Basic Basil"s corner

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Kokopelli, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. Voltaire

    Voltaire Bored Of The Rings

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    Steve, can you expand on that? anyting to make a beemer box more smooth interests me.:D I usually just bung old EP 90 in there.....
  2. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Yes, I think really struggle with the right pace. I'll need to find someone who can dig a ditch and fill it with rocks and water, never mind the current. That would be a good practice. I think they do that at those fancy Enduro courses overseas.

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  3. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    That's my next job. I have the old metal version in there. Does anyone know if they made different strength clutch springs for the various bikes? Because my clutch is not original.
  4. Voltaire

    Voltaire Bored Of The Rings

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    For airheads there are two pressure plates, a std one and heavy duty one, The R65 was 'catching' on changes so will report back next week on if its better, I pulled out the clutch pushrod assembly, cleaned it, greased it. the roller bearing on the pivot arm was seized, so that should be better now.
  5. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    I've put up with this for several years and will be kicking myself, if it's an easy fix. But hey, I'll take it.
  6. Steve in NZ

    Steve in NZ scared/cheap

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    2 of my BMWs having had horrible gearboxs. Hard to change gears, find neutral etc.

    put Spectro oil in the gearbox and huge transformation. i think Spectro used to supply BMW with the branded oil they sold.

    unsure if they still do.
  7. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    I found these relays on the the Supercheap website, but haven't got a clue which one would work.
  8. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    What do you want that replay to do? That relay might work for accessories like lights & horn, where you need a feed directly from the battery.

    LED flasher here. But that wont work with your switches or wiring.
  9. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    I was hoping that for this sort of money the relay would know what to do. Thanks, now I know what to get. It just seems like less of a hassle to buy the proper flasher, than to piss about with resistors.

    With the flasher I will be able to change the rear indicators as well. I've never like them, they get knocked off, or vibrate loose by themselves. They also make Basil look porkier than he really is. If Steve B would finally send me my LED tail light, I'd be almost set.

    Now all I'll need is for someone to come up with a plug and play LED headlight.
  10. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Apparently, all I need to do is to connect the two point where the red line is.

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    I had no idea what I was looking at. It's bloody big.

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    The search continues....
  11. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    Have you fitted a new clutch cable. My clutch used to be heavy, ( I rode another Basic and couldn't believe hoe light the clutch was) and even though the cable appeared ok and was lubbed, I put a new one in. What a difference. It is lighter pull than my DR:D
  12. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Voltaire was just here a moment ago. We unhooked the cable and you could well be right. I've never lubed the cable, because I thought they were teflon coated and should not be lubed. Teflon can swell up when in contact with oil.

    I'll order a new cable and then I'll know.
  13. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    :shog I couldn't find a sheepish grin icon, so this one must do. After Voltaire left, I went and lubed the cable with fork oil. It's all I had. It made a huge difference. I can still feel and hear a bit of roughness, so I am guessing that the old cable has done some damage inside the sleeve. I've just ordered a new cable from Motoworks. Do new cables have to be lubed?

    The old cable did not last long in this case, but I never lubed it, because I read somewhere that BMW cables were teflon coated and did not react kindly to lube. Oh well, at least I'll have developed some grip strength in my left hand.
  14. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    I don't lube for the same reason. BUT you can get teflon based lube. :D

    Another thought - is it BMW or Venhill?
  15. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    The cable came from motoworks.
  16. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    An American oil company making branded oil for a German manufacturer ? Those stupid Germans need all the help they can get.
  17. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    I have one LED indicator working properly. The installation is not too flash(:D), but should work. The other side will be better. I've stuck the resistor under the top triple clamp with the hope that it will take some of the heat. It's also pretty well hidden under there.
  18. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    well done!
  19. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Look what the courier man brought this morning.

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    Shipped on Monday here by Saturday. I bet Captain Cook would be amazed :-).

    I will change the cable, even though the old one has freed up considerably, as the inside is probably cut up. The question is, oil it or not?

    Old Basil has a hard life, but I try to make sure he gets more than his fair share of services.
  20. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    I just noticed that the clutch cable is made by Venhill. This is what their website says.

    Q: Do I need to lubricate VenhillÂ’s control cables?

    A: No. All our clutch, brake and control cables are Teflon lined, and do not need any form of lubrication.


    No lube then.