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The R80 Kitchen Special

A 1987 R80 that I bought as an accident victim with the intention of fitting it with 1000cc barrels and pistons in order to make a fast bike on the cheap. It's a conversion I heard about from the pages of the The Journal, the monthly magazine of the UK BMW Club, in an article by Paul Binswanger, the Bins of Moto-Bins. He'd done it to his G/S and then toured South Africa on it.

The bike was left parked in the street outside my apartment building for about a year under a cover while I wondered how to go about stripping it and rebuilding it. I lived in a tiny apartment on the 4th floor of a building with one 4-person-at-a-squeeze lift. A few beers solved the problem one sweaty Tokyo night in August 2001 - I was drinking with the Yellow Brothers, Yuichi and Takashi Shibuya, subsequently airhead riders both, and wondering alound where to do the work when Takashi suggested standing it on its end and taking it up in the lift. We went and measured the bike and the lift and found that it would fit if we took the front end off. Drunk, sweating and laughing we managed it. Over the next few months I rebuilt it in my kitchen. It's called the Kitchen Special, or the R80KS for short, in honour this

These are photos I took at the time and since as the bike has developed..
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The dirty lump in the beginning
The dirty lump in the beginning
Same as previous but with flash
Same as previous but with flash
Looking from my bedroom into the kitchen - the front door is in front of the bike
Looking from my bedroom into the kitchen - the front door is in front of the bike
View from outside my front door
View from outside my front door
View from my office
View from my office
View from deeper in my office
View from deeper in my office
Vroom vroom
Vroom vroom
More vroom vroom
More vroom vroom
Waiting a gearbox
Waiting a gearbox
The Surefoot sidestand fitted
The Surefoot sidestand fitted
The Surefoot sidestand extended
The Surefoot sidestand extended
The KS in my Kitchen
The KS in my Kitchen
Getting there
Getting there
Sito silencers but for wrong model
Sito silencers but for wrong model
Nice wrench
Nice wrench
In preparation for removal - off with its front forks to start with
In preparation for removal - off with its front forks to start with
Yuko and Takashi helping remove the forks
Yuko and Takashi helping remove the forks
The crew - Minoru (R80ST), Takashi (R80G/S), Yuichi (R65) and me
The crew - Minoru (R80ST), Takashi (R80G/S), Yuichi (R65) and me
Out through the front door
Out through the front door
The empty kitchen
The empty kitchen
Getting it into the lift
Getting it into the lift
Standing it up
Standing it up
Minoru the Hero - there's only room for one with the bike and he's the one
Minoru the Hero - there's only room for one with the bike and he's the one
Down a few steps into the building entrance
Down a few steps into the building entrance
Up a few steps to street level
Up a few steps to street level
Cheers and Otsukaresama deshita!
Cheers and Otsukaresama deshita!
The crew including Yuko
The crew including Yuko
Getting the forks back on
Getting the forks back on
Buttoning up
Buttoning up
A quick fondle
A quick fondle
Now show me yours...
Now show me yours...
I think the rear is twisted
I think the rear is twisted
With a Bagster tank cover
With a Bagster tank cover
At Tsukuba Circuit
At Tsukuba Circuit
With Motoco bum-stop seat, Vincent and Yuko.  Vincent is about to borrow the bike while his is in pieces
With Motoco bum-stop seat, Vincent and Yuko. Vincent is about to borrow the bike while his is in pieces
The new indicators
The new indicators
Headlight bracket left
Headlight bracket left
Headlight bracket right
Headlight bracket right
RS Handlebars
RS Handlebars
Dick Casey-made yoke and ignition switch holder
Dick Casey-made yoke and ignition switch holder
Close up of bracket
Close up of bracket
Front end, Yuko's G/S is behind
Front end, Yuko's G/S is behind
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The Motoco painted and fitted/ rear too low
The Motoco painted and fitted/ rear too low
Bigger gap between mudguard and tyre
Bigger gap between mudguard and tyre
Rear raised by 3cms by means of custom made spacer
Rear raised by 3cms by means of custom made spacer
Close up of spacer
Close up of spacer
Close up of spacer 2
Close up of spacer 2
The custom made spacer
The custom made spacer
Rear of spacer
Rear of spacer
Motoco - 3/4 view
Motoco - 3/4 view
Motoco -rear view
Motoco -rear view
Motoco seat
Motoco seat
Motoco seat pad off and forward
Motoco seat pad off and forward
Motoco seat pad flipped upside down
Motoco seat pad flipped upside down
Motoco seat hump storage
Motoco seat hump storage
Seat hump storage with head cover for scale
Seat hump storage with head cover for scale
Original light relocated back
Original light relocated back
Seat bracket bolts to original rear lamp bracket
Seat bracket bolts to original rear lamp bracket
Front of seat has rubber  knob that fits into frame tube
Front of seat has rubber knob that fits into frame tube
Mr Koizumi saftey-wiring the KS
Mr Koizumi saftey-wiring the KS
KS on the lift
KS on the lift
Wired drain plug - engine
Wired drain plug - engine
Wheel nuts marked to show they haven't moved
Wheel nuts marked to show they haven't moved
Wired oil filter cover
Wired oil filter cover
Wired caliper bolts and axle lock nuts
Wired caliper bolts and axle lock nuts
Wired oil filter cover
Wired oil filter cover
Even the dipstick
Even the dipstick
Mr Daisaku, the man who made my suspension bracket, oil-catcher and paddock stand
Mr Daisaku, the man who made my suspension bracket, oil-catcher and paddock stand
Oil-catcher, front
Oil-catcher, front
Oil-catcher, right side
Oil-catcher, right side
Oil-catcher, rear right
Oil-catcher, rear right
Paddock stand
Paddock stand
Paddock stand in use
Paddock stand in use
Paddock stand in use 2
Paddock stand in use 2
Paddock stand in use 3
Paddock stand in use 3
Nose cowl attached
Nose cowl attached
Home made racing seat
Home made racing seat
Tank stop - foam taped on
Tank stop - foam taped on
Side view showing seat
Side view showing seat
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