R80/7 + a newb = a long road to cafe

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by benthic, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    yes! Renner has a Harmonizer and we've used it a couple of times on my bike:)

    not much activity on the /7 since my last mini-tech day with Mike and Renner. My wife and I finally got into our new house and have been busy getting things ready for furniture. I'm going to a "real" tech day here in SD this weekend, but probably for looking and learning. I don't think I'll get much wrenching time on my bike until April...
  2. Bill Harris

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    Ya gots to have yer priorities. You've got many of the Usual Suspects taken care of and as long as you keep an eye on things you'll be OK. :deal

    No riding and only lite wrenching for me over the next couple of weeks-- I got my other carpal tunnel Slice-and-Dice the other day and I need to let the wounds heal. I did pull my wheels this AM and they're going down to the bike shop to have new tires put on. First time in 38 years I've not done the spooning m'self. Priorities.
  3. R100LT

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    This there any better feeling than that ??? .. Oh thats right ... overtaking some Harleys .. and as you do ... shift up into 5th :D
  4. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    I like where your head's at. ;)
  5. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    daveoneshot! Sorry it took me so long to get back to you (if you are still reading). I finally ordered some parts from the BeemerShop (they told me that the calipers are stamped 38 or 40, and if they are blank then they are 38) and both my calipers are 40mm. (mine are stamped 40). As I said, I think the new MC is 17, but i did not get to verify that yet. My new house has consumed me, but I hope to get my new front end on in April (that's why i'm ordering parts - so I'm ready when i have free time:) )

    Have a great weekend everyone!
    Spencer
  6. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    well team, I don't have a lot to report on the bike restoration front. It has been a busy few weeks! My wife and I did a bunch of work on our new house and then moved in this past Saturday. So my indirect airhead update is this:

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    my new 2 car garage! (a far cry from my old garage) Sadly, it is full of crap that needs to find a home INside the house - an ongoing project - but I have visions of grandeur that include a tool cabinet and HF bike lift/table:)

    Also! I have garage lizards! some people have shop dogs, I have lizards. I love San Diego:)

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    I was bitten by an especially large one this afternoon. I named him Barry.

    back to the bike briefly;) - I do have parts on order. the Beemershop is working on an order for me that includes a bunch of parts for the new front end and brakes, and I have some bar-end mirrors that should arrive tomorrow from Dime City Cycles. I hope to be able to get back to some serious wrenching in another few weeks (in between house projects).

    Spencer
  7. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Nice shop-to-be. Nice shop lizard. I had a shop-spider this Winter, a Wolf Spider (Lycosidae). I would go to tinker with the beemer, it scurry out from under the lathe, wave it's pedipalps, then scurry back. Once Spring broke, I captured it and set it outside (I was always afear'd of stepping on it).

    Tranny oil? Driveshaft oil? Final Drive oil? (nudge, nudge)
  8. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    these are not forgotten! Final drive and driveshaft oils looked good the last time I changed them, and it wasn't very many miles ago. the tranny is on the to-do list for april - at least, looking inside to see how messed up it is... the oil was changed recently and doesn't have a lot of miles on it.
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    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Good. :thumb

    Keep an eye on the tranny-- if anything is going to go, it will be the ball bearings first. Keep an ear on them with a mechanic's stethoscope-- long before they fail, they'll be noisy. Ask when you're ready to listen, and someone will walk you thru it...
  10. daveoneshot

    daveoneshot Been here awhile

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    Yo, Benthic, good luck with the new pad......keep me posted on the brake specs, Dave.
  11. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    Mike, Renner, and I went out to "church" yesterday morning, meeting the rev. Chuck and John out there for breakfast:)

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    It was nice to get out and ride! The house has consumed me (as many foretold it would). We ran into just a bit of rain, but it was a great morning:)

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    Chuck's bicycle bell!

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    I love this bike!!

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    You can see Renner's /5, and Mike's 650 behind that, and of course Chuck's /6 on the right.

