New inmate and new airhead owner!

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Dewshan, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Dewshan

    Dewshan Adventurer

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    I would feel better if it had a dead area on that kick Stand. Spring should only pull when it is on the way back I think? Going to see if I can mod that.
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  2. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    The /5 series is a lot like the earlier /2's. Check out Duane Ausherman's site:
    http://w6rec.com/duane/bmw/index.htm

    Anton Largiader's is excellent: http://largiader.com/

    The sidestand: a well-intentioned idea. It's self retracting. It's embarrassed a lot of people. Easy to circumvent: there is a shackle on the frame near the sidestand pivot that connects to the sidestand spring. Loosen a bolt, let the shackle move to a relaxed position, tighten bolt. Been so long, I really don't remember. Sidestand up or sidestand down? :dunno Let's see if we can remember 'fore we send you off to Snobum... :evil

    '73 was the last year of the /5 and many were LWB. You drivshaft tube looks LWB-ish, but hard to tell in the shadow. There "should be a 2" cylindrical extension on the driveshaft tube flange", but get us a photo...

    Popping? Carbs, either needing a rebuild or just a vacuum leak. Plan on a rebuild unless they are sanitary.

    :D

    --Bill
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  3. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    The end of the drive shaft where it bolts to the final drive;

    [​IMG]
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  4. Antbag

    Antbag Airhead from Tupelo

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    Beautiful bike! I love the red. There's a black one for sale close to where I live. The toaster chrome tanks really stand out!
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  5. chiefrider

    chiefrider Chrome won't get you home

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    Join the AIRHEADS BEEMER CLUB and enjoy the companionship and technical assistence of fellow Airhead riders, plus access to decent beer and various grilled meats!

    See you at AIRHEAD CENTRAL at the BMWMOA Rally at Salem, Oregon this summer?

    Tom n Salem
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  6. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    Correct...there was not a kill switch on the /5.... You stop the engine by pulling switch up, but it doesn't necessarily have to be pulled out.

    You COULD wire in a kill switch, but those /5 switchgear are unique and it would be a shame to remove them... Maybe an add-on, clamp-on kill switch ?

    Nice bike, love it for what it is, they are getting more and more rare, especially in RED!


    :evil
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  7. Dewshan

    Dewshan Adventurer

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    I just updated pictures with driveshaft. Do you think it is swb?
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  8. Dewshan

    Dewshan Adventurer

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    Thanks! I will look at adjusting the kick stand this weekend. Carb rebuild is on the list for sure.
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  9. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    It looks like a SWB /5 to me.
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  10. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    That is a "/5 SWB '70-mid '73". Top picture in Disson's drawing.

    --Bill
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  11. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    Don't remember where I got the photo but I think it's one of those that appears in several places around the Web.
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  12. ironjack63

    ironjack63 Adventurer

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    Looks nice. Welcome to the world of airheads. I myself just joined as I just acquired an '81 R100RT, and am going though it top to bottom, except the engine and tranny, as it only has 29000 miles.
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  13. spo123

    spo123 Man About Town

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    Gentlemen, et al...The swing arm for a /6 can and often has been installed on the earlier bikes......either as a replacement with a good u joint or as a LWB conversion.
    Be aware......"Beware Brother Beware.....":deal
    Have fun.
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