Blog Metrics So Far
So, I’ve been pretty inactive in this blog since July of 2014 when I finished the rebuild of “Grover”, a 1973 BMW R75/5 that I worked on over an 18 month period. But, you haven’t. As the picture below shows, monthly visits to this site have gone way up since I started posting my progress on that project starting in December of 2012 and continued to stay high after the project completed on July 4, 2014. The material I’ve posted is averaging 5,500 to 6,000 visits a month.
I never expected that much interest, but it shows the power of the internet as a low cost way to find information anywhere in the world. In looking at statistics about where people come from and sites that have linked to this content, folks in Australia, Brazil, England, Finland, France, Germany, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, and Switzerland have visited.
The top 11 most popular write-ups with their [number of visits] are:
- 13 BMW R75/5 Rebuild Bing Carburetors & Karcoma Petcocks [7,051]
- 31 BMW R75/5 Rebuild Front Forks [3,775]
- Restoration Resources [3,141]
- 00 BMW R75/5 General Tear Down [2,877]
- 11 BMW R75/5 Remove & Install Flywheel, Replace Rear Main Seal, Oil Pump Cover & Cover O-Ring [2,851]
- 11 BMW R75/5 Refinish Cylinders and Refinish & Rebuild Heads [2,421]
- 11 BMW R75/5 Measure Cylinders and Install Pistons & New Rings [2,383]
- 51 BMW R75/5 Refinishing Techniques [2,342]
- 1973 BMW R75/5: Bing Carburetor Restoration [2,281]
- 31 BMW R75/5 Remove & Install New Steering Head Bearings [2,239]
- 31 BMW R75/5 Install and Align Front Forks [2,029]
The carburetor rebuild work is actually represented twice; the highest hit rate was for the work write-up and the other was for the blog post announcing the availability of that write-up.
Plans for 2015
I’ve had a list of bikes for my next project and have been cruising Craig’s List, BMW MOA, and Google searches for one of the following bikes.
This week, I’m finalizing the purchase of a 1983 R100RS with 83,000 miles. My plan is to rebuild this bike and document my work as I did for the R75/5 project. So, there will be more blogs and write-ups coming soon. 🙂
I’ve become pretty active in the Airheads Beemers Club in Colorado (ABC-CO). I helped start a Down to Meet site to promote all things Airhead. If you live in the state, or are passing through, please join one of our “Parking Lot Universities (PLU)”, “Ride-to-Eat (RtE)” and our annual Tech Day which is held in April.
One idea I have is to create some PLU activities using my garage (so more of a BGU) so Airheads who want to learn more about the R100RS can participate, grab a wrench, or just hang out as I work on this project. It should be fun.