April’s Vintage Venice Motorcycle ride

I attended the Venice Vintage Motorcycle ride last month. Finally downloaded the photos. Nice guys (and gals). Nice ride. Nice bikes. As the weather gets better, the rides should get more eventful…

Enjoy the photos –

BSA with a nice vintage helmet

Completely naked Ducati. All the covering and plastic has been removed and the owner made some additional mods.

Check out the exposed guts of this Ducati. Looks pretty robotic.

This paint job has been hiding out for 25 years. On the fairing it says Honda CB - X tra - Get it? ha ha...

Check out the dirtbike with the sidecar

clubmans are all the rage.

more clubman bars...

cafe helmet and goggles.

It's never a bad thing to follow a chick on a triumph.

I had to swing by one of my favorite surf shops after the ride. Mollusk is a great shop with some tasty boards.

Cafe bodywork arrived

The first batch of body work arrived for the cafe bike. I’m super excited. The fine people at boxer cafe made me custom front fender without the center lip found on stock BMW fenders. The reason for the lip deletion is for the paint scheme. They have been wonderful to talk to and work with. I look forward to seeing what other items they come up with for BMWs.

Boxer Cafe Bodywork

’71 Triumph T25ss Trail Blazer

One of my old bikes. I sold it so i could rebuild a 77 BMW R100S. I wish i kept it. One of those bikes that got away….

1971 Triumph T25 SS Trail Blazer

Triumph T25ss

I guess it was a bike that BSA made for a few years prior. Then Triumph acquired BSA and made the same bike with the Triumph badge on it. I like that it has a Norton style tank to round out the British bike theme.

BMW 2002 Mobile Tradition Restoration Video

Talk about a restoration done the right way!  It helps if you are the guys who originally designed the car!


Their spare parts warehouse is my version of a candy store.

After parting out one of these last summer, and spending countless hours working on my old 2002, and current 2002, i can say that all the parts look very familiar….

This is about as ‘brand new’ as you can get. I wonder how much they want for it? ha ha…

BMW /5 Rocky Point Key retrofit

I can’t take credit for this idea.  I saw this on a blog ages ago.  I have since tried to locate the blog and haven’t had any luck so i figured i’d share my experience here on beemersandbits.com.

Hopefully this will help those out there trying to do the same key modification to their /5.  I think /2 BMW’s use the same ‘beetle’ looking key.

Photo lifted from Rocky Point Cycle. They include detailed instructions on how to install this key mechanism

Original beetle looking BMW motorcycle key for a /5.

First you have to remove the old key mechanism. Quickly you start to realize that this upgrade is valid. the contacts and wiring aren’t the best after 38+ years.
Start by taking a long screwdriver and carefully bend the 4 tabs that hold the original key relay in place.

Removal of old switch mechanism

Not much to it. this is the order in which all these pieces went together.


The next step is to prepare everything.  I used some small drill bits and drilled around the old key.  After doing enough drilling, i was able to wiggle it loose and remove it from the ‘beetle’.
I then had to file down the head of the new key to fit inside the ‘beetle’.

Old 'key' removed from beetle. New key shaved down to fit.

Next was finding a way to get MacGyver and keep the key in place while the epoxy hardens.


Key in headlight housing in 'off' position

Key in 'run' position