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Just one person's view...

Personally, I think the fender-mount Denfeld-style passenger seats look really ugly and I cannot imagine actually riding on one. The one that is rack mounted is no better. I know, they look "period," but ugly is ugly. I actually have two of the blighted things moldering in the basement, testimony to my past attempts to be open-minded about them. The little "bread loaf" seat looks much better, but most who sit on it say that it is punishing to the bum.

I have long since defined my bike as a solo rider, and that's the end of it. I will ride two-up no more forever.

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I agree
It does look better than the black

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I'm With You Jon

Just finishing up my R50 and just can't find it in me to bolt something to the rear fender. It would be a Denfeld breadloaf if I did, but besides the cosmetics, are these rear fenders really up to the rigors of hauling a passenger?

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Yes. This pillion has

Yes.

This pillion has transported my wifes' butt for 20,000 miles. She swears by it. And she would swear at me if I swore off 2UP!

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Seat

I kind-of like mine too.

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Not ot be crass,

Danedg wrote:

Yes.

This pillion has transported my wifes' butt for 20,000 miles. She swears by it. And she would swear at me if I swore off 2UP!

Not to be crass, but how much does your wife weigh?
The stock fenders are pretty stout, and BMW, being in a land of stout women, wouldn't put out something that wouldn't bear the butt brunt. Big Grin

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Great job,it came out very

Great job,it came out very nice! I have had the double saddles installed,and I thought it looked OK,it was very distinctive/unusual with the higher pillion position,however it looked very "German",and with the enduro bags/crashbars/flyscreen,etc. gave it a cool tourer look. I rode like that for awhile on my R60/2,until I had my wife on the back and the tire popped at 50 mph,it was bronco bullride city,especially with a rider on the back,the bike was swerving and I went slightly into the opposite lane ,but did not panic,I rode it out and applied light brakes and pulled it over. The bummer was,this was THE 1ST TIME my wife ever rode on the back,and needless to say,the last time,we have 2 small children,figured one parent is better than none so I removed the pillion seat so there is never a temptation.
Now that I have the single tractor on all my bikes,I really like the curve of the rear fender showing,it really gives the bike a very distinctive "solo" look. Young guys say "Cool cafe racer",however it is not,that is original BMW factory styling,one of a kind.

Sorry about the crooked pictures. Does anyone have an idea why my pictures always come out 90 deg/ askew?? I tried rotating the file before uploading and still comes out same angle.....

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Sort of Rhetorical

Thanks for the replies. My question was sort of rhetorical, as it is obvious that many have passenger seats mounted on the fender and I've seen no reports of any structural problems from that. I guess I'm yet to be convinced to do it, as I like the naked look better. My wife would certainly ride 2-up, but we have a GL1800 for that.

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NYS Inspection

Its hard to see how you mounted the NYS inspection sticker on the front but it seems like a cool way to mount it. Did you just make a flat plate that mounted on the bolt for the fender support? I have not mounted my NYS inspection sticker yet but was thinking of putting it right on the bottom of the shock.

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..and getting stouter...with a hip replacement.

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Rotate Pics

I have the same issue sometimes. If your pic shows it's rotated when you select it to post, just remove it and select it a second time. It always posts correctly the second time. I don't know why it does that, but try it.

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I'm not allowed to place my

I'm not allowed to place my own sticker, but I'm averse to having the obnoxious thing stuck to my bikes at all. I've employed sticker mounting plates on the ones I ride. I carry the business card of Sgt. Jonathan C. Hughes of the Dutchess County Sherriff's Office , in case any LEO questions the fact that the sticker is not affixed directly to the vehicle. He assures me that it's perfectly legal as is.

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I have that same inspection

I have that same inspection plate sitting in my garage. Not to many years ago they were deemed illegal in NY State because so many folks were moving the plates from bike-to-bike. They don't even sell them here anymore and the shops I use for inspection will not let you use the plate. So it is wrapped on my front-left frame. I'd prefer the plate but it's really no big deal and of course no unknown hassles in the future. Often not riding by my home or county where no one is going to care if the local LEO's are ok with it.

If you are located someplace where it's still ok to use them you can have the one I have for free, just pay postage from 10804 to you.

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Inspection stickers

In Virginia, if you plate your vehicle with an "Antique tag" they do not require the yearly state inspection or the yearly personally property tax. There are some limitations on distance and how often you ride the vehicle but i have never heard of anyone being stopped and/or asked what they are doing. I would hate to wrap one of thos stickers around my bike frame.

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They do and will stop you

They do and will stop you here in NY so it's a no brainer here. I stopped whining about it a long time ago, bigger things to worry about with an almost 50 year old motorcycle.
I have four motorcycles... they all have that sticker on the frame or the front fork.
BTW, we also have a tiny "registration sticker" on our lic.plate too. You don't have one or the other it's a big deal in the city or the boondocks.

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Plates

Im starting to feel very lucky.

Here in VA there is only a one time $50 registration fee when you buy the antique tag so no extra stickers for the license plate either. In fact I have an antique 1968 VA plate (an original plate) and I am using that. I have one on my 1967 CL77 as well.

The bad news for me however ..... my wife is from upstate NY (Syracuse area) and we plan to settle down up there, at least for the Spring, Summer and Fall.

Those are very nice looking bikes. Thanks for posting.

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Most places allow you to

Most places allow you to bring an out of state licensed car into the state for a certain period of time if your address of record is still in the license state. You might investigate that.

