We love getting the type of jobs roll through where we can get a bike back on the road mechanically sound with a little contemporary aesthetic reform to set it apart for the client. This 1974 BMW R90-6 was pushed through our bay doors but it sure wasn't going to be pushed back out. We hit this thing with our thorough tune-up, installed an electronic ignition, re-built the carburetors along with re-jetting them to be compatible with the new mufflers we installed. To install the new mufflers we had to remove the muffler and rear brake pedal mounts and build new ones for a proper fit. The client wanted a new lower profile seat resulting in the sub frame being modified and shorted to fit a new seat and slim tail light. To trim some more bulk we removed the existing rear fender and fit a shorter custom fender, installed shorter bars and removed the blinkers. Once everything came together she roared out of our doors under some brand new Continental TKC70 tires. Perfecto!
This motorcycle was brought to us for repairs and the owner defaulted on the bill. Title is clear. We did a ton of work to the bike, and it needs nothing.
New fuel pump assembly
New Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT tires
New Hall Effect Ignition sensor
New Spiegler Rear brake line
All service is up to date. All fluids were changes. Engine, transmission, final drive, clutch(hydraulic), Brake system completely flushed. New battery. Valve Adjustment and Throttle sync.
Bike runs smooth.
Give us a call at (512) 657-2659 to come check it out.
Here in Austin and other parts of Texas October has brought us a great deal of rain causing great logistic disasters for many events. October 19th and 20th brought us the 2018 Harvest Classic and Mother nature bowed to the high spirit in the air generated by the organizers, participants and fans leaving a window of light rain and and great fun.
The Harvest Classic is a European and vintage motorcycle rally bringing people with a passion for motorcycles together and raise money for the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer foundation. These two ideas have bloomed The Harvest Classic to two days filled with an array of events that would catch the interest of any motorcycle enthusiast with great food and music to boot. Very grateful to sponsor and attend an event with so much undeniable positive energy. To find out more about the Harvest Classic head over to their site or find them on IG. (@harvestclassic)
We just finished this slick BMW K100 taking it from a stock bike to turning heads by the dozen. Our client Todd brought the bike in with a list of ideas and inspirations for a final product and left the rest to us to pick through and piece together. Todd wanted to drastically change the look of the bike and wanted to do it with only minor modifications so to achieve this we focused on trimming off all the fat, a little paint and a moderate list of accessories.
To start we removed all the fairings, original seat and cowlings and chopped off a little of the rear sub frame for the new seat pan we created. Rich Phillips shaped the foam and wrapped it up in a custom leather cover uniquely shaping it to fit around a new tail light. New BKS muffler system, new bars and some paint on the engine covers and wheels by Powder ATX was another big phase of things we did that drastically changed the look of this bike. Before the bike was road ready we added the finishing touches by trimming down the front fender and re-located the license plate completing the clean and new aesthetic we were going for.
The 9th annual "Eastside Classic" happened over the weekend showcasing some amazing talents through an array of mediums including motorcycles, scooters, art on helmets, music and more. The show is very interesting and caters to and audience of many interests and a favorite event for us to attend. Thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth and of course the great people who keep this event going, we will be there next year!
Photos by Matt Hildebrand
The iconic R90S was the first production superbike ever produced by a manufacturer built with the idea of taking the bike straight from the lot to the track in hopes of creating a more edgier BMW Motorcycle brand image in the early 70's. In 1976, US importer Butler & Smith helped clinch the success of the transformation when they won the first US AMA Superbike Championship with this bike under rider Reg Pridmore. This particular one didn't win any championships but did come to us in pieces longing to return to the road owned by Woody Allison, our same customer from the motocross inspired 1974 R90/6 refurb. One fun fact does exist with this bike. Some years ago before Austin Moto Works owner Steve Tyler was wrenching on bicycles at Bicycle Sport Shop, his co-worker Peter Murray owned a shiny burnt orange R90S and Steve and his Honda sweated the bike hard. Life works in mysterious ways and that very bike came through the shop doors. We did the full run through , every piece was refinished, replaced, rebuilt and then finished off with a fresh coat by our man Josh Trevino. Very satisfying bringing life back into a classic for more time on the pavement and this one has plenty more miles ahead with a tricked out performance cam for a little more juice.
