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    Color of Valve covers?

    Does anyone know for sure when the airheads went to Black painted Valve covers?

    I have seen them with both unpainted natural aluminum, and later with black and brushed aluminum ribs due to fact that the ribs are raised.

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    I am sure the black ones started in 1977 with the /7 models.

    But some of the later bikes had silver ones also.
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    I have a 1978 R100/7 with the original valve covers and they are not painted.
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    I have 2 '78's.The R80/7 has unpainted ones and the R100RS has matte black paint with shiny ribs.Perhaps this denotes rank?
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    The blacked out, ribbed aluminum highlights are RS and RT features starting in the late 70's.

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    Well I just dug out the original 1978 BMW sales brochure for the R100RS, R100S, R100/7 and R80/7. All four are in one picture and the RS and S have black valve covers and the R100/7 and the R80/7 have unpainted valve covers. I have a fall 1978 BMW motorcycle journal with a cover picture of an RT with painted covers. I have a winter 78-79 BMW motorcycle journal with a R65 on the cover with unpainted covers. So as someone replied it depends on "Rank" if you got paint.
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    A lot of 1978-1980 brochures here:

    http://www.omnilex.com/public/bmw78/

    Even later ones here:

    http://www.beemergarage.com/sales_brochures.html

    Also, you can see a lot of pictures at Phil Hawksley's site.
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    Black valve covers were for R100 engines only. But not for the '77-'78 low compression/small carbs versions, i.e. R100/7. R100 engines arrived in 1977.

    Although there's lots of nostalgia for the older, peanut style valve covers, the /7 ribbed versions are much stronger. And, unlike the peanut versions, the ribbed versions come in two part numbers, i.e. left and right.
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    Kent is correct on this one. Additionally, the newer black ones, being heavier, mask valve clatter better.
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    My 78 R100/7 "special" came with the black valve covers. It also got bag mounts --but not bags --and dealer-installed Luftmeister fairing. It was
    probably a way to move out some R100/7's from the end of the year inventory. Mac
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