I enjoy old motorcycles. I’ve done work on a couple old BMWs. First was the full restoration of a 1966 BMW /2, and then a mechanical refresh on a 1983 BMW R80ST. I also enjoy some amateur motorcycle racing. I suppose it wasn’t much of a stretch that I have now combined the two interests.
In 2011, I watched a few of the vintage races organized by USCRA at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, USA. I took a lot of pictures and enjoyed watching the races.
Having acquired the desire to go vintage motorcycle racing, finding a bike was next. My friend, Marcus, had put a bike partially together from a variety of parts. I decided to purchase this ‘bike’ and complete the remainder of the assembly. It was just after Christmas in 2011 that I picked up the parts and components that would be assembled into my racing bike.
And then the work began. The motor needed cylinders and pistons. The gearbox needed servicing. The frame needed painting. And myriad other things to make a racing bike a racing bike. I brought it over to MAX BMW as I have done with my other bikes. MAX BMW is a great source for the parts and service work.
In my basement I painted the frame with POR 15 Bare Metal coating.
The motor was assembled with used parts and expert workmanship.
I had a couple of components made, such as a top brace for the forks done with the MAX BMW Motorsports logo…
Here is the bike in my garage for the final adjustments and preparations.
And here it is in nearly final state…
I’m sure further changes, upgrades, and improvements will be done. It’s a work in progress. But this will get me out on the track for this year. I’ll learn a lot about the process and the organization of the races. The further plan is to run this bike at hill climb events in New England and possibly Pike’s Peak in a few years.