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  • #63300

    bill42
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    [QUOTE=tlcoulter »]Do you have any photos of them installed? Is your steering stop OEM, or does it have a bolt and nut through it to reduce the steering limits?[/QUOTE]

    I have the factory R100RT stops, yes, to protect the large RT fairing.
    Here is a pic of the position of the clip-ons on top of the triple tree:
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    #63301

    COULTER THOMAS
    Participant

    [QUOTE=bill42 »]I have the factory R100RT stops, yes, to protect the large RT fairing.
    Here is a pic of the position of the clip-ons on top of the triple tree:
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    That does look good, and comfortable! Thanks. Did you raise the forks through the triple tree? Did you have to adjust the cables?

    #63831

    t.wesley
    Participant

    It was nice to see the culmination of the cafe racer project in the Jan/Feb ’14 OTL – especially the before & after photos!  Amazing transformation.

    You’re bringing it to the Rally in Birmingham, right?? 🙂

    #63848

    Gr8Dane
    Participant

    Awesome job. What could I possibly come up with to top this ? Nothing …. and I’ve built a few caf- racers myself. Back in the 70’s . I’m jealous!

    #58998

    WILL GUYAN
    Participant

    OTL is beginning the task of building a svelte, powerful, compelling cafe bike from an unloved, beat up and unwanted
    donor R100RT. Go ahead, state your ire at people who’d ruin a great machine. Truth is, there are a plethora of these bikes out there. This one was purchased for $3K. The R100 platform will be the palette from which a custom designed and built authentic airhead cafe racer is crafted. Your input is welcome, pro and con. OTL can take any jabs, and redress them within the context at hand.
    We have input from Master BMW Builder Chris Hodgson, German tech/artist/OTL correspondent Harald Sauer, and many others. We’ll keep it in your face in OTL magazine until it’s completed.

    The donor bike graces the May OTL cover, and the mastermind and wallet behind this project is OTL Art Director, Bill Costello, famous within BMW circles world wide for his touching video on the restoration of his Dad Richard’s R50.

    #63372

    COULTER THOMAS
    Participant

    What is going on now with your Cafe Racer? I put RS (flat bars) and an air box eliminator kit on mine, and I just got Flatracer.com’s new rear sets to install. The tank and side panels are being painted and pin-striped, and I put yellow vinyl over my headlight. Now if only spring would hurry and get here…..

    #63377

    bill42
    Participant

    Sorry for not posting right away. You know how life gets in the way… Well, it is safe to say you are far ahead of me. The OTL project has not been worked on much for the last few months, but now that the Holidays will be over soon, the pace will pick up once again. Our custom made seat ran into some problems when it did not sit flat on the shortened seat frame I cut down. Have you ever noticed that the seat frames bend downhill right past the shock mounts? I had not, and either had the guy who built our custom seat. The subframe and seat were shipped back to him and he was able to modify the seat so it sits flush. When the seat comes back I will finally mount the new seat and then move onto the next area. If you saw the most recent OTL issue, I ended with a teaser photo of the mounted Acewell gauge. Well that has 14 hundred wires to hood up, which I will have to figure out next. Then finally I will switch the final drive to rear drum brakes and mount the new spoked wheels. After that will be the Boxer Metal rearsets, and then we will have the finished riding position dialed in, which I am sure will be an exciting moment.

    Did you rejet your carbs when you eliminated the air box? What did you do with the crankcase vent? Did you run a hose down low to eliminate blow-by? I will probably keep the airbox on while finishing the rest of the bike and then only at the end decide if it should be removed. Also, how do you like the rearsets you got from Flatracer? Are they the Tarozzi rearsets with the custom linkage that Edgar had custom manufactured?
    /bill

    #63897

    bill42
    Participant

    [quote=t.wesley]It was nice to see the culmination of the cafe racer project in the Jan/Feb ’14 OTL – especially the before & after photos!  Amazing transformation. You’re bringing it to the Rally in Birmingham, right?? Smile[/quote]

     

     

     

     

    Thanks and I am glad so many have enjoyed the build articles.

    Unfortunately this year the Rally is just a bit too far for me to ride the bike to, I think. Last year I showed it in the Vintage Tent at the Rally so that was its debut. This year it would just be old news anyway!

