For everyone who had plans because of the holiday and couldn’t make it to the Eastside classic don’t worry because we were there to snap a little eye candy for you - though a little late and wasn’t able to catch some snaps of the awesome custom painted helmets before being raffled. Nonetheless enjoy our eyes of the show and catch more media from the show online at Eastsideclassicatx.com or Instagram- @eastsideclassic as the trail heads.
Keep the classic aesthetic while experiencing a smoother ride backed with modern engineering.
Owning a piece of history in the form of a classic motorcycle is mysteriously fulfilling. Something about the foundational engineering and genuine but often replicated aesthetic from past eras feels right about continuing a bikes legacy on the blacktop. The well tuned engines hum will always be music to the ears but it may be time for the 40 plus year old suspension to hang it up. We offer a suspension upgrade that gives you a modern ride retro designed to coincide with the classic look.
For the forks we us the Race Tech combination spring kit - that we custom order to the individual riders weight - with Race Tech gold valve cartridge fork emulators converting the factory non adjustable unit with a new fully manual damping system. We love this combination of springs and dampers because of the diversity in their adjustability allowing us to zero in on a more accurate spring rate for rider weight and style.
Our go to for rear replacing the shocks in the rear are by Ikon for the same reason we choose the Race Tech system, Ikon shock/spring assemblies are designed with many adjustment points. The Ikon system offers 3 positions for adjustment on the spring preload and 4 positions on rebound damping. Your current spring covers can be modified to fit the new assembly, they also have assemblies complete with covers or come with no cover if you like the raw look.
The suspension duo of the Race Tech system up front backed by the Ikon assembly creates almost an infinite parameter of adjustment to optimize your handling and performance, minimizing fatigue and maintaining aesthetic. Give us a call for more information on this upgrade and our many other BMW Motorcycle services. (512) 657-2659
Along the quiet Guadalupe River March exited with a bit of a roar collectively created by hundreds of motorcycles and their enthusiastic riders attending the “Giddy Up Vintage Chopper Show.” Custom motorcycles with their creators finger print and a chance to camp in the Texas hill country was more than enough reason to pack up and head out for a weekend with no phone service - getting lost in something you love. Big thanks to all event organizers, sponsors, vendors, bands, builders and riders who make the event a great experience.
Owner- Steve’s custom chopper was an invite for the show and received some great looks throughout the day.
From the bikes in the show to the attendees with their visions on two wheels there was plenty to browse made slowing down to look at all the details and not rushing onto the next a bit difficult. From the wear over the years and miles to the artistic touch - it’s all in the details.
Rick Boline was set up and helped Steve check one off the list. Rick works out of San Antonio if anyone in the area is looking for a guy and also owns the beautiful “Purple Rain” bike in the previous gallery. To see more of Rick’s work visit his Instagram page- @tattoos_by_rickboline
Photos: Jeremie Infelise / jeremieinfelise.com / Instagram @infelise
The two bikes amongst this conversation are as follows: a 1973 r75/5 and a 1974 r 90/6, both are obviously red and of consecutive years but coincidently as a collective are a milestone for BMW. Our small history lesson begins by explaining the '73 is the last version of the /5 and the '74 is the first version of the /6, two completely different models that in fact shared a lot but also came with some key differences paving a new way for BMW.
The '74 was the first year that the 900cc engine displacement was offered over the '73's 750cc engine, differences in aesthetics, the size of the tanks; the '74 having a smaller tank and differences in the instrument panel. Not much, but enough. Having these bikes in the shop at the same time were great comparison and contrasting visual puzzle pieces - they represent the one of many smooth seams in the evolution and history of BMW Motorcycles.
One’s mastery of a craft could run among the wonders of our world. It’s something once reached becomes an action as unconscious as putting your pants on in the morning. Just as easy a quarterback stepping up in the pocket with a fury of 300 pound beings clashing like a spring breeze as he focuses on his target, the same way a sculpturer connects the dots between mind, hands and clay the motorcycle mechanic can look and listen to a bike setting a sequence of intuition and knowledge to solve problems and work creatively. If you look in a chefs personal kitchen you won’t find a measuring cup.
This cherry 1964 R50/2 equipped with individual driver and passenger saddles was a restoration project 10 years ago focused heavily on the aesthetics with a few mechanical details left to the side. Fast forward to today and it was rolled into the shop for some intuitive refinement for the new road ahead. Jobs like these where a handful of minor mechanical ailments add up interfering with the bikes ability to run smooth are a big portion of our work orders. Adding in factors with classics such as this don't necessarily make diagnostics black and white or as easy as punching in the factory specs or torque readings expecting the problem solved. Our experience enables us to master these kind of projects leaving our customers with the only problem of planning the next destination. If you feel your bike is missing out on some of its performance bring it by and give us a change to tune in and see what we can do.