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TOPIC: Garage Inspiration: Bill Costello's R100 Story

Garage Inspiration: Bill Costello's R100 Story 5 years 8 months ago #639

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Cool video inspiration for your winter projects . . .

Bill Costello BMW R100 Cafe Racer motorcycle story

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Details and photos of the build on ADVrider forum:

OTL Magazine Café Racer Project Build

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Garage Inspiration: Bill Costello's R100 Story 5 years 7 months ago #655

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Making a Cafe' racer out of a perfectly beautiful R100RT??? To each his own, I guess, but IMHO a way to turn a fine long distance bike into a useless poseur's half-hour ride. What a waste...but unfortunately typical of what one finds in OTL once that 'only race minded' editor took over from Bob... The rag makes for a nice picture book if you like racing, but IMHO that's about it. Bob Higdon isn't there any more, nor were any club notes last issue I got (from a couple years ago when I dropped the RA because of the uselessness to me anyway of the OTL and its racing, racing, racing emphasis. I don't even watch races on TV, save for maybe the Isle of Mann cause IMHO watching things just go around in circles over and over, even more complex circles, is boring, boring, boring.

Now watch this start a flame war! Hey, I passed the age when one gets his / her 'Old Curmudgeon License', so there! :whistle:
Riding 63 years and counting! ...Use a GPS--BUT... carry maps! 2 Laners rule unless ya gotta get somewhere fast, Then thank Gen'l/Prez Dwight D. Eisenhower for the Interstate system!!!
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Garage Inspiration: Bill Costello's R100 Story 4 years 8 months ago #1005

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I know topic was started last year, but I thought I'd share before and after
pic of my garage inspiration for this year. I know it's not a BMW but you can say it's a type of airhead and its European bike. I picked up a 69 Moto Guzzi Ambassador last fall and started restoring it end of Oct. was able to finish it, the middle of Jan., minus some fender reflectors. Martin Moto excepted it for their modern classics bike show in March. It's a pretty nice show, worth checking out. Here's a link to it. The Flickr albums are cool. www.martinmoto.com/--modern-classics. I was able to take my Blue Moto Guzzi convert to last years show.
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Garage Inspiration: Bill Costello's R100 Story 4 years 8 months ago #1011

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Nice job on the Guzzi! :)
Riding 63 years and counting! ...Use a GPS--BUT... carry maps! 2 Laners rule unless ya gotta get somewhere fast, Then thank Gen'l/Prez Dwight D. Eisenhower for the Interstate system!!!
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Garage Inspiration: Bill Costello's R100 Story 4 years 8 months ago #1020

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I have to agree with Ralph on the RT. I guess I could say I'm partial to a nicely done RT, since my first good restoration is a 79 RT. I can see if a bike needs a lot of work and maybe modifiing it. To take a beautiful bike and ruin it. In my opinion makes no sense. As Time goes on there's less and less vehicles that are, or restored to original that have not been mortified to look like something else. Thumbs up To Diane for idea on garage inspiration for winter projects. I really enjoy working on and restoring motorcycles.
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Garage Inspiration: Bill Costello's R100 Story 4 years 8 months ago #1025

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And what better to restore than a lovely older RT? Can't think of anything, myself...well, maybe a nice Guzzi too!! :) Both (all 3?) bikes are NICE!

And on the old R80RT and R100RTs, the word is that their fairings are at least as good as the old Vetter Windjammers, and I can well vouch for the latter, having ridden my Honda '72 750K2 with a Vetter in several frog stranglers over I-80 with 18 wheelers going by in massive spray clouds of whoosh, and staying absolutely dry. Couldn't beat them and can't beat the R100RTs and R80RTs fairings either! :cheer: And beautiful? Just today a Lowe's employee, recognizing my riding jacket, stopped me and asked if I owned that bike he'd seen (the R100RT) in the parking lot a couple of weeks ago. When I told him yes, his response was a big smile and the comment, "What a beautiful bike! What is it?" Answer: "1989 Beemer R100RT" His response, "Man that's a lovely bike!" I told him, "Yeah, if you can find one they're really worth having and lovely to ride!"
Riding 63 years and counting! ...Use a GPS--BUT... carry maps! 2 Laners rule unless ya gotta get somewhere fast, Then thank Gen'l/Prez Dwight D. Eisenhower for the Interstate system!!!
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