This makes bike #4 I have gotten out in the Desert. Three R75/5 models and one R90/6.
Just the way I like them too… cheap and dead. I can’t allow myself to chop up a good condition BMW motorcycle but when they come to me like this, I can get creative. Luckily it came with a good condition toaster tank.
This one is going to be restored for a guy who spent the last 6 years building hospitals in Saudi Arabia. He wanted to treat himself to a BMW or two when he returned so here we go!
We’ll probably upgrade this engine a bit, go to a 5 Speed kick start, and get this ready to tackle the roads and hills in Michigan.
While the R75 bits are out of my hands, it was time for a R90/6 day!
I bought two R90/6 bikes last summer from the same person. One had a title, one did not. Even though I had the title, the bike wasn’t registered since 1994 and after the North Ridge earthquake, it got parked and sat ever since.
It has a deep oil pan, lightened flywheel, dual plugged heads, beefy triple tree, fork brace, and a few other goodies.
I took it partially apart for transport to my house in my station wagon last summer:
Once i got home, i took the whole bike apart. Then I tried to get it registered.
The DMV wouldn’t touch it because it was out of the system, so I slapped it together for a trip to the CHP.
I had the officer inspect the VIN of the other bike (without title) and he said it checks out as well.
The transmission and swingarm are empty. no carbs. no instruments. I basically had to make it look like a bike just so it could get verified.
Then I went off to my buddy’s house to get his wrecked R60/6.
He pulled out into traffic and got hit by a lawyer in a Jaguar. The BMW cylinders saved his live. He walked away with just a scratch on his leg. On a different bike, his leg would have been crushed but the car hit the cylinder instead.
The Helmet he had on helped too.
I am going to get this looking like a bike again for him. We hope to have some fun with it in the process… we are thinking of blacking everything out, and making this a sleek, trimmed down cafe bike.
The body work has been sent to the painter.
And all the metal bits have been blasted and brought to the powder coating shop.
I stopped by the shop to go over all the masking of what should get plugged and masked from the powder coat.