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Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 04:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 245
Posted By Mark Manley
Oops! I forgot to paste the link.:doh

Oops! I forgot to paste the link.:doh
Forum: Airheads 01-23-2015, 11:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 245
Posted By Mark Manley
Here is a link to Phil Hawksley's excellent site...

Here is a link to Phil Hawksley's excellent site which has a paint colour finder as well as loads of other useful information about BMWs, I hope it helps.
Forum: Asia Pacific 01-23-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 169
Posted By Mark Manley
Hi finxavier and welcome, I have ridden...

Hi finxavier and welcome,
I have ridden something like the route you plan and are correct in thinking travel in India takes longer than Google maps says it will, 200 to 250 miles a day is a...
Forum: Airheads 01-23-2015, 12:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 503
Posted By Mark Manley
I would not fret too much about oil, they are an...

I would not fret too much about oil, they are an old fashioned engine which is quite happy with a mineral oil or semi-synthetic if you want to spend your money. A friend was a despatch rider in...
Forum: Trip Planning 01-21-2015, 11:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 270
Posted By Mark Manley
I am quite a minimalist and given the size of...

I am quite a minimalist and given the size of your bike I think you will need to be as well, here is a photo of what I took for a six month tour to Central Asia from the UK on a Honda XR125. I don't...
Forum: Trip Planning 01-20-2015, 11:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 545
Posted By Mark Manley
Hi Daniel and welcome, I agree with Scott that...

Hi Daniel and welcome,
I agree with Scott that simple is best, I think the DR650 is popular down under and would be a good choice with a proven reliability record and useful extras such as a big...
Forum: Trip Planning 01-18-2015, 10:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 849
Posted By Mark Manley
The KLR seems like a good bet, I have not owned...

The KLR seems like a good bet, I have not owned one but a friend has two, one has taken him from the UK to Central Asia twice and he is currently in Mexico on the other one which he keeps in the US....
Forum: Airheads 01-18-2015, 06:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,389
Posted By Mark Manley
Here are some links to Tiffany Coates' trip...

Here are some links to Tiffany Coates' trip reports of her travels on an R80GS both on here and her own site.

Ironically after two around the world trips and nearly 100 countries visited her bike...
Forum: Airheads 01-13-2015, 11:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 807
Posted By Mark Manley
Not tool related but given the trip you are...

Not tool related but given the trip you are thinking about there is a useful thread here about R100GS driveshafts, worth reading when preparing your bike.
...
Forum: Airheads 01-12-2015, 11:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 807
Posted By Mark Manley
I have used my R80GS and G/S for several overland...

I have used my R80GS and G/S for several overland trips and have found the standard toolkit does most jobs, I have added feeler gauges, short tyre levers, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 27 mm sockets, a 3 inch...
Forum: Airheads 01-11-2015, 12:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 682
Posted By Mark Manley
Split diaphragm?

Split diaphragm?
Forum: Airheads 01-11-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,567
Posted By Mark Manley
I am so glad you got your reply in before me Rob,...

I am so glad you got your reply in before me Rob, the modern world was invented by a bloke in a shed. :clap
Forum: Old's Cool 01-11-2015, 01:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 845
Posted By Mark Manley
I can't help with the OP's question, I thought it...

I can't help with the OP's question, I thought it was the south coast of England.



Leslie Ash before the dreadful trout lips job :raabia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK00U2WiIT8
Forum: Airheads 01-04-2015, 01:21 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,458
Posted By Mark Manley
It looks the same as the one on my R80G/S with no...

It looks the same as the one on my R80G/S with no front mudguard mounting due to a high one being fitted.
Forum: Trip Planning 01-02-2015, 12:19 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 68,019
Posted By Mark Manley
I was camping just outside of Wadi Halfa in Sudan...

I was camping just outside of Wadi Halfa in Sudan waiting for the ferry to Egypt and as it was so warm at night just laid my mat on the sand and went to sleep. One morning I found this which was...
Forum: EMEA 12-28-2014, 11:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,616
Posted By Mark Manley
There are cheaper accommodation options such as...

There are cheaper accommodation options such as the French Formula 1 chain who have very cheap and basic hotels all over Europe http://www.hotelf1.com/gb/home/index.shtml There are also deals to be...
Forum: EMEA 12-27-2014, 10:28 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,616
Posted By Mark Manley
There is plenty of shipping information here...

There is plenty of shipping information here http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/get-ready/shipping-the-bike from my own experience the time and price sound about right but there is usually another...
Forum: Airheads 12-25-2014, 02:30 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,389
Posted By Mark Manley
Hi Stuart and welcome, Good luck with the BMW...

Hi Stuart and welcome,
Good luck with the BMW project, I don't know if it is any help but there is another airhead builder in Cape Town called Altus Pienaar who is in the Woodstock district, I found...
Forum: Asia Pacific 12-22-2014, 11:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 323
Posted By Mark Manley
A Google search brought up a few including this...

A Google search brought up a few including this one which I chose at random, you will have to be part of an organised trip but it is one of the most spectacular rides on earth. Any company worth its...
Forum: Airheads 12-21-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,236
Posted By Mark Manley
I have seen a couple of R100GS that have been...

