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Author Topic: 1974 BMW R60/6 - Glamour pics added  (Read 15975 times)

Offline ManxieRacer

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Re: 1974 BMW R60/6
« Reply #10 on: Jan 06, 2014, 00:33:43 »
Where did you get the seat?

Here: http://www.motorcycleseatsdirect.com/cafe-racer-classic-motorcycle-seats-direct/

They have a massive range, and also custom build to your specs too. Will do a full review when I get mine in a few weeks time.

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Re: 1974 BMW R60/6
« Reply #11 on: Jan 07, 2014, 01:31:28 »
Pulled apart the gauges today to investigate the reason why none of the lights work. Seems like corrosion on the points is the issue; all bulbs are tested and working fine however the copper circuits have gunk on them and in some places the copper has sheared completely. I'm lead to believe that in the case of the alternator the bulb having a solid connection is a requirement to complete the circuit so I'm going to bump this up the priority.

Given the price of second hand gauges, and rarity of gauage parts I think I'm just going to go with an acewell unit which has some comprehensive and positive reviews on the airhead forums. Now to wait for the next pay day...

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Re: 1974 BMW R60/6
« Reply #12 on: Jan 14, 2014, 21:49:35 »
Just placed an order for one of these, hopefully should have it by the weekend! I'm getting the gearbox speed sensor cable too, so no messing around with magnets or anything like that. Can't wait!!  :D


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Re: 1974 BMW R60/6
« Reply #13 on: Jan 14, 2014, 23:01:04 »
Keep it going!  Can't wait to see it come together.

Not sure what you're doing with the 'dummy' lights, but it seems to me the charging light on the airhead is actually a critical component to the charging system itself.  I really should know that part better given I have an R75/6 :)
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Re: 1974 BMW R60/6
« Reply #14 on: Jan 15, 2014, 02:44:22 »
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Offline ManxieRacer

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Re: 1974 BMW R60/6
« Reply #15 on: Jan 16, 2014, 01:07:00 »
Keep it going!  Can't wait to see it come together.

Not sure what you're doing with the 'dummy' lights, but it seems to me the charging light on the airhead is actually a critical component to the charging system itself.  I really should know that part better given I have an R75/6 :)

Thanks, yep you're dead right. The charge light will be wired as a separate idiot light on it's own. That will complete the circuit and it can behave as normal. How's the R75 going?? Got a build thread anywhere I can drool over? ;)

As an update the clutch has been replaced, new rear seal fitted at the same time and heli-coil inserted in the stripped sump bolt, hopefully a few tweaks to the carbs and I'll be able to get riding over the weekend :D

ETA on the seat is still a week or two away so once that's on I'll have a look at chopping the fender and repainting the tank.

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Re: 1974 BMW R60/6
« Reply #16 on: Jan 18, 2014, 03:26:42 »
Interestingly my charge light isn't working, yet I'm still getting 13v worth of charge...I know another airhead over here that has no instrument cluster at all and is also still managing to charge slightly too.

Anyway, some info for my records; currently the bike is running pretty reliably (I wouldn't say smoothly just yet..) and I've got the following in my VM28's:

Pilot: 35
Main: 110
Slider: 2.5
Needle: 5F21

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Re: 1974 BMW R60/6
« Reply #17 on: Jan 26, 2014, 22:48:54 »
Bit of a rollercoaster week bike-wise, on the plus side I managed to finally get out on a decent ride! Woohoo! The bike felt GREAT! So responsive and nimble through the corners, and enough power to keep pace in traffic. The was a bit of a stutter when transitioning between the pilot phase of the carbs and the main jets, however with a few WOT runs that seemed to clear itself ;).

Brakes were adequate, and clutch felt much better too. The issue of the sticky throttle is now my number one problem to rectify after the speedo is installed. Currently approaching traffic lights I have to roll the throttle off with my index finger and thumb, and pull the brake on with my other three fingers which isn't ideal by any means. If anyone pulled out in front of my I'd be toast for sure. :(

Now for the down side; having major difficulties with the Acewell, everything is hooked up but the digital dials are not getting any juice. I know the grounds are all fine as the idiot lights, analogue dial and my independently wired charge light all work perfectly. I'm 90% sure it's a defect with the unit itself however it's a public holiday over here so unable to contact Acewell until tomorrow (Tuesday).

Other than that my new seat arrived and looks great! Really impressed with the quality of the upholstery and everything is very neatly finished off. Unfortunately it doesn't quite fit over the hump of the rear fender and as such sits wonky and won't latch closed however I'm soon to eliminate that oversized fender anyway so that should fix the issue.

I'm also working on installing my new Posh indicators onto the fork tubes using a cheap and ugly bracket. I had planned to locate them on the stock headlight ears however they would have been partially obscured by the key in the ignition and I wasn't keen on that.


For those afraid of text updates, I'll put some real pics up once I've resolved the issues with the speedo and seat. At the rate I'm going I need to get this moved out of the "restorations" section and into the Cafe Racer section as the mod list keeps stacking up... ;)
« Last Edit: Jan 26, 2014, 23:02:38 by ManxieRacer »

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Re: 1974 BMW R60/6
« Reply #18 on: Feb 03, 2014, 23:53:31 »
OK so a bit of an update;

Still can't get the Acewell working properly. It worked briefly then stopped, then worked again, and then stopped again so I've sent it back to be tested and hopefully a replacement unit will fix the issue.

Besides that I have installed the new seat, indicators and bar end mirrors and took her out for a couple of decent runs over the weekend. I also bodged up a smaller fender out of an old one I had lying around.








Offline harryzet

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Re: 1974 BMW R60/6
« Reply #19 on: Feb 04, 2014, 05:22:56 »
here in the german airhead-forums people complain about the acewell too - it seems to have troubles connecting properly with the bmw. i use a motogadget tiny, no problems at all (but only if you connect the cable for the charging-light with a 47ohm/5watt resistor)