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    R100 Cafe Racer Build Thread R100CCR

    As mentioned in Shane’s R75 build thread I’m going to start work on a ratty R100RT, minus the fairing, that I recently acquired. It’s an 88 model monoshock, incorrectly listed as an 85, that I saw listed in the Owners News classified section.

    The concept idea is to take the shorter wheelbase R100 platform, and the somewhat unique feature of the single sided swing arm and turn the bike back in time to the look of the SWB /5. Now I’m not planning on building the badest, trickest cafe custom. Instead a tidy machine, with some solid restoration skills involved, and just maybe a few novel approaches to a few things along the way. And of course, back at the Clymer offices, we have some ideas on doing an interesting ride or two when complete. So no trailer queen, instead it has to be well sorted, reliable and ready to cover some distance, actually a lot of distance!

    We’re talking with some suppliers about ideas – kits – etc. So we’ll have a product review feature along the way from time to time. Of course, we’ll be looking for feedback also, as there are plenty out there who’ve been down this road before. To kick that off, I’m looking for a pair of spoked hubs off a 91-95 R100R or R100R Mystic. Seems with some machine work on the rear hub, I can adapt the paralever hub to the mono hub, thus allowing me to use a pair of alloy rims. My bud, Jim Lepisto at Cyclops in Merriam Ks is not looking forward to this wheel build :-0 Last time I left Jim, with my offset to swing arm drawings, he was delivering a turn of the century Pierce rear wheel and boxing up a pair of wheels for a WWI bi plane!

    The plan is to post a lot of pics and use the YouTube channel to host video along the way. Hopefully it’ll evolve into a series of videos? I’ll dump additional pics into a PhotoBucket folder here:

    A shout out to Tim Kelly at Curve’s Ahead Transport out of Topeka, KS (1 800 869 4140 or ). Tim just happened to be in Hershey PA for the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Eastern Fall Meet ( ) when I sent out my ‘distress call’. He scooted over to VA in a flash to pick it up. Tim’s an old BMW aficionado also, and his judgment was invaluable. It was an interesting side trip that we really shouldn’t go into. Suffice with THANKS TIM!

    So here's my story and the R100 in the wee hours of the morning as Tim made the last hop from St. Louis.
    Last edited by jgrooms; 12-14-2011 at 08:11 PM.

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