Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

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Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by GingerNinja @ Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:32 pm

So I have this currently gathering dust in my Mums garage:

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Original plan was to cafe it like this:

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...but illness stopped play at the time, and now I think cafes are overdone now and I'd struggle to swing a leg over that anyway.

So, I'm thinking a bobber/bobbed-cafes as I should just be able to walk onto from the back.

Here are a few different ones that I like some/all aspects of:

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Of course, I might just say screw it, sell the BMW for a couple of grand and buy a new Triumph, as I love them too (and will probably cost the same as getting the BMW done anyway)

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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by minimoog @ Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:38 pm

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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by Turntable @ Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:40 pm

I love all of those BMWs equally. They look absolutely awesome

I don't like that triumph at all. Cant really put my finger on it but a mixture of blandness and slightly resembling a pound-shop Harley
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by GingerNinja @ Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:43 pm

Turntable wrote:I love all of those BMWs equally. They look absolutely awesome

I don't like that triumph at all. Cant really put my finger on it but a mixture of blandness and slightly resembling a pound-shop Harley


Yeah, is a bike that doesn't actually photograph that well. It's much lower and meaner looking in the flesh, and really nothing like an HD at all.
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by Deuteronomy @ Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:51 pm

GN - none of those looks would be difficult to achieve, the only bit really requiring any effort would be the seat. The rest being paint and tidying.

I like this best:

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Honestly, not hard and nothing a few weekends couldn't sort.
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by moleamol @ Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:59 pm

Deuteronomy wrote:Honestly, not hard and nothing a few weekends couldn't sort.

Yeah Deuts, as we all know any of us could rebuild a car in a couple of weekends.
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by Deuteronomy @ Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:06 pm

moleamol wrote:
Deuteronomy wrote:Honestly, not hard and nothing a few weekends couldn't sort.

Yeah Deuts, as we all know any of us could rebuild a car in a couple of weekends.


It's a bike!
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by GingerNinja @ Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:12 pm

Deuteronomy wrote:GN - none of those looks would be difficult to achieve, the only bit really requiring any effort would be the seat. The rest being paint and tidying.


Honestly, not hard and nothing a few weekends couldn't sort.


I live in a flat with no garage space, and certainly not a workshop. The rear subframe needs to come off, the rear shock needs replacing, the front fork internals need updating, the front brakes need an upgrade, I want to swap in spoked wheels, I want to put an 1000cc kit in, swap out the factory airbox, move the battery for a smaller one, brand new clocks, new exhaust.

Then obviously do the seat, wiring, paint etc.

Bit more than a couple of weekends I'd say.
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by moleamol @ Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:17 pm

Deuteronomy wrote:
moleamol wrote:
Deuteronomy wrote:Honestly, not hard and nothing a few weekends couldn't sort.

Yeah Deuts, as we all know any of us could rebuild a car in a couple of weekends.


It's a bike!

My point was we don't all have your building skills, you buffoon.
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by Deuteronomy @ Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:21 pm

GingerNinja wrote:
Deuteronomy wrote:GN - none of those looks would be difficult to achieve, the only bit really requiring any effort would be the seat. The rest being paint and tidying.


Honestly, not hard and nothing a few weekends couldn't sort.


I live in a flat with no garage space, and certainly not a workshop. The rear subframe needs to come off, the rear shock needs replacing, the front fork internals need updating, the front brakes need an upgrade, I want to swap in spoked wheels, I want to put an 1000cc kit in, swap out the factory airbox, move the battery for a smaller one, brand new clocks, new exhaust.

Then obviously do the seat, wiring, paint etc.

Bit more than a couple of weekends I'd say.


Well, the no workshop will make it harder, but come on, have a go!

Honestly, there's no encouraging your kind - you and Moley are so negative.
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by Aesgarth @ Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:29 pm

I absolutely love all of those.
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by S1K @ Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:21 pm

I like the look of those BMW customs, with the caveat that the smaller the fuel tank the better they look. Not sure why some of them are on such knobbly tyres either.
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by GingerNinja @ Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:27 pm

spast1kunt wrote:I like the look of those BMW customs, with the caveat that the smaller the fuel tank the better they look. Not sure why some of them are on such knobbly tyres either.


Purely for the asthetic, 'cos they'll be hopeless in the wet on tarmac!
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:53 pm

I quite dislike the Triumph but love love love the last conversion you showed.

Please do this.
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by GingerNinja @ Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:40 pm

Tokyo Sexwale wrote:I quite dislike the Triumph but love love love the last conversion you showed.

Please do this.



Yeah, it looks fantastic, but I suspect will be very uncomfortable to ride.

That one comes from Cafe Racer Dreams out of Spain - they do some lovely stuff: https://www.caferacerdreams.es/motos/
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by Hooli @ Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:26 pm

I'm not a great fan of those bobbers. I know the lack of a rear end behind the seat is part of the look, but it leaves me thinking the bike is a bit incomplete.
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by Deuteronomy @ Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:53 pm

GN are you looking to do the work yourself or farm it out?
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by Disastrous @ Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:09 pm

Deuteronomy wrote:GN - none of those looks would be difficult to achieve, the only bit really requiring any effort would be the seat. The rest being paint and tidying.

I like this best:

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Honestly, not hard and nothing a few weekends couldn't sort.



I agree with this - stunning.

As an aside, what would it look like if it was sort of cafe at the front and bobber at the back? The mullet of customs, if you will...I can't really imagine it but it might be ace and you could start a new thing.

I just reckon the cafe fairings are so nice it would be a shame to abandon it.
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by Deuteronomy @ Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:29 pm

Yeah, that might work:

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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by Disastrous @ Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:31 pm

Skillz doots! Almost more real than real!!

Do that Ginge - looks ace.
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by Strawman @ Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:34 pm

It'd look better if the headlight was pointing straight ahead rather than hunting for bears in the woods though.
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by Disastrous @ Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:36 pm

Strawman wrote:It'd look better if the headlight was pointing straight ahead rather than hunting for bears in the woods though.



It's new German corner lighting technology strawms - Eckelichtentechnologie.
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by Deuteronomy @ Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:41 pm

Disastrous wrote:
Strawman wrote:It'd look better if the headlight was pointing straight ahead rather than hunting for bears in the woods though.



It's new German corner lighting technology strawms - Eckelichtentechnologie.


Surprised you didn't know that Strawms.
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by Strawman @ Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:44 pm

Didn't know they had it for bikes >makes note<
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by GingerNinja @ Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:14 am

Deuteronomy wrote:GN are you looking to do the work yourself or farm it out?



Given my previous comments about a complete lack of workshop, take a wild guess.
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by GingerNinja @ Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:19 am

Oh, and while we're on the subject, some cheeky bastard built this in Florida after mine was designed and claims innocence

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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by GingerNinja @ Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:30 am

Deuts, if you fancy slapping that fairing on again, here's a more appropriate angle

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This was made by http://www.nct-motorcycles.com
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by NNK @ Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:02 am

If you had an unlimited tyre budget or wouldn't do many miles you could get a better look than that ^ using race wets.
Just grind off the 'not for highway use' stamp.

Actually I have just remembered, someone does a road legal 'wet' looking tyre for supermotards.
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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by Deuteronomy @ Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:03 am

GingerNinja wrote:Deuts, if you fancy slapping that fairing on again, here's a more appropriate angle


Done bro:

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Re: Musings on what to do with my BMW R80

Post by Paul H @ Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:13 am

Like that. What's the deal with the wheel? Is having a spoke in a different colour a 'thing'? Is it a homage to a previous machine? Or is the designer just trying to fcuk with the OCDs?
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