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Forum: The Garage 09-19-2011, 05:02 PM
Replies: 6,084
Views: 2,646,102
Posted By Nick Makwell
Must have that poster!!!!!

Must have that poster!!!!!
Forum: Old's Cool 08-25-2011, 04:01 PM
Replies: 7,147
Views: 3,276,327
Posted By Nick Makwell
And I'm sure others would like it to stay...

And I'm sure others would like it to stay separate, which is the reason I started it - to see what can be done with a BMW...
Forum: New Zealand 06-29-2011, 05:01 PM
Replies: 920
Views: 152,443
Posted By Nick Makwell
This thread is therapy for me.... I have a...

This thread is therapy for me....

I have a look at a few pictures here, imagine driving an Ariel Atom around the roads of the Marlborough Sounds, taking a K1200S through the mountains and passes...
Forum: Airheads 03-06-2011, 02:04 PM
Replies: 1,275
Views: 668,039
Posted By Nick Makwell
Oops, need to change my location - now in...

Oops, need to change my location - now in Queensland.

I'll check out your blog now thanks!
Forum: Airheads 03-04-2011, 05:00 PM
Replies: 1,275
Views: 668,039
Posted By Nick Makwell
Please oh please tell me you have a high res...

Please oh please tell me you have a high res (1920x1080) version of that pic?
:eek1
Forum: Road warriors 01-03-2011, 05:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,508
Posted By Nick Makwell
I want to see that concept K1600R come to...

I want to see that concept K1600R come to fruition:

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/upload/259701/images/2010-BMW_concept_bike-1.JPG

completely impractical, but man oh man, what a looker!

(and...
Forum: Airheads 12-23-2010, 09:33 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,545
Posted By Nick Makwell
I salute you Simon - looks fantastic! Keep...

I salute you Simon - looks fantastic!

Keep it up - and let us know how the disc brake conversion goes, very interested

(I have now collected enough parts/forks/wheels/final drives/swingarms...
Forum: Airheads 12-20-2010, 04:06 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,545
Posted By Nick Makwell
Keep it coming Simon!! Very interested.... :deal

Keep it coming Simon!! Very interested.... :deal
Forum: Airheads 12-16-2010, 02:17 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,545
Posted By Nick Makwell
Simon - would love to know how you plan to...

Simon - would love to know how you plan to convert the rear drum brake final drive to disk.

There's a couple of threads here about other conversions, but not a lot of step-by-step info.

looking...
Forum: Airheads 12-01-2010, 11:12 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,545
Posted By Nick Makwell
Looks great - thanks! I'll be going with them as...

Looks great - thanks! I'll be going with them as well I think.

Simon - how the heck did you get that rear wheel to fit? I'm trying that same set up on my R65 (I have a Monolever swingarm and a...
Forum: Airheads 12-01-2010, 05:06 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 23,321
Posted By Nick Makwell
What size Mikunis? I'm thinking of replacing...

What size Mikunis?

I'm thinking of replacing the Bings on my R65 as well (they're in bad shape after sitting outside for 2+ years, no it wasn't me!)

Nice bike - looks good!

Is that a QLD...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-03-2010, 06:24 PM
Replies: 7,147
Views: 3,276,327
Posted By Nick Makwell
WOW! :eek1

WOW! :eek1
Forum: Road warriors 08-30-2010, 07:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,716
Posted By Nick Makwell
yep! :deal next project after I finish my R65...

yep! :deal next project after I finish my R65 cafe.

I intend to surround myself with low-powered, extremely fun road motorbikes - cycles with soul and feel and feedback...

A supersport as a...
Forum: Road warriors 08-23-2010, 05:55 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 64,477
Posted By Nick Makwell
Many thanks for answering- well done on your...

Many thanks for answering- well done on your success. :wink:

btw, an K1300S with all the fruit is almost $AUD30,000 down here.

