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    New Member in Ithaca, New York

    Hi, Im Alex. Joined the forum over the summer and have been busy with work and school so I haven had time to post anything.

    Basic stuff is, Im a Mechanical Engineer and currently have two bikes. A 1971 R60/5 that I picked up for free. Thing was a basket case. All the bolts for the entire bike came in the same coffee can and took two trips filling up my old golf with parts. Took a year to get running and another to get rrunning well and all the goofy stuff sorted out. Stuff like instrument lights and a messed up charging system.
    Its been a learning experience, still dont understand why the bike doesnt have any fuses. The guys at Max BMW have been a huge help. That was before I found this forum though.

    The other bike is a GS500, dont really like it but got it really cheap and just trying to turn it to buy something else. Or parts, those are nice to.

    Hope to learn a lot from this place and just have a good time.


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    It is what it is. Bud's Avatar
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    Feb 2006
    Long gone
    Welcome to the forum. Glad to have you here.

    Looks like you are not afraid to tackle a project bike. How about a picture of the completed project.

    Looking forward to reading more of your posts.
    Ride Well

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    Rather Be Ridin' alabeemer's Avatar
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    Aug 2005
    Cropwell, Alabammer
    Hey Alex! Welcome aboard! Sounds like you have real prize there and one to proud of. Having fun...heck that will not be a problem in this group! Glad to have you..ride safe and ride often (may want to let it warm up some though! )
    Vance Harrelson
    MOA Foundation Director / Ambassador
    R1200GSA "Buck" / Yamaha WR250R "Slim"

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    The Bike

    Thanks for the warm welcome. I posted an after pic in the airheads picture thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graymantr6 View Post
    Its been a learning experience, still dont understand why the bike doesnt have any fuses.
    Fuses just help keep the smoke in. Smoke needs to be free ...

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    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Craftsbury, Vermont
    Hey Alex! I SO envy people who can look at a basket of parts and create something functional out of it!

    Nice riding in your neck of the woods!

    '12 R1200GSA for solo rides
    '10 R1200GSA with Hannigan dual sport sidecar for rides with Tulliver

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    High & Dry statdawg's Avatar
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    Feb 2006
    In the Endless Mountains

    Also get help from

    Heids Hodaka & BMW
    2033 Garnet Lake Rd N
    Johnsburg, NY 12843
    Or call 518-251-2110

    They have plenty of parts in trailers and provide technical help.
    If one cannot command attention by one's admirable qualities one can at least be a nuisance

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    Registered User
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    Aug 2008
    North Carolina Coast


    I started riding BMWs in 1972 and I had an R60/5 at first. I used to drive to Ithaca from Skaneateles to get ice cream at Purity Ice Cream at the end of the lake. I used to go to college town to a greek restaurant. I miss the hills and seasons and especially miss Wegman's.
    I hope you have a great experience with BMW MOA and your bike. You have serious depth and breadth of knowledge with these great people.
    Campbell Tellman II
    '93 R100RT

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