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RobertGephart
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Greetings from northern MN,

As both a new forum member and recent owner of a vintage BMW, I seem to have lots of questions. I purchased a 1967 R50 a few months ago and as I learn more about this bike I have noticed a number of things that I am very curious about and hoped that some of you can shed some light on them. Both the brake levers on the wheel and the air cleaner are black. I have seen this on older bikes, but not on any from this mid 60's period. The front fender has no white stripes on it, although the black paint corresponds quite closely with the rest of the bike which appears to my untrained eye to be original. I assumed the fender had been painted over until I ran across a photo of a similar BMW with the same stripe-less front fender.

Lastly, as you can see in the photo the rims are in excellent condition, but the spokes are not in that they are covered with a yellow-brownish substance that is really hard to remove. All the spokes are covered, not just a few. It does scrape off but the obvious drawback here is that scraping is tough on the finish. And really slow. This stuff on the spokes is a bit tacky and almost feels like varnish that has not quite dried completely. Any thoughts or ideas?

Bob

  • Black brake levers '67 r50
  • Black air cleaner with choke '67 r50
  • Sticky spokes '67 r50
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I've seen the black air

I've seen the black air cleaner before, but I'm pretty sure that is an OP painting...not stock. Same with brake levers AFAIK. Could be a replacement fender?? Is it metal? My guess is either a repair or replacement and they just didn't put the pinstripes on it.

I didn't see the rims...as for the spokes, I can't really see the detail you mention. If it's tacky, it might be some kind of preservative?? I recall many moons ago about jeeps coming preserved in cosmoline. Maybe this wheel was stored and they used something to try and protect it from rusting.

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Thanks Kurt, The fender is

Thanks Kurt,
The fender is steel. I will post another wheel photo.
B

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I would say that the air

I would say that the air cleaner and brake levers have been painted. The air cleaner should be the same color as the hubcaps, and the brake levers should be unpainted. If you strip and clean the levers very thoroughly, you can get them very close to the original color by spraying silver paint on a rag and using the rag to rub the paint over the levers. That's a trick I learned on this forum and have used on my shocks. If you spray paint them, the pores of the casting get filled and they don't look right. By blotting the paint on, the surface keeps its rough texture and they look like new. I repeat this process every few years --takes ten minutes.

As for the sticky stuff on the spokes, whatever it is, it should not be there, so my impulse would be to get out the acetone. It looks like there is also quite a bit of rust there. Mine looked about like that and I figured I could not make them worse, so rather than go through the hassle of replacing them, I cleaned them with vinegar and fine steel wool. They are not perfect, but they look a whole lot better.

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Many thanks Jon, I will give

Many thanks Jon,
I will give it as go, and keep you all posted,

Bob

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