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Author Topic: 3DogNate's 1977 BMW R75/7  (Read 1608 times)

Offline 3DogNate

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3DogNate's 1977 BMW R75/7
« on: Apr 26, 2017, 13:35:35 »
So I've got a great group of vintage bike lovers that I hang with and we work on/talk about/obsess over/ bikes of all sorts... Triumphs/BMWs/Nortons/Harleys/Hondas ETC... there's a good number of Airheads among the group... mostly 60s-80s R series. I finally found a good candidate for decent money. It's ugly but runs okay already... I'm in no hurry as I'm just wrapping up an extensive restoration on my '69 T120R... I am going to de-ulgy and perform essential maintenance pretty quickly though. I'm already in it at a pretty good price after selling off the Corbin Seat, Krauser bags and Fairing I'll be in relatively cheap for a runner. This build will probably be a cross post with one of the Airhead forums... but I dig the Do The Ton community so much there's no way I can't log my build here. My initial inclination is to not get too crazy and just keep a nice clean and tasteful Airhead and nothing too "personal"... I'm not going to spend a ton of money on this one either.

Here's what I brought home...







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Re: 3DogNate's 1977 BMW R75/5
« Reply #1 on: Apr 26, 2017, 14:01:17 »
Lester mags and all, I can dig it.
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Re: 3DogNate's 1977 BMW R75/5
« Reply #2 on: Apr 26, 2017, 14:07:21 »


Im a bit surprised you sold the cases off so quickly.

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Re: 3DogNate's 1977 BMW R75/7
« Reply #4 on: Apr 27, 2017, 10:38:10 »
Oops... I accidentally titled this thread with R75/5... it's an R75/7

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3DogNate's 1977 BMW R75/7
« Reply #5 on: Apr 29, 2017, 14:32:14 »
Removed some ugly today.


Looking a bit better...



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Re: 3DogNate's 1977 BMW R75/7
« Reply #6 on: Apr 29, 2017, 15:12:04 »
Lookin better already, brother.

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Re: 3DogNate's 1977 BMW R75/7
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2017, 12:08:41 »
I dug around and I've got some stuff on order to get this thing road worthy again. I I was able to source the Headlight (Ring/reflector/lens/bulb), Side Covers, Side Cover decals, Turn signals.

Going to need to re-build the front caliper... that thing is not letting go completely.  Just the seals... it works so I assume the piston is okay... probably mega funky in there though.

This old guy is probably going to just see itself getting put back into serviceable condition and let it see some miles this year. (I say that now... )

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Re: 3DogNate's 1977 BMW R75/7
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2017, 12:12:00 »
Have you aligned the calipers, yet?   They require a manual alignment or they drag.

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Re: 3DogNate's 1977 BMW R75/7
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2017, 12:57:00 »
Have you aligned the calipers, yet?   They require a manual alignment or they drag.

Nope, was going to dig into that caliper maybe tonight and see what's up with it, I'm sure my Clymer has a section on the caliper... But, it's so cheap (barring replacing the piston) and quick to rebuild one, it's a must do on any vintage bike of questionable origin in my book.