Wednesday, October 20, 2010

1973 BMW R60/5 CUSTOM

1973 BMW R60/5 Custom Job

I started building this bike a year ago with one thing in mind - minimalism.
I didnt want anything extra, much in lines of a race bike but with a twist with the inspiration of a 47' Panhead and some Japper bikes. I wasnt sure if I could pull it off - I knew I could make it, but would it look good...

Engine, year and make, model, modifications:
1973 R60/5 Stock engine, new Mikuni carbs (why do they call Bing carburetors Bing? Because its the sound they make hitting the trash can), air box removed and replaced with K&N's

Stock with Por 15 and semi gloss top coat - literally tougher than powder coat.

Stock shortened 2"

Chassis mods:
Sub frame shortened and poder coated, reinforced.

Tire/wheel size and style:
Stock / powder coated, new stainless spokes

New Thunderchild Diode board, Dyna III ignition, Brand new Cloth wiring throughout the bike, New Ignition switch -

I left many stock parts, just modded the shit out of them, one thing is for sure, BMW has some pretty nifty stuff that just needs a bit of help to make great. I had a custom Battery tray made from solid billet as well a custom one of a kind tail light. I cut down the handle bar levers and re-shaped them, cut the forks down, rebuilt the wheels, made a custom steering stabilizer, started fresh and re-wired the entire bike to a custom application based off of racing BMW's, Cut the headlight ears down and put a bates headlight can on and replaced the lens with a vintage yellow lamp, Powder Coated almost everything that could be powder coated, Cut down a 30 yr old 2/1 Luftmeister racing exhaust system and place a custom baffle in the muffler, did an antique polish on the engine covers and casted alloy parts that I like to call vintage aviation style and made a custom alloy based seat.

Im sure there is more, just cant remember right now. Bike is available for viewing, dont waste my time, no tire kickers, bring a sixer of Micro beer for wasting my time.

All parts can and will be duplicated for you do it your self kind of people.

I will take partial trades - pre 1981 Goldwing, Pre 1973 CB350, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Nortons and Triumph Triples - watcha got?

I can build you a bike like this one. Email me and I will give you a quote.


  1. Nice guide thank you!/ I love it! very creative! That's actually really cool Thanks.

    Custom Exhausts

  2. I love that bike. Just out of curiosity, is that bike for sale? Also, where are you located?

  3. Its already been sold - sorry!
    I can build another if your really interested. Im in Temecula CA and you can get a hold of me at:

  4. I have to say this is one of the best looking bikes I have ever seen. Always been an old car guy and never really cared about bikes but this has made me rethink that. I am currently looking for a BMW so I can send it to you. Great F*&^%ing Work!

  5. Thanks jeremy,

    Look forward to building your dream machine - If your serious I may have a BMW for you!

  6. I too have an R60/5 and the Bing's were recently stolen (long story). Which model of Mikuni's did you put on your bike and how do like them?


  7. Beautiful - really well done and inspiring, to say the least. Speaking of which, care to divulge the source of the seat vinyl? Looking for something just like it and having a devil of a time locating it! Am based in the UK and fiddling a bitsa 1982 R100.


    - Bob

  8. Thank you! I made the seat pan, then I shaped the foam and took it to a local hot rod guy with a sketch and directions on how I wanted it.

  9. thanks terry - think i'll need to do the same!

  10. Great job, that bike is really sick !! What kind of gas tank, and of shock absorber is it ? Thanks.

  11. Thx
    Stock Toaster tank and the rear shocks are some Italian jobs that were made back in the 80's for race bikes. They worked pretty darn well for the money I must add!

  12. Terry, great looking bike. I am customising a R80 at the moment, Cain ask how you lowered the forks by 2"?