Reincarnating an 81 R100RS

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by theDQG, Oct 1, 2017.

  1. theDQG

    theDQG Been here awhile

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    I am replacing the original RS bars with wide renthals.

    I've been lectured on the style of tires I picked for this bike which I have no problem admitting was far more about vanity and image than practicality. We'll see how it goes.
  2. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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    Before you spend the $, are they 22mm bars? 7/8" don't work apparently.
  3. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    I put a wide tire on the front. Not real wide, just a little wide because I could get the tire I wanted in that size. I almost crashed the first time I made a U turn in town the handling was so funky.
  4. theDQG

    theDQG Been here awhile

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    Beautiful weather today- finally yanked the bike out of storage and looking forward to working on it as soon as I finish wiring the virago project I'm working on.

    Unfortunately as I was wheeling the bike out, I noticed/felt a clicking which increased the faster I moved the bike. I have to think this has something to do with the final drive- anyone have any suggestions as to what I should check first?
  5. ME 109

    ME 109 Long timer Supporter

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    Put it on the centre stand in neutral and rotate the wheel. Make sure the tranny is in proper neutral and not a false neutral. Select first and up to neutral. Still clicking? Where's the noise coming from?
    How many clicks per wheel revolution? 7 or 8?
    I have had a failed rear out put shaft bearing in the tranny that showed itself as a click in the final drive.
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  6. ccmickelson

    ccmickelson MonoMania Supporter

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    Check for a loose bolt where the drive shaft connects to the gearbox output flange. If there's a bolt floating around the rubber bellows it will 'click' when it hits the driveshaft u-joint as it rotates and increases with velocity.
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  7. Planetducky

    Planetducky Been here awhile

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    Looking good! As long as you're happy with what you're doing, it's all that matters. I used the same subframe from D&O, just a different seat for my R65 build. Nothing was chopped up or detabbed and I kept all of the original parts. I have a build thread on archive here and the inmates seemed to be a little kinder to me than you. Regardless, I look forward to seeing what you end up with. Cheers! IMG_7870 (2).JPG
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  8. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    I like the white wheels. Black wheels just look heavy. Also the lack of the sily pipe wrap. That stuff is hard to maintain and rots the finish on the pipes. Good ol' BBQ black and respray them every few years and they always look good.
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  9. theDQG

    theDQG Been here awhile

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    Thanks- unfortunately I have no way to check to see if it's in neutral. The clutch cable and shifter aren't hooked up. Would it be a good idea to temporarily mount the handlebar, clutch lever, connect everything up and check?
  10. theDQG

    theDQG Been here awhile

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    That's a beautiful bike, and well done! Lucky you re: inmates. Not sure why my particular build has the inmates riled up more than usual. I ought to dig out the peace pipe.
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  11. ME 109

    ME 109 Long timer Supporter

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    You just need the shifter on the tranny to make sure it's in proper neutral. Most likely is.
    You may also find that moving the shift a little without changing gears will stop the click. I did that with my bike a couple of weeks ago.
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  12. Planetducky

    Planetducky Been here awhile

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    Lol! Maybe they care less about the little old R65 than your model. I'm sure you have thick skin, so press on sir!
  13. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    the reaction you get may depend on where you start and where you end up. Hacking a nice bike into a me-too....
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  14. theDQG

    theDQG Been here awhile

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    Just finished my Virago build- it was a fun one. It has all the motogadget bells and whistles, including the M-unit blue and I've enjoyed the benefit of controlling it offsite with my iphone.

    Still a build in progress, but I'm done with it for now as I want to ride it this season. Time to move on to the BMW.

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  15. theDQG

    theDQG Been here awhile

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    theDQG Been here awhile

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    On the stand now.. I have to sort through the mess I got back from the "mechanic." There's a bunch of boxes I have to go through, and try to organize stuff.

    For each snide remark I receive on this thread, I will hack off a tab from the frame which is currently unmolested. You may consider that a threat.
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  17. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    An 81 does't have much in the way of tabs. You should see what a mono has.
  18. theDQG

    theDQG Been here awhile

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    Well I guess that doesn't allow for much snide remarks then.

    Today, I'll be making a plan of action for putting this bike back together. Since the battery and other accessories are going to be relocated, I'll have to replace the cables and wires, to make them long enough.
  19. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    The hrn tabs are quite worthwhile. i made reversing brac,kets out of stainless t go on them to run the hrns reversed (sideways) so more sund would get out from behind the fairing.

    Turns out there is a ton of room under the tank for relays flashers, voltage reg, ignition, connectors. But you have to make a bracket (but no welding) and you need to make part of a loom, which is a bit most "builders" are terrified of.
  20. Carlisja

    Carlisja A wandering soul. Super Supporter

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    That turned out great. I am considering the m-unit blue for my own build. Are you happy enough with it that you will use it on the R100?