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Offline 850Commando

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1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« on: April 16, 2017, 09:06:26 AM »
Hi All - Massively inspired by the stuff on this site (in particular builds by beachcomber and jc55) so decided to try to make my own K75 Special, So far just acquired a 1993 K75RT - Due to limited time and no easy access to workshop I'm gonna try to achieve maximum effect with minimum engineering input (cos most of you guys seem to have engineering skills and know-how I can only dream of). Any advice or comments will be gratefully received.
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Offline Elipten

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2017, 10:11:37 AM »
Yep sell me that faring if not damaged


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Offline 850Commando

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2017, 01:09:49 PM »
Hi Elipten - I won't be needing the faring but you're a long way away and its a bulky item
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Offline Glacial

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2017, 03:05:35 PM »
I'm only the length of the M11 from you so I could get interested in buying things you take off your bike. Let me know as you progress.
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Offline 850Commando

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2017, 06:38:30 PM »
Will do Glacial..
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Offline jc55

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2017, 08:22:21 PM »
I'll be tagging along.
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Offline 850Commando

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2017, 05:49:14 PM »
hey thanks JC
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Offline 850Commando

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2017, 06:58:23 PM »
Starting with the front the clocks are a problem.. Just too big..  I've googled a ton of photos of K75/100 cafe racer specials but nearly none use the original clock pod.. Trouble is, from reading I'm forming the view that changing the clocks and maintaining most of the functionality will probably take pore work and time than the whole rest of the build.. so I've been looking for ways to work the original clocks into the design..  I found this bike:


http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/Custom%20Bikes/BMW%20K75%20S%20Cafe%20Racer%20by%20Hammer%20Kraftrad.htm


The Monza fairing allows the clocks to be concealed.. I figure it may be possible to mount them on the spider that suppports the headlamp so they dont move with the forks.


So I;ve got a sharp 'monza' style fairing designed for a R series BMW from 'flatracer' in London which I think will fit with a bit of tweeking - Thi sis one of their pics of said fairing on a boxer:

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Offline 850Commando

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2017, 07:22:59 PM »
Also got some cool - semi raised 'strap-ons' from Flatracer:
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Offline 850Commando

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2017, 07:34:46 PM »
.. I mean 'strap-ons'  :) (is there any way to go back and edit a post to correct typos? )
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Offline Filmcamera

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2017, 07:45:09 PM »
Strap ons?? Really - freudian much?!  :hehehe


Yes there is a way to edit posts but only later when you are a more experienced motobricker...

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Offline Laitch

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2017, 08:18:13 PM »
(is there any way to go back and edit a post to correct typos? )
That isn't a typographical error; it's a libidinal disclosure. :giggles
I think this new name for these parts is trending and you're among its vanguard, Commando. The following reference though has just the right touch of S&M; it would be hard to beat that one—if you'll pardon the expression.

I found both parts at DCC and ordered the 41mm strap-ons.  In order for the strap-ons to fit, I ended up using a little brute force and a pair of pliers to widen up the openings.   
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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2017, 10:37:36 PM »
Very interesting.  :popcorm
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Offline jc55

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2017, 08:31:46 AM »
I'm loving this build already. Race fairings with the original gauges are gonna rock!


I didn't cut the front ears off of my tank because my front fairing mounting points use those. I'd suggest keeping that option open.
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Offline 850Commando

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2017, 09:23:20 AM »
Hi JC55 - yes, I'm leaving the tank lugs to give a second point of fixing for the fairing lower 'wings'..  LED headlamp arrived yesterday -
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Offline 850Commando

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2017, 09:26:49 AM »
...I've just got to 'bite the bullet now and start pulling off the plastic. Stage 1 is to get the rear frame shortened - I got a loop from a shop in Madrid but now I need to find someone to do the welding (it crossed my mind to buy the kit and learn how but having read up I think it may be difficult - so gonna ring around some welders on Monday..
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Offline 850Commando

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2017, 09:29:11 AM »
Also got a seat from the people in Madrid .. apparently it should fit without too much trouble...
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Offline MaraudeRS

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2017, 09:44:44 AM »
Sub'd. Please post pics of your continued progress. I like that front fairing you picked out, it should look really nice on your brick.


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Offline 850Commando

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2017, 06:43:24 PM »
Hi.. Thanks MauradeRS..  Trying to find someone to weld up the rear frame loop - that's the starting point .. trouble is I don't have a workshop so I have to wait for a weekend without rain and start the  strip down in the open.. then there will be no turning back -  I'll post pics as I go..  I'm hoping the fairing will look good.. Regards 
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Offline 850Commando

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2019, 08:02:43 PM »
2 years have passed but I've started - Lopped off the rear frame and decided to bolt on loop rather than weld (because I don't have the skills) .. rear loop I got from a custom shop in Spain needed some 'bending' to slide into frame tubes neatly..
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Offline 850Commando

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2019, 08:06:05 PM »
Bolts will also provide location for indicator and removable bracket to fix original luggage frame (I want to use the bike for touring - not just posing). 
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Offline 850Commando

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2019, 08:15:01 PM »
Going for 'Classic' style so got 'off the shelf' aluminum rear mudguard (fender).. Cut it back at the front to form a square 'tongue' which covered in inner tube rubber is a snug fit in the gap under the battery tray negating the need for an awkward  bolt fixing there..
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Offline DJEwen

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2019, 06:12:34 AM »
Very good. How are you getting on with your "strap ons" :giggles
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Offline billday

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #23 on: July 03, 2019, 07:28:14 AM »
Very good. How are you getting on with your "strap ons" :giggles

They're a distraction. Bike would be a lot further along without them.

ETA: Love that chrome rear fender, it's a great touch.
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Offline Laitch

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Re: 1993 K75 RT Cafe Racer (style)
« Reply #24 on: July 03, 2019, 09:23:51 AM »
Very good. How are you getting on with your "strap ons" :giggles
Don't you mean How are you getting off?
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