See photos from Dr Frazier’s latest adventure, helping a pal give renewed life to his 1995 BMW R100 GSPD Classic. Read the full report in the Dr. Frazier’s 1995 BMW R100 GSPD Classic Adventure.
- The birthday boy prepares for his first ride on his birthday present in September, 1995.
- September, 1995, I break-in the R100 GSPD Classic for the new owner by driving it from Denver, Colorado to his birthday party in Washington, with an oil change and general check along the way.
- The happy owner was amazed at the improved performance and smoothness after Bob Clement did his magic on the carburetors, spark plugs, valves and timing. As he happy owner was about to leave I said we should deal with the side stand and rear shock absorber next, and he eventually said, “Yes, Yoda.”
- A run up to the 10,000 foot level to check the carburetor adjustments insured they had been well enough tuned to function at sea level to moderate altitude.
- Testing the refurbished BMW in the wilds of Montana proved that all systems were working well.
- Proof that Dr. G had not been messing with the carburetors over the years was the grunge on the sides facing the engine, some of which may have been there from September, 1995.
- The new diode board and rotor were easily bolted into the engine.
- The original rotor (on the bottom) was doing its job, but failure was on the horizon. Moving the horizon far into the distance was the new rotor from Motorrad Elektrik.
- While to original diode board on the right was working, its replacement on the left, the Omega Diode Board, insured efficient charging of the battery in the future.
- The new Nippondenso starter motor from Motorrad Elektrik was easily installed.
- The failed OEM BMW starter motor, the magnets inside having come unglued, a common failure of the BMW starter motors during the era of the R100 GSPD Classic.
- The potential culprits for electrical failure at 50,000 miles looked good and were working fine, but their life span was questionable.
- Legendary BMW mechanic Bob Clement at work keeping the 20 year-old BMW on the road.
- Inside the workshop at Bob’s Motorwerks the 50,000 mile work begins.
- An example of what happens when the original BMW paralever drive shaft breaks, a far too common incident. We replaced the original drive shaft on the 1995 BMW R100 GSPD Classic with an aftermarket drive shaft at 40,000 miles when the owner was finally convinced he was on borrowed time after 20,000 miles. A stiff and clicking U-joint on the original proved our decision was timed perfectly.