After travelling through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in 2010 on an old Belarusian Minsk that broke down everyday, we came to a number of conclusions:

  1. travelling by motorbike is an extremely immersive experience
  2. we have a soft spot for old and mechanically simple machines, and
  3. having a bike that doesn’t break down daily would be a real bonus

So 7 years later, after completely rebuilding a 40 year old BMW, we have returned to Asia to continue our 2-wheeled adventures in the hope of reaching the Himalayas and possibly beyond…

The Bike “Stein”

Make Model: BMW R 75/7
Year: 1977
Engine: Four-stroke two cylinder horizontally opposed “boxer” engine, air cooled
Capacity: 745 cc
Max Power: 50 hp (36.8 kW) at 6,200 rpm
Max Torque: 58.8 Nm at 5,000 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 24 litres
Fuel Consumption: 4.5 litres/100km
Unladen Weight with Full Tank: 215 Kg

Expedition Modifications

  • Cylinder heads reconditioned for poor fuel
  • Cylinders rebored with new pistons
  • 6% lower first gear
  • Reconditioned gearbox at Bassendean Motorcycles
  • Home made immobiliser
  • Simple dash volt meter
  • USB charger
  • Heated handle bars
  • 178dB dual-tone air horn
  • Strengthened frame at rear peg mounts
  • Boyer electronic ignition
  • Additional strobe brake light
  • LED instrument lights
  • 1985 model bar mount brake master cylinder
  • YSS rear shock absorbers
  • Custom Flying T Pot pannier rack
  • Custom Jason top rack
  • Custom Caribou panniers

Spares We Carry

  • Carburettor kit
  • Carb return spring
  • High altitude main jets
  • Spark plugs
  • Aluminium crush washers
  • Clutch cable
  • Throttle cable
  • Gasket maker
  • Front brake pads
  • Front inner tube
  • Rear inner tube
  • Rear wheel bearing seal
  • Rim tape
  • Spokes
  • Spoke nipples
  • Tyre valve cores
  • Wheel bearing spacers
  • Oil filter gaskets
  • Metric nuts and bolts
  • Fuses
  • Electrical connectors