Back home, back on the airhead !

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by airhead_irl, Oct 4, 2021.

  1. bmwrench

    bmwrench Long timer Supporter

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    Ride the GS across the Atlantic (They can do that, can't they?). I'll swap the gearbox rebuild for your cleaning talents!
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  2. airhead_irl

    airhead_irl Airhead addict

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    Haha ! What would be left of the gearbox by the time I arrive at your place ?! :D But sure, that would be a sweet deal !
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  3. vagueout

    vagueout Long timer

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    Great to see your bikes looking so well kept despite the sea air, I know the problem too well, I live at a beach and the bikes are in a damp garage , my best friend in keeping the surfaces good is Mr Sheen furniture polish and silicone spray lube . :*sip*
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  4. MonzaCross

    MonzaCross When life throws you a curve, lean into it

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    You have the benefit of high quality fortification after a hard days work!
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  5. airhead_irl

    airhead_irl Airhead addict

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    Actually, I have both of those in the garage ! I love the Bardahl brand of silicone spray but I tried the Holts brand when I bought some the last time: it's not as good. I must seek out Bardahl again !
    ACF-50 is a good protectant also, especially for the winter months.

    I am fortunate to have many such establishments in the area my friend :D
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  6. airhead_irl

    airhead_irl Airhead addict

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    Unsuccessfully, I tried fixing everything with a hammer. It didn't work.....

    I know, I know, it's really a mallet and not a hammer...
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    So anyway, the driveshaft could be better: twisted out of phase and one of the UJ's has some play. And the pivot bearings are feeling sorry for themselves in solidarity with the driveshaft.

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    Time to rummage in the piggy-bank so these are on order:

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    The driveshaft in this bike was always an unknown quantity to me (it's the original one that came with the bike) so at least now I have a reference point with a new item and (hopefully) drama free future in this regard. I had a previous driveshaft failure with a R1200R while on the road in Germany (2019) and it was a costly experience mid-trip...

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    As for the gearbox, the output feels smooth to turn by hand. I'm happy re-evaluate the situation after these new parts are fitted. I would be delighted if the vibration issue is solved after this but the way my luck is going lately.....:flush

    Old bikes, eh ??!
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    In the meantime, the '82 R100 was dragged into the 21st century screaming by fitting the phone holder from the previously mentioned R1200R....and a USB socket to charge it from:

    Quadlock phone holder:
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    And that is pretty much my tale up to now. What's next ?

    Another old Bavarian classic spotted out recently...
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  7. mslim

    mslim Long timer

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    Who makes that replacement driveshaft? It looks very serviceable.
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  8. airhead_irl

    airhead_irl Airhead addict

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    I think it is Emerald Isle. I believe they are made in Taiwan and everyone seems to speak highly of the quality.
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  9. airhead_irl

    airhead_irl Airhead addict

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    Over recent days, I got to try the R100 out on the road....first time since around May or June 2020. And fortunately it was all good. It was not a particularly long ride but enough to be enjoyable and reaquaint myself with the old fellow....

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    An old roadside water pump - these things are centuries old and were once found all over Ireland.
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    Autumn roads....
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    This guy was hitching a ride for a while it seems....
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    Cobh (pronounced "cove") is a coastal town in Cork harbour with a long maritime history. St. Coleman's cathedral dominates the skyline above the town but the place is also famous for its link with the ill-fated Titanic: Cobh was the last stopping point for the ship to pick up the last of the passengers before setting off on that disastrous voyage. And it was also the place where, both the survivors and the dead of the Lusitania, were brought after it was sunk by a German U-boat in 1915 off the coast of Cork.

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    But yeah, the R100 ran well. I really need to look at getting some shorter mirrors though: they could take out low flying aircraft on those handlebars as it is !

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  10. ccmickelson

    ccmickelson MonoMania Supporter

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    Great images, man!
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  11. Beemerguru

    Beemerguru Beemerguru...G/S guy

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    I wanna go...but will wait until spring...beauty and history...and great roads.
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  12. airhead_irl

    airhead_irl Airhead addict

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    You want to arrive here, Im happy to assist amigo !
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  13. airhead_irl

    airhead_irl Airhead addict

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    Many thanks !
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  14. airhead_irl

    airhead_irl Airhead addict

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    At last, some goodies arrived from the Netherlands. Hopefully, it won't be long before the old GS is back up and running....and see if that vibration is any different.

    Rebuildable driveshaft & spare rubbers
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    Protruding nipple...
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    Pivot busings
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    Mat @ Boxer Toko even included a free vice grips !
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    I recently had a look in a Moto Guzzi dealership as I was passing the premises. Some nice offerings - the small block Guzzi's seem to me almost like a modern Airhead. Whatcha think ?

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    Classic steed from the land of the Rising Sun...
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    And back in the BMW realm, I saw this British RT and trailer on the road....

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  15. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    "Mat @ Boxer Toko even included a free vice grips !"

    That may be a locking plier, but it's NOT a Vise-Grip!
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  16. airhead_irl

    airhead_irl Airhead addict

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    Here is Guinness-land, we use the vice-grip term loosely (pun intended) :lol3
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  17. tennessee thumper

    tennessee thumper Long timer Supporter

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    great pics and smart upgrades on the GS. Once you get the gearbox sorted--you'll have addressed nearly all the common issues/upgrades on your bike.

    I know I commented before on this but ----really like the 4 gauge dash on your R100, snazzy.

    Agree w/ you on the Guzzi/modern airhead comparison. I considered the VT85 as my first "new" bike purchase a few years back--for just that reason.
    Ended up with 1200 XE Scrambler, though.
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  18. airhead_irl

    airhead_irl Airhead addict

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    Thanks and yes, I like the accessory gauges too. I find them very handy. I really miss having a clock on the GS !

    Those Triumph's are really nice I think. How is it treating you ?
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  19. tennessee thumper

    tennessee thumper Long timer Supporter

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    2+ years on the XE. Only a stripped chain adjuster in the swing arm (no anti seize from factory) has given me pause.

    Not a true dual sport by my measure but it is more than capable off tarmac in the right hands. Suspension leaves a bit to be desired when off road but I've gotten used to it.

    Other than that, it was my first NEW bike and I've been really pleased with it. Great modern addition to the 90s and G/S in the garage.
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  20. airhead_irl

    airhead_irl Airhead addict

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    The "new" bike feeling certainly is a nice one ! Between the XE and the G/S, you have a nice combo. I do like those Triumph's although I don't seem too many of them over here....a rarity.
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