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1978 BMW R100S Restoration

2017 May 19
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A 1978 BMW R100s fixed up and released back into the wild.

This bike is an absolute dream to ride. It runs amazingly smooth.

I had to go through some serious DMV hoops to get the salvaged title status back on the road with a deadline of 5 months until I incurred DMV penalty fees.  I made it to the registration day with 2 days to spare.

I cleaned, restored, replaced, rebuilt whatever it needed to get it back on the road.  The front end is from a spare R90/6 that I had lying around.

 

1978 BMW R100S with R90/6 front end. by Josh Withers 1978 BMW R100S with R90/6 front end.  by Josh Withers 1978 BMW R100S with Oshmo emblem by Josh Withers 1978 BMW R100S with R90/6 front end.  by Josh Withers R100S Straightened in frame jig Powder Coat Steering Race installed Steering Bearings Steering Bearings Assembled front end Forks Rebuild with new fork seals and all the goodies Reinforced rear frame tab for passenger pegs and muffler hangers Powder Coated and Reinforced rear frame tab for passenger pegs and muffler hangers Swing Arm Bearings installed
1978 BMW R100S with R90/6 front end. by Josh Withers

Reinforced Passenger Peg Muffler Hanger tab on BMW motorcycle

2017 May 16
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This is one of those things I try to do to every BMW motorcycle I rebuild.
This area is cracked on nearly every frame I tear down. It is the rear foot brake area which also is the muffler / silencer hanger, and where the passenger foot pegs attach. This frame is a 1978 BMW R100s. If you are considering rear sets on your bike that attach to this section, then I HIGHLY RECOMMEND doing this procedure.

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cracked tab near rear foot brake pivot hole on BMW airhead frame

New piece of metal to weld onto the old cracked section to reinforce the area making it MUCH stronger and no longer prone to cracking.

Welded metal onto the rear foot brake section of a BMW R100S

Finished powder coated frame with the welded metal. This area is out of sight to most people unless they take the rear tire off.

Finished Bridgestone 175 Hurricane Scrambler photos

2017 February 25
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This bike is a blast to ride. Fast and zippy for a small bike but next to a real motorcycle, you realize how slow you are going! The restoration took about a year. I had help rebuilding the engine and transmission. A friend Adam helped me weld the bump onto the seat. Chrome, powder coat and paint were all locally sourced. Custom YSS shocks. Assembled by me. The only bummer is that I could not find the correct street Bridgestone tires to put on the bike.

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1967 Bridgestone 175HS custom silver frame. Coated pipes. Custom seat, handlebars.

Some great BMW and BSA ephemera from 1969

2016 November 26
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A June, 1969 issue of Cycle magazine arrived in my mailbox today. Either the postman was really late, or somebody knows I’m into this stuff.
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Continental Tires ad with a /2 BMW - 1969

Continental Tires ad with a /2 BMW – 1969

 

BMW ad from June, 1969

BMW ad from June, 1969

 

 

Beeza Babes

Beeza Babes

 

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Wheels laced for my upcoming sidecar project

2016 November 13
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/2 hub with a wide shoulder Akront rim.

/2 hub with a wide shoulder Akront rim.

Bridgestone is coming along…

2016 November 11
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1967 Bridgestone 175 HS custom restoration

1967 Bridgestone 175 HS custom restoration

My helper today with my 1967 Bridgestone 175 HS custom restoration

My helper today with my 1967 Bridgestone 175 HS custom restoration

Bridgestone 175HS custom progress photos

2016 September 4
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Back from powder coat.

Back from powder coat.

Back from powder coat.

Back from powder coat.

Clean carbs

Clean carbs

I sourced this engine build to a guy who builds Yamaha RD's and such.  Fingers crossed it works.

I sourced this engine build to a guy who builds Yamaha RD’s and such. Fingers crossed it works.

Painter went all out... all i needed was the rear dome painted.  I'm not complaining.  It looks amazing. The tank looks killer.  Photos of that to come

Painter went all out… all i needed was the rear dome painted. I’m not complaining. It looks amazing. The tank looks killer. Photos of that to come

Upholstery complete.

Upholstery complete.