I’ve been putting time in on the bike but not keeping up on the blog. Work has been nuts lately and I need the garage time much more then additional screen time.
The bike is starting to look like a motorcycle again. I have some old wheels as ‘stand ins’ until i get rubber on the new rims.
The rest of the bike is ‘finger tight’ at the moment. I’ll start tightening everything down once i have more of the actual parts ready, and the bodywork is done.
I customized a BoxerMetal fender elimination plate to fit a SWB bike. It took about 22 walks to the bike, test fit, trim, and repeat until it fit properly. It also required some additional bending.
This plate will also hold the battery under the seat’s tail section.
Front brake mounted to the forks. Nice and polished brake arms:
Starting to look like a Motorcycle again!!!
Starting to figure out the bodywork. I love how my 2002 is reflected in the toaster panel.
I think we are going to go with a 3inch racing stripe down the middle:
3 inches on the tail too:
Emblem is going to look nice… all i have lying around is a tank emblem that fits the tail emboss.
I can’t wait to ride this thing…
I trimmed the front fender a bit and moved the rear fender bracket up the fender a bit. I was thinking of taking a bit more off the front of the fender but can’t bring myself to do it yet. I’m not sure it is necessary.
I pushed the BMW to the DMV. They inspected it. Took my money. Put the bike into the ‘system’ and told me that i had to take it to the California Highway Patrol for a VIN inspection to verify it wasn’t stolen.
Went to the Torrance CHP a week later and the Officer was really cool to talk to. He had some great stories of people sending frames to Japan, a recent inspection he did on a Kawasaki that turned out to be stolen in 1983 and he is trying to find the original owner to return the bike to, etc…
Imagine getting something stolen 25 years ago and then getting it back?Since i have no photos to update the progress on the BMW, i figured i’d showcase some of Mark’s collection that to my knowledge, is still for sale. Contact me if you are interested in any of the bikes below.
Awesome Jawa. I've been advise to not even try riding it. These things are SUPER dangerous and unintuitive. Apparently you give it gas when you want to brake. it sure looks fun though.
Early 70s (i think) Triumph T100r 500cc bike. Not sure what the deal is with that peanut tank.
I think this is a 73 Bultaco. Maybe 78. Another bike i'd LOVE to ride.
Yamaha RD400. I want somebody i know to buy this and fix it up so i can ride it. Please?
Yamaha SR 500 - This would be a great cafe project...or something to trick out.
10 speed Kawasaki Trail Boss. I have my eyes on this guy.... looks simple, complete and FUN.
Title time. I gotta get this baby to DMV to get the VIN inspected and into the ‘system’ so i can get a title. There is a DMV 1.4 miles from my house (according to google maps). Hopefully they will issue a title there but i have a feeling a second inspection by the Highway Patrol is necessary. I went through something similar when i put a different engine in my last build.
Unfortunately I’m gonna have to push it that 1.4 miles. Luckily it is flat.
I took everything off that i possibly could while maintaining the appearance of a motorcycle. No transmission, no fenders, no seat, no tank. She’s actually pretty light after all that stuff is off.
And thankfully the tires still hold air.