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    Default I could only afford half an E30

    Hey ya'll!

    I know Stance Works is tailored towards cars but I can't afford four 3-piece wheels or 6 cylinders so I figured I'd just snag two of both and try to make something from it!
    Hopefully ya'll accept me. That's all I've ever wanted in life...


    So last year I blew all of my tax return this 1983 BMW R80. Like any other responsible adult would do. I've been ridding it around for the past year and I'm finally ready to throw some money at it. So this is my attempt to build something cool while simultaneously joining the Hells Angels. Well maybe not the last part.


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    Don't tell my mom I bought a motorcycle. She'd be pissed.
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    Will this be some sort of "stancebike"?
    If so, I'm in!

    Please just don't "caferacer kit" it out like everyone does nowadays

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fruttolo View Post
    Will this be some sort of "stancebike"?
    If so, I'm in!

    Please just don't "caferacer kit" it out like everyone does nowadays
    It'll sit fender lip by next groundhogs day.
    Just kidding. No kit for this bike. It'll be a one off.
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    Jealous, has so much potential!

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    I'll be keeping an eye on this one, such a gorgeous bike. I'd love have a project like this some day


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    First thing I had to do was get rid of that awful faux-carbon stripe.
    Who ever put it on, painted around it so I had to sand down the lip between the tank and the black paint that was already there. Then I laid down black vinyl to temporarily make the bike seem as seamless as possible.
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    So I loaded my bike into a buddies trusty ole stead and brought it to my friend Jake's house. Jake is the owner and creator of The Flying Dutchman Co.
    He is going to be the one to help me make/weld a new custom subframe to the bike for a different seat and new exhaust brackets.

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    And here is a quick mock up of how it'll more or less look!

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    ooooh this is cool. i just picked up a 1980 Suzuki gs850 my self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Norwegian View Post
    ooooh this is cool. i just picked up a 1980 Suzuki gs850 my self.
    Dude that's rad!! You gonna do anything with it?! Vintage bikes are a blast
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    So we started removing the rear subframe and battery tray

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    Nothin like drinking a light American styled Mexican lager while working on a European bike!

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    Not to much dialog here. Just good ole fashion beer drinking and cuttin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachbox View Post
    Dude that's rad!! You gonna do anything with it?! Vintage bikes are a blast
    im going to take off all the unnecessary weight, and build it more cafe racer like

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    That Bike is beautiful. Several of those pictures are worth being my pc wallpaper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Norwegian View Post
    im going to take off all the unnecessary weight, and build it more cafe racer like
    That's rad dude, PM me some photos!

    Quote Originally Posted by Atomicgarage View Post
    That Bike is beautiful. Several of those pictures are worth being my pc wallpaper!
    Ha well I appreciate it. Truth be told I have no idea what I'm doing but finger's crossed it'll turn out half decent!
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    As of right now I'm waititing for new tabs for the subframe to be cut so the seat can finally be installed.

    To still move forward on the bike, I swapped out the chrome headlight bezel for a black one
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    And while that was going on, Jake helped me lower the front end by cutting two inches off the front!

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    and this is what it'll roughly look like once I get the seat installed

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    This is starting to look really good, love it

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    Looked so good at Bimmerfest dude!
    Ol Dirty Bastard - RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Norwegian View Post
    This is starting to look really good, love it
    Thanks dude, I really appreciate it!!

    Quote Originally Posted by theseeker411 View Post
    Looked so good at Bimmerfest dude!
    Thanks CJ!
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    With all the parts back from the water jet, its ready to be finally attached and welded together

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    So I'm not too sure on how I want my turn signals to look but I figured since it's a BMW, they aren't very important. I figured a tail light and brake light is semi important so I pulled the trigger on this little LED tail light from Prism Motor Cycle and Supply!

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    I also got some hand me down Koni shocks for the rear which I'm pretty stoked on since they are black and will bring everything together better.
    Plus I'm sure they are a hell of a lot better than my old OEM ones that have who knows how many miles.

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    i really like the seat frame, thats some good craftsmanship

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    So the seat is on!

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    next is to move the battery, make new exhaust brackets, and some smaller things!
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    So I got off my lazy ass and got the seat's subframe powder coated black to match the rest of the back

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    Also shortened and redirected the muffler brackets, hid the battery underneath the transmission, and put a cover plate between the tank and seat to clean up the gap a tad

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    looking great man, one of these literally slipped between my fingers a few weeks ago. still sore about it

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    looks great! but wont the battery get a little hot being so close to the exhaust?

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    I've never been a huge bike guy if I'm being honest, but hot damn does this make me reconsider that. Beautiful work, absolutely stunning bike. That seat is a work of art.

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    Damn, this looks great, now I want one to build myself!

    Quote Originally Posted by The Norwegian View Post
    looks great! but wont the battery get a little hot being so close to the exhaust?
    I have the same doubt, but I think for weight distribution it's the best place.

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    Serious bit of me this is. What an awesome looking bike
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