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Offline jkluesner

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BMW /5 toaster-tank cafe
« on: Mar 14, 2011, 15:03:08 »
Hello all!

Got my new purchase shipped to me last week from Indiana (barn find). The shipping guy delivered the bike to the grocery store parking lot across the street and to no surprise the battery was dead.... so I pushed it to my place, which sucked as there is a big hill :( . A little charge on the battery and the next day, vroooom, the 599 cc started right up with both electric and kick-start. Nothing like priming those old BING carbs (ticklers) to get it running. I will probably replace these with Mikini carbs, as I hear good things. This is what it looked and sounded like 6 days ago: http://www.youtube.com/v/7zNczklITNA?hl=en&fs=1  (note: this is after removing the front fender, fairing and a few other parts)

Took her for a spin and then started tearing her down.

Below is the current state of the bike. The guy who owned it before me clearly masked (tried to at least) off the bike and painted things in place. The result, painted rubber parts (rings, etc) that are completely toast and over-spray everywhere. On a positive note the rims shine up nicely :) Parts have been ordered and now I have to decide if I should pull the engine to paint the frame... I have decided not to tear into the engine, as I had a BMW mechanic look at the bike before I bought it. He said it has great compression and needs nothing (he did a bunch of work on this bike for the previous owner). I do plan on painting the timing cover, valve covers, and starter cover black. I hear great things about White Diamond polish and hope this can bring some luster back to the engine casing. This thing is very dirty and greasy and has over-spray (black and orange) all over it.

I am planning to paint the tank and modified fenders (and possibly cafe seat) back to its original color (black) or a deep army green. Factory turn signals are going and are going to be replaced with classic (60's) BMW bar-end turn signals. Getting completely new exhaust and headers. Bought some Euro bars and am trying to decide on what to do with the seat. It came with a pretty nice corbin, but is not the cafe style I am looking for. Anyway, on to removing the original broken gauge in the headlight....


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Offline jkluesner

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Re: 1973 BMW R60/5 build
« Reply #1 on: Mar 14, 2011, 16:54:18 »
Also, here are a few more pics with the tank and old exhaust still on.

bmw 60/5 by jkluesner, on Flickr

IMG_0812 by jkluesner, on Flickr

IMG_0813 by jkluesner, on Flickr
« Last Edit: Mar 20, 2011, 22:26:02 by jkluesner »

Offline VonYinzer

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Re: 1973 BMW R60/5 build
« Reply #2 on: Mar 14, 2011, 20:35:29 »
Love it man. Great to see more Bavarians showing up here.
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Re: 1973 BMW R60/5 build
« Reply #3 on: Mar 14, 2011, 22:14:56 »
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Offline jkluesner

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Re: 1973 BMW R60/5 build
« Reply #4 on: Mar 15, 2011, 03:09:17 »
Got some parts when I came home from work today :) I decided to go with euro-type bars (black) and do away with the bulky/ugly turn signals and go with bar end signals combined with mirrors. Below is a mock-up of what it should look like. I sort like the combined look.

IMG_0839 by jkluesner, on Flickr

I also got some pod filters as well. I figured I might as well try to remove the big and ugly airbox... However, I didn't really want to modify the intake tract length. BMW engineering is usually pretty good... So, I came up with this mod. Looks a little weird, however I sorta like it. I will paint the intake tubes black and I might add a bracket for support, Although they seem pretty stable.

IMG_0833 by jkluesner, on Flickr

IMG_0835 by jkluesner, on Flickr

I also started cleaning the starter cover. Man, cleaning this thing sucks. I am hoping White Diamond polish with will help the cause (just ordered). The rubber air breather (in background) cleaned up nicely using basic engine degreaser.

IMG_0840 by jkluesner, on Flickr

Also, I am going to trim my fenders. What would be the best tool to use? Angle grinder, jig saw, dremel?
« Last Edit: Mar 15, 2011, 03:31:46 by jkluesner »

Offline Dale

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Re: 1973 BMW R60/5 build
« Reply #5 on: Mar 15, 2011, 03:28:53 »
Nice platform you've got here Jared. The sooner you lost those bars the other guy put on the better! :-) Like the new setup you're going to use...
I usually clean up engine casings using scotchbrite and petrol... Works well for me... Pods look good - hopefully somebody knows something about BMW's and can give you some tips on jetting etc, as well as any other common issues you may find regarding the mod... Good luck. Looking forward to following this...

Offline mothgils

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Re: 1973 BMW R60/5 build
« Reply #6 on: Mar 15, 2011, 08:22:02 »
Nice find Jared!  Where at in Indiana did you find that and how?  I am from Indy.
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Offline jkluesner

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Re: 1973 BMW R60/5 build
« Reply #7 on: Mar 15, 2011, 13:20:53 »
Found this bike through a friend of a friend. The guy had the bike given to him a few years back and he recently developed knee problems, thus not able to ride it anymore. Was only asking for what he had in it, $1400. So, I got a heck of a deal :) Bike was purchased in Southern Indiana, around Bloomington. I also learned that this bike has been to South America and back, so she has some experiences under her belt :)

Offline jkluesner

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Re: 1973 BMW R60/5 build
« Reply #8 on: Mar 18, 2011, 02:22:18 »
So, after the special exhaust wrench got lost in the mail I decided to continue onto painted the carb air intake tubes. I sanded down the rough and ugly gold plastic, and went for a flat black. I am trying to go for a rubber look. Below is my patented intake-tube painting stand (and my favorite brewery...Stone rocks!!).

primer by jkluesner, on Flickr

filter_tube by jkluesner, on Flickr

I also tried a combination of things to try and clean the starter cover. Engine degreaser did nothing, aluminum polish had very little impact. So, I decided to hit the sandpaper. Started with 180 grit, then went to 400, and then 600, followed by aluminum polish. Now I can see my reflection on the starter cover :) Timing cover in the background shows the condition of the aluminum. Hopefully I will get the header wrench soon (custom header nut that needs a special wrench) so I can pull the headers, sand them down, paint them with high-temp header paint and wrap them with black header wrap. Brand new mufflers should be in early next week and I am exciting to see what the new exhaust setup will look like.

polish by jkluesner, on Flickr
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Offline reelinfeele

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Re: 1973 BMW R60/5 build
« Reply #9 on: Mar 18, 2011, 10:19:23 »
the mirror and turn signal combo is very sano. what brands are those parts?
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