By J&P Cycles Ryan Spencer/Customer Service Rep II

I couldn’t believe my eyes. Buried under blankets, ice chests, fishing poles and an assortment of other miscellaneous garage junk was this dusty blue gas tank. After ripping off the layers of junk like a badger on a honey hole, there it was - dirty, greasy, totally rusted, covered in dust and bird droppings, a 1985 BMW 983cc K100 sport touring bike. After getting a good long look at the bike I thought wow, this bike is a real piece of work. But I also knew, given some love, it was a diamond in the rough and a beautiful vintage motorcycle lie underneath.

I remember seven years ago when I started with J&P. I was so excited to be working in the industry that I had a passion for since I was a kid. I remember working with my dad in the garage re-building engines on my dirt bikes that I kept blowing up. He always said if you can’t fix them then you better stop riding. That’s not going to happen, so I started turning wrenches at a young age.

I begin diving into the restoration process of this weathered and worn 1985 BMW K100. What a mess. Rusted frame, its wire harness was rat food at one time, faded plastic, rusted bolts, bad switches, lights all the way around were bad and the tranny had blown up. Luckily the motor wasn’t locked up but it did need to be rebuilt. I had all the things I needed to do the job – a shop to work in, all the right tools, and a fridge full of beer!

Everybody has their way of doing things and with me I like to take my time and enjoy the build. I really enjoy the mechanics, how parts work and why it works that way. There is so much math and physics in a motorcycle it fascinates me how the whole package works. So I popped open a bottle of golden inspiration, a Corona with lime, and started the disassembly process.

All parts, nuts, bolts, wires and such were tagged and notes were made for special interest in particular parts. As I get older I tend to lean on my notes as much as I do my reader glasses. With the tear down complete I was now ready for the daunting process of cleaning and refurbishing the individual parts. You never realize how many parts a motorcycle has until you start working on each and every one.

I was lucky the bike was complete. BMW parts are extremely expensive so I had to refurbish the old original parts. I did have to purchase a couple of parts through BMW which had to come from Europe. A few others I found on e-Bay.

The transmission had broken fourth gear dogs, one shift fork, and the main inter-case bearing exploded. I was lucky to find a Pascal transmission to work with. Between the two I was able to make one strong transmission.

The most challenging part of the restoration was the wiring harness. That type of bike was way ahead of its time and has wires for everything. Much of the wiring harness was missing and damaged. The connectors were rusted and wire color was faded making it hard to trace to its source.

To break the monotony of rejuvenating parts, I like to switch gears and do some assembly. It’s a slow process but a fun one. With the engine, frame and wiring harness completed it was great to see the frame and engine married again at last. I hope they have a great life together because I loved being able to get then hooked back up like it was 1985 all over again! The project took me a little over a year working on it mostly on weekends.

I’m proud to work here and I think our customers should know that when they call in, they are talking to a person that shares the same passion for bikes as they do. So when a customer calls and says “this bike was a real piece when I started,” I can truly relate thanks to the 1985 983cc BMW K100 garage find I restored.