Matt's BMW




Some people do things the easy way. Some people don't. Some people listen to their mates when they say 'Nah you don't want to do that. Some people never listen, they just go their own sweet way. Some people get an idea into their heads and just won't let go. Some people..... Take Matt now. A nicer chappie you couldn't wish to meet, easy going, friendly and all that but pig headed or what?! I mean what sort of bloke picks a BMW to hack about? When he first came up with the idea about four years ago you'd have thought the reactions of his mates would have put him off right then and there, but no, he had to do it his way. I put it down to the copious quantities of sherry (sherry?) he seems to consume. That sort of thing can seriously affect your judgment.            Anyway, having conceived the idea there was no dissuading the poor soul, and he proceeded to hunt around for a suitable donor vehicle. for suitable read 'cheap' becuase it was going to be constructed on a extremely tight budget. Eventually, six months or so later , thanks to Thumper and Patch, a somehat dog eared R80/7 was located, and to the sound of sniggers and taking of urine substances, Matt wheeled it and its accompanying oil leaks away,and sat back to contemplate the task ahead.


 Pretty soon there was a large pile of  'No' and a smaller pile marked 'Yes'. Trouble was there wasn't enough in the 'Yes' pile to constitute a viable so a list (A long List), had to be made of 'Things needed'. In the Interests of both economy and ecology, recycled parts where going to be used wherever possible, with the exception of the engine and running gear, so Matt knew that this wasn't any short term project, but there was much that could be done while the slow process of locating bits continued. Time to enlist some help.... 
Martin, He of the unfeasibly large red thing (don't ask) stepped forward with his trusty hacksaw and procceded to chop the subframe into tiny pieces and re-assemble it ito something more to Matt's tastes, so that the frame and other assorted parts could be despatched to Mick and Phil painting and powder coating. Black. Very Black. Over the next eighteen months or so, with the assistance of Mr. James Sherlock's Emporium of used BMW parts. to the discerning gentlefolk of South Molton and the very wonderful DJ Motorcycles in Exeter, Parts were aquired, the engine reconditioned using R100 internals , the gearbox rebuilt, and an R100 final drive installed, along with R100 wheels.     
Various other BMW bits from R80's R65/45's also found their place on the bike. BMW's are a little like Harleys in that many parts are interchangeable between models, always useful, (they're also a quarter of the price of  Harley parts - even more useful). In fact, one Harley part did find its way onto the bike, the tank is a 1974 Roadster item - you know, the one that everybody junks in favour of Sportster or Fatbobs - and I reckon it looks just right. Friends rallied round and donated more parts and skills. A trailer mudguard was cut and welded to shape at the back, while the standard front guard was used at the front (logically enough). A pair of stainless header pipes were mated to aftermarket tapered mufflers and not painted black just for a change. When it came down to the electrickery bits, in line with the recycling policy an MG car was robbed of its wiring loom, which was then cannibalized for the necessary wiry bits. I must admit that wiring a bike has always seemed a bit of an esoteric art to me, I live with a constant nagging doubt that one night when I'm barreling around some twisty country lane. I'm suddenly going to be plunged into pitch darkness 'caus dodgy circuit I'v cobbled up finally gives up the ghost.

But I digress (its my age you know). When, finally, after two long years - just in time for the South West Custom and Classic Show - Matt wheeled the Beemer out of the shed, fired it up and exposed it to the scrutiny of his peers, all the months of enduring, good natured jeering and windups must have been well worth it, because no-one could deny that it really is a little gem, looking like it could have rolled out of the Bavarian factory in the 1950's Like I said, some people don't listen to other folk's, some people just do their own thing and some people get it right. 

Nice one, Matt


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