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ChrisLelong
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Hello from the South West

Postby ChrisLelong » Sat Nov 13, 2021 2:40 pm

Hi

I've been looking for a BMW forum for some time since the demise of the BMW Airhead Fellowship, which I had only just discovered.
Bought my R90/6 in 1981 from the boss of the small courier outfit I worked for - riding a 1971 Honda 450, wish I still had that.
I rode the R90 everywhere, camping holidays in France, Spain & Portugal with girlfriend (now wife) & mates are fond memories.
This bike was "retired" about 20 years ago, rather worn out. I always had a bike on the road though, even another R90/6 that I had for about 10 years, only sold to make me get on with resurrecting my original BM. In the meantime I bought & sold an ex police Special Escort Group R1100RS, F650CS, F800R, F800ST - all good fun in their own ways. I also bought a Moto Guzzi 850T3 which I still have. The Covid pandemic saw me working from home & I finally got my old R90/6 back on the road! I stripped the bike & had the frame blasted & powder coated, took engine & gearbox to Roger Bennett in Huddersfield for overhaul & "accidental" twin-plugging - he mived up my cylinder heads with another customer's! That meant a change of ignition system, so I got a Boyer one designed for twin-plugs. I reassembled the bike, replacing anything clapped out, not workin or just too rusty. I bought a wheel stand, stainless spokes & a cheap spoke spanner. Replacing the spokes took me ages, starting with 1 at a time then building up to 4 at a time. I'm pleased with the results though.
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When I was made redundant in December 2020 - lovely Christmas present - I p/exed my get-to-work F800ST for a 1965 Honda CL77 Scrambler, still "improving" that.
Must have gone to my head as I also bought a 1980 Moto Guzzi V50 & 1973 Honda CB450 off ebay, unseen, during Lockdown.
V50 is on the bench in bits & CB450 is waiting it's turn. I'm not sure which of them I'll keep, guess it depends how much I like them when they are running?
My wife has cancer & my mother is 93 & frail - so no time to fit in a job!
Then there's the long list of things to do to our house - an old cottage in a rambling garden, all in need of attention!
One huge advantage of not working & commuting (on a bike) is that I can pick nice days for a leisurely ride across the moor & over the Mendip Hills, making up the route as I go! That doesn't happen as often as I would like, but it does happen.
Then there's that dilemma - which bike to ride?
Happy motorcycling!
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Re: Hello from the South West

Postby P-K » Sat Nov 13, 2021 6:12 pm

Hi Chris

Welcome to the forum :smile:
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Re: Hello from the South West

Postby Ayrman800 » Sat Nov 13, 2021 7:59 pm

Welcome Chris, nice looking machine.
Cheers Stuart.

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Re: Hello from the South West

Postby DEEP DIVER » Sat Nov 13, 2021 8:10 pm

Welcome to the forum from Suffolk. Nice looking airhead.
I tried to be normal once, worst two minutes of my life.
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Barry the old goat!!!!
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Re: Hello from the South West

Postby george baker » Sat Nov 13, 2021 9:17 pm

Hi
welcome
I'm a bit confused by
"accidental" twin-plugging - he mived up my cylinder heads with another customer's! That meant a change of ignition system, so I got a Boyer one designed for twin-plugs.
George
Member 21, R100R, and an under used K75

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Re: Hello from the South West

Postby Tony the Skin » Sun Nov 14, 2021 6:44 am

Welcome from Lancashire. The 90/6 is a great bike from my favourite period of BM's.
BMW R75/5
BMW R90/S
BMW R75/7
BMW R100 RT Classic
BMW K75 Sprint
BMW R18 Classic

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Re: Hello from the South West

Postby vmx1200 » Sun Nov 14, 2021 12:41 pm

Hi and welcome from SW Surrey
1978 R100RS owned since 1981
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Re: Hello from the South West

Postby ChrisLelong » Sun Nov 14, 2021 3:23 pm

Hi & thanks for the welcomes.

I'll try & explain the "accidental twin-plugging" bit -

I took my engine & gearbox to RB for refurbishment - replace all worn parts with good used or new, all seals & gaskets, rebore if needed (wasn't) - but not twin-plugging. Another customer took his heads in for twin-plugging. RB accidentally tp'd 1 of my heads & called me to offer to tp the other head at no cost, or replace the tp'd head with a good used unmolested one. I chose the tp option, which left me with a choice of keeping points & replacing the coils with dual output ones - or going the whole hog & fitting a suitable electronic system. The Boyer seemed a good price, so there it is.
I hope that clears it up!

Chris


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