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Forum: EMEA Yesterday, 11:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 355
Posted By Mark Manley
And a different side of the road :wink:

And a different side of the road :wink:
Forum: Trip Planning Yesterday, 11:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 120
Posted By Mark Manley
It sounds like a good trip to me and there is...

It sounds like a good trip to me and there is some great riding in Vietnam although I would add a trip up to Sapa and the northwest to your itinerary. Firstly try and get as much road experience at...
Forum: Trip Planning Yesterday, 02:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 176
Posted By Mark Manley
To clear my bike when re-importing it to the UK I...

To clear my bike when re-importing it to the UK I go to the customs office at the port of arrival with the registration document and any other paperwork relating to the bike, to myself to show who I...
Forum: Airheads 02-25-2015, 11:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 506
Posted By Mark Manley
If it is a complete bike that is not too bad now,...

If it is a complete bike that is not too bad now, a few years ago it would have been a bit much.
Performance will be similar to your R45 but less revvy engine and possibly slower acceleration and a...
Forum: Airheads 02-23-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 880
Posted By Mark Manley
I can't remember where but have seen this type of...

I can't remember where but have seen this type of repair on airhead cylinder heads and if you have nothing to lose give it a try and let us know how you get on.
Forum: Airheads 02-21-2015, 11:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,133
Posted By Mark Manley
Also check that the slip rings on the rotor are...

Also check that the slip rings on the rotor are clean, I cured a charging problem on my G/S simply by touching some scotchbrite on them with the engine running, look at the brushes while you are...
Forum: Airheads 02-21-2015, 11:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 397
Posted By Mark Manley
You will probably need an R100 to get GS750...

You will probably need an R100 to get GS750 performance so it just come down to whether you want a fairing and if so which one. There are some nice R100S/RS/RT around for about for 2,500-3,000 which...
Forum: Airheads 02-17-2015, 10:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 281
Posted By Mark Manley
I have used Acerbis on other bikes and found them...

I have used Acerbis on other bikes and found them to be good quality but the originals on my GS lasted 20 years and 150,000 miles before they needed replacing which I thought was pretty good and...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-14-2015, 10:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 593
Posted By Mark Manley
Getting into Egypt from Sudan with your own...

Getting into Egypt from Sudan with your own vehicle can be a pain, not corrupt just unbelievably time consuming taking a group of us a day and a half and we had good information about how to do it.
...
Forum: Asia Pacific 02-13-2015, 08:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 298
Posted By Mark Manley
The Taj is worth a visit but it is in Agra, I...

The Taj is worth a visit but it is in Agra, I would suggest take a bus one way and the train the other simply to experience India railways and roads, both are unforgettable.
Forum: Airheads 02-11-2015, 11:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 591
Posted By Mark Manley
I have had the choke discs lapped to restore the...

I have had the choke discs lapped to restore the flatness and surface finish on a couple of occasions and found it improves fuel consumption a couple of MPG, I think worth doing if you know where you...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-04-2015, 10:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,139
Posted By Mark Manley
In some countries expect to do no more than...

In some countries expect to do no more than 250-300 miles in long hard days, bad or almost non-existent roads or such dense slow moving traffic means that any schedule will go out of the window....
Forum: Airheads 02-01-2015, 11:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 812
Posted By Mark Manley
I found the same thing with having a Heinrich 45...

I found the same thing with having a Heinrich 45 litre tank on my R80G/S for an African trip and much prefer riding it with the standard 18 litre tank, I have also removed the fairing from my R80GS...
Forum: EMEA 02-01-2015, 12:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 701
Posted By Mark Manley
I went this way last year, a great route.

I went this way last year, a great route.
Forum: EMEA 01-31-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 701
Posted By Mark Manley
Hello TwinTipFlip and welcome, The best...

Hello TwinTipFlip and welcome,

The best person to get in contact with is Wheatwacker who gives some advice about buying and owning a bike in Europe here....
Forum: Americas 01-28-2015, 02:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 382
Posted By Mark Manley
Hi Daniel, Lot of answers here...

Hi Daniel,
Lot of answers here http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/ I shipped my bike to Chile 15 years ago and at the time it was certainly the best country to send it to but do think about...
Forum: Trip Planning 01-28-2015, 01:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,155
Posted By Mark Manley
I like the idea of buying what you want and...

I like the idea of buying what you want and keeping it for a long time, I have owned my Triumph for 35 years and BMW for 23 with 275,000 miles between them I have no plans to sell either.
My own...
Forum: Airheads 01-28-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 717
Posted By Mark Manley
I think it will all depend on how the bike has...

I think it will all depend on how the bike has been ridden, long high speed runs seem to increase valve and seat wear and certainly on my '83 G/S the steady use I put it to has kept wear down to a...
Forum: Trip Planning 01-26-2015, 11:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 787
Posted By Mark Manley
I have never been asked for driving licence at...

I have never been asked for driving licence at borders so that should not be a problem and rarely on the road, if stopped and asked just hand over NZ documents as the names tally and if challenged...
Forum: Airheads 01-25-2015, 10:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 745
Posted By Mark Manley
Have you tried a BMW dealer? If available some...

Have you tried a BMW dealer? If available some new parts can be surprisingly cheap, I recently bought a new front mudguard for my R80G/S for 35 or about $50.
Forum: Airheads 01-24-2015, 04:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 355
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: 355
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: 262
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: 639
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: 613
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: 976
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: 31
Views: 2,605
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: 46
Views: 4,056
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: 1,118
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: 1,118
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: 994
Posted By Mark Manley
Split diaphragm?

Split diaphragm?
Forum: Airheads 01-11-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,964
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: 980
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: 2,921
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: 260
Views: 76,984
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: 49
Views: 2,583
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: 49
Views: 2,583
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: 54
Views: 2,919
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: 399
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: 3,514
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.
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