Time to stamp some new numbers on the R75/5 ID plate. The old one was just too nasty…
It is hard to explain the time it takes to build one of these bikes.
I totally forgot that the new BMW steering lock kit needs modifications. It was one of those jobs that should take 5 minutes and instead took over 45 minutes.
I first installed the lock and realized it wasn’t activating properly.
And then scratched my head and I remembered that I have to modify it as seen in this post:
So here it goes.
And then it came time to add the cover and quickly realized that it needs modifications as well.
Here is the front side of a new cover, and an old one I had cad plated:
Here is the rear:
It takes a care amount of time to rout out the rear of the plate for the notch on the frame that guides the cover as you open and close it. It isn’t a perfect work of art but luckily nobody will ever see the rear of this cover.
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.
When this stuff comes back, it will be beautiful.
My old welder went to work for Apple… the nerve of him! Instead of molding metal, he is now working with Jony Ive designing high end plastic components to contribute to the distractions and communications of the universe. Oh well… we all need to expand our career horizons.
I got connected with a new welder and the guy is an artist! Just like the last bike, we filled the holes on the rear main frame tab, added a permanent boss for the rear sets, and reinforced the bottom corner that always cracks. He went crazy and boxed it in. It looks amazing and that rear area will never flex again.
I am glad I am doing a complete rebuild of this bike. The steering was a bit stiff and not smooth. Once I got the neck out of the frame, I realized why.
Rusted Steering bearings.
Since the frame is going to be powder coated, the races have to come out anyway. I could see somebody buying the bike and not getting this deep into the restoration and it would be dangerous to ride with bearings like that.
These went straight to the trash.