My life aboard a BMW R80ST

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by hardwaregrrl, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    no show for me - was on the list but up in va/wva riding that week. Too bad her pipes were exhausted. :shog I did make Friday music midtown and got some tix to the Playhouse in a couple of weeks so getting some of it! :super
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  2. Houseoffubar

    Houseoffubar HoFmetalworks.com

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    Damn fine Jenna! Ridin "clam out" :lol3 I had no idea you were so fast:clap
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  3. sithndman

    sithndman Been here awhile

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    Love it! Looks like a blast!
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  4. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Too damn cool Jenna:freaky
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  5. hardwaregrrl

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    Finally somebody gets it!!!!

    Original post has been updated
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  6. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    You didn't post any pics of it upside down :deal
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  7. hardwaregrrl

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    shit.....flickr ate them. Don't worry....they'll be more.:D

    :wave Andy...you going next weekend?
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  8. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    this is so wrong in many ways...don't wrench with Brad....:eek1:lol3
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  9. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    Not to worry, they are still on my smugmug;

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    Planning on being there, haven't decided what to ride however.
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  10. hardwaregrrl

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    I had to do something about my rear brake rod.....

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    I'd heard good and bad things about making the cam assymetrical and flipping the brake lever. From StephenB, and Onelessharley. It made me uneasy to grind the cam and get it wrong. Looking at the rear brake arm, I realized that if that slams into a rock, it's likely the whole FD would, so whats the point other than protecting the rod???

    So time for a cable mod.....

    The business end of this Honda cable I had kicking around looked to be very similar to my airhead. In fact, same thread and length of thread. Well, if that isn't a "go ahead" from the moto gods, I don't know what is??

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    So I basically measured 4 times, and cut once......then the metal sheath.

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    It cost me under 10 bucks for hardware, including these cable adjusting ferrules.

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    And the finished product.....

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    No interference from the cable ferrules.

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    Haven't ridden it yet to test the tension, I may have to use a shorter spring. But just rolling up and down the driveway it feels stock but a bit less pressure needed to engage. Just something else to get used to.:freaky
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  11. Suruppak

    Suruppak Been here awhile

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    Awesome, gutsy video!! :eek1

    How does the steering with the WP forks compare to stock? Does is still have a huge turning radius like it did with the DR forks?
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  12. hardwaregrrl

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    Nope...it's back to stock. 36mm I believe. Dr was something like 22. Thanks!
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  13. ontic

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    38mm offset for our triples,
    btw, what did you do for steering stop bolts that screw into the triples? I have some big head allen bolts in there with some nuts screwed on to space the bolt up far enough to hit the steering stop... looks like it could do with being turned down a little to get the most out of the turning circle.

    I like your rear brake mod. Visually I am not too sure of the adjustable cable ferules, but they seem to do the job very well.
    I was trying to think of a downside to doing a cable instead of a rod-
    I suppose if you get a large rock fly up and hit it it might more easily apply the rear brake locking up the rear wheel... briefly... but being a cable it will just bounce back out rather than bend in, and it would have to be at a very awkward moment for the rear wheel braking to actually do too much damage.
    Well done!
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  14. hardwaregrrl

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    Ah-ha! thanks Hans.....I can barely ride this POS let alone nerd out and remember all the stuff I've changed. I'm glad somone is keeping a tally.!! Hope to see you and the G/S in action soon.

    Brake mod has worked well so far, I'm already used to it. I hated using the cable ferrules, but didn't want a permanent mod, guess I could weld them together.

    I just used hex head bolts and locked them in with nuts on top and underneath. At full lock, the flat bit of the hex is against the stop, I got a few mm's more doing that VS. an allen head. But who's counting? :dunno

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  15. hardwaregrrl

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    Just for giggles....
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  16. ontic

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    Barely ride the POS?:photog
    You ride the pants off that thing:evil

    Don't worry, I can't wait to get some more G/S action happening too. I just read these threads to keep my spirits up. Unfortunately time is at a premium with study right now (yes I am procrastinating as we speak and 'taking a break from' avoiding work as I type). That snap decision to go back to full time study again really had some consequences...:huh with all the stuff due right now I haven't been able to do paid work for quite a while. Dollars are a little short. Moving house with all our tonnes of 'possesions' a month ago was almost the end of me. New shed is going to be a puzzle to figure out where everything ended up...

    I might be heading over to SE asia for the summer for some work very soon, which will theoretically delay the G/S even further, but if that doesn't happen it is going to be a very serious G/S summer for me. If SE Asia does happen, I'll be getting serious on the G/S when I get back early next year.

    With the arrival of the Mikuni's and a bunch of other stuff (Thanks Solo!), and one last box to arrive from Germany soon, I've pretty much got everything I need to do the rough build and testing before I pull it apart again and send the frame off and whatnot for the prettier more final build...

    In the mean time, I'll just have to occasionally clog up other peoples threads:D

    Cheers,
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  17. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    dam... jenna... that was fun!!. For a road-rider like me, I can appreciate the back woods, but man, I would want a lighter bike than my ST... good on ya!

    ...and ever thankful for my nice tank, which will be metamorphed (?) this winter into something un-blue....!!

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  18. _anatic

    _anatic Plated

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    That was GREAT!! Really liked the first one too.
    Let the locals know next time y'all are up.:D
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  19. hardwaregrrl

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    The Dobber....

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  20. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    I am a sailor-type, and you might want to look into the various ways of using sailboat rigging.... Easiest to use would be the Nicopress, which can be done really cheaply and quickly. I'd bet that there is a sailing/rigging outfit somewhere in Hotlanta.. If not, you could probably make it work with some big vice-grips, or even a bench-vise? .... or just sweet talk those sailorboys into letting you borrow the tool....!

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    Awesomeness in those rides, for sure! :evil
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