Bridgestone 175HS custom progress photos

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.

Yet another R75/5 found in the Desert

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.

R75/5 with the incorrect speedo and valve covers

R75/5 with the incorrect speedo and valve covers

1980 BMW R65 Center Stand repair

When I first got this bike, I had to use all my muscle to rock it off of the center stand.  It made me wonder about the R65 model… but then I realized that both tires were still touching the ground while it was on the center stand.  I still wasn’t sure if this was correct or not.  I thought it could have been on of the R65 quirks until a local mechanic friend told me it was due to the center stand being slightly bent.

1980 BMW R65

1980 BMW R65

So the bike went back up on the lift…

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1980 BMW bent center stand tab where it touches the frame

1980 BMW bent center stand tabs where it touches the frame

 

The bent area was filled in with a weld

The bent area was filled in with a weld on both sides

 

Ground the weld down to be flat again. I could have kept a bit more material in hind sight.

Ground the weld down to be flat again. I could have kept a bit more material in hind sight.

 

Painted and ready for re-install thanks to my mini garage helper.

Painted and ready for re-install thanks to my mini garage helper.

The front wheel no longer touches the ground and it is much easier to rock off the center stand.  I could have built up even more material so it would sit a bit higher but I was being conservative. I wasn’t really sure how much was too much.  But for now, the problem is solved.

1980 BMW R65 red

1980 BMW R65 red