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Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 12:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 274
Posted By Mark Manley
I am not sure what the manufacturers of the...

I am not sure what the manufacturers of the rebuildable ones recommend but I have a standard one rebuilt with replaceable bearings and regrease that one every 10,000 miles or 16,000 km which is often...
Forum: Americas 06-29-2015, 09:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 162
Posted By Mark Manley
Here is the thread about medical insurance. ...

Here is the thread about medical insurance.
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/staying-healthy-on-the-road/there-really-no-motorcycle-travel-74621
Forum: Americas 06-29-2015, 10:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 162
Posted By Mark Manley
You might only be able to insure for the US and...

You might only be able to insure for the US and Mexico before leaving and get the rest at the borders you cross, some information here and also something about medical insurance for US citizens when...
Forum: Airheads 06-29-2015, 10:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By Mark Manley
If you get a standard BMW sump you will need one...

If you get a standard BMW sump you will need one from a GS as it has the mounting holes for the BMW bash plate. I think you will be fine with just that, remember in pre-GS days people used standard...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-20-2015, 10:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 582
Posted By Mark Manley
That looks better, just be open to the idea of...

That looks better, just be open to the idea of changing your plan if you feel like it, you might find a place you want to stay for a few days or have another destination recommended.
Forum: Airheads 06-20-2015, 05:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 440
Posted By Mark Manley
That operation can be frustrating particularly if...

That operation can be frustrating particularly if you are fitting new parts, I find it easier to fit them to the swinging arm first while it is off the bike then get it onto the gearbox after bolting...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-19-2015, 05:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 582
Posted By Mark Manley
Hi PedroCH, A great trip you have planned, I am...

Hi PedroCH,
A great trip you have planned, I am sure it can be done in that time but there is not much spare for sightseeing or emergencies, the weather should be fine at that time of year although...
Forum: Airheads 06-15-2015, 12:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 286
Posted By Mark Manley
As Rob says you have to change both brake and...

As Rob says you have to change both brake and clutch lever mountings, including master cylinder as BMW thoughtfully made them slightly different preventing an easy swop. If you are still using the...
Forum: Airheads 06-13-2015, 12:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 289
Posted By Mark Manley
A friend has a GS tank on her ST with no mods...

A friend has a GS tank on her ST with no mods other than the second tap, works well.
Forum: Airheads 06-06-2015, 09:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 365
Posted By Mark Manley
The thread is M20x1.5 I have tapped mine out...

The thread is M20x1.5 I have tapped mine out before after powder coating with no excess material removed or any other problem.
Forum: Asia Pacific 05-29-2015, 01:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 234
Posted By Mark Manley
People are travelling from India through Burma to...

People are travelling from India through Burma to Thailand but I am not sure what route they are taking, there is some discussion about it here.
...
Forum: Airheads 05-28-2015, 02:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By Mark Manley
Avon Gripsters which they still make in small...

Avon Gripsters which they still make in small batches, I like them.
Forum: Asia Pacific 05-28-2015, 03:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 418
Posted By Mark Manley
This could be a large problem and will almost...

This could be a large problem and will almost certainly be impossible if not time consuming and very expensive. I would reconsider your plans and fly to India, rent there in Delhi and do a round trip...
Forum: Asia Pacific 05-27-2015, 10:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 418
Posted By Mark Manley
You should not have a problem unless you tell the...

You should not have a problem unless you tell the world that you are carrying $$$$ in cash and will be at a certain place, people give information out all of the time on forums without a problem.
I...
Forum: EMEA 05-23-2015, 08:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 370
Posted By Mark Manley
Hi Halmchen and welcome, Iran is a great place...

Hi Halmchen and welcome,
Iran is a great place to visit and would get my vote but will be rather warm at that time of year, as will most place you mention. I am not sure if Central Asia will be any...
Forum: Airheads 05-23-2015, 07:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 275
Posted By Mark Manley
Yes, I have mixed and matched them between my '83...

Yes, I have mixed and matched them between my '83 G/S and '91 GS.
Forum: Airheads 05-23-2015, 07:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 962
Posted By Mark Manley
If your gearbox has only done 37,000 km it should...

If your gearbox has only done 37,000 km it should be fine, mine has done 270,000 without being touched. They are not the smoothest and if you have only ridden Japanese bikes take some getting used...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-23-2015, 12:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,492
Posted By Mark Manley
I think it costs about 1000 or $1500 in the UK...

I think it costs about 1000 or $1500 in the UK and is similar to the system in Denmark with a written, off road and on road test, not many young people bother and motorcycling is becoming an older...
Forum: Airheads 05-22-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,271
Posted By Mark Manley
I have just come home from seeing the film after...

I have just come home from seeing the film after reading this post and thought it was good entertainment especially at the cinema in 3D, the Enfield outfit gets my vote for the best post-apocalypse...
Forum: Airheads 05-21-2015, 11:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,271
Posted By Mark Manley
Funnily enough I was only saying to a colleague...

Funnily enough I was only saying to a colleague at work yesterday I wonder if there are any Z900 in the new Mad Max film but I expect they were too expensive, look out for replicas of these appearing...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-20-2015, 10:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,271
Posted By Mark Manley
Another plug for the HUBB where you will find...

