During the 2012 winter months Grass Roots rebuilt a 1978 R60/7 Cafe Racer.
Grass Root's highly-trained technicians are capable of minor repairs to complete restorations of classic BMWs.
The foundation of the build- 1978 R60/7.
The bike is in good shape with 26,000 miles.
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Jan. 5,2012- Tear down of the bike has gone well. The bike and its components are in good shape. As of right now the bike is just a roller with engine removed. During the process we discovered a mouse house!
Jan.13,2012- Engine removal has begun! The engine's overall condition is excellent. Tolerances were within spec and internals looked great. Along with general cleaning, fresh seals, gaskets, and rings on the pistons the cylinder walls will be Nikasil coated .
Jan. 24,2012- The transmission rebuild is going great. It was completely disassembled and cleaned. All seals were replaced and internal parts inspected. The case was then painted black. The video below shows some of the reassembly process by Dave Bork, guru vintage BMW mechanic.
Feb. 8, 2012
With the transmission finished attention is now focused on the body, frame and controls. A fiber glass rear section has been added. This piece is made by Boxer Cafe. Along with the rear section, Woodcraft clip ons and a Tarizzo fork brace were installed.
We have received the cylinders from the plater, and the engine is almost fully assembled. The plating work is top notch along with the cleaned pistons. The block, cylinders, and heads will be sprayed black. Notice the natural color of the metal on the fins. The head light has received some attention as well. Jamie did away with the old bucket mounts and it now sports some minimalist headlight brackets. To round up this update the suspension will be getting some lowering springs in the forks and fresh springs and shocks out back by Progressive Suspension.
March 5, 2012
It has been sometime since we have done an up date but there has been progression on the project. Currently the frame, swing arm, fork legs, final drive, and hubs have been painted. Jamie did an excellent job on these items. The wheels have been powder coated black and laced up with new spokes. They look really sharp! The build is progressing nicely and engine and transmission installation is right around the corner.
Mar. 22, 2012
The bike is coming along great. Engine is assemble and looks excellent! This video is of Dave Bork installing the left cylinder and head completing the rebuild. There is still work to be done but this project is nearing completion.
The finished bike!
Special thanks to Jamie Wills, Dave Bork, and the Grass Roots staff