New Guy Introduction

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by sleevedout, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. sleevedout

    sleevedout Adventurer

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    Well hello all. I thought I would introduce myself and what I'm up to.

    I just registered for this site as I just recently purchased my first BMW as my next project. I moved from Wisconsin to England in July and upon moving here got my next project.

    Well I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Its was a 1987 BMW R80RT that the previous owner thought would look great as a welded together attempt at a chopper that I'm trying to straighten out.

    In the back of a VW Passat Estate
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    Condition I bought it in
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    Half an hour later
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    mock ups
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    Gas Tank the bike came with
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    Moved into new house/home for bike
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    Got new front end
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  2. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    Hi Sleevedoubt,
    Welcome to the site and to England, I hope your getting on alright on the wrong side of the road and working with spanners not wrenches.

    That looks like a bit of a challenge, it is amazing what some people think looks good.

    A tip, if anybody says something that doesn't make sense they are either making a joke or from up north, you will get the hang of which it is.

    Mark
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  3. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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    Nice! I love the tracker bars and the USD forks. What tank is that you're putting on there ( the yellow one ) and what was the mock up tank?
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  4. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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    Also, is that a hole in the valve cover?
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  5. ontic

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    At least the purists aren't going to hassle you to keep it stock:D
    What is the front end off? Big brakes!
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  6. sleevedout

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    Thanks guys.

    Yellow tank I got for £10 and is a Norton Jubilee, black tank it came with I have no idea but its gonna be my new rear cowl.

    Front end is Triumph yokes with Kawasaki ZX9R forks, wheel, and brakes.

    Yes there's a valve cover hole from where the previous owner dropped bike then it appears he tried to stick weld the hole together.

    I don't mind driving here in England, and I think roundabouts are better than traffic lights, I just wish my area had as many Autojumbles as it seems the north gets.

    Cheers
    Trevor
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  7. Rob Farmer

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    What were you thinking? The whole country to choose from and you went south!! It's not too late to move.
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  8. sleevedout

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    My new wife is from Wiltshire area so I had no choice.
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  9. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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  10. sleevedout

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    I just need to find someone that has a R1100 rear swingarm I could borrow. I need to see if an idea would work.
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  11. Rob Farmer

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    The 1100 Swinging will fit straight into your frame but you will end up with too much offset on the rear wheel. With spoked wheels you can pull the wheel rim over and get it almost back in line.

    This is an 1100 swinging arm in a Paralever airhead frame. You can see how far from the central line the wheel ends up.

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  12. sleevedout

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    Hmm...

    If you re-lace the rear wheel how much of this can you take up?
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  13. Rob Farmer

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    You can take the majority of it out, enough to be acceptable, but it isn't a cheap mod to do. There are only one or two people who will do it because the spoke angles in the rear hub have to be altered. There's also an adapter to buy to convert the airhead gearbox output flange to take an 1100 driveshaft - http://www.bmwboxersupplies.com/adapter-gearbox11xx-drive-shaft-p-331.html you also need to sort out some way of mounting an upright shock where the battery normally sits and you will need a custom made rear shock.

    You could always fit a Paralever GS/R swinging arm and rear wheel but that may not be look your going for, the parts are expensive and not easy to find.
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  14. sleevedout

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    I love how all of these ideas I have seem to follow the path of "pain in the ass to attempt", haha
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  15. Rob Farmer

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    best to know the pitfalls before you spend any cash?
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  16. sleevedout

    sleevedout Adventurer

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    :thumb
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  17. Mark Manley

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  18. sleevedout

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    I went to Shepton Mallet this year and shall be going to this next one.
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  19. sleevedout

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    What are some monolever rear ends that have been modified to fit a r80/r100 frame?
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  20. Airhead Wrangler

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    There are only two monolever rear ends: The one on the G/S and ST models and then all the road going ones (RS, RT, R80/R65 mono, etc) They are both the same swingarm apart from the fact that the G/S/ST one has a shock mount on the swingarm whereas all the road versions have the shock mounting stud on the final drive. The G/S and ST used a 3 lug final drive with a spoked wheel and all the other bikes used a 4 lug final drive with mag wheels. A R100GS or R100R 4 lug spoked hub can be modified to fit them though. That'd probably be the better route due to the wider selection of final drive ratios available.
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