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    Chuck has some fun details on his bike:)

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    some local wild life on Chuck's helmet:)

    so still no wrenching. bah. My bar-end mirrors arrived from Dime City, but they've been a huge frustration - not at all the easy, fun, quick distraction I had hoped. I have a few emails and a call into DCC - I need some replacement parts already. We'll see what happens. The mirrors are pretty lying on the bench, but I can't for the life of me get one installed. It was seriously easier to rebuild my carbs:(

    Until next time!
    Spencer
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    apt13 Been here awhile

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    yeah man, ride! haha.
    sorry about your mirrors. not sure what the issue is with the dime city deals but it seems like people have the most positive experiences with the napoleon bar end mirrors. i've had no issues with mine whatsoever. i can't really get the photos on the dime city site to load correctly, what do they even look like?
  13. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    the DCC mirrors are:

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    and they seem well built for the most part, but the little expansion anchors are not working so good...
  14. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    some fun news - I'm all signed up for the West Coast Gear Box Tech Day:) I'm really looking forward to this! I can't wait to learn all about the little elves that make my bike work;) Sadly, the other airhead I know that was going to go doesn't think he can make it after all, so it looks like I'm heading north in June solo. Any other inmates going?

    spencer
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    I used the same mirror on my recent build. Didn't use the bar ends that came with them though. They look great and the quality of the mirror and stem are good, but the supplied spacers didn't provide enough compression to hold the mirror in place, no matter how much I tightened down the bolt. I ended up machining a delrin spacer to go over my clip ons. It's on there rock solid now
  16. benthic

    benthic glutton 4 punishment

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    agreed!, but yeah, the hardware included kind of sucked (short bolts, poorly designed). HOWEVER! I finally got the mirrors on last night. It took some replacement hardware from DCC (which they were kind enough to send me for free), and some modification and problem solving, but they are on, and solid now:)

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    To celebrate I went for a little 20 mile ride last night:) only to come home and realize that my brake light wasn't functioning properly! GAH! turns out the brake lever is rubbing on the muffler. so the lever is not returning to its "off" position (leaving the brake light always on). My initial inspection shows a solid mounted muffler, not dangling down at all, but i did find lot of carbon on the header pipe where the muffler is clamped on, indicating my clamp wasn't clamped enough! My theory is that the muffler has slid out somehow and is bowing down (hinging at that clamp that wasn't clamped). I need to investigate more...

    Also, changed the transmission fluid this weekend just because my fingernails were to clean. the fluid is looking better than it used to! (still not perfect of course) but the plug is covered after only a hundred miles:(

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    I think i need to get into this soon. (looks like I might not make the gear box tech day after all... will know soon)

    happy tuesday everyone!
    Spencer
  17. Bill Harris

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    Aftermarket mufflers? The may not have the required "dent" around the brake lever. See where the lever is contacting it, and bang in soem clearance. Stock muffler/correct "dent"? The welded-on tube on the frame that the brake pivot bearing passes through may have gotten bent upward. Remove the brake lever, insert a rod into the tube and bend downward. This happens from time to time.

    Not at all good. That looks like many thousands of miles of fuzz, not hundreds. Start thinking tranny rebuild (probably just bearings at this point). I suspected that the watery oil was not a good sign. :( :(
  18. Werner1111

    Werner1111 Adventurer

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    Hey there - I'm going too. I'm bringing a couple '78 5-speed gearboxes for rehab. I'm looking to carpool up from LA if you're looking for company and gas money. I'm signed up for Friday morning and am in no rush to leave before Sunday.
  19. benthic

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    yeah:( I just need the tranny to last until after May 5th - there is a local tech day (Stoner's!) i want to ride it to. After that, i'm making plans to really take the bike apart... should be a fun month;)

    I got the brake light working last night. I don't know what the ultimate cause of the problem was, but I loosened up all the exhaust parts, whacked the headers a few times with my rubber mallet, tightened everything back up, and lo and behold, the brake lever works again. you can see the clearance i have on:

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    so i guess if a few bolts weren't tight enough i could have easily lost the mm of clearance i have. I know these are aftermarket mufflers, but does anyone know if this is a normal amount of clearance to the brake pedal/lever?

    As i told Werner1111 privately (btw he has an AWESOME /7 he needs to share with everyone else;) ), I have given up my spot at the gearbox tech day. I'm sad about this, but it makes sense for me. oh well. maybe there will be one farther south that I'll be able to attend some day.

    I rode the bike to work today:) still getting used to the little bar-end mirrors, but I like them! and I'm off to SD BMW to get some crush washers at lunch for a fun little errand...

    almost the weekend!
    Spencer
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    good call