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by IanB
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Laid R100R down, what to look for
Replies: 17
Views: 966

Re: Laid R100R down, what to look for

The other thing is - new rocker covers are cheaper than new crash bars... :grin:
by IanB
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Where are the electric bikes.
Replies: 58
Views: 2258

Re: Where are the electric bikes.

Following chasbmw's recommendation here I tried recently to get a test drive in an i3, only to find my local dealer was very discouraging. Asking around, though, it seems there is real resistance to electric vehicles from dealers in general because they require so much less servicing - which is appa...
by IanB
Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: BMW brand enthusiasm
Replies: 15
Views: 943

Re: BMW brand enthusiasm

My bones are pretty ancient too.... It’s a bit jiggly, but I wouldn’t describe it as harsh. Really try a test drive, I was sold in the first 15 miles and still really enjoy driving it I dropped into my local BMW (car only) dealer on the way back from Sainsbury's this morning to ask about getting a ...
by IanB
Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: The old K's
Replies: 9
Views: 532

Re: The old K's

Impressive. The engines still feel like buckets of churning gravel, though...
by IanB
Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: 90S rebore or siebenrock?
Replies: 7
Views: 433

Re: 90S rebore or siebenrock?

If compression is good it probably suggests you don't need to rebore or replace the cylinders, so you can probably save your money. Besides, if you need to do it later you don't have to take the engine out of the frame, so it's not really a faff.
by IanB
Thu May 10, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: BMW brand enthusiasm
Replies: 15
Views: 943

Re: BMW brand enthusiasm

How do you find the ride in the i3?? I like the look of them, but my old bones worry about reports of a harsh ride.
by IanB
Tue May 01, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Frame paint ?
Replies: 13
Views: 703

Re: Frame paint ?

It's powder coat. If it is still adhering properly the only way is to have it blasted off. Powder coat falls off when the rust gets under it, though...

DAMHIK - my frame is in for treatment at the moment.
by IanB
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Brake lever bending
Replies: 23
Views: 922

Re: Brake lever bending

The angle of the pedal should be adjustable. There will, I think, be a screw and locknut to enable adjustment of the pedal stop against the brake light switch. Unfortunately it's difficult to get to as it's behind the RH silencer hanger, but if you take the rear wheel out you should just about be ab...
by IanB
Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: MOT Exemption Changes
Replies: 30
Views: 1513

Re: MOT Exemption Changes

Regarding the CURRENT info on MOT Exempt vehicles, the MOT is purely VOLUNTRY . From what I've read on the Norton Owners Club website (being a Norton owner as well), the current voluntary MOT for exempt bikes etc is only used to confirm their beloved's are road worthy, plus it's easier and oh so mu...
by IanB
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: MOT Exemption Changes
Replies: 30
Views: 1513

Re: MOT Exemption Changes

But beware...! These changes do not exist in a vacuum, and most insurance companies are now in the process of adding notices to the effect that a machine with no MOT is not insured - whatever it's age. Check your small print at renewal time carefully. It's inevitable really - it may reduce Governmen...
by IanB
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Heated grips
Replies: 11
Views: 613

Re: Heated grips

What Steve said - like that.

I was trying to give a gentle reminder, not to insult Bill's intelligence and experience...
by IanB
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Heated grips
Replies: 11
Views: 613

Re: Heated grips

Use handle on the side - it's what it's there for... :grin:
by IanB
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Heated grips
Replies: 11
Views: 613

Re: Heated grips

I remember doing it on a 1982 R80RT. Not quite the same, but it was pretty straightforward. As I recall the installation of the wiring loom was pretty obvious - there was only one plug it could fit to. R65s were probably better designed than the larger/older models, so things are likely to be fairly...
by IanB
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Stainless steel exhaust systems on airheads
Replies: 6
Views: 489

Re: Stainless steel exhaust systems on airheads

Just to add to IanB's reply. Yes, the mono's had stainless silencers BUT it was purely cosmetic and the internals were still mild steel. That explains a few things. In that case I'm surprised mine lasted as well as they did, as bimetallic corrosion of mild steel in contact with stainless can be sho...
by IanB
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Stainless steel exhaust systems on airheads
Replies: 6
Views: 489

Re: Stainless steel exhaust systems on airheads

All the Monolevers have/had chromed stainless exhaust systems from new. However, many if not most will have been replaced by now as the steel was rather thin - although they are substantially rust proof they are prone to fatigue fractures. Both my orignal silencers and the collector box ("primary si...
by IanB
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Weeping Cylinder Base
Replies: 41
Views: 1312

Re: Weeping Cylinder Base

The large cylinder base O-ring (No. 5 above) doesn't seem to make much difference on my bike - it was never there originally, and adding it doesn't seem to change anything. Nos. 6 & 7, however, are vital (assuming 7 is sealant).
by IanB
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Weeping Cylinder Base
Replies: 41
Views: 1312

Re: Weeping Cylinder Base

It's a pretty common problem. Various gaskets and/or O-rings have been used on different models, but my 1992 machine came from the factory with nothing but a thin, continuous smear of clear silicone on the mating faces - worked fine until I took it apart! Mine needs doing again, but I will replace t...
by IanB
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Lowering a '83 R80RT?
Replies: 24
Views: 948

Re: Lowering a '83 R80RT?

If it's really a problem you might want to think about changing the bike for a Monolever version - smaller wheels and lower seat with better handling anyway.
by IanB
Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: 1989 BMW R80
Replies: 52
Views: 2646

Re: 1989 BMW R80

Fork brace screws are likely to be Torx type. But - don't remove the fork brace unless you have to. The sliders are quite carefully aligned in the factory and the brace preserves that alignment. If you remove the brace you may have problems with the front suspension on reassembly (DAMHIK!). If you n...
by IanB
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: 1989 BMW R80
Replies: 52
Views: 2646

Re: 1989 BMW R80

It can also be as simple as the inside face of the twistgrip rubber just being a little bit too snug against the side of the switchgear housing.
by IanB
Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Nice airhead Mystic on Ebay
Replies: 30
Views: 1519

Re: Nice airhead Mystic on Ebay

I wish I'd done that - I never really came to terms with either of my K's. Could probably have saved myself quite a lot of dosh over the years.
by IanB
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Nice airhead Mystic on Ebay
Replies: 30
Views: 1519

Re: Nice airhead Mystic on Ebay

There are some very good custom bikes out there. This is not one of them...
by IanB
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Airhead Event Lincoln UK 13-15th July 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1250

Re: Airhead Event Lincoln UK 13-15th July 2018

It's also rather too easy to get the impression, from the Facebook post, that the organiser has a bit of a downer on bikers who camp. I'm sure that's not the case.
That's not the case - I think he just hates camping himself.
by IanB
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Early R100RS factory build sheet.
Replies: 19
Views: 1122

Re: Early R100RS factory build sheet.

Is the battery carrier the wrong way round?
by IanB
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Broquets, Fuel Cats and other crackpot claims
Replies: 6
Views: 574

Re: Broquets, Fuel Cats and other crackpot claims

It's all really about what you consider to be crackpot, I suppose - which may be a matter of timing as much as anything else. Consider the story of the brilliant American chemist Thomas Midgeley, who invented/discovered tetra-ethyl lead as an octane booster - wonderful for a while, but look where th...

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