Motorcycle Classics

Race to Rebuild 1974 BMW R90/6 Winner!

Reader Contribution by Richard Backus

The finished Race to Rebuild 1974 BMW R90/6

The Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Insurance Race to Rebuild 1974 BMW R90/6 is done! And today we announce the lucky winner of our finished custom café BMW in the Race to Rebuild Sweepstakes! And it is … drum roll please … Bill Elliot of Seymour, Conn.!

Winner Bill Elliot with the Honda CB750 he built last year.

Bill is, as you might imagine, more then a little stoked about having his name pulled from the more than 20,000 entries for our BMW. And frankly, we couldn’t be happier ourselves, as Bill is a Motorcycle Classics subscriber with a long history in motorcycling. His grandfather raced Hondas back in the day, and opened one of the very first Honda motorcycle dealerships in Connecticut, Parmelee Honda in Fairfield, Conn. Bill was raised around motorcycles, and likes to use his skills building his own customs, like the 1972 Honda CB750 café he finished just last year.

An undated photo of Parmelee Honda established by Bill’s grandfather in the early 1960s and one of the first Honda dealerships in Connecticut.

You’ll see the full results of our Race to Rebuild BMW in the May/June issue, but if you can’t wait that long just jog over to Dairyland Cycle’s Facebook page where they’ll be posting update project photos. The finished bike looks fantastic, with custom wheels, a replica Ducati 900SS fairing, solo seat, rearsets, updated suspension, a new exhaust tipped off with a set of Dunstall-style mufflers, and an incredible custom paint job from Travis at TC Concepts. It rides beautifully and it sounds fantastic, more Moto Guzzi then BMW. Look for videos of our first run and our final dyno run soon.

In the meantime, we loaded the BMW up today and shipped it off to Bill, who will get his first real look at the bike when it arrives at his home in Connecticut. So congratulations Bill, and our thanks to everyone who wrote in as we conducted our build. And if you’re disappointed at losing, don’t be, because we’re already gearing up for our next Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle build project. Dairyland has been posting ideas for the next build on their Facebook page, and we’ll announce our plans soon, so stay posted. — Richard Backus

  • Published on Mar 14, 2013
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