Apr 1, 2017

My 1984 R100RS BMW

The Ultimate Riding Machine 

I'm a car guy, but when money is tight, you need an outlet,  so while between cars I am cleaning up this old BMW for winter entertainment.   I already have a bike for the once a month coffee runs, and I don't ride more than that. 

Why would a car guy fix up a old motorcycle in his vacant garage space? 
 To generate funds for his next car of course

The R100RS is a great GT Bike, for touring.  Not what I do, but it is a handsome machine and it's easy to see why they have a large classic fan base.   

It was in excellent condition when acquired but I freshened it up a bit since it sat unused for over 10 years mostly dried rubber bits, oxidation.  Now it starts instantly,  runs fast, silky smooth running and whisper quiet.  

Deep Jewel Green Metallic, 1984 R100RS.  Crystal clear headlight cover and windscreen.
  As I take these photos and get the bike out in the light, it's quite obvious why these machines are a cult classic.  Nothing looks like an R100RS.
   Bings are all new inside.  Shifter rubber is new.  Petcocks rebuilt, Fuel lines new as well.

Basic work this winter: Oil, transmission, driveshaft, final drive and brake fluids serviced. Carb rebuild, and polishing, petcock rebuilt, new rubber bits, battery and front master cylinder purchased and installed.  Finally some new decals, a lot of soap, wax and viola. Odometers shows 50,000 miles.  Like all BMW guys, the previous owner was a DIY person, which doesn't provider a paper trail, but that really doesn't bother me, if I trust the seller.  But who wouldn't trust an engineer that collects mixers?

Decals are unoriginal, but I had them made to capture my wife's affection.  She's a Packers fan.

I don't know if its the ride height or the weight of the bike, but I have a heck of a time getting on the center stand.  I had to cave and but a Brown Side Stand
Cleaning behind that glass headlight cover is a must.  
People really talk up the Brembos over older brakes,  I don't see that dramatic of a difference compared to my earlier R90
I'd trade  this tail rack for a good old grab rail if i could find one.
But these racks were all the rage, so they are quite common.    
I think the dark green makes me think it's a sherifs patrol bike from my past teenage paranoia
Mufflers were rusted to hell, but luckily my parts bin had an extra set.

  Saddle bags are clean, I like them better than Krausers, they hold helmets better.
Also they don't crack and have good functioning latches.

Cold Start video below

I got the bike lift at Harbor freight.  i'll sell it soon, now that i'm done.
I"m too old to work on my back.

Master Cylinder is brand new. Grips are new, .

Work Performance front and rear suspension,  expensive, dual-spring rate and rebuildable.

 Powder coated wheels offend traditionalists but are great for riders.
Don't you just love stainless bolts?

Decals are monolever design in custom yellow, easily removed if green and yellow isn't your thing,.
But it is my thing, so i'm keeping them.

 Battery is new and secured with aluminum for no good reason.

 Owners manual, factory BMW service manual as well as Clymer and Haynes manuals included.

Corbin's a great, still looking for Corbin backrests that should come with this bike.

 professionally detailed.
There is ample evidence the previous owner was a dedicated technician and understood the importance of quality upkeep.   Judge for yourself.  (see below image and video).  BMW guys are a special breed.

 Contents of two binders pictured above is in video below. 

It's best to expand this video once played, 
so you can read the pages better.

If you want to know more about the Gold R90 in the background (some people have asked),  
I have a blog about it here. 

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