Another plug for the HUBB where you will find lots of useful information for your trip.

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/
Forum: Trip Planning 05-19-2015, 12:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,271
Posted By Mark Manley
I would not bother taking one, modern chains...

I would not bother taking one, modern chains don't often break unless you really neglect them and if you are shortening or fitting a new one the supplier or local bike shop will lend or rent you one.
Forum: Americas 05-19-2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 585
Posted By Mark Manley
Loads of information about motorcycle travel and...

Loads of information about motorcycle travel and shipping here. http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/get-ready/shipping-the-bike
Forum: Airheads 05-19-2015, 12:26 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,261
Posted By Mark Manley
Another clutch problem can be the release bearing...

Another clutch problem can be the release bearing being slow to return causing slip after every gear change, what sort of mileage has it done? it looks too good to have worn a clutch out.
Clutch...
Forum: Airheads 05-17-2015, 03:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 713
Posted By Mark Manley
It would be nice to see another 40 plus year old...

It would be nice to see another 40 plus year old bike put back on the road, I hope you decide to do it.
Forum: Old's Cool 05-15-2015, 11:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 401
Posted By Mark Manley
A friend of mine had an RS with an XL500 engine...

A friend of mine had an RS with an XL500 engine fitted, it was quite a simple fit with a mod to the cylinder head to get it in.
Forum: Airheads 05-15-2015, 11:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 571
Posted By Mark Manley
I had the same problem with my G/S and have...

I had the same problem with my G/S and have fitted a shortened GS centre stand which fits straight on and it is also more stable on soft ground, alternatively you can use a lengthened mono stand.
Forum: Airheads 05-13-2015, 10:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 309
Posted By Mark Manley
Can you clarify what you are asking or trying to...

Can you clarify what you are asking or trying to tell us?
Forum: Airheads 05-10-2015, 05:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 562
Posted By Mark Manley
If it does inspire anyone to get out there and...

If it does inspire anyone to get out there and travel do remember that a well prepared and serviced airhead will still go anywhere a new bike will with no greater risk of problems or breakdown...
Forum: EMEA 05-09-2015, 10:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 363
Posted By Mark Manley
For route planning I always use Michelin maps...

For route planning I always use Michelin maps which have scenic routes marked in green, there are four that cover England, Wales and Scotland and another for Ireland, it sounds like you would need...
Forum: Airheads 05-09-2015, 02:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 325
Posted By Mark Manley
Phil Hawksley's excellent site has lots of...

Phil Hawksley's excellent site has lots of information and might help.
http://www.bmbikes.co.uk/information.htm
Forum: Airheads 05-04-2015, 11:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 547
Posted By Mark Manley
Kickstarts were fitted as standard in some...

Kickstarts were fitted as standard in some European markets right up until the end of airhead production, I noticed them fitted to new bikes in a Swiss dealer in 1993 but they were not fitted to UK...
Forum: Airheads 05-02-2015, 11:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 608
Posted By Mark Manley
Check that the breather hole in the bolt that...

Check that the breather hole in the bolt that hold the earth strap to the gearbox is clear, they can block and cause pressure inside.
Forum: Old's Cool 05-01-2015, 03:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 606
Posted By Mark Manley
Hand painting pinstripes on an Enfield tank

Here is a video of pinstripes being hand painted on an Enfield tank in India, a man of great skill.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsTIMxeO_ng
Forum: EMEA 04-30-2015, 11:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 620
Posted By Mark Manley
I usually turn up and see what is available but...

I usually turn up and see what is available but as Frgich said in high season things get busy, if you have a mobile gadget with internet access book up a day or two in advance to ensure you have...
Forum: Airheads 04-30-2015, 11:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 406
Posted By Mark Manley
Good to hear it was such a simple fix.

Good to hear it was such a simple fix.
Forum: Airheads 04-30-2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 406
Posted By Mark Manley
It sounds like the shaft is rubbing the inside of...

It sounds like the shaft is rubbing the inside of the swinging arm in a couple of places. Check by eye that the swinging arm is centralised correctly in the frame and if not adjust on the stub shafts...
Forum: Trip Planning 04-29-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,610
Posted By Mark Manley
I usually prefer the sound of nature but a friend...

I usually prefer the sound of nature but a friend played Enter Sandman by Metallica at full volume on his Land Rover stereo when camped in the middle of the Sahara desert, that song will always...
Forum: Airheads 04-28-2015, 12:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 771
Posted By Mark Manley
I have given up on an R100 I bought cheap that...

I have given up on an R100 I bought cheap that needed more work than I first thought and stripped it for spares without regret and with profit. If it was something like an R90S or R80G/S I would say...
Forum: Airheads 04-27-2015, 10:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,090
Posted By Mark Manley
That will be this sidecar, I met David, Emy and...

That will be this sidecar, I met David, Emy and Mattea in Iran, Pakistan and India where this photo was taken, David saved my bacon with an M10 helicoil kit after a stud pulled from my crankcase.
...
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