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Another BMW R65

So this little guy fell in my lap and I had to move on it. It’s a 1979 BMW R65. I’ve got some fun plans for it. I’m also going to attempt to get it ridable before Barber (10 days away).

I’m still in the middle of work on my other R65, so I’m really picking a bad time to have another project lopped on my plate. Clearly I thrive on chaos. Stay tuned as I start picking through this guy.

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Monday, September 30th, 2013 BMW Cafe Racer No Comments

Barber Prep 2013

So we’re gearing up for Barber Vintage Festival 2013!!!

We’ve got kind of a laundry list of things we need to get done before it’s time to roll out. I feel like it’s going to be here before we know it and catch us unprepared.

Kate’s RD400 needs a few cosmetic things. Nothing major. I’m swapping the front end on the BMW with a one from an 87 Yamaha FZ600. My forks got damaged recently when I hit a curb trying to avoid getting rear ended at a turn (OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE!). I had these air assisted forks laying around and realized they were the same diameter (36mm), so I figured, why not!? I’m also working on a cool half fairing for it. Not sure if I’ll be all finished in time for Barber for this part.

The van needs quite a bit of lovin’. We’ve made the last two trips to Barber with no AC in the van. That changes this year. We’ve put a whole new AC system in it. Riding in style. I’m also working on insulating the inside to keep all my fancy new cold air in.

I’ll keep updating this post as I go.

Here’s the progress on the van so far. (9/7)

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Saturday, September 7th, 2013 Everything Else No Comments

New Clipons!

So this is a pretty exciting day! I’ve always been a fan of how Woodcraft’s clipons. In my opinion they’re just some of the best looking bars. Like most manufacturers, they don’t make bars specifically for BMW controls (22mm). So you’re left having to turn the bars down yourself, either on a lathe or with sandpaper and elbow grease. I don’t have direct access to a lathe, and honestly, the tiny fraction of a difference between 7/8″ and 22mm doesn’t seem like much, but getting it filed down and perfectly round with sandpaper is a bear. I’ll never do it again.

So I contacted Woodcraft about doing some BMW-specific bars. They were happy to do a small run of them and I got the first set! For the most part, garage builders like myself are used to making things “work” when the need arises, but I just wanted to help make these bars a little more accessible to the BMW community.

So they arrived and they look awesome!! I can’t wait to get them on the bike.

I’ll take some better pictures and post them up when I get the front end all back together on the BMW. In the meantime, if you’re interested in BMW-specific (22mm) bars from Woodcraft, feel free to email me using the contact form in the sidebar. I’d like to hear from you as I’m trying to gauge interest in the bars as well. I’m not affiliated with Woodcraft. Just like their product and curious about other people’s interest in these bars.

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 BMW Cafe Racer No Comments

Goodies From Cone Engineering

The good folks at Cone Engineering have been hard at work on a few different new designs including their Quiet Core mufflers and their new 18″ Straight Cores. I was lucky enough to get ahold of these new 18″ beasts. I think they’re going to look amazing on the BMW! I plan to get them on over the weekend, and will setup a few nice microphones to try and capture the old Cone mufflers and the new ones in all their sonic glory.

These things look great, and I can’t wait to see them on the bike. Be sure to check them out at their website coneeng.com. Talk to Rich and tell him Matty sent ya!!

Also don’t forget to go show them some love on Facebook!

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Thursday, July 11th, 2013 BMW Cafe Racer, Everything Else No Comments

RD400 vs R65

This is Kate flexing her muscles at a stoplight in Austin, TX after Rockers vs Mods. She absolutely loves this bike.

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Monday, March 4th, 2013 BMW Cafe Racer, RD400 Cafe Racer No Comments

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