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Thread: Complete Restoration of BMW R75/5 into Cafe Racer

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    Josh Enjoying the Bike

    Here is one to start the weekend off. I get to see Josh and the bike for the first time next Saturday.
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    Confirmation of Story

    Josh just received confirmation that our story about the bike is going to run in the next issue of BMW MOA, we are so excited, thanks everyone for the support.

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    This is great news, Shane. Good old Vince; but these Dutchmen always get it right. I can mail you my copy, so you have an extra, after I'm finished with it.

    Now that your bike is done, here's a pic of my "project bike", which was built by Dave Anderson, of Anderwerks BMW. The feature sheet is about two pages long:




    It took about 2 winters to build, and would do 212 km/hr at 4,500 ' ASL. We didn't paint the panels because it was my touring bike.
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    Fabulous

    Quote Originally Posted by RINTY View Post
    This is great news, Shane. Good old Vince; but these Dutchmen always get it right. I can mail you my copy, so you have an extra, after I'm finished with it.

    Now that your bike is done, here's a pic of my "project bike", which was built by Dave Anderson, of Anderwerks BMW. The feature sheet is about two pages long:




    It took about 2 winters to build, and would do 212 km/hr at 4,500 ' ASL. We didn't paint the panels because it was my touring bike.
    That is wonderful Rinty and your bike is spectacular, probably a little faster than I will ever have the Caf??

    Take care and thanks for sharing and always following me.

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    Shane
    Shane Balkowitsch
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    Silver

    Quote Originally Posted by RINTY View Post
    This is great news, Shane. Good old Vince; but these Dutchmen always get it right. I can mail you my copy, so you have an extra, after I'm finished with it.

    Now that your bike is done, here's a pic of my "project bike", which was built by Dave Anderson, of Anderwerks BMW. The feature sheet is about two pages long:




    It took about 2 winters to build, and would do 212 km/hr at 4,500 ' ASL. We didn't paint the panels because it was my touring bike.
    PS: I am a little partial to that silver!
    Shane Balkowitsch
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    "Don't Hate Me for my Cafe Racer Tendencies"
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    Quote Originally Posted by balkowitsch View Post
    PS: I am a little partial to that silver!
    Indeed. Is yours Arctic Silver or Polar Silver?

    And I send you a pm.
    Rinty

    "When you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."

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    Porsche Silver

    Quote Originally Posted by RINTY View Post
    Indeed. Is yours Arctic Silver or Polar Silver?

    And I send you a pm.
    My bike is the same color as my car, the historic K45-286 (356 No. 1) Silver from the spring of 1948, I got the paint codes from the curator in Stuttgart. The bike is a sister bike to the car.

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    Shane
    Shane Balkowitsch
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    356 No. 1)
    Is that the Gmund Coupe? No common Polar or Arctic Silver for you.

    I'm going to re read your restoration account.

    ...your bike is spectacular, probably a little faster than my cafe...
    Thank you - I loved that thing, and had it about 15 years. I wasn't on it when we hit that speed - I was on a buddy's GSX - R, and he was right behind me on the RS. We were in a remote part of the Front Ranges, west of here.
    Rinty

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    I think I just saw your bike on the deus instagram.
    http://instagram.com/p/ama2_tnbdn/
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    Yes

    Quote Originally Posted by apt13 View Post
    I think I just saw your bike on the deus instagram.
    http://instagram.com/p/ama2_tnbdn/
    Correct Phil, Josh and I stopped in there on Saturday when I was testing the bike for the first time, epic!
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    Unveiling Weekend

    Well I am happy to report that I was able to meet up with Josh and meet him and see the bike for the first time, all I can say is EPIC!

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.ph...type=2&theater

    We got to drive around PCH for a bit and go over the Deus for a quick visit. Had a bite to eat, were going to go back to his house to go over more of the details for the bike but I was having so much fun driving, we figured lets drive some more and we can work out other details later, so we did. Even had the old girl on the freeway for a couple of miles, it was so fun, the bike is amazing, has a bunch of power and I could not be happier. Josh is the man in my book.

    Thanks,
    Shane
    Shane Balkowitsch
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    Pictures

    Pictures from this weekend.
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    Another

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    More

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    Transport Question

    So guys, help me out, need to truck the bike in a covered vehicle from Culver City, California to Bismarck, North Dakota, any recommendations on what service to use?

    Thanks,
    Shane
    Shane Balkowitsch
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    "Don't Hate Me for my Cafe Racer Tendencies"
    shane@balkowitsch.com

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