We have so many things to keep our schedule inline opportunities for the fly by your seat getaway plans have met their match. Last weekend was a small victory for the good ol' days sending owner Steve and our photographer Jeremie on the road to Enchanted Rock for 24 hours to see some Texas country side, spring clean the mind a little and shoot some photos. The only real worry for the trip was rain and not missing the next road that doesn't show up on most maps taking them along the cracks of the counties under giant clouds refraining from letting go. After camping a night they warmed up for the day with a hike to the top of Enchanted Rock to take in the view they came for while taking photos for strangers and talking supertistions of the rock. Waiting at the bottom was shop friend Stu who came to meet up for our trek back aiding in stunt driving the truck so Jeremie and his cameras could truck-bed surf and capture Steve getting to enjoy the ride home on two wheels.
This refurbish was one of significance in many ways; one being the bike was going to represent us in our first appearence at the Handbuilt Show for last years show in 2017 and another being we were able to take this hacked up 1974 BMW R90/6 900cc motorcycle and showcase our creativity for such a thorough build like this. So without further ado read on a about how this bike came from concept to reality.
Our customer Woody Allison has a BMW R/90-S that we had previously done some restoration work to and when he came accross an old R90/6 that had seen better days he called upon us as to what to do with his recent find. As we started the process of coming up with a concept for the restoration we came to know a little of Woody's history especially his involvement in motocross in the 70's as a member of the "Allison Bros" team. This was to become the crux for the theme in designing this bike even going as far as recreating the paint job of the "Allison Bros" bikes back in the 70's. Bridging this gap between a traditional BMW Airhead and a Motocross bike was such a cool challenge always having an eye for the BMX/ Motocross aesthetic. Making the decision to do something a little more drastic verses a more tradition restore build came a little easy with the condition Woody had found the bike in. Woody was 100% into the final design and gave us his confidence throughout the whole project with all the details which we really appreciated. Getting started we had to fabricate a lot and for this we brought on Clint Reynolds who was a big help on making our designs realities. We created a whole new rear subframe, relocated the rear suspension, new header system, new seat pan/ seat (we then had sent off to be upholstered in leather) and the mounts for the headlight and taillight fitted with a Boyle Custom Moto light. The fenders were also a custom fabrication but handled by Joe Cooper at Cooper Smithing Co. As mentioned we wanted to recreate the signature Allison Bros purple and silver paint theme from the 70's. Helping us accomplish the paint we asked James at Powder ATX to powder coat the frame and Josh Trevino worked some magic on the fenders and tank. Seeing this bike come together piece by piece was exciting leaving a spark from the days where it all started. Jim Fox is another key individual who came on board playing a vital role more notably in the end so it made it on time to the Handbuilt Show showroom floor. Feedback on the bike has been pheonominal over the past year most importantly from Woody himself. Creating something not only unique but meaningful to our customer was a really cool opportunity to be presented with. We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or via our IG page @austinmotoworks.
The Hand Built show is all wrapped up but we are still buzzing from it. The weekend couldn't of gone any better thanks to Revival Cycles and their hard work. Check out a few photos of our bike along with a few others that really caught our eyes.
We just had some 12x18" posters made for the shop and are incredibly stoked how they turned out. They are available for $3 if you would like to have one hanging on your wall. Email or come by to pick one up.
Here's some eyecandy from our last years build we did for the Handbuilt Show. Look for a thourough post about this bike soon and looking forward to seeing everyone at this years show.
This beautiful 1966 BMW R50/2 was brought to us by Georgia Anne who wanted to get it back on the road in original condition after 20 years of storage. Georgia put some miles on this bike back in the day as well as kept it decently stored making this total refurb an exciting project to take on getting Georgia back on the road for another chapter of memories.
We did a complete refurb on the R50/2 checking every system throughly and either refurbishing where permitted or replacing any bad parts. Luckily replacing original parts on bikes like these is minimal due to the quality they were manufactured at and we were able to send this out the door with about 80% original parts. New brakes, wheel bearings, re spoked wheels and complete engine rebuild to name a few things we did to the bike. The paint on the frame is the same coat it left the factory with but we did have to re paint the tank and fenders due to some aftermarket modification done at some point in its life. Seeing this bikes like this back on the road in near off the lot condition is something we strive for. With that said we are very happy with the end result and hopefully Georgia Anne is too.
A nice upgrade for an Airhead. The Dyna III electronic ignition timing system is a "set and forget" alternative to worn out mechanical breakers. $225 plus install or plus shipping.