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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bigfella View Post
    Paula's new boyfriend rides an Africa Twin. We did the Kulnura loop yesterday. About a half of the roads were damp to wet, but we didn't encounter rain.

    The very machine I waved under his nose the other day. I saw a flash one at the dealer...

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    I dug out my old 1959 R26 BMW from the depths of my garage today. The last time it ran was 1992. I am the third owner. My brother gave me this bike in 1972 while I was in college. It was my everyday ride for many years. My brother bought this bike from an older gentleman who brought it over from Germany.

    I gave it a quick rinse with the hose. The paint etc. is all original, except the gas tank which I foolishly repainted myself while in college.

    I need to replace the battery, and fill the gas tank. I am sure it will fire-up. I carefully drained that gas tank and carb when I put it away. The compression and everything else mechanical seems OK. I will provide an update when it gets back on the road.





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    Look forward to hearing how she runs.
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    Sure was taking it easy with that sidecar.

    That R26 is sweet. I'd love one as a town bike..
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    Pushrods. . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bigfella View Post
    Sure was taking it easy with that sidecar.

    That R26 is sweet. I'd love one as a town bike..
    Probably likes his horse.
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    Not sure how to share video, but hope this works..

    After changing the oil, installing new battery and fresh gas, it started!!

    Last edited by timber_cruiser; 06-16-2018 at 01:23 PM.

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    That's just fabulous. Do please fit new tyres before any decent length ride. Those old tyres and tubes will have about a quarter of the strength left in the rubber.... if that. I've had an old tube blow on me at speed. It ain't fun.
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    A lovely machine ! About old rubber, that happened to me once but slowly fortunately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timber_cruiser View Post
    Not sure how to share video, but hope this works..

    After changing the oil, installing new battery and fresh gas, it started!!

    yes! Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bigfella View Post
    Frame is from a /2, not a /6. Looks like a bitsa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timber_cruiser View Post
    Not sure how to share video, but hope this works..

    After changing the oil, installing new battery and fresh gas, it started!!

    Did I notice a couple of hose clamps and a some sort of connector/tube on the left side of the frame? That's just about where there is a weak point of the frame. You often see frame failures on R26s in just that area. That's something unexpected on a vintage BMW but I couldn't tell if your bike had that somewhat typical failure based on the hose clamps alone.
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    Lew, You are right, there is a leather pad clamped to the frame where the kick starter may hit the frame if you give an energetic kick. I think this had a rubber pad at one time.

    I plan to through the bike carefully and replace rubber components, especially the tubes and tires.

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    I had an R26 when I was in school. Don't ask when that was! It had the same fracture in the same place. You'll want to organize a proper repair for it as it flexes under stress and makes the bike's handling very wonky and unreliable to say the least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew Barrett View Post
    Frame is from a /2, not a /6. Looks like a bitsa.
    BITSA for sure - the /2 had the camshaft above the crank - that engine has the camshaft below the crank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew Barrett View Post
    Frame is from a /2, not a /6. Looks like a bitsa.
    Just a bit....





    I suspect that low headlight wouldn't pass muster with the fuzz here.
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    back to motorbikes that just look right. . .
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    back to motorbikes that just look right. . .
    Indeed it does.
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    My favourite British bike , a Velo Venom.

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    Strange lines on the exhaust. Not a fan of disk wheels. Overall, looks good.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    The great Stanley Woods and his Husqvarna in 1934

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    so is that tank seam peened?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    so is that tank seam peened?
    It looks a bit dodgy, eh?
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    so is that tank seam peened?
    It kind of look like a crazy, fat stack of dimes, to me. Maybe just robust welds?

    Either way, devilish grin.

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    extra points for the pushrod v twin though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    extra points for the pushrod v twin though
    Those are holders for “victory cigars”.

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    Those rare diesel KLR 650's...

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    Up for auction right now. I understand there are two.

    https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...1&acctid=11578
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    ^ Awesome! Someone other than me finally posted it. I'd love one, thank you very much.

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    IIRC one of those held the Craig Vetter fuel economy record over the last few years. A Haynes diesel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    IIRC one of those held the Craig Vetter fuel economy record over the last few years. A Haynes diesel?
    They hold the land speed record for a diesel motorcycle, for what that's worth.
    http://www.dieselmotorcycles.com/
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    there's a land speed record category for anything and everything
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Alldays Matchless....

    Note the goldie scrambler in he background.
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