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    Thought I would join up on this forum even though I do not own a v8 bike. You are possibly familiar with my fathers bike his name on here is “Honker”. I thought I would share my own build. I picked up a 1976 BMW R90/6 around the beginning of December. This is my first project bike so I am still learning as I go but this is what I have done so far.

    This is my dads boss hoss for reference



    First time seeing the bike after the 5hr drive to go get it.



    Got it loaded in the Penske rental truck me and my dad had to pick up after the transmission in our truck went out.


    Unloaded it into the shop



    The following evening I spent a little bit of time taking the bike apart with friend of mine.





    Degreased the frame and touched up the paint


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    Polished up the front wheel



    Sandblasted the heads/cylinders and motor was put back together



    New Muffler vs old



    Took the whole motor covered it with oven cleaner, pressure washed it, then took carb cleaner and a metal brush over the entire motor then followed that with 2 coats of Du Pont Final Klean. This gave me a good clean base to paint the engine with.

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    Then I painted the entire motor black





    Transmission also painted


    Then sanded down all the edges of the fins to give a nice contrast with all the black.







    And that is where I am currently at with the bike. Next week I will be getting the motor back in the frame and start working on all the chassis pieces. Big thanks to “honker” or my dad for the help on this project.

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    Looking good there Imya,,,keep us posted.
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    Looks like a chip off the old "Honker" block! Looking good so far. Keep us posted.

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    Looks great!!!!!!!!!


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    That is (already) looking great. Talent runs in your family for sure!

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    I thought it looked good when you bought it!
    BUT it's getting the "Little Honker" goin over.
    It's looking good so far and please keep use
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    Looks like that bike was in very good condition for it's age and that's a great way to start. I owned a R75/5 in 1973 and planned to get an R90, but the GoldWing came out and I switched gears. Really like the engine treatment, and if my memory is correct, I believe BMW made a cafe racer style version of the R90 with the engine blacked out like that. Looking forward to seeing the finished product! I visit with your Dad every once in a while and hope to see both of you this riding season.

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    I'm diggin' that blacked out engine! Initially I was hoping you'd have left it all black, but now that I've seen it with the polished edges... it's still looking pretty sweet! Can't wait to see the finished project!! What color are you going to make the tins?

    In my world... a slippery black paint on the tank and fenders would set it off nicely! It'd be the most sinister beautiful Beemer this side of anywhere! Good work so far.
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    I'm sure your dad is "beeming" proud.. it looks great so far!

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    Nice ,,, looking forward to the final product ,, saw your dads bike in Lacrosse last summer ,,, I can see where you get the talent ,,,

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    Thanks everyone! The color I am doing the tins in is called Wibledon white. It is kind of a cream/white which I thought would represent the era the bike was from really well. I am having the pinstripes on the tank re-done in black to go along with the motor. The project has come along way so far but still have quite a bit of work left. I am learning as I go, definitely could not of accomplished this with out my Dad showing me the ropes. I am hoping to be n Lacrosse this summer with it so hopefully I will see some of your bikes there.

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    Looking good, I love the old /6's. Not sure I would have painted the motor black though.
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    A few more updates from tonight, got the motor back in the frame. Next step is wiring and getting everything put back in to place.






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    Welcome aboard,having projects like these are good for the soul.My better half is always saying I seem to enjoy building them more than riding them.She is almost right.I emphasize almost not quite.
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    Nice work. You will appreciate the effort when you're finished. I did essentially the same thing years ago with a Kawasaki H1 tripple. It was given to me in a basket, all apart down to the carbs all dissassembled. Took all winter but restored each piece along the way and had a ball with it when I finished. That little sucker would really run for a 500.
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    Few more pics from tonights work

    finished polishing the front wheel




    Rear wheel had a lot of corrosion



    After doing a lot of polishing I ended up with this



    The day I bought it and how it sits currently

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    rear end installed tonight and did a little mock up with the gas tank and seat... Getting really anxious to get in painted and put back together!




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    Youda,, it's looking good there,,, keep us posted on progress,,,
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    Getting closer,,, ya still gonna change the paint? Looking good,, when do you expect to have it on the road?

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    Thanks! The paint is for sure going to be done, I am hoping to have it ready by march if all goes well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lmyamen View Post
    Thanks! The paint is for sure going to be done, I am hoping to have it ready by march if all goes well.
    I was going to comment on the jack stand under the rear fender but I guess it's alright then .



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    Bike is really coming along! Looking forward to more pics as you progress. I know you've done a lot of work on it to make it new again, but am still amazed you found a bike of that age in what appeared to be very good condition to start with. Sure beats starting with a basket of parts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IowaV8 View Post
    Bike is really coming along! Looking forward to more pics as you progress. I know you've done a lot of work on it to make it new again, but am still amazed you found a bike of that age in what appeared to be very good condition to start with. Sure beats starting with a basket of parts!

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    We were quite surprised at how clean it was when we picked it up. We were both expecting it to be a little bit rougher than it was! Not a ton of progress pictures for this post but both sides of the exhaust are on the bike now. Last night was spend sanding. The stripes on the tank/fenders were put on and then cleared over so it took a bit of effort to get them off. Started sanding the tank to prep for paint. Still have to do the fenders and finish the tank.





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    ah nice, sanding has begun. the new white colour will really pull it together. I wouldnt be surprised if you end up doing a new seat down the road. something like the nitroheads one with the rivets would look amazing on your bike.

    Again, pretty jealous you got the bike i was looking for here in NZ.

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    My dad sprayed the first coat of primer last night, still have to wet sand all the pieces and have another coat of primer put on but I thought I would put the primered tank on the bike for a shot. Sorry for the crappy photos taken on my iphone.





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    Beautiful.

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