Tuesday, October 11, 2016

October Newsletter

Dear Vintage BMW Friends,

They say time flies when you're having fun. Well that must explain this summer. I can't believe it is already Halloween, but on the other hand, when I look back over my photos for the summer, there was a lot of fun stuff in there!


The summer started off with The Quail Motorcycle Gathering.  I was fortunate enough to be able to bring my friend and mentor Joe Groeger and his 1939 R71.  He really got a kick out being at the show and I was so happy he was able to enjoy the day.

I've been thinking of running my R68 at Bonneville next year.  So Mr. Day and I rode out to the salt flats to check out the scene.  It was awesome!   Check out the video below. 

I met the fine gents from Baloo Racing, France who are campaigning their turbo boxer.

While out in Utah, I rode over to my friend Roy Reynold's (of Reynold's Ride-off stands fame, and a living legend in the vintage BMW community) house in Salt Lake and bought his entire collection of tools, documents and NOS parts from the BMW dealership he used to own.  A fantastic collection of stuff and I am truly indebted to Roy for his friendship and support of Scottie's Workshop.


Scottie's Workshop wishes to thank the many wonderful customers who are not pictured below, and those that are:

Scottie's rebuilt Neil's BMW 700cc top end.  What a lovely machine!

Steven and his lovely R60/2 (Top end with new pistons)

Gary R.'s R60US (Duchess Restoration including Glasurit Granada and stripes by Scottie's Workshop)

Ted's R69S (Major chassis service, slinger job with new rings, 336' cam and tune)

Tony's 1969 R69S (in the shop for a full restoration)

Gary C.'s R60US (Scottie's built the motor, transmission and final drive and wheels for this bike and Gary built the bike. He brought it in for us to perform a safety check and first start and tune up. Great job Gary!)

Mario's R25/3 (Service II and front fork rebuild)


Scottie's has a bunch of vintage BMWs available for sale. If you are interested in any of the bikes and would like more details, call me at 408-475-BMW6.

1. 1968 BMW R60/2 - Duchess #4 is available for sale. Powerdynamo 12v electronic ignition, Scottie's brake upgrade. Bike is brand new and has less than 100 miles on the odometer.  Asking $21,000. 

1968 R60/2

1968 R60/2

1968 R60/2

2. 1975 BMW R90S - The feedback about the first Daytona Orange Glasurit paint job to come out of Scottie's Workshop has been positive.  Personally, I love it!  

Painting Room

1975 R90S in Glasurit Daytona by Scottie's Workshop

I took the R90S on a 4-day, 1400 mile ride through northern California and Nevada about a month ago. The bike was a dream to ride and I turned it over to 23,000 miles. If you have ever wanted a very nice R90S, this is the one to get. Start packing for your adventure!  The bike includes all of the original documentation, keys (barrel, folding and flat), new stainless pipes, Gustafsen screen and service records back to zero miles, very nice Krauser bags (with keys and Rokstraps). It runs strong and has zero issues.  I'm asking $15,000. 

Suspension bridge on Mosquito Road near Placerville CA

Jen and Jason are very excited about breakfast in Quincy CA

3. 1965 BMW R60/2.  Duchess #5 is a Turf green R60/2. Features a Scottie's front brake upgrade and restored Weinmann aluminum rims.  The Albert bar end mirrors can be swapped out for a more traditional mirror if preferred. This machine has very low miles and is being offered by the owner through Scottie's Workshop. Asking $21,000. 

Duchess #5

Christmas yet?

Scottie test rides the Turf green R60/2

4. 1967 R60/2 "The Gray Ghost" - Two weeks ago Karin and I took the Gray Ghost up the coast to Point Arena for a two-day ride. We put on about 550 miles trouble-free miles riding two-up. The Powerdynamo 12v electronic ignition provided easy starts, and the fresh engine build (with a fresh crank) provided adequate power for easy two-up riding with luggage. Considering the extra weight when touring, having the dual disc front brake was very reassuring. I'd like to find a nice home for this "Ultimate Vintage Touring Machine". If the pinstripe flames are not your thing, I can buff them off. Asking $16,500. 

The Inn at Point Arena CA

5.  800cc Bobber Conversion - Mr. Day rode this baby blue machine on the Moto Melee and enjoyed every second.  Powered by a blacked out 800cc boxer modified with Dual Plugged heads, Powerdynamo ignition and charging system, airbox delete and K&N air filters, kickstart 5 speed, shorty pipes, dual headlamps and a vintage Indian tractor seat. A bad ass ride for a bad ass rider!  Asking $11,500. 

Scott gets ready for an adventure

6. 1977 CB750F Cafe Racer -  Full rebuilt engine and trans with a Wiseco 836cc kit.  I am proud of some of the custom bits we fabricated for this machine, such as the triple tree, bodywork and modified 836cc motor.  Dual 1 liter oil filters act as an oil reservoir for the dry sump.  I'm asking $11,500. 

Honda Cafe Racer by Scottie's

Custom triple tree

Custom bodywork and tail lamp.

I found a few "barn finds" this summer, too!   

Poor baby.

Oooh!  What do we have here?

Has sunk 3" into the garden!

In an effort to get them to market with the lowest prices possible, I will be performing light servicing on these machines to make them safe and enjoyable to ride. 

