mom and Dad 1961
earliest pic I have of my bike. My mom and dad in 1961
my father in front of Seattle Space Needle, 1963
my parents took the R50 to Seattle in 1963 to see the World's Fair
mom and sister in Madison
cool pic of my big sister right after she was born in '64 in Madison, Wisconsin
damage from accident, 1969. Bike was taken off road until august 2010.
my injured dad
my young father, about 30, right after accident. He would never ride again the rest of his life.
me in 1981
me in 1981 dreaming about riding my dad's bike one day. It was briefly started up for a few minutes on this day
sitting for 40 years
this is were she sat until my father died, in the corner of what was once a single horse stable in my dad's garage.
patina detail shot
I loved the old patina of the original paint, but it was too hard to keep the old paint and also do body work like fill holes.
note that I found on bike
this note was clipped to the bars and was written to me years ago, but I never read it until he died.
original paint, after washing
after a good cleaning she looked really cool, but I made the decision to do a full cosmetic restore to elongate the life of bike
taking apart a BMW is relatively easy... there is no going back now!
tin ready for body shop
tins had lots of holes from various gizmos my father attached over the years. Lots of welding needed.
soda blasting engine and tranny
baking soda was used instead of glass bead to give a more natural patina and also it is water soluble
prepping engine using Peter Nettesheim's engine stand
you need the right tool for the job- how about an official swivel engine stand from an old BMW dealer?
what a great feeling to start making "one part from many"
BMW engines are a work of art. The organic rounded shapes and multiple textures add to the complexity and beauty
looking like a motorcycle again
almost a year later, she is looking like a motorcycle again. A much cleaner motorcycle.
right before completion, ready to be taken off the table
she started up after just a few kicks. I still can't believe how beautiful she came out
what a stud
OK, I think I look cool next to my gorgeous bike. Who wouldn't?
For My Father
my favorite part of the bike is this plaque that I had made for the rear fender.
Dad polishing his new R50 back in 1960
My parents look like models posing for a Life Magazine shot!
period accessories in 1960
My dad posing on his R50 back in 1960 or 61
My R50 next to the one and only R7 prototype
my bike is camera shy next to the most famous BMW in history
Me on the R7
what an honor to be one of the very few to ever sit on the rarest BMW ever
me with good friend Peter Nettesheim
R7 was on loan temporarily with Peter so he could showcase it for BMW NA executives
R50 in front of Nettesheim Museum
Peter's museum Barn makes a nice backdrop for a classic photo
looking cool while pumping the gas out of my flooded R50
temporary 2-up seating
added temp pillion to give my wife her first and maybe last ride on a motorcycle
Happy Holidays 20011
My girls make a cute Christmas card. And yes I do photoshop for a living...