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Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 02:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 245
Posted By Mark Manley
I am tempted to say if it isn't broken don't fix...

I am tempted to say if it isn't broken don't fix it. Mine has done 160,000 miles and never been apart but has had a blob of sludge on the drain plug at every oil change which I do at 5,000 mile...
Forum: Americas 10-24-2014, 06:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 255
Posted By Mark Manley
I would suggest flying to Bangkok, take the train...

I would suggest flying to Bangkok, take the train out of town to somewhere they rent bikes and travel round on that, not expensive with great food and English widely spoken. The only down side is you...
Forum: Americas 10-24-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 427
Posted By Mark Manley
I would also say leave on your own and you will...

I would also say leave on your own and you will meet other people doing part or all of your route, if you get along you can travel together for as long as you both want to, as has been said you will...
Forum: Airheads 10-23-2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 529
Posted By Mark Manley
How about this one? It is in the US. ...

How about this one? It is in the US.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-R100GS-R100GSPD-Airhead-oil-pan-oil-sump-/331270218185?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item4d213e61c9
Forum: Old's Cool 10-23-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 407
Posted By Mark Manley
Take a look here, I had a quick look and he...

Take a look here, I had a quick look and he listed some brake parts for your bike.

https://www.davidsilverspares.co.uk/
Forum: Airheads 10-22-2014, 09:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 529
Posted By Mark Manley
The genuine BMW has the same fitting and why your...

The genuine BMW has the same fitting and why your GS doesn't have then I can't imagine, both my '83 G/S and '91 GS both do, how about looking for a second hand sump on ebay?
Forum: Airheads 10-21-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By Mark Manley
I have had two Hall sensors die on me with...

I have had two Hall sensors die on me with similar symptoms before they expired, I think the only test is substitution.
Forum: Airheads 10-20-2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,008
Posted By Mark Manley
I think the difference between these two will be...

I think the difference between these two will be little more than cosmetic, it comes down to condition, price and if you like the colour.
Forum: Airheads 10-19-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 591
Posted By Mark Manley
It all depends on how it has been used and...

It all depends on how it has been used and maintained, my GS has done over 160,000 miles without the gearbox being touched and did 100,000 before the first valve job, R65s probably won't go that far...
Forum: Airheads 10-18-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 318
Posted By Mark Manley
It should fit straight on but are a little longer.

It should fit straight on but are a little longer.
Forum: Airheads 10-18-2014, 10:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,008
Posted By Mark Manley
Airheads can vary a lot in character not only...

Airheads can vary a lot in character not only from one model to the other but one individual bike to the next and for that reason would suggest you ask to test ride the bikes you are interested in...
Forum: Airheads 10-17-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By Mark Manley
Are you talking about a paralever GS shock or a...

Are you talking about a paralever GS shock or a monlever G/S shock? If the latter it might be a good mod but the former it will be too long.
Forum: Asia Pacific 10-16-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 415
Posted By Mark Manley
I presume from your question that you plan to buy...

I presume from your question that you plan to buy locally, I am not sure about Japan but foreigners cannot register bikes in their name in India. There are some dealers who will arrange to have one...
Forum: Airheads 10-16-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 203
Posted By Mark Manley
Nooooooooooooooooo! :eek1 What the world needs...

Nooooooooooooooooo! :eek1 What the world needs right now is another GS replica. :clap
Forum: Airheads 10-16-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 375
Posted By Mark Manley
I think this has been discussed here before and...

I think this has been discussed here before and the conclusion was they are unique to BMW and only available through dealers or independent suppliers, as has been suggested try the independents for...
Forum: Airheads 10-14-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 746
Posted By Mark Manley
I have been using stainless fasteners for over 30...

I have been using stainless fasteners for over 30 years on most of the bikes I have owned and never had a single stripped thread as a result but have found a lot of seized bolts that have lead to...
Forum: Airheads 10-13-2014, 10:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 718
Posted By Mark Manley
Here is an excellent source of information about...

Here is an excellent source of information about all things airhead.

http://www.bmbikes.co.uk/information.htm
Forum: Airheads 10-13-2014, 10:23 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,995
Posted By Mark Manley
That doesn't look too bad to me although what if...

That doesn't look too bad to me although what if any other damage might be in there is difficult to see from the photos. From what I can see new or second hand cam followers, pushrods and a decoke...
Forum: Airheads 10-13-2014, 10:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 746
Posted By Mark Manley
Then when you have helicoiled them you can buy a...

Then when you have helicoiled them you can buy a nice set of stainless plugs here.

http://www.motorworks.co.uk/vlive/Shop/Parts.php?T=5&NU=15&M=20&Ct=YA&SbCt=BA_15_20_YA_55
Forum: 2 smokers 10-11-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,885
Posted By Mark Manley
My and two other MZ TS250 circa 1990, these bikes...

My and two other MZ TS250 circa 1990, these bikes did quite a lot of miles between them especially the blue one which to owner took to Spain and Portugal on one trip and the Czech Republic on...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-11-2014, 10:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,402
Posted By Mark Manley
He still does the occasional parade lap at the...

