This was my R1200GS the “Big Bike” from BMW. What a great bike to ride! I took it on a few long trips around Washington State, and daily commuted for 3 years on it before the rain wore me down. Lots of upgrades and modifications were added over the years to customize the bike to my liking. I also did all the maintenance on it over the years I owned it.
I’ve decided to continue most of the build documentation over on Vansairforce.com as there is more RV traffic there than I will ever have.
With the internal skeleton riveted and the wing jigs mounted in the garage it’s time to install skins and drill them to size.
Let’s get started building some wings! First up is inventory, then it’s quickly on to fluting ribs and deburing edges. Simply laying the ribs out on the table and using my fluting pliers was an easy way to get all the ribs straight. You can easily see as they start to flatten out. Of course there are a lot of ribs to do, but it’s easy work. More tedious is the counting of hardware and kit parts. The amazing thing is that once you go through everything, it’s all there. Van’s crew does a great job in building and packaging these kits. It would be easy to imagine stuff getting lost in the shuffle, but nope, it’s all in there somewhere.
Time to pickup the wing kit. I took my 8′ utility trailer down to Vans Aircraft to get the kit. the smaller box just fit in the bed of the trailer and the long spar box (14 foot!) was strapped to the top of the trailer using cargo straps and some wood blocks. It was easy to do and worked just fine transporting the kit home. With the long 14′ crate hanging over the front of the trailer it was about 3′ over the rear. I imagine the Vans crew have seen all sorts of sketchy transport arrangements arrive outside their doors…