Adding Cloth Storage Bags To The RT Fairing

I converted this 1983 R100RS into an RT by adding the RT fairing. The RT fairing comes with hard plastic side pockets, but they are much too close to the gas tank for my taste.

R100RT Fairing Interior View Showing How Close Plastic Pockets Are To Gas Tank

R100RT Fairing Interior View Showing How Close Plastic Pockets Are To Gas Tank

So, I decided to install a set of cloth bags that provide storage and don’t get very close to the gas tank. I used Fairing Pockets from “Kathy’s Journey Designs”, that are designed to work with the RS fairing.

Kathy's Journey Design Fairing Pockets Come In Different Colors; Mine Are Black

Kathy’s Journey Design Fairing Pockets Come In Different Colors; Mine Are Black

You can read all about how I did this project here.

I mount the RS fairing pockets on the RT fairing using the existing bushings that the plastic fairing compartments mounts to. There is enough room between that part of the RT fairing and the gas tank that the bags won’t touch the gas tank when they are mounted.

Side Of Fairing Showing Bushings For M6 Bolts Used To Mount Plastic Fairing Pocket

Side Of Fairing Showing Bushings For M6 Bolts Used To Mount Stock Plastic Fairing Compartments: Note Rear Top Bushing Is Shorter Than The Others

I mount the bags using three M6 bolts with a flat and wave washer to the side of the fairing.

Back Of Bag With Three Grommets Installed

Back Of Bag With Three Grommets Installed

Bag Mounting Hardware: M6-10 Bolt, Flat and Wave Washers

Bag Mounting Hardware: M6-10 Bolt, Flat and Wave Washers

M6x10 Bolts Installed Through Grommets In Bag

M6x10 Bolts Installed Through Grommets In Bag

Bag Mounted On Inside of Fairing Leaving Clearance Next To Gas Tank

Bag Mounted On Inside of Fairing Leaving Clearance Next To Gas Tank

Airhead Electrical Systems: 1977 R100RS Wiring Circuits

I’ve published several documents about the airhead electrical systems including the /5, 1975-76 /6 along with information about how the electrical components work. You can find links to all these electrical system documents here:

I’ve been working on these over the winter on days that I don’t feel like going into the shop. This winter, I completed the electrical circuits document for the /7 series, 1977 R100RS. This wiring system configuration was used only on the 1977 R100RS.

Since the electrical components are so similar to those I documented for the /6 series, I’m not going to publish one for the /7 series.

1983 BMW R100RS Adding Electric Accessories and Farkles

The word “farkles” refers to add-ons and upgrades. I’m adding the following to the electrical system.

  • Eastern Beaver PC-8 Auxiliary Fuse Box And Circuits. I installed the Eastern Beaver PC-8 Auxiliary Fuse Box. This provides eight independent circuits, six fused and two non-fused direct to the battery. This eliminates a nest of wires, fuses and relays when I add the various electrical accessories. All the fuses are in one box and one relay switches power on to the six fused circuits.
Eastern Beaver Wiring Harness

Eastern Beaver Wiring Harness

Eastern Beaver PC-8 Auxiliary Fuse Box Components

Eastern Beaver PC-8 Auxiliary Fuse Box Components

  • Heated Grips With 1988+ Wiring. I have the pre-1988 heated grips. The switch for them is no longer available so I will install the later (1988+) two position switch and new wiring between the switch and the heated grip pigtails. The wiring sub-harness contains a resistor inside that provides LOW/HIGH heating in the grips.
    61 31 1 459 234  SWITCH, HEATED HANDLEBAR GRIPS L=700MM
    61 12 1 459 263  WIRING HEATED HANDLES (Sub-harness)

    The switch is smaller than the rectangular holes in the dashboard so I fabricated an adapter to hold the switch out of the plug used to fill the empty hole (part# 32 71 1 236 886).

    Dashboard Rectangular Blank Hole Plug

    Dashboard Rectangular Blank Hole Plug

    High-Off-Low Switch Installed In Dash

    High-Off-Low Switch Installed In Dash

  • Auxiliary LED Lights. To increase my visibility I add two spot bean 900 lumen LED auxiliary lights from Super Bright LEDs. I got the 10 degree beam for the left and the 30 degree beam for the right so at night it will help illuminate the side of the road. I mount them to the rear view mirror brackets and wire them into the headlight power so they are on with the low and high beam.
Super Bright LED Spot Beam (900 Lumens @ 10 Watts)

Super Bright LED Spot Beam (900 Lumens @ 10 Watts)

  • Garmin GPS Handlebar Mount With Power. I have a Garmin zūmo® 396 LMT-S GPS. I ordered a cradle, handlebar mount and electrical harness to power it from Garmin. I will use one of the two non-switch circuits to power the GPS so the it stays on when the engine is off. I like that option so I can select and change routes with the engine off.
GPS Is Getting Power

GPS Is Getting Power

  • SAE & USB Power Sockets. I add an SAE plug and a dual USB port so I can charge my cell phone, or power any other accessory. I put the SAE on the other non-switched, direct to battery circuit and the USB on a switched circuit of the Eastern Beaver PC-8 auxiliary fuse box.
USB Socket Water Proof Cover Is Secured To Socket

USB Socket Water Proof Cover Is Secured To Socket

You can read about how I install these accessories here.

1983 R100RS –>RT Break-in And Shake Down Log

My experience with my builds is that as I break-in the motor I also will find various issues I have to fix and adjustments I need to make. This is the log of what I did for the first 600 miles riding the bike during the break-in and shake down period.

1983 R100RS Public Unveiling At Out First Coffee Shop Ride

1983 R100RS Public Unveiling At Our First Coffee Shop Ride

1983 R100RS Reupholster The Seat And Add A Back Rest

When I got the 1983 R100RS, aka “Cookie Monster”, the seat cover had a tear in it. Since it’s over 35 years old with 83,000+ miles it’s time to get it recovered. If I’m going to do that, I might as well get it reupholstered so it’s a custom fit for me and my wife.

Original Seat Cover Has A Tear

Original Seat Cover Has A Tear And Maybe Water Damage To The Foam

I’ve heard good things about a local company, Bitchn Stitchn, in metro-Denver, Colorado, who rebuilds and makes custom seats. Dan Ballard and Paul Brown were there when I dropped by with my seat. I talked about the style I wanted and we set an appointment for me to come with the bike and seat so they can do the fitting.

The fitting process took about three hours and the final result is awesome. I highly recommend them.

Finished Seat And Seat Back Mounted On Cookie Monster

Finished Seat And Seat Back Mounted On Cookie Monster

Finished Seat And Seat Back Mounted On Cookie Monster

Finished Seat And Seat Back Mounted On Cookie Monster

Finished Seat Has A More Comfortable Shape With Better Leg Support

Finished Seat Has A More Comfortable Shape With Better Leg Support

Finished Seat Back And Rear Luggage Rack

Finished Seat Back And Rear Luggage Rack

Here is a bit longer article showing the work in progress.