I restarted the project on March 1, 2019 after acquiring this bike in January 2015. My 1977 R100RS rebuild project halted work on this bike as I wanted to complete the 1977 RS in time to attend the 40th anniversary rally hosted by Todd Trumbore. I finished assembling this bike on September 30, 2020, so the build took about 18 months to complete.
I did a 10 mile ride as part of the first engine start before completing the project. It’s now early October and I’ve ridden the bike 200 miles as I break it in. One of the first trips was to get coffee with some “scooter scum” friends of mine. It’s a public unveiling, if you will.
I like to name the bikes after Muppet characters based on the bike color. I mount a Muppet figure on the bike so there is someone to talk to on long trips. And, if they talk back, it’s time to stop for the day and take a rest. 🙂
My wife’s 1973 R75/5 is Grover.
The first year 1977 R100RS is Gonzo.
And my wife’s 2002 F650GS is Elmo.
A little over a year ago, I sold my R1150RS that I put 110,000 miles on. It was named Cookie Monster. So I’m naming this bike Cookie Monster Too, and transferred the figure to the top of the master cylinder.
I posted descriptions, pictures and YouTube videos of all the work I did. I also put together some summary documents that ought to make it easy for you to find information you are interested in.
These two documents are organized pretty much in the order I did the work.
This document is organized by parts fiche category.
All the pictures and YouTube videos are combined into these collections.
- FLICKER Pictures: 1983 BMW R100RS Rebuild And Conversion To RT
- YouTube Videos: 1983 BMW R100RS/RT Rebuild
Video: Pre-Build Walk-Around
Here is a walk around video I took before starting the project.
VIDEO: 1983 BMW R100RS Pre-Build Walk-Around
What Before Looked Like In Pictures
The bike had been loved in the early days, and then neglected outside for awhile before I bought it. Here are a couple before pictures
Video: All Done Walk-Around
Here’s a walk around video after I completed the project.
VIDEO: 1983 R100RS All Done Walk-Around
What Done Looks Like In Pictures
I mixed some themes from earlier RS bikes for the paint work. I painted the front brake calipers with a paint that replicates blue anodized aluminum as a tribute to the first year R100RS which had blue anodized calipers.
I borrowed the idea of using white wheels that Hans Muth introduced on the R65LS. To my eye it makes the bike seem lighter.
I used the two-tone paint scheme from 1979 that combines Dunkel Blue (Dark Blue) with Hell Silver. But again, in a tribute to the 1977 R100RS, I had the painter apply matte clear coat to the Hell (Bright) Silver as the 1977 clear coat was all matte since it was a single color; Silver Blue. I like the contrast.
One other deviation from the 1979 two-tone paint scheme I made was to paint the seat cowl in Hell Silver instead of Dunkel Blue. Combined with white wheels and the chrome pipes, I think it makes the rear of the bike more cohesive and integrated.
Here is a video walk around of the completed project.
VIDEO: 1983 BMW R100RS All Done Walk Around-Meet Cookie Monster Too
Thanks To Those Who Made This Project Possible
I want to thank a number of people and businesses for suppling parts, knowledge, tools, and services. All of these folks work to support keeping airhead bikes on the road. If you need work done, or parts, consider giving them your business.
|Clem Cykowski||BMW Denver, Former Owner||Advice; Used Parts||None|
|Dan Neiner||Cycle Works||Airhead Tools||www.cycleworks.net|
|Rick Losh||Denver Pinstripping||Pinstripes||www.denverpinstriping.com/about/|
|Norman Schwab||Euro MotoElectrics||Electrical Parts; Airhead Parts||www.euromotoelectrics.com|
|Foothills BMW, Colorado||Parts||www.foothillsmotorcycles.com/|
|Gian Sticherman||Heritage Stickers||Airhead Stickers & Decals||www.heritagestickers.eu/|
|Matt Parkhouse||Long Time Mechanic||Advice; Airhead Services; Replace Rear Main Bearing||[email protected]|
|Robert Fleischer (aka, “Snowbum”)||Long Time Mechanic & Airhead Website||Advice; Airhead Technical Information||www.bmwmotorcycletech.info/technical-articles-list.htm|
|Randy Long||Long’s Mechanical Services||Machine Shop, Rebuild Heads||(610) 286-5870|
|Dealership||MAX BMW, New York, Conneticut||Parts||www.maxbmw.com|
|Mike Galindo||Painkiller Customs||Painting||www.facebook.com/painkillercustoms/|
|Powder Coating Specialities||Powder Coating||www.powdercoatingspecialties.com/|
|Tom Cutter||Rubber Chicken Racing Garage||Advice; Transmission, Suspension Parts; Cylinder Machining Services||www.rubberchickenracinggarage.com|
|Don Wreyford (aka, “Radar”)||Self, Airhead Extraordinaire||Advice, Tools, Assistance||None|
|Bill Lambert||Self, Airhead Extraordinaire||Made Me A Set Of Transmission Tools||None|
|Larry Stoner||Stoner’s Beemer Stash||Used Parts||[email protected] (951) 813-1704|
|Terry Vrla||Terry Vrla||Speedometer & Tachometer Repair||[email protected]|
|Tom Johnson||The Bolt Guy||Stainless Steel Hardware Kits||www.theboltguy.com/|
|Bud Provin||The Nickwackett Garage||Advice, Parts||www.thenickwackettgarage.com/bmwtwin/|
|Stephen Gaulin||Toaster Tan||Top Brace||www.toastertan.com/|
2020-10-21 Fixed incorrect link to Flickr picture album.