I have seen a couple of R100GS that have been converted to twin shock but have had the rear wheel changed as well which I am sure you will have to do.
Forum: Airheads 12-19-2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,490
Posted By Mark Manley
That has to be the best looking large capacity...

That has to be the best looking large capacity tank I have seen for these bikes, the rest of the bike looks pretty good as well, a good find.
Forum: Airheads 12-19-2014, 03:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,509
Posted By Mark Manley
Is this an airhead I see before me? could it be a...

Is this an airhead I see before me? could it be a /6 with Craven panniers?
Forum: Airheads 12-19-2014, 04:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,509
Posted By Mark Manley
To asking the question why if they drive on the...

To asking the question why if they drive on the left in India is there an overloaded Tata lorry coming straight towards me on my side of the road.
Forum: EMEA 12-17-2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 439
Posted By Mark Manley
Good information here...

Good information here http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/

And good information about a carnet here, although it is not good news on the price for Egypt

...
Forum: Trip Planning 12-17-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,146
Posted By Mark Manley
Hi Kim and good luck with the planning and trip,...

Hi Kim and good luck with the planning and trip, I have seen your name pop up as a FB friend suggestion and see you already know a few other travellers, on-line at least anyway. I will take issue...
Forum: Airheads 12-15-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 713
Posted By Mark Manley
I had this problem with a bike of mine, I think...

I had this problem with a bike of mine, I think the heat from the exhaust had slightly distorted the mudguard allowing the tyre to rub on it, this only happened with a Continental tyre which I...
Forum: Trip Planning 12-09-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,157
Posted By Mark Manley
I have met quite a few people travelling on bikes...

I have met quite a few people travelling on bikes registered in a different country to that of their nationality and as long as the documents are in order never seem to have a problem. I am not sure...
Forum: Trip Planning 12-06-2014, 01:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,510
Posted By Mark Manley
It sounds like you have a good start to your...

It sounds like you have a good start to your retirement planned and I wish you luck. I agree that the Sportster is a good choice and there are so many second hand parts out there I am sure you will...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-30-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 806
Posted By Mark Manley
Possibly the most expensive Brough ever sold

This 1929 Brough Superior has just sold for 315,100 at auction, I am not certain but could be a record.

http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21904/lot/14/
Forum: Airheads 11-27-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 362
Posted By Mark Manley
Just what I was going to say, the brake disc...

Just what I was going to say, the brake disc needs a spacer behind it when fitted to a GS apart from that they fit straight on although the centre stand will be a bit long and caution needed when...
Forum: Asia Pacific 11-18-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 871
Posted By Mark Manley
Thanks for posting your experience as I know...

Thanks for posting your experience as I know renting in India can be a bit hit and miss. It also sounds like you survived Indian roads intact which is something of an achievement in it self, the term...
Forum: Asia Pacific 11-18-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 578
Posted By Mark Manley
I would suggest you go to Vietnam simply because...

I would suggest you go to Vietnam simply because you have never been there. It is quite different to Laos and Thailand, it is far more busy especially in cities. A trip from Hanoi to Saigon or vice...
Forum: Airheads 11-16-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 751
Posted By Mark Manley
I have had mine up to 16,000 feet in the Andes on...

I have had mine up to 16,000 feet in the Andes on standard jets and it kept running alright if somewhat breathless and rich.
Forum: EMEA 11-15-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,047
Posted By Mark Manley
How about something like a Citroen Partner? I...

How about something like a Citroen Partner? I have used one of these for work and regularly slept in the back, I am 5'8" and there was room to spare, it also did more mpg on diesel than my BMW R80.
...
Forum: Airheads 11-14-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 653
Posted By Mark Manley
The giraffe is thinking "I still say the airhead...

The giraffe is thinking "I still say the airhead GS is a better choice for this type of tour than an oilhead, easier to repair and no sophisticated electronics to go wrong".
Forum: Airheads 11-08-2014, 12:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 769
Posted By Mark Manley
Sound advice from Rob and I would add speak to...

Sound advice from Rob and I would add speak to the person who is doing the job and find out if they are familiar with motorcycle parts particularly the places to mask off such as where steering head...
Forum: Airheads 11-04-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 455
Posted By Mark Manley
It doesn't sound too bad to me but if you install...

It doesn't sound too bad to me but if you install the crank without seals, a drop of oil on the bearings and it spins freely with no tight spots it should be fine.
Forum: Airheads 11-04-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 434
Posted By Mark Manley
When I had to buy a new one I stripped it and...

When I had to buy a new one I stripped it and filled it with Vaseline before fitting it, several winters of use and it is still functioning well. The one it replaced had also been stripped and...
Forum: Airheads 11-03-2014, 11:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 709
Posted By Mark Manley
Or read one or two of this man's books, Sam's...

Or read one or two of this man's books, Sam's bike has done 275,000 miles and is still his everyday transport.
Mark, who is about to ride to work on his 160,000 mile GS.
...
Forum: Airheads 11-03-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 709
Posted By Mark Manley
It depends entirely on how the bike has been...

It depends entirely on how the bike has been maintained and ridden, I did over 30,000 km in Africa on a 25 year old G/S that had done 200,000 km before I started without a problem but had overhauled...
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