First Restoration


| 8/6/2008 7:57:36 AM


Tags: BMW, BMW R60/6, BMW restoration,

Alison Green 

Alison Green in her shop bringing a BMW GS80 back to life 

There never was any concrete plan to restore or resurrect abandoned and abused air-heads, but somehow for the past six years, my garage has become a winter workshop. Let me hastily add that I make no claims to being a mechanic. I just can’t stand the sight of an otherwise lovely old boxer resting derelict under a pile of accumulated debris. It must be rescued!

My mechanical experience, limited as it is, has accumulated along with a substantial assortment of bits and pieces over the course of a 33 year acquaintance with my now venerable R60/6.BMW. The /6 has served me faithfully in spite of my meddling with its works.

This has led to a somewhat inflated estimation of my own abilities in the workshop, the fact that the R60 has been all but bulletproof notwithstanding.

Four years ago, with the confidence of the uninitiated, I purchased a lovely 1973 R60/5 that had languished unloved in the back of a shed since 1985. On first examination it appeared complete if more than a bit tired, especially the rubber bits. Now, general motorcycle grunge is quite familiar, but this was grotty to a new degree! Apparently it had been driven for some miles with no rocker-cover gaskets installed and the resultant oil spray had done of fine job of rust proofing the back two-thirds of the machine. Parked with its coat of oil, the family cats had proceeded to use various bits as scratching posts and sleeping quarters. There was a large and hairy blanket thrown casually over the whole lot when first exposed from behind the usual assortment of garage collectables. Now this would not normally be a problem, but I am more than a little bit allergic to cats.  Consequently, the removal of the exterior layer of oil/grease/cat hair/grime caused an inordinate amount of sneezing and wheezing on my part. This was not at all an agreeable process. That accomplished, I set out to see if this could be resurrected into a useable machine.

Brian wilson
8/17/2008 2:38:18 PM

Hey nice column, enjoyed it having been there a few times in my life. Look forward to more musings, and I think Peter Egan may want to move over and give you some room. Thanks, Brian


Matthew Foster
8/11/2008 4:43:38 PM

This is a fantastic post. I'm excited to see how you'll tackle your next project.


Elfie Carlton
8/11/2008 10:14:07 AM

Its lovely to read a humorous article written by a fellow female biker! You must be one of the few magazines who recognize that it is not only men who own and ride bikes! MORE PLEASE ALISON!!!!


PeteD
8/8/2008 4:23:17 PM

Bravo! Your choice of airheads for projects bikes is facilitated by the ready availability of parts, substantial heft and quality of the castings, and unique design of the boxer. Better is your willingness to spend the time lovingly coaxing more life from forgotten workhorses. I applaud your desire to take on new personal challenges. Thanks for an interesting vignette.





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