Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Passing the time till summer

Some of you may know, my dad has a strong interest in BMW motorcycles. He's taught me a lot about what I now know and appreciate about motorcycles. His first bike was a 1972 BMW R75/5 and while that bike is long gone, his collection has grown decades later.

I feel very fortunate that this love of BMWs has blessed me with a winter project this year...


I'll obviously have my furniture design/build businesses: J Ryde Visuals, and Saint Furniture, but just in case you were wondering how else I'm passing the rainy months in Portland you can get a sneak peak of a beautiful new ride he bestowed on me this last Thanksgiving: a 1972 BMW R75/5 restoration. Definitely something to be VERY thankful for.


There's a hefty backstory to this bike. Not the Slash Five in general. I mean, sure, this motorcycle deserves some in-depth discussion into just how amazing of a bike it really is. BMW hit a home-run with this one... But that's not what I mean. This specific bike carries a lot of significance for both me and my dad. Suffice it to say it's a restoration that's been a decade in the making and a damn big deal that I get to be the one to finish it. You better believe I'll do it right.

A lot of the work has already been done by my dad:


My efforts will be spent doing an initial/semi-final assembly, and making sure it still fires back up. Once it's back on the road and singing like a bird I'll start a list of customizations to start on next fall. I hope to have a summer of riding in on the bike before I tear back into it. Honestly I don't think it'll take much. It's already shaping up to be one hellova sexy ride.

I've also been very fortunate to have some solid help with the restoration work so far. On top of all the work my dad put into it over the years, my good friend Curtis has been invaluable with the installation of the wiring harness. My sweet shop pup, Juniper, has also been lending a keen eye to our progress, and she's done an exceptional job breaking down the cardboard boxes for recycling.


Find me on Instagram for more photos of the bike in progress: @j_ryde

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