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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Today, 07:28 AM
Replies: 33,154
Views: 8,087,108
Posted By Bill Harris
Hot weather goes away, all posers decide to get...

Hot weather goes away, all posers decide to get out and ride. I wonder if war ever breaks out between the squids and leafpeepers?

Fall is here. Yay.

--Bill
Forum: Airheads Today, 07:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By Bill Harris
That's not good. Anything can and will wear out....

That's not good. Anything can and will wear out. :wink:

--Bill
Forum: Airheads Today, 04:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By Bill Harris
Good. That narrows the search field down quite a...

Good. That narrows the search field down quite a bit.

Emerald Island is the manufacturer of the starter, etc that Rick sells. He is a distributor for them.
...
Forum: Airheads Today, 04:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 281
Posted By Bill Harris
Exactly. The Bosch was reliable and rebuildable,...

Exactly. The Bosch was reliable and rebuildable, but after 40 years and 200K became "economically unfeasible" to rebuild again.

And the 80 amp draw vs 120 amp draw is a plus.

--Bill
Forum: Airheads Today, 12:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 443
Posted By Bill Harris
Piffle. Been sayin' that for years. This is a...

Piffle. Been sayin' that for years. This is a work in progress and will never be finished.

PS-- Dang nice bike. :thumb

--Bill
Forum: Airheads Today, 12:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 281
Posted By Bill Harris
Much much better than a Valeo/clone ever will. ...

Much much better than a Valeo/clone ever will. :D
And 40 amps better than the Bosch.

--Bill
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 11:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 340
Posted By Bill Harris
If you remove the short REServe straw you may get...

If you remove the short REServe straw you may get a slug of water when you switch to reserve. Not a good idea. The filter socks have been available for about 15 years. Or more.

--Bill
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 11:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 281
Posted By Bill Harris
A French starter on THE premiere German...

A French starter on THE premiere German motorcycle is bad enough. A Chinese copy of the French starter on THE premiere German motorcycle is... just wrong.

After 40 years and four refurbishments...
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 07:13 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,034
Posted By Bill Harris
Danged if it doesn't look like snow a-flyin'...

Danged if it doesn't look like snow a-flyin' already.

Still, beats diligence with a Scotchbrite... :D

--Bill
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 07:06 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,904
Posted By Bill Harris
Bravo! She has morphed beautifully. --Bill

Bravo! She has morphed beautifully.

--Bill
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 12:52 PM
Replies: 33,154
Views: 8,087,108
Posted By Bill Harris
In a "related story": TDOT changing speed...

In a "related story":

TDOT changing speed limits on parts of "The Dragon" or U.S. Highway 129...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 12:41 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,016
Posted By Bill Harris
And who pee'd in your cornflakes this morning? ...

And who pee'd in your cornflakes this morning? :deal

--Bill
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 12:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By Bill Harris
The nose piece is (maybe), but the PARTS in the...

The nose piece is (maybe), but the PARTS in the starter-- solenoid, brushes, bendix, bushings and armature are all NipponDenso parts, and fit a specific ND starter. Any idea which, in case I need...
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 11:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By Bill Harris
NipponDenso Starter

Does anyone know what model the "Emerald Island" ND starter currently used as replacement on BMW Airheads is? It's said to be a "Toyota truck starter", so knowing the model/year of the truck would...
Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 11:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 345
Posted By Bill Harris
The Powerlet outlet (the world standard outlet,...

The Powerlet outlet (the world standard outlet, BTW) is good for 15Amps. More than you'd be able/want to output with a stock alternator.

The stock Bosch alternator is a 280W (20 Amps),...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 09:37 AM
Replies: 33,154
Views: 8,087,108
Posted By Bill Harris
Gak!! Did not need that this early in the...

Gak!! Did not need that this early in the morning.... :rofl

Are those cart tires? :wink:

--Bill
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 09:35 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,016
Posted By Bill Harris
Looks like car tires start to run on the sidewall...

Looks like car tires start to run on the sidewall at 30deg lean angle. That can't be good.

--Bill
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 05:33 AM
Replies: 348
Views: 33,895
Posted By Bill Harris
I'm not "old" either, but I think that riding--...

I'm not "old" either, but I think that riding-- and riding over the years-- has helped my "alertness"/"awareness" and reflexes. I've always been able to get into a "bike riding state of mind" as...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 04:46 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,491
Posted By Bill Harris
It's an imported HarleyClone... :D --Bill

It's an imported HarleyClone... :D

--Bill
Forum: Airheads 09-20-2014, 08:08 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,268
Posted By Bill Harris
Yep. Same darn thing here Uptop. Must be...

Yep. Same darn thing here Uptop.

Must be genetic... :eek1

--Bill
Forum: Airheads 09-20-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,532
Posted By Bill Harris
Now that "Jim Day" Rockatansky is here, we can...

