- The frame was reinforced (by TIG welding) like Marco's bikes and was powder
coated white in Michigan by PRO FINISH POWDER COATING of Grand Rapids (1000
ken-o-sha ind. dr. se, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508 * +1 (616) 245 7550, no web
site). These folks are some of the most professional people I met during my
project. They are great and their prices are reasonable.
Note the reinforcement welding near the footpegs as well as the creation of a support
for the left exhaust pipe which replicates the one on the right of the frame.
The rear stainless steal sub-frame, was bought by my dearest wife (she understands
my passion and who is half German) from Gletter
Tuning. One of the problems of dealing
with them was the fact that they only accept cash or money transfer. NO visa. This
transaction reminded me of transactions with certain shops in Italy. I guess
all artisans are the same. The leather bag also came from them.
- The connecting rods are from Carrillo. It took me 3 months to get them since they
were not in the "production schedule". They also didn't accept any credit cards. I
The piston and cylinder kit together with the camshaft came from Motoreninstandsetzung
Israel (Germany). Very professional people, too. The kit is a 1043, long sleeve Mahle
kit. Since the casing of my engine was an 800 cc, I had it ported to fit the cylinder
sleeves. Since I had to dismantle the engine because of the porting, I purchased a
hotter camshaft; a 320 degrees cam.
The dual plug conversion was done by San Jose BMW. I shipped them one of the
Mahle pistons and they shaped the combustion chamber to match the dome of it.
They definitely are the experts in the US, but you have to patiently wait to receive
all the parts.
- The Mikuni TM square slides were purchased from San Jose BMW. The kit requires some
work to fit the throttle cables. The ones included in the kit are useless. The only
down side of this conversion is the clearance between the footpegs and the bottom of
the carbs. There is no much space left if you wear boots!
The air filter conversion is a desert type sold by HPN.
The filter is the usual old model round BMW filter.
- The Italian QUATD. I had to remove the back
brake switch because the pipe is very close to it and it could burn it. I haven't
found a good solution yet.
Click here for a sample of Frankenbeemer's voice ;-)
- The short first gear and the long sixth gear made by HPN
were installed by San Jose BMW in my rotten transmission case. Apparently, the bike
was left outside without cover and water got through the speedometer cap. Sigh!!!
The elongated shaft, as well as the swing arm was bought at
TAG in Bergamo.
The engine block, cylinders as well as the transmission were been painted with Matt
wrinkle paint finish to give the right look. It is heat resistant.
- The front suspension is an up-side down WP from either a Cagiva or a Husquarna
(I bought it used in Italy from someone who wanted to try Marzocchi) adapted to have
a floating disk brake and a Brembo dual piston caliper.
The rear shock is the classic Dutch Ohlins which is fully adjustable. In my
humble opinion, the best in the market.
- The back wheel has been offset to be mounted with a Michelin fat desert tire. TAG
and Marco gave me directions on its dimensions.
- The Cockpit is a TOURATECH IMO-100-300.
Beautiful thing and it works like a charm. GPS III by Garmin.
All the fenders including the tank, are by ACERBIS
(Italy, the best plastic). The seat is a custom seat that someone in Italy has done
for Marco. Marco gave it to me.