7. 1968 R60/2 Barnfind. The first one to be available will be this matching numbers 1968 R60/2.   We are currently waking up this lovely old BMW with a chassis lube, Service II, new battery, & fresh tires. It will be sold safe to ride as is. It's currently running great with good compression and the crank sounds quiet and healthy. Restore it, or enjoy the fabulous patina. Asking $5500. 

1968 R60/2

I have the following machines available through consignment: 



R50/2 Cafe Racer



R69S Custom Military Theme


If you are interested in any of the other motorcycles listed here, call me at 408-475-BMW6 ! 

From all of us at Scottie's Workshop, thank you and we hope you have an awesome ride! 

Best regards, 


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

High Comfort & High Performance shocks for /2

Scottie's Workshop is pleased to announce that we have recently upgraded to using Disogrin seals on all our new shock absorbers. Disogrin seals are extremely durable and you can read about them here

In the past, we had been using Viton seals, which are already very good seals. 

Also new is the availability of heavy weight shock oil for sidecar and racing applications.  Shock oil option must specified at the time of order.   

Scottie's Workshop shocks for /2 were created to address the shortcomings of the current choices: Boges are soft at low speed, but wallow at greater than 65 mph, whereas the Koni's are somewhat the opposite: hard at low speeds and better at high speeds. 

Scottie's Workshop shocks for /2 are handmade in California with an aluminum body, Disogrin seals, much thicker chromed shaft, and are fully rebuildable. 

The dampening is soft and low speeds and firmer at higher speeds. I have eliminated the "mini doughnut" cushions in favor of a high compliance progressive natural rubber conically shaped bumper. 

I have been really pleased with the performance of these shocks on my /2 both around town and on high speed long distance runs. Customers have reported that their bikes feel "like new"! 

Each set (2 front and 2 rear) are $800 per set, plus shipping. Call the shop at 408-475-2696 for more info.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

For Sale: 1974 R90S fresh paint, low miles, original documentation

There was a time when BMW was the kind of motoring company that celebrated its achievements by producing pinnacle models delivering cutting edge design and performance, while also redefining the Art of Motoring.  The 328, 501, 2002, 3.0CSL, M3 and M5. This is the stuff that dreams are made of. BMW has also celebrated its achievements in motorcycling as well: the R68, R90S...  tell me the BMW K1 isn't saying "Hey Mom, I'm doing ok. Thanks for everything. This one's for you."  

It's in the those moments when BMW reaches into your heart. Who can't look at a 1973 BMW 2002tii and say, "I really want that." 

I want that.

When it comes to iconic BMW motorcycles, I want, I want.  I want an R68. I want an R69S. I want a K1. 

But above all I want R90S.  In Daytona. 

It is the bike that rocked the motorcycle world in 1974. Performance. Looks. It had everything. Even a clock. No matter what the R90S says to you, you can hear it loud and clear.

So when I had the opportunity to buy a 1975 R90S, I jumped at the opportunity. This is one of those bikes that you might only have the opportunity of buying once in a lifetime so when I rolled up to the seller's home with my tow rig, it didn't take me long before I knew I had to buy it. Although the bike appeared in "worse for wear" condition, it started right up and I rode it down the street.  It rode straight and ran nice. I could feel the big pulse of the jugs alternating left and right, the transmission had a decidedly solid cluck into each gear and the front end was solid, no wiggle or shudder from bent forks or frame, loose wheel bearings or a bad steering bearing. The bike was straight.  

I settled into the Corbin canyon saddle. In the dash, external fuses and a single toggle switch were the only modifications. The clock was ticking. I flipped the toggle switch to discover a Kissan headlamp modulator was wired into the headlamp. I rolled on the throttle and the unmistakable torque and grunt of the 900cc twin broke the rear wheel loose. I backed off. The tires were old and hard.

I rode the bike back to give it a look over. As the pipes tinked and pinked, I could see they were smashed along the right hand side along with the valve cover, handlebar lever and fairing. "I low sided it coming off 101S at 237," the seller said. It was only a few months after he had purchased the bike from his father in law. The seller went on to describe how he admired his father in law's bike, and the high degree of meticulous care he took in its maintenance. Then the crash a few years back and he stopped riding it.

Looking closer I see now a Dyna booster ignition with dual Dyna coils and dual spark heads. "San Jose BMW did that work back in the 80's." the seller said. There is also a San Jose triple tree clamp and fork brace. "I have the receipts and all my father in law's maintenance notes since '0' miles." 

"Oh, here's the key to the Krauser luggage. They have been used very little. My father in law kept them on the shelf and so did I."

Oh this is getting good. 

The bodywork was in need of a paint, the front fairing needed to be repaired. It needed all new rubber, a full Service II, paint and stripes  "Maybe a few other things, like a full set of Keihan stainless pipes, Glasurit paint, complete gauge cluster refurbishment by Palo Alto Speedometer, an Odyssey battery, pristine fiberglass bodywork from Boxerworks, and..."

Stay tuned here for more updates. This 1974 R90S (along with the Krauser bags and all the original documentation) is for sale.  $15,000. Call Scottie for details. 

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Narakorn's R11

Narakorn's R11

Narakorn from Thailand purchased the R11 that we had for sale a while back. We are going to give this bike a full mechanical treatment to transform it into a fun rider before shipping it to its new home halfway round the world. On the list is a full chassis service, new carburetor, new seat cover, new rear brake linings, new handlebar controls, and more. Stay tuned for updates to this fun project!