass rocker!!!!!
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    This gent had a nicely done set on his RS at the 40th gathering last year.

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    "I wouldn't give ya a nickle for a boatload of 'em."
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    I would, then sell them to those that think they are worth $400. I think they are kinda silly.
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  19. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    One thing I don't like about the RS is all the plastic bits and the stupid plastic BMW sticker on the tank. I like polished aluminum and cloisonne badges. So all the lower levers have been smoothed out and polished ( not like I ever detail the thing, but I know they are there.) Then I took a lot of /5 parts and started replacing things. I even have a /5 dipstick (extended). The /7 plastic thing is dreadful. Partially this is because the polished aluminum stuff looks better, partially out of nostalgia for the /5 I rode for 20 years. Except for one thing. The /5 had an H4 Halogen kit in it and the RS goes one better withe a monster 80/100+ bulb with the phenolic socket from the /5 kit with a monster heatsink bolted on the back ( the reason the wiring is no longer in the headlight shell). The eyebrow light has very bright LED modules in it that flash if I flip a switch. This left the problem of the RS fairing glass. I converted to the sport glass. Looks much better.


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  20. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    "Sport Glass"?

    As denoted by silver instead of orange lines?
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