     

    /bill

     

     

    #63135

    NYKTAS GEORGE
    Keymaster

    Will – Do you have a timeline?

    #63136

    bill42
    Participant

    Thanks Will, OTL Editor, for painting me in such an illustrious light. Let me stress as I will in the upcoming article that I am very much a novice at bike building. However I hope to make up for that fact by relying on my enthusiasm, severe optimism, and most of all, the master BMW Craftsmen I have surrounded myself with thanks to being part of the OTL staff. Since the magazine issue has not shipped yet, I don’t want to divulge too much. I look forward to hearing from people, and I am expecting some controversy which I will debate with pleasure. I am passionate about motorcycles and I love to hear from others who are as well.
    /bill

    #63137

    bill42
    Participant

    Allow me to answer that, George.
    The original goal was to complete this project in just a few months, but very recently I have gotten word that there is an interest in this cafe project among many of our high level BMW friends and even bike builders. If we can gather more resources and outside help as far as advice or donated parts, then maybe we will take more time than originally expected and build ourselves a much higher level machine than originally anticipated. This project could take off in directions I can’t yet imagine, in just a month’s time. That is what makes this such an exciting project. After the first introductory article reaches our readers, who knows who will contact me here to offer assistance or suggest a great idea or more likely, tell me what an idiot I am!

    #63138

    NYKTAS GEORGE
    Keymaster

    Bill,

    This sounds like a fascinating project. A few years ago I took the front end off a perfectly good R90/6 and replaced it with an Earles Leading Link Fork since the R90 was the mule for a sidecar rig. There were all sorts of details to consider – such as finding a bearing that fit the R90 and the Earles at the same time. I was able to find help from folks a lot more knowledgeable than me that allowed me to make that conversion work. With the resources you have at hand I think you will end up with an outstanding result. Caution: Don’t put a ceiling on the budget yet as you may not be able to finish without some flexibility on the upper limit. [url]http://www.bmwra.org/forum/images/icons/icon7.png[/url]

    #63401

    COULTER THOMAS
    Participant

    I too apologize for not posting sooner! I have not rejetted the carbs, but the bike has not been started since the air box eliminator was installed. I took my gas tank and side panels in October to be painted and pinstriped, and I still have not got them back. I hope to get them before spring!

    I ran the crankcase vent up through the vent slot at the top of the engine, along the upper frame, to a cannister I got on ebay. I had a heck of a time getting the hose bent enough to fit through the slot, but I was able to do it. I got a fitting to reduce the hose size to 3/8″, and the cannister has a fitting that size.

    I got the rear sets installed, and they look great! My feet will be back and up further than the Boxer Metal kit, so I’m anxious to see if I can get comfortable. My 65-year old body won’t withstand many contortions, you know! The brake on the rear set seems to function correctly, but I am not yet sure about the shifter. With the bike stationary, on my lift, I tried shifting, and it does not seem to want to get out of neutral. However, I have a ’95 K75 project bike, and when I tried shifting it, while sitting stationary, it did the same thing. I will have to get it rolling before I know for sure how it works. Yes, the rear sets are Tarozzis with Edgar’s fittings. They look, and fit, superb, like all of his other stuff!

    I really like the Acewell guage, and I am anxious to hear how it works out.

    #63403

    bill42
    Participant

    I think now that I will probably eliminate the airbox as well. It is not believed to really add much power if any, but I happen to think the engine looks more raw without the plastic airbox of my R100. I will probably run a vent line to the ground rather than use a collector canister. First I have to ask around to confirm that there is no danger of oiling up my rear tire. I would love to see a photo of your rearsets installed.

    #63405

    COULTER THOMAS
    Participant

    [QUOTE=bill42 »]I think now that I will probably eliminate the airbox as well. It is not believed to really add much power if any, but I happen to think the engine looks more raw without the plastic airbox of my R100. I will probably run a vent line to the ground rather than use a collector canister. First I have to ask around to confirm that there is no danger of oiling up my rear tire. I would love to see a photo of your rearsets installed.[/QUOTE]

    I’ll post some photos before the end of the week.

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