My life aboard a BMW R80ST

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

  1. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Did you run low on oil?? Glad you caught it in time. I ruined a main cap recently on my TR6 by not lining it up right...luckily not to hard to fix, line bore the journals...it's only money right?

    be careful with the dremel as you don't want any scratches or gouges perpendicular to the length of the rod. Any file or scratches are potential breakage points.

    This rod is from a Triumph TR6 (car), but shows, what you don't want to see, stock rod. You don't have casting marks like these rods, but all those lines are potential fracture spots.

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    after sanding.

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    BTW- use assembly lube on the bearings, or STP oil treatment.
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  2. hardwaregrrl

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    Bikes back together and running very well....I used a moly on the bearing shells. I've already run it about 300 miles for ring break in. My understanding is you do not want to abrade the top of the rod but the sides. Which is what I did, and I'm not the only one.:evil


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  3. YOUNZ

    YOUNZ Been here awhile

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    Looking at the image of that rod bearing shell with the babbitt all worn off, reminded me that in my experience the replacement never lasted very long. The crank journal looked OK but in reality, not good enough. I hope you have better luck.
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  4. hardwaregrrl

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    It broke off when I stepped on it.:evil
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  5. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    You know that feeling you get when you look over a cliff or a really high bridge? That's what I felt when I read your third sentence. :eek1

    I don't know how many times I've stood in the shop, shoulders drooped, staring, with that "You dumb motherfucker" feeling.

    But, there's always a way back:

    And breakin' shit is a good first step! Lookin' good, Jenna!
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  6. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    So ... how's she running? Smoother? More power?

    :ear
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  7. hardwaregrrl

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    Thanks man:thumb I have learned way more from making mistakes than I have by the book. When you have to sit back and scratch your head, I consider that a win in my brain book. I realize these machines are pretty simple to work on from a motor stand point but it has changed my attitude when it comes to diving into something you're unfamilliar with. i've been able to keep this bike rolling since '07 almost completly independently. And this isn't the kind of bike that's ridden once a week. I totaled my mileage up recently and on average, I've put around 12k a year on this bike.

    The power is certainly there.!:evil I still think the Dobber is an anomaly as my A$%hole is nowhere near as smooth....although it could be my socked D606s on the bike. They're pretty toothy in the front. :deal
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  8. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    That's gold right there!

    Simple, complicated, it's no different, you're still only doing one thing at a time.

    In a given week I'll work on a six cylinder Porsche, a flathead Ford tractor, and a sump pump.

    The main thing is no matter what it is, no matter how much experience you have, slow down, look at it, and see what's there.

    Then fuck it up, and kick yourself in the ass!
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  9. hardwaregrrl

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    Bike is running very well. Went out to a local secret spot on Sunday just before the Falcons game to have a little fun. Still need to learn how to EDIT. So I apologize for the length.

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  10. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    Wow. Fun place to ride! Lots of variety. That Jeep/ATV place at the end reminded me of the strip mine where I rode growing up.

    And then, at the end, I see that you were riding all that with a bucket saddle! Man, I could not do that. Props!
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  11. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    how can someone who live in Atlanta have such good roads??? How far is that from you??? Looks fun.
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  12. hardwaregrrl

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    Hey thanks!!! Never even think about the seat hampering my riding style.

    'bout 20 mins from my house. it was a tag in our local tag thread. But up on the street level, I had to do a little exploring.:evil

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  13. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    Nice sound track :thumb Last tune seems perfect for SB singalong :nod

    And - what a great game last week - Tony was fn brilliant. Go Falcons. :freaky
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  14. Stagehand

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    Holy crap I have not been hanging out in Airheads at all lately... :huh the Dakar's been on, is my only excuse..

    HOT DAMN well you are getting one hell of an education. I sympathize, all mine looked a hell of a lot like this except I hamfistedly broke a lot more stuff. you are doing really well! We are going to have a great time!

    :clap :freaky
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  15. hardwaregrrl

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    We ARE gonna have fun!!! I'm mainly freaked out about not having really any sand experience, and crashing the bike....again. It takes me a min. to pick mine up....especially in the heat of the race. But, I'll try to live up to my one and only rally rule, don't crash. Maybe third time is a charm.:dunno
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  16. Stagehand

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    Just accept its going to happen at first, and seek to limit the damage for now.

    Seriously this thread made me all excited and squirmy to watch, but you handled the pulled stud excellently, and the timing chain, terrific. Solid teammate!
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  17. bajaburro

    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    really fun to ride the gs at speed down a straight level fire road.is this unsual?
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  18. hardwaregrrl

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    On a weight saving mission.....

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    Looks weird without this...

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    Had some soft bags made....but modifications need to be done.

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    Got rid of the bent crashbars, and looking at a new muffler. :deal
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  19. Stagehand

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    why new muffler? weight? which one would you go to?


    Cool softbags!
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  20. hardwaregrrl

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    Beater is my guinea pig:evil Honestly, I just want a little bling...and god dang this muffler is a heavy bitch. I got it cheap and thought I'd give it a try, while monitoring my fuel mileage, flat spots, and overall performance. The new one total will weigh 75% less. Gonna try to hit some sand this week, about 3 hours south of me. I am not sure what to expect at SB?