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

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

Almost Famous

Sooooo. I’m at a friends house for a little barbecue, and he happened to have to tv on. I saw an ad for next weeks episode for Cafe Racer TV, and they mentioned Barber Vintage Festival. I was like, “Heeeeyyyy, I was at Bar…OH MY GOD THAT’S MY BIKE!!!!”

So tune in next week to see Matty’s whip.


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Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 BMW Cafe Racer No Comments

BMW Handlebars

If you’re reading this and you’re under the impression that 7/8″ handlebars are the same thing as 22mm handlebars, you are mistaken. I’ve come to find people often mistakenly mis-label 7/8″ bars as 22mm. They’re close, sure.. Only a thousandths of an inch difference… not much.. But on your BMW it does matter. Which is why ACTUAL 22mm bars exist. (not a lot). Let this post serve to raise awareness for this issue.

If you own a BMW and are looking to put new bars on, you will need to look for 22mm bars. And then VERIFY they are actually 22mm and not 7/8″. The person will probably tell you they are the same thing, but they are not. If you try and put stock BMW controls on a 7/8″ bar, you will most likely break your controls.

If you must purchase 7/8″ bars, you’ll need throw the bars on a belt sander and turn them down.. I did it by hand with a bit of sand paper on some aluminum bars and it took aaaaaages. Use power tools.

That is all.

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 BMW Cafe Racer No Comments

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