Steve Ragamuffin BMW 1 Firstly; we are not the Boxer Scrambler Motorcycle Club... we can’t help it if they make great builds and everyone loves them... including us! This lovely 1976 R100s belongs to a dear friend of ours and a huge inspiration to everyone. We last featured a build by Steve, a CB750 in February where his story touched everyone that read it, in the feature we mentioned he had an airhead waiting to be finished and here it is. Steve Ragamuffin BMW 2 Being a Motor Engineer; Steve doesn’t just cut bits off and clamp parts on, he does a proper job, this said; he sourced an original condition, unmolested donor from an old chap in Devon, it still had the Gus Kuhn logo on the license plate (that was the dealer that supplied the bike back in ’76!). She was totally original and came with heated grips and Krauser panniers, it had a couple of oil leaks and the carburettors needed some tweaking, but all easily sorted for Steve. Steve Ragamuffin BMW 3 So first thing was to check and sort the motor; the bike was stripped, carbs rebuilt, the cylinder head and barrels were removed allowing the oil leak from the push rod seals to be addressed. New piston rings were fitted seeing as the barrels were already removed; she also received new push rod seals, top end gaskets and a rocker shaft on the left cylinder, following that, the usual service items were also taken care of and the electronic ignition and timing were set up correctly... job done! Steve Ragamuffin BMW 4 The R100 sub-frame was ditched for an R65 item which was shortened to gain the desired proportions. The wheels were coated in Satin Black before being dressed with aggressive Continental TKC80’ s. High rise Alloy mudguards suspend from custom made brackets; longer clutch, brake and throttle cables were made up to handle the extra width of the Greaves type scrambler bars, the wiring loom also needed extending to accommodate the bars. Steve Ragamuffin BMW 5 Steve wanted the R100 to be comfy, so he used 3 different grades of foam when building the seat. The petrol tank was stripped back to bare metal and was in remarkably good condition, it was then etch primed and powder coated with a super chrome finish which then had the decals applied and was lacquered and baked to give a durable finish. Steve Ragamuffin BMW 6 Stainless steel downpipes were wrapped, then sealed by a heatproof silicon to protect them and make it easy to clean; they are capped with a pair of upswept tulip pattern silencers which have removable baffles which have a nice deep but raspy tone to them with the baffles fitted; Steve hasn’t tried it without baffles yet... which would be at the top of the list of things to do for most of us! Steve Ragamuffin BMW 7 The scrambler look and sensibilities/legalities are sorted with custom chrome mini indicators, a small retro tail light and chrome headlight grill. We’ll let Steve summarise the ride: ‘the bike is an absolute pleasure to ride and handles surprisingly well on the road (once you get the feel for the knobbly tyres) and is pretty agile off road too considering the size of the bike. Being an early model, the bike has the slightly higher final drive ratio which makes cruising at motorway speeds effortless and the lighter weight that the bike now has make for pretty quick acceleration. Overall, I am very happy with the way the bike has turned out.’ And so you should be Steve, once again a great build and if you agree and fancy being the new owner of this totally on trend Beemer, it’s for sale, check out our classifieds HERE. Thanks for sharing with us Steve; we look forward to the next one...a V-Max right?
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