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Hi to all,

It's been a little over two years since I began the restoration of the bike I inherited from my father, and save for the fact that I don't have my mc license yet or that it isn't registered or insured--she's ready to hit the highway again! Woohoo! I took her for her maiden ride a couple weeks ago, just around the neighborhood. Fired up after a couple kicks! I can't tell you the relief and joy I felt when she actually started! Not that I had any doubt!

I'm so excited and proud of the way she turned out. I'm sure the "purists" out there will find fault with the color I chose, but I'm thrilled with it and think she's a real head-turner. I call it Dutch Racing Orange. I'm a native of the Netherlands, and I thought having it painted the national color seemed fitting. Can't wait to start riding her to events and BMW gatherings out here.

There's a couple little things I need to finish up and work out: I ordered the breadloaf pillion seat from Bench Mark Works, and so I'll install that when it arrives next week. It just has the little luggage rack now, but I want to be able to give my daughters a spin on it. It used to have the bench seat originally, but I love the solo saddle look.

I have to thank Brent Hansen for rebuilding the motor,tranny and final drive for me, and for putting up with me hounding him with questions on an almost weekly basis over the last two years. So let me share a couple photos and let me know what you think.

Nic

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Burnt Orange

I had a 54 Chevy that was that color back in my youth. I called it a Burnt Orange or maybe it was GM. Nice color and nice looking bike. Your dad would be proud to ride it around....i'm thinkin.

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That's going to be a head

That's going to be a head turner. Nice job!!

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Looks great!

Looks great!

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I love the color!

I love the color!

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your bike = ahead of its time

I'm reminded that BMW opened their palette in the 70s, offering their cars in a broad variety of colors which included two shades of orange.

Nice choice; love the look.

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Thanks, you guys! I really

Thanks, you guys! I really appreciate your comments! Started taking it for short "shake down" rides around town and getting a lot of looks and thumbs up from people as I pass by. I did install the bread loaf pillion seat on it and I love the look. I'll post a photo with it soon. I kind of miss having a fairing when I get up to speed! Might have to consider one but I'd have to have it painted to match of course!

I'm also having some issues with the transmission. It's a bit clunky (much more than I recall when I used to ride it 32 years ago). I find myself missing gears more than I recall, and if I don't downshift through the gears as I'm slowing down it won't drop into first gear at a standstill. Frustrating but maybe I just have to learn the bike again. Brent went through the tranny and it's his opinion that sometimes you get a good transmission and sometimes you get a not-so-good one and mine just happens to fall into the latter category.

I still need to buy a tool kit for it before I wander too far from home, but the bottom line is I'm so thrilled to have it back on the road again after 32 years! Happy riding!

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The /2 transmissions are

The /2 transmissions are definitely more clunky...my /7 transmission is butter smooth in comparison. I don't engine brake when downshifting, just downshift to the gear that is appropriate for the speed I'm going. If I have to come to a complete stop, I just keep going until I get to neutral. You have to be slower when shifting these transmissions. I've finally learned to shift my R25/2...it's REAL slow...I pull in the clutch, roll off throttle, count 1-hippopotamus 2-hippopotamus, then I can make the shift change and feather out the clutch. They definitely take some time to learn.

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Thanks, Kurt! Guess I've

Thanks, Kurt! Guess I've forgotten how clunky. I'm old. Big Grin . The transmission seems louder than I remember too... it really clacks into gear. The other thing I noticed (and why I brought up the faring earlier); I got it up to about 50 mph and felt like I was going way too fast already! I was white knuckled and way too tense. Is that just because I'm not used to riding, not having a faring, or because I'm old? Or all of the above? --Nic

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Nic - I think you're just

Nic -

I think you're just getting used to the beast. I was out on my R25/2 this weekend, working on improving my top speed. It's nothing to shout at, around 95-100 kph. But I'm laying down on the tank and just squeaking up to 93-94 kph and I'm a little concerned for how fast I'm going. Maybe because it has no fairing and I'm essentially at wide-open-throttle...I rarely do that on any vehicles I own.

But I think the more you ride it and get used to the clunks and movements, it will become more comfortable.

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Try this when shifting up

Try this when shifting up next time......right before you are about to shift,lightly "preload" the shift lever with just a "slightest/little" amount of pressure in the up direction ,then pull in the clutch,let the revs drop and count "1-2" then shift up,I can do seemless shifts this way,most times with no perceptible "clunk" whatsoever. The revs really need to drop to get a smooth shift with these heavy flywheels.
Downshifiting is another art form in itself,to get smooth downshifts,you have to almost do the same preload thing,but with attention paid to rev matching,and be "sure/firm" on your downshift,or you will experience many false neutrals! I know I did/do. I am really happy when I get a good,smooth,quiet downshift,it is not easy.
Have fun,mastering the gearbox is a badge of honor.

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Try this when shifting up

It is amazing how much noise these transmissions can make and not self destruct!

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It's reassuring to hear from

It's reassuring to hear from you guys regarding the idiosyncrasies and loudness of the gear box. Thanks, 808Airhead, I will work on your methods on my next ride and see how it goes! --Nic

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