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BMW Revival

The story of how my 1976 BMW Motorcycle was reincarnated as a 1975.

Back in 1984 I bought a used 1976 BMW R90/6 with 18,000 miles on the odometer. I rode it all over the country until 1998 when the motor siezed with 133,000 miles. I bought another motorcycle (a 1998 HD FLH) the next year, but kept the old Airhead with the intent of rebuilding it. Five years later I finally got around to the project. Below is a photo journal.

October 26, 2003:  I am in the process of reviving my 1976 BMW R90/6 with 133,000 miles on the odometer. I am hoping to finish in the Spring depending on time and money. I'll be posting more photos as I make progress.

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Update December 11, 2003:  My revival project has hit a snag. I found out that the damage to the motor is catastrophic and would cost well over $4000 to repair. So now I'm in search of a "short block" or complete engine.

Update December 18, 2003:  My revival project has turned into a re-incarnation. I bought 75 R90/6 bare engine and frame (with the title) from a guy in Sacramento. The engine has 20K on it and the frame has a fairly recent powder coat. Combined with the necessary parts from my 1976, a brand new motorcycle will hopefully emerge. Stay tuned.

Update May 10, 2004:  Below are photos of how the re-incarnation is progressing so far.All the parts and supplies have been gathered. Now all I need is the time to put it together. I am hoping to have it together and running by the end of June. The first photo is what I started with: frame, short block engine, fork tubes, front turn signals, wiring harness, headlight shell with wiring block. The second photo shows the installed starter, charging system, top cover, and transmission.


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Update June 5, 2004:  More Progess. The "end of June" prediction is looking better. It may not be painted by then, but hopefully it will be running and ride-able.

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Update June 13:  Installed front brake system, handle bars & controls, cleaned & rebuilt carbs

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Update June 20:  Removed Boyer ignition, installed Dyna III, centerstand, Brown sidestand, new exhaust system

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Final Update July 15:  BMW Reincarnation

Finally! She lives and breathes again. This revival has been a long time coming and I'm savoring it. Tomorrow she gets licensed and taken out for a shake down cruise.

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Check out the BMW Evolution page to see the progression over the years from 1984 to date.