I wrote about how I acquired a 1983 BMW R80ST in a previous post. That was the story of how the bike was found and the journey to its new home. Now I can tell you that the work to freshen up the bike is complete. I took the bike to MAX BMW to have this work done. While I would like to be able to do this work myself, the reality is that I don’t have the knowledge or the special tools. Not to mention it’s Winter in New Hampshire; the garage is cold!
So, to get the bike road worthy again, here is what was done:
Fuel tank – holes repaired with lead, interior painted and lined, exterior painted.
Cables, hoses, rubber components replaced including tires.
Suspension parts replaced.
California emissions components removed.
Side battery covers replaced and painted.
New fairing added – original BMW optional part that is still available.
Voltage regulator/rectifier replaced with electronic component (versus mechanical).
Handlebars replaced with flatter, narrower R65 bars.
PIAA headlight bulb installed.
All fluids drained and refilled.
Steel braided front brake hose.
For the paintwork, I did something that is not like the original paint scheme. On the fairing, I went with a scheme that is reminiscent of the McLaren Formula One racing car (2011 design). I’m a big Formula One fan. I thought the silver paint and the red/orange R80ST decal was similar to the McLaren. I asked Ray, my paint guy, if he could paint a red stripe with black smoke effect. He could and he did. The black smoke is a nod to the BMW paint schemes of the mid 1970s on the R90S machines.
And so the bike is ready for the road. I’ll just have to wait until Spring to ride it!