This is it. This is THE bike that my childhood day dreams were built around. This THE biike that got me into dirt bikes when
I was a kid - and it is THE reason I now own a Dakar.
It is a one owner 1976 R60/6. That one owner is my Dad. This
is the first thing him and my Mom bought new as newly weds. This is the bike that I used to run down the driveway to meet,
when I heard him coming up the block returning from work, and hope that I got a ride back up. It is the bike I used to sit on
in the garage and make the BRRRoooooommmmmmm noise as I twisted the fun grip - and I imagined all the places I'd go on it.
Well now is the time to pass the torch. My Dad has "decided to let you have the Beemer son" and I just can't wait to
finally ride it.
Now I say finally ride it because, despite the fact that I have been riding motorcycles for over
10 years, the planets have yet to align in such a way that I can take the bike for more than just a spin around the block. As
it currently sits it has not been ridden in more then 10/15 years. It has been started, it has been taken for a quick spin -
but it has not been RIDDEN. It has been garage kept [unheated] w/ a cover all that time. No fluid changes, no regularly
scheduled maintenance - nothing. But before the great slumber it was my Dad's almost daily commuter and was very well taken
It has the Windjammer fairing and the carbs have made the trip to Capitol Cycles back in the day, but
other then that my dad can't find his folder of reciepts and records. So for arguments sake, and the fact that it needs a
little spring cleaning anyways, let's just assume that nothing maintenance wise has been done.
So I guess my
question is this........ where do I start? How can I bring my childhood idol back to life?
First things first -
tires. What do most of you guys run? It has a conti on the front and a dunlop on the rear and both need to be replaced.
Next is fluids - anything special? I know this is even worse then the "which tire" question - but what oil are most
of you guys running? Do I need to drop the pan and give it a good flush? How about lead additive - anyone better then the
I guess my main issues are the unknown unknowns - what don't I know to look for, check and replace. What
needs attention, lube and love?
Should I go whole hog and start replacing all the cables and bearings and points,
and other things that "work" but are about as old as I am?
Where are the sources on typical airhead
revitalization procedures? [I know "search" and google" are my friends - and I will be doing plenty of both - it is just this
is the fist place I turned and I figured asking the locals for directions will beat wandering around with a map any day]
Also I live in southeastern CT and he and the bike live in eastern Long Island NY. Any good shop recommendations. We
are both mechanically inclined [replaced head gaskets on cars, stripped down the Dakar to engine and frame this past winter,
rebuilt my 2 strokes every winter when I was a kid, ect........] but sometimes it is just nice to bounce an idea or problem
off of a knowledgeable wrench, also having a trained set of eyes to look things over at the end would be worth a couple of
So...... before anyone gives me any grief - I will post pictures on Monday. I will be visiting them this
weekend and will pull the bike out and snap a few shots to give this thread a proper start.
I will either
document my work here or start a new thread, but for now I would just appreciate some input and advice.