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Old 01-15-2008, 08:12 PM   #16
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(Because I historically have always paid too much for what my heart tells me to buy)
Story of my life brother!!!
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Old 01-15-2008, 08:46 PM   #17
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Your bike looks a lot like the /7 I picked up for $500. Missing headlight and all!

Cheers on a great find!

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Old 01-15-2008, 09:12 PM   #18
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Your bike looks a lot like the /7 I picked up for $500. Missing headlight and all!
Can you tell me what size headlight goes in this bike? 7 or 8 inch? The diameter of the whole assembly is 8 inches, but 7 inches would fit within the assembly. Thanks
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:19 AM   #19
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Ya done good! REAL good! I've gotten a few good deals in my time but none as good as that! I got a /5 that was a yard sale left over for $225 - but it's pretty rough and doesn't compare.

The headlight is slightly over 7" (it's a metric size) and you'll have to get the BMW Bosch light. There are three pieces to it: lens, reflector, and the chrome mounting ring. There's also a gasket between the lens and reflector and six or seven clips to hold the reflector/lens into the ring. Expect to pay $50 to $100 for the complete assembly. Those headlight rings can get dented fairly easily, so be sure to check the used ones over well. Nice undented examples aren't easy to find and are expensive from the dealer.
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Old 01-16-2008, 08:02 AM   #20
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Where is the air filter on this dern thing? It's too cold in the garage, so I can only spend a few minutes at a time. Thx
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Old 01-16-2008, 08:12 AM   #21
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On top of the tranny. See where those carb air tubes lead from?
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Old 01-16-2008, 10:22 AM   #22
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Where is the air filter on this dern thing? It's too cold in the garage, so I can only spend a few minutes at a time. Thx
Gosh, that's funny! My garage is a refridgerator.
A couple months back I discovered my airbox had been converted to mouse condos!
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:26 AM   #23
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On top of the tranny. See where those carb air tubes lead from?
So is there a cover or something I need to take off? I guess I need to get a manual. Thx
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:51 AM   #24
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I guess I need to get a manual.
um, yeah.

why don't you just roll it in the house, next to the pellet stove. just throw down a couple towels on the floor. i'm sure the wife wouldn't mind.
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:09 PM   #25
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um, yeah.

why don't you just roll it in the house, next to the pellet stove. just throw down a couple towels on the floor. i'm sure the wife wouldn't mind.
What are you laughing at???? Your the one that is going to be helping me convince her that we need to bring it in the house next weekend. Oh yeah, your also going to have to help lift it too
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:42 PM   #26
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OK, am I a dumbass??? Wait, dont answer that. I cannot get the fuel cap off of this thing!!! Lift the handle and the cap will spin 360 degrees. Put the key in and it pretty much does nothing. What gives?
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:53 PM   #27
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If no one else chimes in with the correct answer, there is a trick to getting the caps off when the key doesn't engage the little pawl thingies locking the top section to the threaded bottom section. I just can't remember where I read about it.

I'll look through the binders full of tech articles that came with my R80 (which BTW has had the two parts of the cap staked together permanently to eliminate the key function).

Edit: I found the article in said binders - from the Airhead Mailing List. Try this before the next paragraph which is last resort... loop a leather belt or rope through the lift handle and over your neck or shoulders. While pulling up "with more force than you think proper", and turning the cap.

If that doesn't work then.....

Don't rush to do this until better info than mine is posted up, but IIRC one of the last resort methods involves drilling a 1/8" hole through the little BMW emblem cast into the cap and sticking a 1/8 bit or rod in to lock the top and bottom together and unscrew them. If the cap doesn't have the little MBW emblem, then is its an eyeball position somewhere on an imaginary circle concentric with the outer edge of the inner hinge side for the lift handle.

Hopefully it won't come to that.

My cap looks like it may have been drilled on the inside only before the ratcheting mechanism failed, and a crude pin staked in from the inside. I feel no real need to fix the lock on mine, so at most I may clean up the PO's work and put a proper roll pin in place of whatever is stuck in there now.
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:12 PM   #28
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I'll give it a whirl. Thanks
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Old 01-17-2008, 07:14 AM   #29
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Here's some more stuff on the gas caps that might help:

http://www.largiader.com/articles/gascap/
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Old 01-17-2008, 07:24 AM   #30
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Nice use of the hitch hauler

I thought I was the only one who overloaded those damned things. gald to see there are others who don't mind loading em up and putting an airhead on it.

So far I have had no problems hauling this way.

I am looking into taking the 39.95 front wheel chock that Harbor Freight sold. It is supposed to be bolted to the floor of a trailer or truck to hold the bike in place while transporting. I am going to try and fit it to a reciever and use it to tow my airhead by jsut sliding it into the receiver on my truck. It would beat trying to load it in the truck whenever I had to take it somewhere.
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