Ok here is my new 1980 R100RT, I have just removed the fairing to see what I am up against. It will not go back I am going for the basic bike. A good gunk and de-grease first right?
I can see that I will need a headlight bucket when all that bracket support comes off, I Imagine any 70's airhead unit will fit.
Those handlebar risers do not look original to me ( this is my first BMW so a lot of this is guess-work ) any advice will be greatly appreciated.
The Carbs are leaking I think from the bowl gaskets but maybe the overflows? I should get rebuild kits or ship them to Bing?
The engine has 85K I will change all fluids right through the drive train. I see some oil stains around the cylinder bases, I don't know how alarming that is.( yet )
I am getting a good steady blow by draft from the dipstick hole when the engine is running , again I don't know how much of a problem this is, don't know what the crankcase compression should be on these engines, my research is just beginning. Engine sounds good and pulls well, no smoke.
What about that Fuel tank? The paint is really rough , the bike was originally that metallic red that they came in. Anyway I started to sand a little paint away in the really rough spots and I have come up with this repair, A magnet sticks to it, so what is it? a weld repair? I am tempted to give the tank to the sand blaster now and see if he can blow any holes in it. If I need a new tank must I get one from a R100RT? or will a range of models fit ? this bike is 1980.
I have the Haynes manual and think I will get the Clymer also as I hear it is slightly better, good to cross reference anyway.
My new project has me captivated any help or opinions at this stage are really valuable. Thanks and best regards all around Steve