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Discussion in 'Airheads' started by TINK, May 3, 2011.

  1. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    And that's what I find amazing about BMW in this age of full model redesign every two to three years. There's no way any manufacturer can to keep up it's parts inventory with this constant obsession with continual redesigning models for the sake of just being the newest next big thing. It's refreshing to know that BMW continues to respect its heritage and retains some sense of self when so many of the other motorcycle companies are caught up in a continual battle with itself against being left behind on "The Next Big Thing".
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  2. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Cool bike. :thumb


    What's that yellow car in the garage?


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  3. simonboxeproject

    simonboxeproject Adventurer

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    Thanks Lornce,

    The car is my Lotus Elise S1, Had it for some years now, but limited to how much tinkering you can do to it hence the bike project, the nice thing about the bike is all the work is there to see and not hidden under a load of fiberglass.
    Oh and the other good bike point is you dont have to sit in the traffic jams as much, (but you can get a bit cold and wet)
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  4. Rob Farmer

    Rob Farmer Long timer

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    Those Elise's are a lot of fun in a small package. Incredible handling.

    Love the top gear review :-

    Rarely achieved mix of track cred and lusty looks. You can scare the pants off your girlfriend and then get a glimpse of said pants while she's struggling to get out.
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  5. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    I knew I would have to upgrade the suspension, both front and rear, as the original BMW OEM shocks were in bad shape. At thirty two years of age, normal wear and tear had left them with zero dampening affect. On the ride home I knew they were junk as I cruised along enjoying the “Buick like” ride of the deceased rear shocks.

    My initial research led me to “the usual suspects”; Works, Race Tech, Progressive. All fine shocks that I had used on bike builds of the past. But really, this is classic BMW Airhead, and modern shocks, as good as they are, do not provide that classic BMW look. Back in the day, KONI was “the” aftermarket replacement shock of choice for the discriminating BMW owner who wanted to ride his BMW at a rapid pace.

    I happened upon a pair of original KONI 7610-1298 new old stock in the original box on eBay. Bidding started at $100, went to $125, and then sat there for the next 4 days. I logged on 2 minutes before the auction closed to find the bidding had pushed the price up to $275, ouch. I still though it would be cool to have actual “KONI” shocks, so I bid $285, do’h. Then 20 seconds before the auction closed a bid for $290… I fire back with $295, but, was second in line at $295 and did not win, rats!

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  6. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    That’s okay, I went ahead and ordered a brand new set of IKON (KONI with the “I” moved to the front) 7610-1298 (same part number at KONI used) for $414 from IKON USA http://www.ikonsuspensionusa.com/servlet/StoreFront Dave Garner.

    I’m really better off with a freshly manufactured set of IKON than a 15 year old set of KONI’s, that would likely need to be broken down and serviced before I installed them on the bike.

    IKON shocks are the old KONI shocks, right down to the same part number. IKON bought the entire KONI motorcycle business and makes KONI tooled IKON shocks in Australia. There are so true to the original, you can buy IKON guts and use them to rebuild your old KONI’s, what I would have likely had to do to the eBay KONI’s, had I won the bid.

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  7. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    Here they are! They’re beautiful! Can’t wait to put them on and go for a ride… Hmmm, that will be some time from now. My intention is to go through and bike and check everything mechanical before I put her back on the road again. What they call in the airline service business a Heavy Check. So for now, the IKON’s stay in the box on the shelf next to my brand new BMW OEM R90S fairing.

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  8. Jasper ST4

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    Jeebus. I didn't know that they cost that much these days. Reckon I'll keep mine buffed up real good. They are great shocks.
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  9. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    Jasper ST4, What part of WA do you live?
    Grew up in Seattle, Green Lake, Lincoln High...
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  10. Jasper ST4

    Jasper ST4 Guest

    I'm more near the bottom of the Puggit Sound, since 1982.
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  11. TINK

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font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]-->Started pulling the fairing off today. Got the windshield and the pockets removed.
    Next I need to pull the front forks to remove the remainder of the upper fairing.

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  12. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    Here&#8217;s what I removed today. I&#8217;ll be boxing it all up and will decide later if I want to keep the RT fairing or just sell it off.
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    Windshield, like the fairing, is in &#8220;serviceable&#8221; condition. No major blemishes, just the normal wear and tear one would expect from a 32 year old bike that had been ridden.

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    With the left mirror swung down, you can see the left side upper windshield mount has broken and an attempt at a repair remains.
    Not a big deal really, have all the pieces, just need to do a proper repair, with some glass cloth reinforcement this time.

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font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]-->[FONT=&quot]With the headlight protector removed (a heavy piece of tempered glass) and the boot pulled inside out, I can access the inside the fairing.
    There&#8217;s a small running light that goes in the slot above.
    Plate in the center holds the windshield to the fairing; two 8mm nuts on the back side are accessed through the running light slot.


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    PROJECT S > http://www.photosbytink.com/bmw/
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    The right upper fairing is missing it's entire clear coat, note the missing pin strips. It has some scrapes on the edge, not bad though, just paint.


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    Like fine wine, an airhead should be allowed to breath&#8230;

    I decided to start her up and take her for a ride down the street before draining out the old gas. Choke on, hit the starter, and she fires to life. After a minute or so I release the choke and she idles nicely with that BMW thump-a thump-a. Helmet on, I throw a leg over her and tap the gear shift into first, release the clutch and she moves down the street smartly. The clutch engauges at the very end of the lever throw, this may be normal, but I have no way to know. She purrs along smoothly and springs to life when I give her the gas. I&#8217;m convinced this bike is mechanically sound. It has almost no miles, 38K, on her and displays no signs of mechanical wear. No blue oil smoke. Carbs seem to be functioning properly. No bad noise coming from the trans or clutch. Valves make a small amount of clatter, but this may just be the normal BMW way&#8230; I have not yet to check the valve lash. All in all I&#8217;m very pleased with this bike and can&#8217;t wait to get her checked out competely and on the road again. I still want to walk through each aspect of the bikes mechanics; brakes, suspension, motor before I get her insured and on the road for some fun. I&#8217;ve decided that for phase one I will not worry about the cosmetic things like paint and chrome, but rather give each part a good cleaning and leave the original patina as is for now.

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    The last of the RT fairing hardware is off. Now I have to decide if I&#8217;m going to keep the RT fairing in storeage, or sell it off. Time will tell.

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    Did a rough install of the headlamp ears. Going to take the forks off next to do a rebuild and install new IKON springs, so no reason the finish off the headlamp mounts until after the forks have been rebuilt.

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