He still does the occasional parade lap at the Goodwood festival of speed on a Captain America replica.
...
Forum: EMEA 10-11-2014, 10:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 541
Posted By Mark Manley
Check through this post to see if there is...

Check through this post to see if there is anything useful.

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/trip-paperwork/moto-insurance-yank-going-europe-74474
Forum: Airheads 10-11-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 450
Posted By Mark Manley
The smaller tank from the GS80 Basic seems like...

The smaller tank from the GS80 Basic seems like the obvious choice as it fits straight on, the R65 tank which is the same shape should fit but you might need to modify the electrics.

...
Forum: Airheads 10-08-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,185
Posted By Mark Manley
I was just going to say that! not always easy to...

I was just going to say that! not always easy to get as they only make them in small batches but a good all round tyre, no pun intended.
Forum: Airheads 10-07-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 623
Posted By Mark Manley
Motorworks do reconditioned drive shafts and...

Motorworks do reconditioned drive shafts and might be able to supply replacement bearings.

http://www.motorworks.co.uk/vlive/Home/index.php
Forum: Trip Planning 10-07-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 517
Posted By Mark Manley
I think Progressive insure foreigners and their...

I think Progressive insure foreigners and their bikes.

http://www.progressive.com/motorcycle/
Forum: Trip Planning 10-07-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,131
Posted By Mark Manley
What about a local bike club such as the BMW...

What about a local bike club such as the BMW club? I expect they have a local group and do day long ride outs and perhaps longer organised trips.

http://bmwmoa.org/

As for organised tours how...
Forum: Asia Pacific 09-26-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 164
Posted By Mark Manley
It can be done in 6 weeks but that is a bit of a...

It can be done in 6 weeks but that is a bit of a rush and nothing spare for sight seeing or delays, if you can get more time take it, I would say at least 10 weeks. The Balkans are somewhat out of...
Forum: Asia Pacific 09-26-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 282
Posted By Mark Manley
Nepal is a fabulous place with friendly people...

Nepal is a fabulous place with friendly people and great scenery, as you speak English you will get by no problem and they also drive on the left, nominally anyway. I can't help with the rental...
Forum: Americas 09-14-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,144
Posted By Mark Manley
It would be an excellent decision, especially if...

It would be an excellent decision, especially if the alternative is not to travel between Lubbock and San Francisco by motorcycle. You could do some research about route, try to take smaller roads...
Forum: Airheads 09-14-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,539
Posted By Mark Manley
+1

+1
Forum: Airheads 09-12-2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,419
Posted By Mark Manley
Thanks for posting, this is my contribution, a...

Thanks for posting, this is my contribution, a few interesting photos of a bygone era, bloody hell that makes me sound old!
Here is my G/S on a four year RTW trip with its original owner 1984-1988,...
Forum: Airheads 09-12-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,539
Posted By Mark Manley
I don't have any recommendation for a replacement...

I don't have any recommendation for a replacement light, I have taken the fairing off of my 80GS and replaced it with the older style light from a mono G/S but would say keep the standard parts for...
Forum: Trip Planning 09-10-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,270
Posted By Mark Manley
There should be plenty here, if you are thinking...

There should be plenty here, if you are thinking about making a long tour on a small bike don't let anyone put you off, after years of overland travel on a BMW GS I made a long trip on a Honda XR125...
Forum: Ride reports 09-09-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 10,260
Posted By Mark Manley
How about 50 years earlier then? Possibly the...

How about 50 years earlier then? Possibly the first trans-Africa trip by any vehicle, two women with a bike and sidecar.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjNmXQdgqhA
Forum: Trip Planning 09-09-2014, 12:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,311
Posted By Mark Manley
The best off road maps of Britain are from...

The best off road maps of Britain are from Ordnance Survey, I use the Landranger maps for planning my dirt road riding which are 1-50,000 scale and show all rights of way which include byways and...
Forum: Trip Planning 09-07-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,311
Posted By Mark Manley
Where you can and can't ride tracks or off road...

Where you can and can't ride tracks or off road will vary from one country to another, there is a big difference even between England and Scotland and you would have to look up local laws in each...
Forum: Airheads 09-04-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 456
Posted By Mark Manley
You say cooked, have you stripped it? it is...

You say cooked, have you stripped it? it is probably a Valeo which has dropped a magnet(s). This usually finishes it off but I was lucky and just one magnet detached and jammed it, I was able to...
Forum: Airheads 09-03-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,061
Posted By Mark Manley
I replaced the original BMW valves in my GS after...

I replaced the original BMW valves in my GS after 100,000 miles with genuine BMW and these are well on their way to the next 100,000 and would use them again. A friend who was a dispatch rider in...
Forum: Trip Planning 09-02-2014, 10:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,290
Posted By Mark Manley
It is a good thing to have, I'm not sure what the...

It is a good thing to have, I'm not sure what the options are for US citizens but something that includes emergency repatriation would be best. Check with any policy that it covers your for...
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