1973 BMW R75/5: Refinishing Headers, Headlight and Steering Damper

Over the weekend, I dove into refinishing some of the high profile parts.  I documented what I did in web pages under the “51” category for “Vehicle Trim”. There are pictures showing the before and after.  The web pages are in the left navigation column, and here are the links.

51 BMW R75/5 Headlight Shell and Switch Housing Paint Repair
51 BMW R75/5 Refinishing the Header Pipes
51 BMW R75/5 Refinishing Steering Damper Knob

The other post in this category is the powder coating.
51 BMW R75/5 Powder Coating

Below is a sampling of the pictures I took.

Headlight Shell Restoration

97,553 miles, 2 owners

Headlight Shell After 40 Years, 97,553 miles

Headlight Shell Underside Detail

Headlight Shell Underside Grunge

Headlight Paint - Like New

Headlight Paint Repair – Like New Again

Refinished Switches

Restored Switch Assemblies

Header Restoration

Header with 40 Years of Bluing

Header with 40 Years of Bluing

Header with 40 Years of Bluing

Header with 40 Years of Bluing

Header with 40 Years of Bluing

Header with 40 Years of Bluing

Header Cleaned & Polished

Restored Header Clean & Polished

Header Cleaned & Polished

Restored Header Clean & Polished

Steering Damper Restoration

Steering Head Grunge & Damper

Steering Damper Dings and Steering Head Grunge

Steering Head Polish $4

Steering Head After Polish #4

3 thoughts on “1973 BMW R75/5: Refinishing Headers, Headlight and Steering Damper

  1. Its coming along, well,its nice to see an old Boxer getting some attention. My friend who has a 75/5 hear in Britain has joined a local Classic bike club who declare the goals of the club to be , promoting the preservation and use of classic ‘—British motorcycles. I see less and less old BMW boxers on the British roads ,and with attitudes like that ,it no wonder. Now I have nothing against Brit bikes ,but if people restore and run old Brit Jap German or American bikes , isn’t that enough for them to have in common to share a club . MDH.

    • Hi Dale,

      Thanks. I have a vision in my head of how it’s going to look when it’s done. We will see how well I can achieve that vision 🙂

      You are spot on. Classic/Vintage bikes and those who enjoy them are well served by drinking together and sharing the love over a couple of pints. I enjoy the Italian and British bikes a friend of mine rebuilds and he appreciates what I do. We compare the differences in design and materials, more to learn than to criticize.

      Best.
      Brook.

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