Race to Rebuild the BMW R90/6

The Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Insurance 1974 BMW R90/6 Race to Rebuild project finally wraps up — and it’s lovely.

| May/June 2013

  • 1974 BMW
    It's been a long road, but our BMW cafe project rebuild bike is done!
    Photo Courtesy MC Staff
  • BMW Rebuild Project
    Minimalist; purposeful; beautiful. Whatever adjectives you use; we think our BMW R90/6 came out looking great.
    Photo Courtesy MC Staff
  • Race to Rebuild
    Race to Rebuild: Our 1974 BMW R90/6 is done!
    Photo Courtesy MC Staff
  • BMW Handlebars
    New school Motogadget instrument.
    Photo Courtesy MC Staff
  • Front of BMW
    We always manage to delude ourselves that we’ll be able to zip through the bits that can require the most attention.
    Photo Courtesy MC Staff
  • Back of BMW
    The seating position has a decided café crouch, but once you settle in you discover there’s actually plenty of room to stretch out.
    Photo Courtesy MC Staff

  • 1974 BMW
  • BMW Rebuild Project
  • Race to Rebuild
  • BMW Handlebars
  • Front of BMW
  • Back of BMW

It’s been a long haul “building” the Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Insurance Race to Rebuild BMW, and now that it’s finally finished, we’re kind of sad it’s done.  

Why the quote marks around “building?” The truth is, we didn’t actually “build” anything. What we did, however, was take a tired old BMW and give it a healthy injection of fresh parts for a new lease on life. In the process, we also gave it a new attitude, applying the requisite pieces to turn a staid tourer into a café-themed road bike.

Those pieces include the big things that jump out at you like the custom wheels, the replica Ducati 900SS fairing, the R90S low bars, the R100RT gas tank, the bum-stop solo seat, rearsets and the Dunstall-style mufflers. But there are a lot of details that go into a build like this.

It’s the little things …

Those details include items like the minimalist brushed aluminum turn signals and cats eye taillight we sourced from Dime City Cycles, and the very nice San Jose-style fork brace from Brad Phillips at Phast by Phillips.



Other touches include the fiberglass starter cover from Boxer Works, which we had TC Concepts paint to match the bodywork. The fiberglass cover deletes the factory two-piece aluminum cover that also houses the stock air filter — not a problem as we swapped the stock Bing carburetors for a pair of 32mm Mikunis from Rocky Point Cycle, shod with K&N pod filters. That left the issue of the engine breather hose under the cover that normally dumps into the right intake pipe, now gone. We worked around that by fabricating a simple dump can with a rubber elbow sourced from an old Kymco (!) scooter that the stock breather hose plugged into perfectly. A filtered outlet from the dump can allows normal breathing without an oily mess.

We also had Stuart at Custom Coatings powder coat the front engine cover gloss black to match the valve covers and frame. For a final touch we sanded the raised ribs on the cover to bare aluminum to match the valve covers. Nice.

RICHARDB
2/12/2015 9:36:14 PM

stormguzzi. Sorry I didn't see your post earlier. I should have some fairly detailed shots of the bracket I made for the fairing. It takes some fabricating, but it's certainly doable. I'm hardly an experienced fabricator, I can tell you that. Post again and we'll figure out how to get you some pics. Richard/Motorcycle Classics


stormguzzi
1/30/2015 7:13:27 PM

I am building a 75 BMW R90?6 and can't seem to figure out the mounting hardware for my faring its just like the one in the artical? can i get detailed photos of the BMW in this artical? or id like any advise anyone can give me, i thought a 77 or 78 BMW RT faring bracket would work but it dosen't seem to have enough clearence, please help. Thanks


winndl
4/29/2013 4:00:53 AM

I want to build my own one of these. Please post ALL the specs an suppliers. Thanks




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