My R1200RT cost over $AUD32,000 (although I lease it as my...
Forum: Road warriors 08-19-2010, 08:06 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 64,477
Posted By Nick Makwell
I envy your collection! I'd love to add a...

I envy your collection!

I'd love to add a K1300S and a SD or Hypermotard to the stable, but my wife is only just getting used to me having two BMWs and business is tough at the moment...

Oh and...
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2010, 05:28 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 64,477
Posted By Nick Makwell
Still my dream bike after 5 years from launch of...

Still my dream bike after 5 years from launch of the K1200S.

Won't get one until they bring in autobahn style speed limits in Australia - which is never. I've lost my license once already (from an...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-09-2010, 06:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,167
Posted By Nick Makwell
Go for it! My wife and I are planning to do...

Go for it!

My wife and I are planning to do something similar, with a twist or two.

I have two bikes - a 1981 R65 cafe and a 2008 R1200RT.

She has a Honda Jazz (think you call them a Fit?)...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-08-2010, 09:55 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 33,337
Posted By Nick Makwell
I'm still here - busy working as ever, but...

I'm still here - busy working as ever, but managed to modify (i.e cut lots of shit off) the subframe and I'm now going ahead building the wheels...

err...cept I don't have any rims....

Thinking...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-08-2010, 09:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,471
Posted By Nick Makwell
If you want to go different front end, try a...

If you want to go different front end, try a complete K100 front end - they bolt straight on and should be an immediate improvement.

I'm building (Very very slowly) a R65 based cafe with a 75/5 4...
Forum: Road warriors 08-06-2010, 07:05 PM
Replies: 3,003
Views: 864,740
Posted By Nick Makwell
If Triumph made these instead of the Thruxton,...

If Triumph made these instead of the Thruxton, they'd sell a brazilion of them...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-02-2010, 11:24 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,308
Posted By Nick Makwell
You can't purchase a good condition /2 for less...

You can't purchase a good condition /2 for less than $15K AUD. A good restored example can be $20K.

A good condition /5 is at least $6K or so, at the minimum.

Parts are mind bogglingly...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-02-2010, 08:39 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,308
Posted By Nick Makwell
I would dare say that the /2's due to age (but...

I would dare say that the /2's due to age (but useability) will continue to appreciate.

In terms of emotional attachment, and to highlight how far BMW have come, I think the next "modern"...
Forum: Road warriors 07-23-2010, 12:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,267
Posted By Nick Makwell
Enjoy your new ride! 1st thing - get some...

Enjoy your new ride!

1st thing - get some clear protective sheets (A4 size) and tape to topside of your pannier lids. YOU WILL SCRATCH them almost immediately getting on and off...

oh and a...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-22-2010, 05:18 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 33,337
Posted By Nick Makwell
Very slowly - work is a drain at the moment (Time...

Very slowly - work is a drain at the moment (Time and Money).

New tank that I bought doesn't fit right - sits too high for my liking.

I'm slowly making a custom rear seat cowl and have modified...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-22-2010, 03:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,167
Posted By Nick Makwell
The cafe racer I'm building will be kickstart...

The cafe racer I'm building will be kickstart only - no starter motor (almost 5kg), and I'm tossing up whether or not to make total loss - no alternator, and therefore a little battery (less weight,...
Forum: Road warriors 07-21-2010, 06:31 AM
Replies: 3,089
Views: 514,044
Posted By Nick Makwell
I so want one of these - but they go for like...

I so want one of these - but they go for like $AUD8000 and up down here...
:huh
Forum: Old's Cool 07-04-2010, 11:26 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,691
Posted By Nick Makwell
Interesting thread - I'm building a R65-based...

Interesting thread - I'm building a R65-based cafe racer, and with Robert's and other's help was able to work out to fit a K100 front end to the dual-shock frame.

Im using an R1100GS front hub...
Forum: Road warriors 06-21-2010, 08:13 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 31,294
Posted By Nick Makwell
Having driven in Europe this last six weeks, a...

