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Mitch's 91 BMW R80

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Cool project, I use to have a R75/6 with 900cc top ends, those old BMWs almost have a Norton featherbed frame apart from one vital bolt on strut is missing 

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picked up my gasket kit for the motor last night, hooned that in and gave the motor a few coats of black, didn't come out as good as I wanted but its done now. 

Then today I started assembly of the bike for the last time, got the wiring loom in, motor and gearbox and seat and tank. really hanging out for my peanut valve covers to arrive too as I can't stand the standard ones. 

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got my tires ahwhile back, after heaps of back and forwards I decided on some TKC80's for maximum trendiness  and got them mounted up, was super chuffed with how they were looking and then tonight I went to put the front wheel on and well.. the front doesn't fit, it fouls on the lower for brace so going to have to think up of a solution to that, wither start chopping or go with a smaller front tire which its a 3.5" and currently have 4". 

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Cant wait to get it outside as cameras don't love my workshop lights. 

Just waiting on swingarm and headset bearings to arrive early next week hopefully and then the wheels can go on and I can see what it really is going to look like. 

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been super slack with this thing due to blowing up my 86 and wanting to get that fixed again. 

made up a numberplate bracket still not completely sold on it will probably re make it, mounted u the moto gadget bar end indicators and rear button indicators 

also few up and water cut out a new top plate for the forks with inbuilt brackets to hold my new speedo. 

so many little bits and pieces still being done that you don't see anything of, still waiting on a my 3.5" front tire to arrive before I can put the front brakes on. 

so far I have bought 3 different headlights and don't like how any of them look on the bike.

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got my carbs and anything else aluminium on the bike vapour blasted and re built then with new gaskets and seals, also pulled the top ends off the motor and put new gaskets and seals In everything in there just while it was apart. 

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Whats your plans for the tank? Thats not a loaded question, just curious if you're going to pin stripe, or lay down some racing stripes/numbers or something?

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Not too sure yet, going to try out factory pinstripes and some other designs with vinyl and see what I liked when once the bmw badge is on there and afew other things it will break the yellow up a bit 

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On 12/08/2020 at 18:20, Kimjon said:

Whats your plans for the tank? Thats not a loaded question, just curious if you're going to pin stripe, or lay down some racing stripes/numbers or something?

just an FYI for dudes who havnt seen the tank in person, it is wayyyyyyy more mustard / lush in person. for some reason it photographs really yellow, particularly in unnatural light.

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Small update, 

been tinkering away tidying up afew bits and pieces on this thing.

new tank badges, peanut valve covers

mounted the battery under the bike between the mufflers 

motogadget rear view mirror 

and afew other bits and pieces that i cant remember. its really starting to come together now few small bits of wiring to go and it will be ready to ride 

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Looking good man! I've been hard out watching cafe racer TV on YouTube. This style is really growing on me, in particular your bike and moto guzzi (ural and Honda too) with the v or boxer style motors, so cool!

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