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1958 BMW R60

Plate-less

Classic Velocity

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It had been a while since the R60 had logged some road miles. This sunny fall day had started out with a plan to get a few different machines out for a short loop. However, a road called valley view beckoned, and the R60 helped to discover yet another twisty mountain road. It was a perfect medium speed ascent on shaded roads with a few hairpins thrown in for good measure. Vehicles were few and far between, although it did include a Subaru who looked like he was making an attempt on the Pikes Peak record.  

Eventually, the road transitioned to a descent which was just as entertaining. The road ended some miles later in a known rural artery that carried me back into town and back to the garage. It was then that I discovered that I had completed the entire ride without a license plate!! Somehow when replacing the tail light lens, I had neglected to put the plate back on. Good Karma obviously helped me to ride around for a few hours in and out of town without incident.....

Tail Lens

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A silly accident damaged the tail light lens and a new one had been sitting in the box for months. The replacement process was pretty straight forward once you master the little wire clips that hold the lens in place.  

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Fall and Farms

Classic Velocity

Although the R60 has been out and about a few times recently, there is something magical about how this machine feels when the air gets crisp. It simply seems to run smoother and accelerate more briskly when you can see your breath. It makes you want to go on an extended tour. On this day, things were limited to a few hours of picturesque fall riding through farm country. Brilliant. 

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Cool Runnings

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This morning was pretty cool and perfect for the R60. Somehow, the fall weather suits the air-cooled engine and this machine in particular wants to get up to full gallop. I was scraping boots on some corners, and just enjoying a spirited ride. A stop by the cornfields emphasized that the riding season is waning....

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On the Road Again

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Following the re-assembly of the machine, I took it out on the road for a test run. About forty miles in a loop around the garage as per the theory of concentric circles. The bike ran fine. It seems to have a little more vibration at idle, but it feels great at higher RPMs.

 

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