Race to Rebuild: The BMW R90/6 Part 3

Our project 1974 BMW R90/6 may be in pieces, but we’re quickly getting traction on our build.

| January/February 2013

  • Rebuild Bare Frame
    You might look at this photo and see simply a bare frame. We look at the same photo and see the fruits of hours of work, some of it ours (somebody had to strip it down), and some of it Stuart Armstrong’s.
    Photo By MC Staff
  • Starter cover from Boxer Café
    Starter cover from Boxer Café will be a nice touch.
    Photo By MC Staff
  • Shorai lithium battery
    A Shorai lithium battery is smaller and 14 pounds lighter than stock.
    Photo By MC Staff
  • Ducati 900SS Cafe fiaring
    Ducati 900SS Cafe fiaring from Airtech has that perfect classic Seventies look.
    Photo By MC Staff
  • Bearings
    Steering head, wheel and swingarm bearings from All Balls are ready to install.
    Photo By MC Staff
  • Round Back Café Tail section
    We like this Round Back Café Tail section from Boxer Café.
    Photo By MC Staff
  • EPCO Exhaust
    Stock exhaust looked okay on the bike, but it’s in pretty rough shape. EPCO is building us a custom 2-into-1 replacement.
    Photo By MC Staff

  • Rebuild Bare Frame
  • Starter cover from Boxer Café
  • Shorai lithium battery
  • Ducati 900SS Cafe fiaring
  • Bearings
  • Round Back Café Tail section
  • EPCO Exhaust

Enter to win the Race to Rebuild Giveaway. 

Winter is finally settling in here in the Midwest, and not a moment too soon. Why are we so happy for cold weather and the snowfall it invariably brings? One look at the Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Race to Rebuild 1974 BMW R90/6 tells the story; we need to get some work done! 

And thankfully, we finally are. OK, so maybe it doesn’t look like much just yet. You might look at the photo above and see simply a bare frame. We look at the same photo and see the fruits of hours of work, some of it ours (somebody had to strip it down), and some of it Stuart Armstrong’s.  

Stuart, the owner of Custom Coatings & Metal, is our go-to guy for media blasting and powder coating, and true to form he’s worked his magic on our BMW’s frame. The results speak for themselves, and like every job he’s done for us before, our frame came back looking better than new. So far, we’ve had Stuart strip and paint the main frame, the rear subframe and the swingarm — and there’s more heading his way as we ramp up our Race to Rebuild BMW project. 



Where we’re going

We’ve been slow to reveal our plans for the BMW, alluding only to a leaning for a café-style road bike. That leaning has become a full-on bent as we’ve gone looking for inspiration, talking with readers and with the suppliers who are helping us pull this project together. Our BMW will have an unquestionable café style, but we’re keeping the focus on roadability and rideability. It’s an emphasis you’ve told us you like, and one our suppliers are helping make happen. 

Take the Airtech fairing we’ve chosen. The leading manufacturer of fiberglass fairings for vintage — and modern — bikes (check the fairing on a vintage AHRMA racer the next time you’re at the track; chances are good it’s an Airtech), Airtech offers a mind-numbing selection of fairing options. Looking at their offerings, the hardest part is deciding exactly what you want. In our case, we’re opting for Airtech’s Ducati 900SS Café Half fairing. It may not be the standard unit you’d think of on a BMW, but we like it for its classic shape, sized to give a bit more protection from the elements and perfect for hunkering down for a fast blast down the highway — which is exactly where we see our BMW when it’s done. 



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