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Forum: Airheads 09-27-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 5,131
Posted By JGT
I ride my R50/5 as fast as it can go sometimes. ...

I ride my R50/5 as fast as it can go sometimes. That is 70 mph on the flat, leaned over. More than enough for me.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-21-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,657
Posted By JGT
Oh, maybe I wasn't clear about that in my...

Oh, maybe I wasn't clear about that in my original post. I'm saying when I do have the right of way, but they don't turn left into my path and force evasive action on my part. That's when I give...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-21-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,657
Posted By JGT
Postive reinforcement for good car drivers

A new thing I have started to do when riding:

When the driver of a car waiting to turn in front of me (either left or right) does the right thing and (a) notices me and then (b) does not pull out...
Forum: Airheads 09-14-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 360
Posted By JGT
My comment about the LED bulb being "new" was...

My comment about the LED bulb being "new" was inexact -- it is about 10 months old, so it is not new in the sense of a just-installed part.

I tested the connection by grounding it and the light...
Forum: Airheads 09-14-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 360
Posted By JGT
Thanks for the replies -- I'll do some checking. ...

Thanks for the replies -- I'll do some checking.

The bulb is a new LED replacement, so it should be good.

Also I noticed just now that when I push the key in, the light goes on steady (wouldn't...
Forum: Airheads 09-14-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 360
Posted By JGT
/5 -- Oil light not on before start

Just checking on something....

Got an R50/5. I'm pretty sure that in the past when I push the key in, the charge light (red) and the oil pressure warning light (orange) have lit up. That would...
Forum: Airheads 09-06-2014, 10:49 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 12,616
Posted By JGT
R50/5 at White's Mercantile in Nashville

Was riding by White's Mercantile on 12 South today and saw this red R50/5. As I have a black R50/5 I stopped to find the kindred spirit who owns this one. That's mine there next to it.

The folks...
Forum: Airheads 08-31-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,948
Posted By JGT
That is a good article and really useful if you...

That is a good article and really useful if you want to get maximum accuracy out of this type of speedometer.

The references in the article to setting a reference speed are important. I came up...
Forum: The Garage 08-26-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,231
Posted By JGT
Thanks for the replies -- looks like a 22mm...

Thanks for the replies -- looks like a 22mm crowfoot will work and I found one at a reasonable price.
Forum: The Garage 08-26-2014, 08:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,231
Posted By JGT
Crescent torque wrench hack - would it work?

In order to torque a certain fastener on my bike, I need a crescent-style torque wrench.

I know some torque wrenches have removable/replaceable heads that a "clawfoot" type open wrench head can...
Forum: Airheads 08-25-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,012
Posted By JGT
- One more point about the Ultraseal that I...

- One more point about the Ultraseal that I tried. The company rep recommended the Commercial Grade rather than the Hi-Perforance grade -- said Commercial would work better with tubes for some...
Forum: Airheads 08-25-2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,425
Posted By JGT
I wore my left footpeg rubber down a lot worse...

I wore my left footpeg rubber down a lot worse than that in about 400 miles. I guess I have restless feet when shifting.

The brake lever is probably the better indicator, especially as it is not...
Forum: Airheads 08-25-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,012
Posted By JGT
Just a followup on my testing of the Ultraseal...

Just a followup on my testing of the Ultraseal "Commercial Grade" sealant with a tube.

Since my rear tire needed replacement anyway, I decided to do some testing with it to see how punctures...
Forum: Airheads 08-16-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,012
Posted By JGT
I am replacing that rear tire soon (before I ride...

I am replacing that rear tire soon (before I ride it again) -- it was worn down to where it needed replacement and was getting flattened out. So that may have caused some of my problem.

Also...
Forum: Airheads 08-16-2014, 07:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,012
Posted By JGT
Thanks for all the comments. I will practice...

Thanks for all the comments. I will practice that rear tire removal technique (in my basement) when the new tire comes in.

Is strapping the centerstand to the axle done to keep the stand from...
Forum: Airheads 08-15-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,012
Posted By JGT
Flat tire today - got me scared

I was out enjoying the nice weather today on my R50/5, going about 45 up a slight hill when the rear started feel mushy and fishtailing. Happened quite fast and it felt like a possible crash coming...
Forum: Airheads 07-26-2014, 05:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,348
Posted By JGT
I don't know enough about starters to know if...

I don't know enough about starters to know if this has been eliminated as a possible source of your problem, but what about the "cricket" issue:
http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/slash5cricket.htm
...
Forum: Airheads 07-22-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,682
Posted By JGT
One thing I noticed on my R50/5 is that the...

One thing I noticed on my R50/5 is that the exhaust valve adjustment on one side at least seems to vary depending on how the valve is rotating in the seat (they do rotate every time they open and...
Forum: Airheads 07-22-2014, 07:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 810
Posted By JGT
Not sure if this will solve your problem, but you...

Not sure if this will solve your problem, but you could go back to the original /5 reflector (if you still have it) and use the halogen P45t lamp instead of the H4 lamp. See my post about this here:...
Forum: Airheads 07-17-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 22,634
Posted By JGT
The polar vortex in Tennessee

It's in the high 70's today in Nashville -- when usually it's over 100 this time of year. That polar vortex is awesome.

