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Apr 11th 2017, 10:04 PM   #16
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  Feb 2016
  Spokane, WA

I think I'm going to leave the matte finish rather than sand it to a gloss. I like the look a little better. I got some scrap vinyl pieces from a local wrapping place for $10 and cut some stripes for the tank to give it a "M Stripe" look. I got home late tonight so I just taped it on to get an idea of the look before I actually stick them on. I kinda like it



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Apr 12th 2017, 07:34 AM   #17
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  Apr 2016
  Auburn, WA

  ...1987 Yamaha FZR1000...
Take it from someone who has owned, and loved, a bike with a matte finish:

Where your pants rub against the paint, it gets shiny. You can't buff-out any marring or scratches because, you guessed it, it gets shiny in that spot.

Food for thought.
Apr 12th 2017, 08:08 AM   #18
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  Feb 2016
  Spokane, WA

Thanks for the insight Dave. I remember that Z1000 you had with matte finish loved that work horse of yours! I have the original padded tank grips I'll be putting on the indents to hopefully keep that shininess at bay. If they are too small, I my use some tech spec tank grips on the side to custom cut a bigger area like I did on cranky.

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Apr 12th 2017, 08:16 PM   #19
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  Feb 2016
  Spokane, WA

Came home from work and decided to put the vinyl stripes on. I am about 80% happy with how it turned out. I didn't get the stripes in exactly the same spot on both sides of the tank. I don't think anyone would notice unless you were looking for it, or looked at one side then ran around to the other side. I have some touch ups on paint to do but it turned out looking pretty OK :-)

Apr 13th 2017, 07:50 AM   #20
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
I am digging this...still. Nice work. IMHO, shiny spots on a matte finish just shows you ride...love 'em on my ZX-10 matte Ti
May 8th 2017, 06:19 PM   #21
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  Feb 2016
  Spokane, WA

'87 BMW K100 Project

Took the bike around the block today for first test ride. I've got a few things to button up but it's about 80% done. Need to paint the fairing and front wheel fender, zip tie some wires to the frame and the fan is not coming on so need to trouble shoot that. Finally, get some grips and bar end mirrors and and make a bracket to hold the supertrapp exhaust then call it good.

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May 8th 2017, 07:18 PM   #22
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Full of win!!
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May 9th 2017, 05:14 AM   #23
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  Jan 2016
  Battle Ground

  1991 Honda CBR1000F
Good job Mark. I like it.
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May 9th 2017, 06:06 AM   #24
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  Sep 2016
  Seabeck

  Africa Twin
That's purdy right there.
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May 9th 2017, 06:59 AM   #25
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  2008 Kawasaki Versys (Sylvester), 1972 Suzuki RV90 (vanvan), 1981 Honda TwinStar (Bobber),yamaha 225
im no bmw fan but even i have to say that looks damn nice great job
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May 9th 2017, 08:06 AM   #26
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

This thing leaves me confused in several ways... The front brake line runs through the headstock? And it has a single-sided shaft / swingarm, but the exhaust blocks removal of the rear wheel? Doesn't your leg rub on and bend the key where you located the ignition? I do love the irony of using barebones Kawasaki control pods when BMW keeps cramming more buttons, levers, lights, switches, and widgets on theirs.
May 9th 2017, 08:58 AM   #27
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  Feb 2016
  Skagit Valley

  2007 Ducati Multistrada
Very nicely done.🏍
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May 9th 2017, 01:37 PM   #28
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  Feb 2016
  Spokane, WA

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Originally Posted by HalcyonSon
This thing leaves me confused in several ways... The front brake line runs through the headstock? And it has a single-sided shaft / swingarm, but the exhaust blocks removal of the rear wheel? Doesn't your leg rub on and bend the key where you located the ignition? I do love the irony of using barebones Kawasaki control pods when BMW keeps cramming more buttons, levers, lights, switches, and widgets on theirs.


This whole bike has been one quandary after another. The brake line does in fact go through the stock head piece. The supertrapp exhaust has enough clearance to get the wheel off but the big ol' stock one was kind of a jigsaw puzzle to get it out you had to unbolt the wheel and tilt it and close one eye and stand on one foot to get it past the big can. If it had modern wide tires I would have had to bend a pipe to raise the muffler ( I might do that later anyway to show off the SSSA) the key is tucked in there pretty far so it didn't seem to be an issue snd it is high enough that my boots and calf don't hit it


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May 9th 2017, 02:20 PM   #29
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

Strange to see the engine completely out in the open like that too. I knew BMW's K bikes had a four cylinder, but I didn't realize it sat flat in the frame. reminds me of an old stripped down Goldwing.

90 HP and 63 ft-lbs is nothing to sneeze at, and you'll be well under the listed 548 lbs. Should be an interesting ride... especially with those narrow tires. Narrower and taller than Ninja 250 tires.
http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/mod...100rs%2083.htm
http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/mod...0r%20%2008.htm

Edited by HalcyonSon on May 9th 2017 at 02:27 PM
May 10th 2017, 06:27 AM   #30
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  Feb 2016
  Spokane, WA

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Originally Posted by HalcyonSon
Strange to see the engine completely out in the open like that too. I knew BMW's K bikes had a four cylinder, but I didn't realize it sat flat in the frame. reminds me of an old stripped down Goldwing.

90 HP and 63 ft-lbs is nothing to sneeze at, and you'll be well under the listed 548 lbs. Should be an interesting ride... especially with those narrow tires. Narrower and taller than Ninja 250 tires.
http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/mod...100rs%2083.htm
http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/mod...0r%20%2008.htm
From what I have researched the engine is basically a 80's Peugeot 4 cyl. fuel injected automobile engine that they rotated on its side. Part of the reason they go 180k miles is that it's designed to move a car frame and wheels on a light bike that has about an eighth of the weight. Working on this engine was more like working on a car than a motorcycle. The engine is part of the frame the rest of the frame bolts into the engine at the front and back. I can put wheels on it from. K1100 to get a little fatter footprint but I think I'll keep those little pizza cutter wheels for now. It is very light now for sure. It has aluminum tank and the tail is very light fiberglass. I added some steel for the mounting brackets but I have taken at least 60 lbs off it by taking off the highway fairing side pieces and big stock tail. The luggage and brackets were not light either! I'm going to have to turn the adjustment way out on the rear shock cause it's not carrying all that weight from hard shell luggage and monster big fairing. There was not much give in it on my test ride.




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