Took the family to SD to visit the in-laws for our annual Labor day trip. Atom joined us this year for some riding. We brought the my Norton 850 & BMW R80 and Atom’s Honda CL450. Atom was really proud of his Honda CL450 for doing so well in the hills. Most of the cruising speeds on the highways were 70-75mph. She had a little trouble if you threw in a big hill at those speeds but she always came out of it kicking. I also got a chance to test the BMW r80 after the rebuild. We had fun taking the BMW R80 & Honda CL450 off road to see a little more of the Badlands and testing their dual road capabilities. Here are the videos, enjoy.
So I wasn’t planning on getting into another project this year but the BMW turned into a too hard to pass up deal. Brian posted on facebook motorhugger group a craigslist ad for a BMW R80/7 that some one posted for $600. I immediately called the guy and asked what was wrong with it. He said the body was in ok condition and the tank had a dent in it. He also said the oil line to the oil cooler broke during a trip and he had to make a quick fix. He ended up pluging up the lines and not installing the “$2000″ ring correctly which causes low oil pressure. This could cause damage to crank shaft, connecting rods, bearings, and journals. He didn’t want to get into it and just wanted to sell it.
The bike was in St. Peter and was 1.5 hrs away. I got the okay from the wife to take Khanh on a little road trip to look at it. When I saw that bike, I realized the guy’s definition of “ok” is a lot different then mine. I would have to to say for a 34 yr old bike, the body was in pretty good shape. The dent in the tank was a 1/4″ shallow dent that you can barley see. I can understand why he didn’t want to deal with the engine but the parts alone was worth more then what he was asking. I figured worse case scenario, I can always part out the bike and make at least 2k from it on ebay. I ended up getting the bike for $400+ gas + time.
Nice thing is that she runs and starts just fine. There is a knock at low rpms but still has power. I got it on the work stand tonight and started tearing into it. Here’s some pictures of the bike and tonight’s progress. I’ll let you know what I find out.
A couple months ago I tore apart the “Killer Norton” fastback to get it ready for Blind Lizard. Steve help me with my top end and I paint it. The engine was a mixed bag of parts that needed to be sorted out. It took us a little time but eventually got it done. Painting was 1 day of prep and 1 day of paint in my garage. I decided on going with an original red color by using a sample part for matching. it was my first time shooting a tri-color and wasn’t too tuff. I finished wet sanding the night before for the Father’s Day ride in with Brian, Jack and Joe to Blind Lizard. We me the wives and kids there and had a great time even though it rained. I got a chance to met the guy that owned the “Killer Norton” before I did and got the whole story behind it. He’s going to get me some parts, pictures and history that he has on the bike. More details to come on the Killer Norton.
The plan next year is to get the Spirit of America Eagle sidecar ready for a family ride to Blind Lizard. Khanh will be riding in the sidecar with me and Jess riding her 60s ND Police Vespa.
It has been a great couple of weeks for motorhugger work. Last week we got the valves done on the VW bus, Brian’s 750 Norton carbs and timing done, my Bridgestone 100 running and Triumph chopper working before it gets redone. This week we got Chad’s 450 covers blasted, Joe’s bug parts blasted, figured out what was wrong with Jack’s Kawasaki, fixed Brian’s clutch issue, buffed a few parts, got Atom’s 450 back together again, and fixed my tail light that some fucker broke. All this while consuming a good amount of beer. We fried the Lift Bridge Crosscut last week and replaced it with a keg of Flat Earth NW Passage, mmm IPA. Since everyone’s bike is should be working well now, I think we’ll ride next week. Cheers.