Since it came out of the shed it had been hibernating in for over a decade, the old R100 has been stripped down to its bits and pieces. Jeff is going to get the frame powder coated which was why I was there to help get that big air cooled lump out.
A BMW R100RT stripped down to its component parts emphasizes just what a simple and elegant machine this is. We were both able to easily lift the boxer engine out of the frame. I doubt it weighed much more than a hundred pounds. Even with all the pieces laid out on tables, the BMW seems to be made of less parts than you'd need to put together a working motorcycle, let alone a touring model.
So far the only new piece purchased is the cafe racer seat in the photo. Jeff intends to take a sawzall to the frame over the holiday break and then industrially clean all of the components before reassembling the cafe resurrected R100RT.
|With the parts laid out it doesn't look like there's enough there to build a motorbike. The R100 is an elegantly simple machine.|
|The home-made motorcycle stand is doing a fine job on its first big project.|
|That air cooled boxer engine is a piece of industrial art!|
|A naked R100RT frame prior to some modification.|