Having driven in Europe this last six weeks, a high torque powered tourer makes more and more sense, for autoroutes/autobahns, strolling through villages in top gear (as pointed out before) etc.

I...
Forum: Road warriors 04-23-2010, 06:21 PM
Replies: 3,089
Views: 514,044
Posted By Nick Makwell
Considering they sell for no less than $8000AUD...

Considering they sell for no less than $8000AUD down under - Ive seen them for sale for $10,000 sometimes (about $99000 of your pathetic pesos!!!) I can't believe the prices Ive seen for W650s!!!
Forum: Road warriors 04-07-2010, 05:36 PM
Replies: 3,089
Views: 514,044
Posted By Nick Makwell
Thanks - that would be my number 1 reason to have...

Thanks - that would be my number 1 reason to have one!

The speed nazi's are getting worse down here, and I can't afford to lose my license again.

My strategy is to have a sportsbike (or two)...
Forum: Road warriors 04-07-2010, 04:41 AM
Replies: 3,089
Views: 514,044
Posted By Nick Makwell
Hey W650 owners - what's the handling like? ...

Hey W650 owners - what's the handling like?

I understand its not a GSXR, but can you punt it around a corner (at sub or par speed limit) speed with a big grin on your face and not a face full of...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-30-2010, 04:18 PM
Replies: 7,147
Views: 3,276,327
Posted By Nick Makwell
No its just a deep sump - it appears larger...

No its just a deep sump - it appears larger because he's tilted the motor on its mounts a bit (increases ground clearance)
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2010, 02:34 AM
Replies: 394
Views: 105,489
Posted By Nick Makwell
Seriously consider a second hand R1200ST. ...

Seriously consider a second hand R1200ST.

Superior to the R1100S in every department, except looks.

If you intend to take your partner, this is the better bike by far.

Good luck with your...
Forum: Road warriors 03-21-2010, 08:45 PM
Replies: 394
Views: 105,489
Posted By Nick Makwell
As a former owner of a 1999 R1100S, I keep having...

As a former owner of a 1999 R1100S, I keep having this idea to one day buy a similar model and use it as a track bike.

Why? Well, it was the most confidence inspiring bike I ever rode around a...
Forum: Road warriors 03-01-2010, 02:00 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,821
Posted By Nick Makwell
Went from R1100S to R1200GS to R1200RT....and I...

Went from R1100S to R1200GS to R1200RT....and I just turned 34.

The RT is like the S, but with superb comfort (and better range).

The RT is like the GS, but with much better comfort and riding...
Forum: Road warriors 02-23-2010, 06:48 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 12,319
Posted By Nick Makwell
To be honest, if you want to do the big miles,...

To be honest, if you want to do the big miles, there is no question that the R1200RT is the best there is - particularly if you will encounter ze fuzz.

I would have bought a K1300S instead of my...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-22-2010, 07:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,930
Posted By Nick Makwell
its the constant looking at the mirrors that may...

its the constant looking at the mirrors that may be a problem with some people.

My wife, an optometrist, has done some research into - mainly elderly - drivers on the road, with regard to...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-21-2010, 06:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,609
Posted By Nick Makwell
Hi Alfons - thanks for your reply. I indeed...

Hi Alfons - thanks for your reply.

I indeed have the two cast wheels you mention last - and I don't want wide wheels (they would hinder handling IMO).

The question is modifying the rear 4 lug...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-18-2010, 11:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,609
Posted By Nick Makwell
Thanks Robert - thats my likely route. Just...

Thanks Robert - thats my likely route.

Just for shits and giggles, what would I need to do to get a 3 spoke K100LT 3.0 x 17inch Rear wheel to fit to a monolever final drive?

Is it true you can...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-18-2010, 10:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,609
Posted By Nick Makwell
Nice pictures Rob - looks great (whats that you...

Nice pictures Rob - looks great (whats that you are doing behind the R65??)

My dilemma is thus:

do I go for wirespoked wheels or cast wheels?

If spoked - do I retain the twin shock swingarm...
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