Ride-off center-stands; luggage racks;
tour rests, bag mounts, trailer hitches, etc.
As used on BMW Airhead Motorcycles (and some Yamaha motorcycles)
Who was Reynolds?....
Reynolds made numerous products that were very popular with motorcyclists. Reynolds no longer exists; it was voluntarily dissolved in July 1999. Principal was Paul Reynolds. The Reynolds Machine Tool Company was located at 4062 South 500 East, Salt Lake City, UT, 84107, with telephone number (801) 266-4391. Their trailer hitch was patented in February 1988 by S. VanKomen, inventor, who assigned the patent to the Reynolds Company. All Reynolds products were bolt-on, not requiring welding. In general, Reynolds used chrome-moly tubing. The Trailer hitches were made of heavy 7/8" tubing; the Tour Rests and Racks generally of 5/8" tubing, and the rear luggage racks generally of flat thick plate steel.
This article consists mostly of high resolution scans from Reynolds catalogs and other sources such as a Luftmeister catalog; and, commentary of various sorts.
If you do not find your bike listed, and even if you DO! ...I suggest you look at every page. Information is scattered in bits and pieces in some instances and not every product is where you think it will be. This includes the price sheets.
Because of the large file sizes, hyperlinks in this article go to separate scans (located on this website). This can reduce loading time, and eliminate excessive mouse scanning in this main article, particularly for those on slower speed Internet connections.
The rear luggage racks and the Ride-Off center-stand were extremely popular.
HINT: Many Ride-Off stands were not installed correctly; or, have worn with mileage and use. Differences with the BMW Airhead models can cause interference problems if you do not use the correct center-stand, such as Airheads with deeper oil pans.
Reynolds Ride-Off center-stand factory notes, copied from the original, spelling & grammar errors left intact:
"The Reynolds Ride-off stand replaces the factory center stand. Use only the bushings and bolts provided with the stand. Put a little grease on the bushings and place them and bolts into holes of the ride-off stand flush with the inside of the stand. Make sure locking teeth of bushing go against the motorcycle frame. Then slide into place and tighten bolts securely. After installation of the stand check bolts regularly to make sure the stay tight until the locking teeth seat in. Make sure stand swings freely before installing springs. Attach spring to frame tube first with the special half circle per illustration. The half circle is made to snap onto frame so you need to use a little force to get it on. You may use a small wire to tie it on if you want. Install right side spring so it does not touch clutch cable or arm. For those that have the tab for rear disc brakes the half circle goes against tab on outer side. Spring hook should face side of motorcycle so the spring will not hit the end of mounting bolt. Attach the special washer to the spring through one end hole, using an old spring in the opposite end hole pull washer onto ride-off stand hook."
1. I have a single page scan of rear (tail) luggage racks that includes some Oilheads and K bikes, it is nearly totally unreadable. It does contain a few of my scribbled notes. The original printing is not at all clear for part numbers & descriptions. The Reynolds PRICE LIST of April 1, 1985, item 6 below, may be of some help, as it lists the R440 combination TourRest/Luggage Rack for a K100, same as my scribbling. I have been unable to confirm that the R1100 and R850R used the R286 luggage rack.
2. Scan of page 38 from a Luftmeister Catalog:
You may want to view this .jpeg image zoomed a bit. This has sketches/photos of the Ride-Off center stand; Trailer Hitch; TourRest/rack; TourRest; and the Luggage Rack.
3. Scan of page 39 from the same catalog:
You may want to view this .jpeg image zoomed a bit. This page is a list of the products and their numbers.
4. Seven pages from the 1985 Reynolds Catalog:
pg 1 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/reynolds-1985-pg1.jpeg
pg 2 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/reynolds-1985-pg2.jpeg
pg 3 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/reynolds-1985-pg3.jpeg
pg 4 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/reynolds-1985-pg4.jpeg
pg 5 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/reynolds-1985-pg5.jpeg
pg 6 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/reynolds-1985-pg6.jpeg
pg 7 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/reynolds-1985-pg7.jpeg
5. Eight pages from an undated Reynolds Catalog, believed to be 1983; this catalog has a cover page, in color, of a R100S:
pg 1 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/reynolds-catalog-R100S-pg1.jpeg
pg 2 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/reynolds-catalog-R100S-pg2.jpeg
pg 3 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/reynolds-catalog-R100S-pg3.jpeg
pg 4 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/reynolds-catalog-R100S-pg4.jpeg
pg 5 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/reynolds-catalog-R100S-pg5.jpeg
pg 6 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/reynolds-catalog-R100S-pg6.jpeg
pg 7 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/reynolds-catalog-R100S-pg7.jpeg
pg 8 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/reynolds-catalog-R100S-pg8.jpeg
6. Rather poor scan of a rather poor previously copied page, showing an Oilhead and some information on the K-100 R-740 hitch; and R440 Combo Tour Rest and Luggage rack (and separately R-240) also for K100. Anyone having this catalog page in decent condition is invited by me to submit a scan, so we can have all the numbers and references that were on this page.
7. Reynolds Price List, 2 pages, dated April 1, 1985. These can be useful as the part numbers for the specific years/models of BMW motorcycles is clear:
pg 1 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/reynolds-prices-1985-pg1.jpeg
pg 2 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/reynolds-prices-1985-pg2.jpeg
8. Two pages, scans of the Luftmeister 1990 price list, some of which are Reynolds items. These are useful because there is additional information on what the R-xxx numbers fit. All the Reynolds information is on the RIGHT SIDE of these:
pg 1 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/Luftmeister-prices-1990-pg1.jpeg
pg 2 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/Luftmeister-prices-1990-pg2.jpeg
9. Two pages, scans of BCW catalog, Reynolds, photos and part numbers & notes:
pg 1 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/Reynolds-BCWBrochurePage1.jpg
Pg 2 https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/Reynolds-BCWBrochurePage2.jpg
10. MISCL notes:
a. BMW has used several different stock center-stand springs. See my article: https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/hardware.htm
b. There is a Reynolds catalog on Duane Ausherman's site: http://w6rec.com/
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