Couldn't resist a ride today, as it would be such a waste to sit in the...
Forum: Airheads 07-06-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By JGT
Because the carbs on a 50/5 (and 60/5) don't have...

Because the carbs on a 50/5 (and 60/5) don't have vacuum ports, that is only an option if one does a special mod to add a port. My carbs are running ok so I don't think I'll get into that. Just...
Forum: Airheads 07-06-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By JGT
Another spark plug shorting question

Ok, here's my question on the shorting spark carb tuning method (for a R50/5):

I made the little connectors out of spark plug caps and metric bolts, and used them to balance carbs. Seemed to work...
Forum: Airheads 06-18-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,862
Posted By JGT
So here is my personal experience with a recent...

So here is my personal experience with a recent halogen headlamp upgrade for a /5:

I purchased this bulb on eBay:
Osram 64198 H4 60/55W P45t 12V halogen R2 Off-Road lamp BILUX...
Forum: Airheads 06-16-2014, 05:25 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,269
Posted By JGT
Possibly it could also be vibration from the...

Possibly it could also be vibration from the engine while you are riding that makes the needle move. If you have the bike hooked up to the drill and have the needle up to 65mph, give the bike a...
Forum: Airheads 06-05-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,862
Posted By JGT
I thought P45T was the designation for the base. ...

I thought P45T was the designation for the base. At least from this article:
http://www.volvosolutions.com/Misc_P45T.html

I just found and ordered this one from Ebay:...
Forum: Airheads 06-05-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,862
Posted By JGT
This is something I've wanted to do as well. ...

This is something I've wanted to do as well. Following a few links and doing some searches led me to this:...
Forum: Airheads 06-05-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 594
Posted By JGT
I did something similar with a different type of...

I did something similar with a different type of lift (supported on oil pan). To handle the top-heavy problem, I added some secondary supports. You can see them at the very bottom of this thread:...
Forum: Airheads 05-30-2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 775
Posted By JGT
I ordered bars from Flanders recently and they...

I ordered bars from Flanders recently and they did not fit either, although they were advertised on the site as 22mm. I measured them (not at the end, but in the middle) and they were not 22mm. ...
Forum: Airheads 05-29-2014, 05:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 971
Posted By JGT
I have the Halcyon 830 mirrors on my /5. The...

I have the Halcyon 830 mirrors on my /5. The round look works well with the /5 lines but they also have other shapes.

They are pricey, but are stainless and of very good quality. The company is...
Forum: Airheads 05-23-2014, 05:09 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,269
Posted By JGT
Based on my experience with the /5 speedometer,...

Based on my experience with the /5 speedometer, it looks like you could and should disassemble the piece down toward the bottom of your photo -- the aluminum housing that has the white gear on top...
Forum: Airheads 05-22-2014, 05:45 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,269
Posted By JGT
I am not an expert on these speedometers...

I am not an expert on these speedometers (although I have rebuilt two of them) but I have worked on watches a lot. Watches generally move much more slowly, though.

As for lubricant, I would...
Forum: Vendors 05-19-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 9,885
Posted By JGT
Looks like a good product, and interested to see...

Looks like a good product, and interested to see the mobile version. Am I right that the mobile app is not available yet, but is coming soon?

Is there any way to do this with Furkot:

I would...
Forum: Airheads 05-16-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,269
Posted By JGT
Good writeup on this. One note about...

Good writeup on this.

One note about adjusting calibration -- the outer end of the spring is mounted on a brass-looking arm that will rotate a bit one way or the other if pushed sufficiently...
Forum: Equipment 05-09-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,955
Posted By JGT
I use the earplugs that the original poster...

I use the earplugs that the original poster mentioned (earplugsonline) -- for both motorcycling and when I sleep. They work really well. When new (and a bit more sticky) they are best. After 30+...
Forum: Airheads 05-09-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,629
Posted By JGT
What kind of mean looking carburetor is that?

What kind of mean looking carburetor is that?
Forum: Airheads 05-09-2014, 07:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 613
Posted By JGT
Ok, so this is going a bit off the original...

Ok, so this is going a bit off the original topic, but what the heck...

I understand the carb balancing process and have gone through it more or less (using my hearing rather than the shorting...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-08-2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,081
Posted By JGT
Slomo video from NYT - Strikes a chord with me

Saw this video a while ago on the New York Times site:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/opinion/slomo.html

There are a lot of valid criticisms that can be made about this guy, but some of what...
Forum: Airheads 05-08-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 613
Posted By JGT
Thanks for the replies. I'm not using...

Thanks for the replies.

I'm not using synthetic oil -- it is the BMW brand dino oil, 20W50

Also, I'm sure the valve and rocker adjustments are good. I checked them again (after hearing these...
Forum: Airheads 05-08-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 613
Posted By JGT
/5 engine noises change a bit when hot

Just wondering about something...

It's a 1972 R50/5:
- Good compression (140+ each side)
- Carburetors rebuilt and decently synched by ear
- Valves adjusted to spec. and re-checked...
Forum: Airheads 05-08-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 256
Views: 22,634
Posted By JGT
One of the dangers of working from home...

A beautiful day today in Nashville, and not much that needs my immediate attention at work. With no one to notice I'm gone, a little hooky ride in the country. This is one of the nicest roads I've...
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