Now that "Jim Day" Rockatansky is here, we can introduce the rest of the cast:


http://www.rottentomatoes.com/quiz/mad-max-trilogy/


Dang, had no idea there were that many... :eek1

...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-20-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 33,154
Views: 8,087,108
Posted By Bill Harris
Page 110 of The How-To: ...

Page 110 of The How-To:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=385793&page=110

:wink:

--Bill
Forum: Airheads 09-20-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,268
Posted By Bill Harris
Anything like this? ...

Anything like this?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1010589

:rofl

--Bill
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-20-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 694
Posted By Bill Harris
Oh my. "Celiac" is a gluten-sensitivity, no? ...

Oh my. "Celiac" is a gluten-sensitivity, no? Have no idea how to deal with that. I am blessed with a cast-iron stomach.

I have a heart arrythmia, (atrial fibrillation, "AFib") and although it...
Forum: Airheads 09-20-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,214
Posted By Bill Harris
Glad you are better-- worst thing is "no riding a...

Glad you are better-- worst thing is "no riding a bike for 2 months" (paraphrased).

Good advice-- at the price, a new main harness is a bargain. I nursed mine
along for 39 years and replaced...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-20-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,016
Posted By Bill Harris
I'm waiting for the kids to start putting...

I'm waiting for the kids to start putting motorcycle wheels and tires on their cars now.

Oh wait...

http://images.sodahead.com/profiles/0/0/1/9/5/2/7/3/2/CHEVY-46520962767.jpeg

They are. ...
Forum: Airheads 09-20-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 937
Views: 54,746
Posted By Bill Harris
Your daughter? You DID get her enrolled in that...

Your daughter? You DID get her enrolled in that MSF Class, no? :deal

--Bill
Forum: Airheads 09-20-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 937
Views: 54,746
Posted By Bill Harris
Ditto, Rob. :dunno --Bill

Ditto, Rob. :dunno

--Bill
Forum: Airheads 09-20-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 507
Posted By Bill Harris
It's a standard relay format: the contact pins...

It's a standard relay format: the contact pins are laid out in a specific pattern so that it can be used with a plug-in socket if needed. 84/85 are always the solenoid coil, 30 the hot contact and...
Forum: Airheads 09-19-2014, 03:42 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,904
Posted By Bill Harris
Transmission rattle, transmission bearing noises,...

Transmission rattle, transmission bearing noises, TO bearing noise etc will all go away when the clutch is pulled in. If it doesn't go away when pulling in the clutch lever, start listening closely...
Forum: Airheads 09-19-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,309
Posted By Bill Harris
That is a new one. Maybe you should write...

That is a new one. Maybe you should write Snowbum for clarification and details?

--Bill
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-19-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 33,154
Views: 8,087,108
Posted By Bill Harris
Or "that is a fine Karmann Ghia. I had one back...

Or "that is a fine Karmann Ghia. I had one back in highschool..."

... in your best "Ernest P. Worell" voice. Knowwhadduhmean?

--Bill
Forum: Airheads 09-19-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 289
Posted By Bill Harris
And you can disassemble the solenoid and inspect...

And you can disassemble the solenoid and inspect and clean contacts. Remove the two screws on the bakelite ("plastic") end cap. See the two soldered areas? Those are the solenoid coil wires...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-19-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,513
Posted By Bill Harris
Exactly. My bike is lit up with daytime...

Exactly. My bike is lit up with daytime conspicuity lighting, extra brake lights, reflector tape, and I wear hi-viz. But all this just stacks the odds in my favor, I still must stay aware. It's...
Forum: Airheads 09-19-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 971
Posted By Bill Harris
Dang. Have I been babying this starter for two...

Dang. Have I been babying this starter for two months now?

Turned out to be an open winding in the armature. If the brushes landed just right on the dead segment of the commutator it was a...
Forum: Airheads 09-19-2014, 06:30 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,204
Posted By Bill Harris
I've heard of that for years and came across it...

I've heard of that for years and came across it once. I'm getting ready to do a cam chain/sprockets replacement on my /5 (41 years, 200K) and wonder if it would be worth the time to remove the...
Forum: Airheads 09-19-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,791
Posted By Bill Harris
Used bits and pieces-- Our own Flea Market...

Used bits and pieces--

Our own Flea Market is good (top of page):
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=787704

IBMWR marketplace:
http://marketplace.ibmwr.org/

RePsycle used...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-19-2014, 04:56 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,956
Posted By Bill Harris
Dang. Schadenfreude much? :rolleyes --Bill

Dang. Schadenfreude much? :rolleyes

--Bill
Forum: Airheads 09-19-2014, 04:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 549
Posted By Bill Harris
Rebuilding brake parts can be hit or miss. At...

Rebuilding brake parts can be hit or miss. At the price of a new BMW part it is worth a try to resurrect the old one. As long as you realize that it might fail and will be keeping a close eye on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-18-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,491
Posted By Bill Harris
And honestly in this day and age of Road Rage...

And honestly in this day and age of Road Rage that last thing you want to do is thwack an offending car with a sissy-arse whip. Low profile and nonconfrontational is called for.

--Bill
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