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Kidasters

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I was surfing craigslist locally, and saw this for sale Friday night.  I made him a fair offer (in cash) and said it was good until Sunday.  He texted me this morning and said "When are you coming to get it".

 

Loaded onto the truck by 1 pm.  Now just waiting for some help to get it out of the truck.  These bikes are heavy - about 800 lbs, so it's more than a 1 man job.

 

It's a 1978 R100/7.  Seems to run OK - I'll probably get the color tune and digital manometer out to balance the carbs.  Front brake is really spongy - have ordered a front brake hose and will bleed it after hose replacement.  Rear brake is out of adjustment.  Will replace all fuel lines with the proper braided hose.  Ordered new valve covers and a new gas cap.  Don't plan on making any serious mods to this one - it's just too pretty as is.  Previous owner had it for about 4 years, repainted the whole bike 1.5 years ago.  The gold pinstriping was all done by hand.  It's really well done.

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15 hours ago, Kidasters said:

These bikes are heavy - about 800 lbs, so it's more than a 1 man job.


What... lower the tailgate, rev it up, drop the clutch and send it... Evel Knievel ?

 

Don’t forget to video and post it to YouTube 

 

EdZ

Hows the 308 treating you, these days?

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'69 Granada... long, long ago  

'71 Manila..such a great car

'67 Granada 2000CS...way cool

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Here's one while I re-arrange stuff in the garage this morning before the rain came.  Apparently, the front wheel was "recalled" in 84, as they were prone to cracking and breaking (aka - really bad day).  I could try and call the BMW motorcycle dealer to get them to honor the recall - but I think that's a low likelihood event.  I've found the correct replacement on e-bay and will try and purchase.  Otherwise, it's lovely and I'm pretty dang happy.  Did Hagerty valuation this morning, and it's credible that I could flip it for around 6K pretty easily.  

 

The 308 is still problematic Ed.  The high idle issue never went away.  I'm convinced it's a throttle cable issue.  I have the replacement part, now it's just finding time to work on it.  And all the other projects.  I need to retire so I can dedicate time to my fun stuff.

 

 

 

 

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Quick update.  It's never as simple as you think it will be.  Replaced basically every bit of the front brake:  New cable to the handle, new master and brake light switch, new hose, new hard line.  Got a used caliper, repainted it and got a new piston.  After all that, the front brake now works correctly.  No idea what the problem was.  I tried to do it simpler before - master rebuild kit, use the existing piston, but none of that worked.  

 

Did a valve adjustment on the bike.  It was set to "Zero" when I got it.  After some fumbling around, was finally able to get the valve gap set correctly.  Tried to balance the carbs, and it's close but still off.  I think they need a rebuild.  So, it's now on my list to ship them off to my guy in Toronto.  Yet another stalled project.  Great.

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Update:

 

Ended up rebuilding/replacing the entire front braking system.  New master, new cable, rebuilt caliper.  New rotor.  Once bled correctly, it works great.

 

New plugs and Plug wires.  New stainless headers.  New handlebars.  When swapping bars, I ended up also unplugging all the switches from the circuit board in the bucket and rerouting them so they were under less stress.  Also replaces the mirrors.  

 

Yesterday, installed the custom Corbin saddle.  I'm really happy with this right now.  Still have some fussing with the carbs to do, but that can wait until later.

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Another update - it has a new stablemate.  I'll pick it up in Austin on Saturday.

It is already the nicest of all my motorcycles.  Here's what was recently done to it:

 

Recent full service

All oils & filters new plugs v/c gaskets.

Forks, rebuilt with new seals and boots.

Carbs rebuilt - tank flush/new petcocks.

New AMG battery

New tires / tubes

This is an original matching numbers motorcycle.

Sold as shown, with clean title.

& all keys and tools and owners manual,

Plus extra parts. 

 

Very excited.  Been trying to get a /5 for awhile.

 

 

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33 minutes ago, Kidasters said:

I no longer have a BMW Car Ed - just bikes.

 

That's the beauty of the vintage BMW crowd, amigo...all are welcome.

 

lemme know next time you're in town, I'll buy lunch.

 

EdZ

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'71 Manila..such a great car

'67 Granada 2000CS...way cool

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Well - got home with the bike yesterday.  I still think it was an OK deal, but not a great deal like the 78.  Right now, most of it is cosmetic, but one of the carbs is leaking gas.  And - trying to ride it around the hood, it's way out of tune.  I'm going to pull the carbs and send them off for cleaning/rebuild.  I ordered a lot of parts to replace missing, worn or just plain wrong.  And, I'm going to look for somebody local to work the dents out of the tank, and paint it and the fenders.  The search begins!

 

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Quick Update.  

 

Been doing a lot of work and research.  The VIN on the 73 says a build date of May 1973 (one month after my birth - kinda cool).  Have replaced the following:

Handlebars

Exhaust Header

Mufflers

Shocks

Battery box

Carbs sent out for refurb/rebuild

Pulled foot pegs and painted.  Replaced rubbers

replaced handgrips

 

Added Mirrors

Pulled fenders and tank and will take to paint.

 

I guess that's progress. 

 

 

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Pics coming soon.  Took the fenders and tank to a motorcycle shop that said they could do my paint work.  Not sure I made the right choice.  While the paint work on the fenders looks good, and the dents in the tank are gone, they painted the tank weirdly.  They didn't remove the side plates, so there is a weird mask mark.  Took it back to the shop and chalked it up to miscommunication.  Hopefully, shop owner will make it right.  We'll see.

 

Once I get everything back, then need to get the pinstripe work done (another miscommunication).  And then can start re-assembly.

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