Motorcycle Restoration BMW R75/6 Motorcycles & Other Musings

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BMW R75/6

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a short video of the startup of the Ghost on Halloween night

And, you can look at a summary of during and after photos of the here  and see the entire set of here .

Lessons Learned

I started, a blog I read “Start from the inside and your way out.” .  The logic sense to me in developing the budget.  I the cost for the frame straightening and tube replacement I knew required.  This was the most work I had done, and ended up about 50% more than the

After that was done, I the other “must do” work. I had the top end and got cost estimates for repairing the fin on one head.  The estimates ranged over $100 to about I took the $15 bid from Randy though shipping to Pennsylvania and cost me $25.  When he got the head, we and he pointed out the valves were their service life.

  So he got heads and I had him replace the seats, guides, springs and exhaust Randy does great and is willing to share his knowledge.

I out the carburetor repair and rebuilding, the rear sub-frame since I it was cracked, and a new exhaust system as the I had held on to was in bad shape.

I developed an estimating spreadsheet to the costs and updated the total actual cost when I parts.  Its a good idea to “must” from “nice” to parts.  Get all the must have priced and paid for and then on the nice to have sourcing new and parts (eBay, BMW MOA forum, List, Vintage BMW Motorcycle group, and the BMW Internet Riders

Optional parts included a cast “snowflake” rear to match the front one I bought in a used R90/S fairing, new ignition, used bar end mirrors, and tray.  Checking the on-line markets and eBay for about a turned up deals on many of parts, so I spent the money.  eBay, I only had one part some disapointment, the cast wheel which had a dig in the rim.

  I found a local company, Wheel Works, who could it out.

Painting was the shock as I planned to have it professionally But, after multiple over $2,000, I called a who rebuilds classic British for some advice.  He talked me the “growth experience” of painting the myself.  He had the equipment, advice and I had to do the rest.

  It took me 3 times as long to the painting as I had estimated.  The material doubled when I had paint and had to buy another paint kit from BMW.  But, the education and were priceless.  It was the memorable of the project and even though I got frustrated and discouraged more once.

  As Brian “Endeavor to Persevere”.  And, nothing about painting you fix with sand paper and paint.  You can’t break

My original budget was more the blue book value of the and that is typical for a rebuild, or in my a build of an R90S cafe replica.  I kept detailed of all costs.  The paint preparation sand paper), solvents, shop supplies cost more than I had estimated.  over look that in budget.

  In the future, I’d put in a 5% shop budget and estimate primer at 30% of the paint cost.  The final cost the budget by 60%.  Plan

Finally, there is practical in figuring out how to overcome the “cussedness of objects”, not at the time, of course, but in :-).   I’m reminded of Rober book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance , real motorcycle you are working on is If that is true doing maintenance, then doing a of a bike means you are rebuilding


The web is a great resource for parts, options and ideas.  I a large amount of information, and ”How To” advice for rebuilding in general and BMW in particular.  I  asked on various forums and always to find someone who had the tid bit I was looking

  The available knowledge and of folks to share what know make taking on a project of scale doable.  All you have to do is and ask, and you can learn just anything you don’t know.  I a list of resources I found .

I found Max BMW’s on-line fiche a reliable tool for estimating as well as other suppliers of parts for classic (Benchmark, Rephyche, and Hucky’s).  My dealer, BMW of Denver met or beat of those prices but I did some with internet sellers as

In particular, Clem Cykowski at BMW of Kent at Holt BMW  and the folks at The Bing Agency particularly helpful and supportive.  And of my friend Brian House, who me to learn how to paint motorcycles and me his equipment was a great resource of advice and wisdom.

Tips for Who Follow After Me

In no particular here is my list of tips doing a project like

You can do this work with tools in your own garage. 

out a work area and keep it

Newspaper is a your friend.  it handy, cover your bench with it, change it

Shop towels on the roll are handy.  Buy a half-dozen rolls.  are always “clean” when you them.

Take pictures as you things apart.  You will not how everything goes together in a

BMW R75/6

Bag parts as you remove them in zip lock bags and label with what they are fender, shocks, etc.)

Use to hold parts bags for subsystems.  I put all electrical parts in a all engine parts in a box,

Keep a list of “to buy” as you remove them. 

Assume you buy all new rubber parts.

Develop a “to do” for work you have to do and think the best sequence to do it in.  You save a lot time in end and avoid

Monitor your patience, and energy level.  When you feeling focused, confident, or stop working.  You’ll screw something up, usually expensive or hard to find.

is no rush.  Take your and the stress goes away. 

The fun from doing, thinking, and overcoming the “Oh Shit” that is Relax, have a beer, another day.  If you aren’t in the the bike is not going to go anywhere. 

you get stuck and don’t know how to get a on, or figure out how to fix a mistake, clean the bench.  You can control that, and in the solutions will come to if you will just be quiet to let them suggest themselves.

Sand paper and its proper use are to a nice paint job.

will take 80% of the time for

Sand the last coat a finer paper than the coat.  For 3 coats of primer, 320 400 grit, 600 grit.

If you are painting coats with silver or add a fourth coat of primer and at 1500 grit.

Clear looks very shiny it goes on, but it has to be sanded to remove the peel” and dust motes.  Use no grit than 2000 and with 2500 grit.  you can buff it out with scratch

You can’t really ruin when painting.  If you make a grab the sandpaper and erase Worse case, paint it

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