Author Topic: Kafe Kronicles  (Read 948 times)

Offline nicholasherbst

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Kafe Kronicles
« on: October 09, 2018, 09:06:25 AM »
Greetings all from South Africa!

I hope you'll enjoy my recollection of my BMW K75 build project.

The project began in late 2015 and is still incomplete!
Most of the final touches are being completed now so hopefully, it will allow this build thread to proceed at a steady pace.

Your comments and input will be much appreciated, as the build is certainly not finalised yet!

Part 1 coming soon.
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Offline nicholasherbst

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Re: Kafe Kronicles
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2018, 09:46:56 AM »
It all began when I stumbled across a for-sale advertisement on the local classifieds - Gumtree South Africa.

The advertisement was titled: "BMW K75 Cafe Racer" and was accompanied by the following image.
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The following image illustrated that the item being sold was far from the breathtakingly beautiful BMW Cafe Racer seen in the picture above - it was simply a teaser!

Behold, the beginning of a project!

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So enveloped by the beauty of what it could be, and my unhealthy desire to continuously burden myself with another project; I quickly performed my due diligence with the briefest of research and concluded that it was a lucrative opportunity and it was just waiting to be snatched up!

So I made the necessary arrangements and found myself the proud owner of a BMW motorcycle.
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Offline nicholasherbst

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Re: Kafe Kronicles
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2018, 11:15:35 AM »
As you can see from the markings on the fuel tank, this bike was previously a Police motorcycle for the South African Police Force. An ex "spietkop" bike.

The immediate list of missing components:
1. Front shocks
2. Rear shock
3. Driveshaft
4. Exhaust/muffler
5. Fuel tank cap
6. Instrument cluster
7. Handle control gear
8. EFI/ECU
9. Fuel injectors
10. Fuel pump

Just to name a few...

Some problems with the purchased collection of parts:
1. Dent in fuel tank
2. No registration papers for the frame
3. Rear rim more than likely not salvageable

It was clear that another donor bike would need to be found or an extensive parts hunt for the remaining components would need to be conducted!
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Offline nicholasherbst

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Re: Kafe Kronicles
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2018, 03:40:40 PM »
So here she is after being delivered home:
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And on to the disassembly!
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Really just a bunch of parts and far from a custom BMW K75!
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Offline nicholasherbst

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Re: Kafe Kronicles
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2018, 03:47:06 PM »
Not really knowing where to start, I decided to simply strip easily accessible engine components and begin the cleaning/restoration process.

That coolant stub seems accessible...
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Let's clean it!
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And so it continues...
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Offline DJEwen

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Re: Kafe Kronicles
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2018, 02:54:19 AM »
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Offline nicholasherbst

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Re: Kafe Kronicles
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2018, 03:47:07 AM »
A little bit of spray work to the valve covers...

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The engine is looking a whole lot better!

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Used an aerosol can in Matt Black, for those who were interested.

Very happy with the results, think it has a very natural/factory look to it.
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Offline Laitch

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Re: Kafe Kronicles
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2018, 08:10:49 AM »
Good photos! Thanks for providing some details. Are you going to design a barrier to prevent road grit and water from being flung by the rear tire onto your back and your moto's tidy engine?
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Offline natalena

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Re: Kafe Kronicles
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2018, 09:58:43 AM »
Inspiring work, thanks for sharing. Seeing your progression gives me the courage to start bringing parts into the kitchen for cleaning. If I don't post for a while, it's because the wife got to the rolling pin. :)
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Offline DJEwen

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Re: Kafe Kronicles
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2018, 03:59:46 AM »
Is this real time live? Your speed is outstanding!

I though I was quick at 284 hours over 76 Days but this is rapid!
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Offline nicholasherbst

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Re: Kafe Kronicles
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2018, 09:11:36 AM »
Is this real time live? Your speed is outstanding!

I though I was quick at 284 hours over 76 Days but this is rapid!

Absolutely not. I started the project in late 2015... I'm just documenting for the first time now.
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Offline nicholasherbst

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Re: Kafe Kronicles
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2018, 09:13:17 AM »
Good photos! Thanks for providing some details. Are you going to design a barrier to prevent road grit and water from being flung by the rear tire onto your back and your moto's tidy engine?

No plan for any protection/barrier yet...
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Offline nicholasherbst

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Re: Kafe Kronicles
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2018, 09:19:03 AM »
You guys get the picture... I like my Matt black aerosol paint...
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Offline nicholasherbst

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Re: Kafe Kronicles
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2018, 09:42:56 AM »
New spark plugs and cleaned up the leads and coils. Assembled a bit of the intake system as well.

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Have bought another donor bike (Another old SA police force bike) as well as some loose parts here and there.

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Offline nicholasherbst

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Re: Kafe Kronicles
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2018, 09:48:00 AM »
Polishing and installing the BMW spark plug cover plate - mighty important!

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Offline nicholasherbst

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Re: Kafe Kronicles
« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2018, 09:50:48 AM »
Shocks and Calipers painted.

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