1975 BMW R90/6 - Rocinante

Three qts of fresh oil and a new filter for the ol' horse. The old oil was fairly dirty but I couldn't see any metal in it. The inside bottom of the oil pan cleaned up quickly/easily and didn't have a bunch of sludge.
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The pan itself is a bit more beat up than I'd like but it's superficial so I'll live w/ it.

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Nice, I like the mirrors, they fit it well. I need to get my but in gear and get my timing belts done on the GL. Spring has sprung and I want to get riding. I was supposed to get it done yesterday but I spent 6+ hours on my knees bleeding and fixing seized brakes on the Pilot and when I woke up Sunday my back said no F-in way was I fixing a bike.
 
Thank you for that. I think I mentioned before that I searched for hours, literally, before I found those mirrors. They were made to go into 1" dia bars so I knew when I bought them that they'd have to be modified to work. I thought I had it all figured out and turned them over to @Hurco550 to do the deed and his approach was better than mine by far. They're rock solid, aren't going to move, and they look great.
 
I mentioned earlier that I couldn't get my front brake to bleed. The banjo/bleeder I got leaked and wouldn't hold pressure. It wasn't terribly expensive and, I believe, was aluminum so I guess you get what you pay for.

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I ordered a replacement made of titanium, probably overkill, but what the heck. It fit up well and I was able to get the brake working very quickly.

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I got the LED tail/brake & turn lights wired up in one of the panniers and once the other one is done I can get the rear lights connected up.
 
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NOTE TO SELF: When you tell yourself to do it right the first time: solder and heat shrink the wiring on the airhead, listen to yourself and just to it. Don't talk yourself into to using crimp connections. Got it dumb ass???

OK, now that I'm done w/ the chastisement... I've been working on the new tail/brake and turn lights that are on the Wixom bags. The left one is now working and I'm on to the right one, which I will do the way I know should be done and then I'll go back and redo the left one again and get it right. Good thing I'm an old retired guy and have lots of TIME for such sillyness. Though being an old retired guy, you'd think that I would have learned to do it right the first time long ago! Must be I dun picked up that there "stoopid virus" goin' 'round.

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Still have to decide if I'm going to continue grounding (-) through the bag's connection to the frame or run four wires to the tail light and ground there instead. If I have to keep making all these big decisions I'm going to have to give myself a raise!
 
Connections soldered, heat shrink wrapped, then finished in cable wrap.

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Then installed:

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Everything tested and working. Now back to the other side and do it right.
 
Lol. Been there. I should take a pic of my GL. I did half like that, then ran short of time and just said f@ck it I need this done and the othe half is so mickey moused crimps abd bullets and all black wire. But I had a deadline and that was 2016 and it still runs knock on wood. Someday I will fix the ghetto half.
 
Lol. Been there. I should take a pic of my GL. I did half like that, then ran short of time and just said f@ck it I need this done and the othe half is so mickey moused crimps abd bullets and all black wire. But I had a deadline and that was 2016 and it still runs knock on wood. Someday I will fix the ghetto half.
I hear ya. When it comes to wiring, though I sorta believe in the Law of Mr Murphy. It's only going to give out at the worst possible time; either when it's raining and dark or when you are proudly showing off your finally finished pride and joy to friends, etc. I figure that I've got the time so I might as well do it right. It's been a personal battle w/ myself in the cold; I'll be out there working and start getting wooden feet and instead of just waiting for tomorrow I start trying to rush things to Git R Done!
 
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I just keep beating away at it...

These are the little pigtails for the tail light end of the tail/brake and turn sets in the Wixom bags. Though I plan to leave the bags on all/most of the time it's pretty obvious that they'll need to be easily disconnected when necessary. I'm sure somebody else might do it differently but I think my method will end up being clean and secure.

Back of the tail light bucket:

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Inside the bucket. It's gunna get crowded in there: these six wires, four more from the stock turn signals, and then at least five more from the wiring harness.

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And then all of them will connect to the appropriate terminals on the back side of the tail light.

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Simple, right?
 
The wires are pulled into place and I'm ready to hook everything up and put the tail light in. Still have to re-do the pannier wiring on the left side.

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All this has to get stuffed in there w/ some kind of order and coherence, I decided to save that for tomorrow... because:

For those of you following this questionable odyssey you may notice that the old horse has her feet (hooves?) on the floor. She decided to take a little tumble this afternoon. I was working on that tail light wiring and it JUST. TIPPED. OVER. I wasn't even touching it at the time. Of course I made a rather rude and slightly colorful exclamation and thought the worst. After a quick examination I felt lots better because I could see there was surprisingly little damage! One of the rings attached to the table for the tie down had come apart, which means it would have fallen over anyway and I could have walked in the door to a rather unpleasant surprise, though, believe me, it was unpleasant enough standing there watching it go. I eventually got some help and we held it up, pulled the table out from under it, and tilted her up onto the wheels.

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Damage? A slight bend to the mirror which I've fixed. The tach/speedo was crooked and I thought the bracket for it was bent but the tach/speedo had just twisted; I loosened the bolts, slid it back into place on the bracket, and tightened the bolts. Also 2-3 tbsp of gear lube leaked out of the transmission breather. That's it. If the tank had been on it may have gotten dented and if the fairing had been on it would have been destroyed. Perhaps I should go buy a lottery ticket.
 
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Oh been there, done that 2 x and it sucks. I made out riggers for my table to put on to prevent that when doing top heavy jobs. Yours was a strap failure but still it always sucks.
 
Yeah, it sux, but at least, as they say, all's well that ends well. Though I'm not into luck, superstition, or omens, I did go and buy a lottery ticket earlier today. Now they just have to draw the right numbers.

Since there was no real damage it did work out ok for me. I was able to put the table away (Saving for the next project?), cleaned up, and I even finally got out the steam mop and did a long overdue thorough cleaning of the rubber belt strips I put on the floor.

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I think I'm pretty close to getting a first ride in. That's exciting. I'd really like to be able to do the DGR w/ Levi this year. I ought to have it going in six weeks, I'd think... I'D HOPE!! Once lights are working I can get the fairing on and finish getting it tuned.
 
No posts for a while and now no pix, but I've been spending time and have made some progress.

I had an operating brake light from the rear brake peddle but not the front lever. Replaced the switch on the MC, which I should have done as part of the rebuild, and that's working as it should be. Also I finally got the wiring and lighting in the panniers the way I want it all; it's neat, tested, and working. There's still no headlight and tail light, but that's coming. I've gotten hands on a large detailed and laminated wiring diagram that'll help me get things sorted. The guys over at the Vintage BMW MC web group have suggested it may be the headlight relay. That makes sense so I've been attempting to trace things along that direction. There's no hi or low beam and no tail light but the headlight powers up when you push the Flash function. The Flash isn't wired through the relay. I just keep plugging along w/ it... almost done.
 
BMW part$, holy cow. I started looking for a replacement headlight relay and found them in several different places priced from $35 to $99. One of the guys from the Vintage BMW group sent a message saying that he gets his at the link in his message. Amazon, 2 for $9.99. Yeah, ordered... they'll be here tomorrow.
 
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