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Its official

Its official .....
The R60/2 is back on the road running better than ever. I still have some things to do but its ridable and performing well. Im very happy with the rebuild. Beside tidying up some of the harness the biggest thing left to do is attach the left BMW badge. Since there was some body work on that side of the tank I have to figure out ow to attach the badge.

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Congrats!

Congrats on a fine job! Glad all is working out. Bummer on the tank badge holes. No evidence of where they may be so they can be tapped out?

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Daves79x wrote:

Congrats on a fine job! Glad all is working out. Bummer on the tank badge holes. No evidence of where they may be so they can be tapped out?
Dave

No, apparently the dent was just far enough in to keep me from the holes. I can see them from inside the tank but thats about all. We pulled it out as far as we could.

Im looking into different adhesives now. Something that will hold but able to remove down the road if I need to change the badge.

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Tank Badge

It may sound a bit dodgy but clear silicone holds really well on a shape like that and can be prized off if needed.

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Using a piece of fishing line

Using a piece of fishing line and sawing through the adhesive should work to remove a badge that has been glued on.

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OK, That Said

OK, I see your dilemma. Other than locating exactly where the badge goes, I'd first screw the badge to be glued on to the good side, just to make sure it was the shape you needed. Since you will be using the rubber gasket, I assume, that will be your buffer. I'd use a product called E6000. It is an epoxy glue that comes in a tube. Really good stuff. That should fix you up Good luck!

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Screw holes?

I may be obsessing, but I'm curious to know how you will deal with the screw holes. Will you cut off a couple of proper screws and superglue the screw heads into the holes? If you leave out the screws or use one of the recent roundel badges without the holes, it will never look right.

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miller6997 wrote:

I may be obsessing, but I'm curious to know how you will deal with the screw holes. Will you cut off a couple of proper screws and superglue the screw heads into the holes? If you leave out the screws or use one of the recent roundel badges without the holes, it will never look right.

Yes, I filed down the original screws (to the head of the screw) then glued them to the badge.

I will look into the other suggestions and see what happens. I can't do it myself so Im waiting for a friend to come over and help me place the badge in the best possible area. The pin stripes are hand painted so both sides are very unique to some degree. It will take a good eye to get them in place.

Photos to come.

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The suggestion to use E6000

The suggestion to use E6000 glue is a good one. It's what my wife uses to attach mountings and bails to the back of her art glass pieces. We have a sundial that weighs about 3lbs. and has been hanging on a south wall for the last 8 or 9 years now, from a single bail glued to the back. Follow the directions carefully.

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Its official. The "partial" restoration of my R60/2 is complete. The BMW emblem is in place and its there to stay. I used 3M plastic emblem and trim adhesive. It took me about an hour to get it in place. I hope its correct. Not much I can do about it now.

Thanks to everyone who pitched in with comments and advise. Its been a great adventure.

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It's official

You nailed it!

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looks about a half inch too

looks about a half inch too low to me. Smile

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Its official. The 1968 R60/2 is now back together and running great. Its been a great adventure. Now its time to ride it.

Thanks again for all the help and advise from everyone here. I could have not done it without you.

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ENJOY!

ENJOY!

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Looking Good!

Interesting that you left the sidecar mounts in place - or are going to use a sidecar?

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Daves79x wrote:

Interesting that you left the sidecar mounts in place - or are going to use a sidecar?

Dave

Dave,
Good question. If I could pick up a good sidecar for less than 4K Id consider it but I don't really have an application for it. In addition I hear it takes all the fun out of riding the bikes.

Im the 3rd owner. Im guessing the mounts were installed for the original owner. Since its all there and it really won't effect the handling of the bike Im going to keep them in place. It certainly makes for a good conversation at the local gas station or hang out.

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R60/2

Very nice
So much enjoyed this thread
It's now time to ride and enjoy your new ride
Ps

You did pass the 100 point inspection

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What a beautiful picture. I love the low bars. I would consider a bar end mirror just to keep the lines low and clean. I would also paint the polished hub caps. Still very striking bike. Michael

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Looks really great, enjoy.

Looks really great, enjoy.

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Beautiful ride

Very nice, Chuck. Love the enduro bags and low bars. When I finally get to the cosmetics on my '66 I will probably swap the pitted USA bars for the euro bars and new clamps.

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Jim K in PA wrote:

Very nice, Chuck. Love the enduro bags and low bars. When I finally get to the cosmetics on my '66 I will probably swap the pitted USA bars for the euro bars and new clamps.

Thanks Jim. I also love the "look" of the low bars. Unfortunately for me the ride was very uncomfortable erganomically. It was also more difficult to ride the bike at low speeds and in the twisties. So ..... the last mod I did to the bike was add the high bars and a set of Hella turn signals. The high bars improved my posture and IMHO made the bike easier to ride. Since then I have completed several 200-300 mile days trip without any issues. On the longer trips I also added a padded cover to the solo seat which really helped. The cover slips on and off so its easy to remove when ever you want.

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Had to do the same with my

Had to do the same with my low-bars... loved the "look" but they were not conducive for long riding. They were not original to the US model bikes anyway so I restored the high bars. Really makes a difference if you are 6+ feet tall, at least for me. Can ride all day comfortably with no problems. And that's what these bikes were designed to do.

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Beautiful bike

Great thread! Your bike came out very nicely. It gives me inspiration to get my bike done and ready to ride by the spring. I am changing my high bars out for euro bars. keeping the bar end hellas. My /5 has the low bars and I like them. I am sure the /2 will be a different "feel" with different posture but I hope it won't be uncomfortable. I am exactly 6'.

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