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One year later...

One year after I bought the R50 it was once again in the driveway getting worked on:



I spent the day doing things like installing the carbs and electrics. Surprisingly the battery survived the long sleep with a full charge. I unwired it from the bike (previous owner had hard-wired it in) and cleaned up the connections a bit. While doing so the battery's fuse laid down it's life for the cause.

Click below for more pictures from yesterday. I'm so very pleased with how clean and shiny the engine is now.


There's still plenty to do, but I hope to try starting it in the next week or so. The only piece I don't have is a good rear brake shoe, so while I'll be able to start it I may not be able to ride it for a little while.

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qfemale
Jun. 15th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Oh this made me wonder, is there a specific reason why you like restoring bikes, or BMW R50 in detail? :-)
matthew
Jun. 16th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
I like working on mechanical things in general, but this model of BMW is particularly satisfying for me. The level of engineering and workmanship is just so incredibly good on these bikes that I'm especially drawn to them. I'm constantly amazed at how well this 50 year old machine continues to work.

And yes, I'd love to get another... maybe one day...
qfemale
Jun. 22nd, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
>>The level of engineering and workmanship is just so incredibly good on these bikes that I'm especially drawn to them.

:-p

Maybe you should just open your own shop? Make your hobby to your profession?
matthew
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
Then it wouldn't be fun any more ;)
qfemale
Jul. 4th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
How do you know?

K where are you hiding the crystal ball?
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