This is the sort of post you’ll rarely see on Tumblr. Someone who actually owns a BMW Airhead taking it apart and working on it. Sorry, no cafe racers here.
I spent most of the day tearing into the top end of the BMW. I wasn’t happy with what I found either. The right cylinder suffered a bent intake valve and the left cylinder suffered a broken exhaust valve which got into the cylinder and stuck into the piston. Time to assess the budget to get this thing sorted out. Both heads need new valve guides, valves, and seat jobs. The cylinders are probably use-able but less than ideal. Old crap is old.. Same story, different bike.
Since I’m waiting on the special wrench that removes the exhaust nuts, I figured I’d just change the rear tire tonight. The old Continental still had tread, but it was ancient. The front tire is a new Continental that the previous owner had just installed. I installed a Dunlop K70 on the rear because it looks right to me. The SOB took about 4oz of lead weight to balance out though. Crappy manufacturing in Malaysia.
I put my Benelli 650 up for sale to fund… something else… I didn’t really know what I wanted. Either a nice BMW airhead or a newer Sportster 883 to dink around with. I think I found the right match. The new owner of the Benelli will bring it to life and he traded me for this 1975 BMW R90/6 that’s in really good original condition. Nobody hacked it up too badly. I need to get a headlight figured out since it had an ugly Pacifico fairing up there. I know they probably make riding awesome, but they look so bad. It only takes about 10 minutes to put it back on if the mood ever strikes me.
The bike needs going through because it has been sitting still a few years. I’m going to transfer the title tomorrow and see if I can get it to fire up for me so I can start to get after anything that needs gotten after.
It must have been fate when I went onto eBay for some retail therapy to see if I could relive my childhood with an authentic set of Key Imperial overalls in fisher stripe. There was only one NOS set for sale and they were exactly my size. I didn’t even have to hem them since they were goofy 31” inseam. The bottom two photos are just for reference. Me, age 7, and some coveralls I have owned for years and years, but can’t bear to remove the tags from. Stay tuned for a comparison portrait once I track down an authentic Allis Chalmers hat like that.
A couple of photos I scanned from a 1965 book titled “The Book of Motorcycles, Trail Bikes & Scooters” by Erik Acrtander.
Apparently Pointer Brand is now selling women’s skirts in five unique styles. I’m not really sure how I feel about trying to make workwear fashionable. Especially while trying to retain workwear cues like triple stitched white seams and stiff fabrics. I mean I can’t imagine raising a barn in these since they offer no protection to the knees and shins. Is this just Pointer trying to do a weird money grab at a fad? I remember buying pants from them for under $30.00 not that many years ago. Ladies, what do YOU think?
I always reblog this when I see it posted, uncredited.
Zero fucks given.
February, 2012 and October, 2012 on the same roll of film.
Hasselblad 503cx, Kodak Tri-X, Kodak D76