BMW R1200CL project bike.

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BMW R1200CL project bike.

Postby JimVonBaden » Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:09 pm

Hi,
This may surprise some of you but I have always liked the R1200C variants. Tomorrow I will pick up my first, a 2003 R1200CLC with 81K miles on it. It is physically a little rough, but runs well.
My plan is to make it mine by doing a HD thing. I am going to murder it out (I always hated that term, but it fits.) Black out everything. The chrome is too rough to salvage, and the polished parts are all pitted.
So my "Chromehead" is going to become a Blackhead. :eek:
Here is what I am starting with:

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As always, I will update as I make progress.

Jim :cool:
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Re: BMW R1200CL project bike.

Postby JimVonBaden » Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:43 pm

I'm starting to develop a plan, like the K1600 bagger, or HD bagger:
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Re: BMW R1200CL project bike.

Postby Rick F. » Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:35 pm

Jim,

Hot diggity, another JVB project bike! Can't wait to see where it goes.

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Re: BMW R1200CL project bike.

Postby JimVonBaden » Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:11 pm

Thanks Rick, this one should be fun!

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Re: BMW R1200CL project bike.

Postby JimVonBaden » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:02 pm

Rough cut of the blank plate to hide where the factory mirror was. I added the logo from the side case for fun, but it could be blank or with a BMW roundel.

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Re: BMW R1200CL project bike.

Postby JimVonBaden » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:10 pm

Got some work done on the bike today. First, I needed to remove the starter to paint, then discovered it was all caked up. Time to strip, clean and lube it.
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Next I prepped the bike for paint. I know, better to remove everything, but that is way beyond what I am willing to do on a beater old bike. Huge job. Instead I taped it well.
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Now to wait on a warm enough dry day.
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Re: BMW R1200CL project bike.

Postby JimVonBaden » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:33 pm

Rear frame paint:

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The paint looks better in person. The light makes it look like there are a lot of flaws, but there are very few.

Next, the engine gets prepped and painted.
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Re: BMW R1200CL project bike.

Postby JimVonBaden » Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:16 pm

A little more progress.

The first series is pre-paint, and pre-clean of the motor.

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The second set is post engine paint. This is case paint, designed for temps up to 550F, and is oil and gas resistant.

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It looks good, a nice satin finish, with good coverage. It compliments the gloss of the frame.

Lastly, a shot of why I didn't take the frame, wiring, nd other components off the bike pre-paint:

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It would be worth it on a full resto bike, but this bike is more of a resto-mod.

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Re: BMW R1200CL project bike.

Postby jcabiles » Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:36 pm

Bring it to a Bikes and Breakfast or a Clifton Breakfast Ride.
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Re: BMW R1200CL project bike.

Postby JimVonBaden » Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:41 am

jcabiles wrote:Bring it to a Bikes and Breakfast or a Clifton Breakfast Ride.

I definitely plan on it. Likely it will be done by mid February, so first B&B after that.

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Re: BMW R1200CL project bike.

Postby Janitor » Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:26 am

Very nice, look forward to seeing the finished product.
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Re: BMW R1200CL project bike.

Postby JimVonBaden » Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:02 pm

Started assembly. Some wiring, throttle injectors, and fabbed up mounts for the exhaust.

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Next to dress and paint the exhaust parts, and replace one of the studs that broke.

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Re: BMW R1200CL project bike.

Postby JimVonBaden » Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:30 pm

More assembly progress. I installed the upper triple tree, Telelever, forks (with new fluid), instruments, brakes and painted exhaust hangers.

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So far it looks good to me. I need a set of brake pads, likely new brake lines, and to keep going. Lots more left to detail, paint and install.
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Re: BMW R1200CL project bike.

Postby bdimon » Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:48 pm

Wow, cannot wait to see it on the road next spring.
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Re: BMW R1200CL project bike.

Postby JimVonBaden » Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:06 am

Me too! I rode it home, so I know it is OK mechanically. It will have a full service and all new paint and tires.

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