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Forum: Airheads 01-22-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,870
Posted By nhmaf
That image above isn't the correct one for a...

That image above isn't the correct one for a stock 1983 R65 fork -
what usually is the problem on the R65s is the plastic topping out bushing disintergrates - leaving a bunch of black crud in the...
Forum: Airheads 01-22-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,191
Posted By nhmaf
If nothing else - if it looks too far gone for...

If nothing else - if it looks too far gone for what you want to get into for making it ridable again, cleaning up the plastic body panels, instruments, and wheels to sell could get you a few hundred...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-22-2013, 11:10 AM
Replies: 358
Views: 54,660
Posted By nhmaf
I'd take a real close look at the rear main seal...

I'd take a real close look at the rear main seal and/or pump cover (if there is one on the back of a Guzzi like there is on a BMW). These are usually the sources of oil leaks that end of...
Forum: Airheads 10-20-2013, 07:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,249
Posted By nhmaf
Did you at least manage to verify that the serial...

Did you at least manage to verify that the serial number on the engine matches the number on the frame?
Forum: Hacks 10-14-2013, 07:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,361
Posted By nhmaf
Wow! That first pic looks incredible - I'd...

Wow! That first pic looks incredible - I'd expect to learn it was some sort of CGI backdrop for a major film!
Forum: Airheads 10-12-2013, 09:05 PM
Replies: 907
Views: 348,458
Posted By nhmaf
^^^THIS is what a scrambler should look like, in...

^^^THIS is what a scrambler should look like, in my opinion! Though IDEALLY it would have spoked wheels too, I appreciate the extra effort it takes to fabricate a spoked 18" front wheel for an R65....
Forum: Hacks 10-11-2013, 09:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,645
Posted By nhmaf
It is a small, 'indie' film project which manages...

It is a small, 'indie' film project which manages to do pretty well for a group doing it all themselves and with amateur, non-hollywood actors. I bought it, partly because it has BMW airhead with...
Forum: Airheads 06-17-2013, 10:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 640
Posted By nhmaf
A 12mm m/c will work, but you will have a fair...

A 12mm m/c will work, but you will have a fair amount of lever travel with 2 brembos on the front. A 14mm will give you less travel, but still reasonable feel. My R65LS came with a 16mm m/c and...
Forum: Airheads 10-29-2012, 05:28 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,246
Posted By nhmaf
All the R100 bikes from the mid-late 80s until...

All the R100 bikes from the mid-late 80s until the end of the production had 'only' 60 HP - these were tuned to produce more torque at lower RPMs with the trade off of peak HP, which was generally at...
Forum: Airheads 10-24-2012, 09:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,283
Posted By nhmaf
The blue plug in your picture is an "auxiliary...

The blue plug in your picture is an "auxiliary equipment" plug - most often this connector was used on the police service bikes in Europe, but the connector is on mostly all R65 bikes. Mine (1982...
Forum: Airheads 10-11-2012, 11:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,613
Posted By nhmaf
I'd pay $2500 for that bike, given what can be...

I'd pay $2500 for that bike, given what can be discerned from the pictures and description, provided that it ran well without hideous noises. I'd even go a bit higher perhaps.

These R65 bikes...
Forum: Airheads 10-08-2012, 08:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,665
Posted By nhmaf
+1 with the above - if the nuts get tight trying...

+1 with the above - if the nuts get tight trying to turn them off, and shooting some PB Blaster or similar penetrating lubricant in there doesn't change things (if there is some carbon buildup that...
Forum: Airheads 09-25-2012, 09:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,801
Posted By nhmaf
There is a neutral switch on the bottom of the...

There is a neutral switch on the bottom of the transmission, near the rear engine mount on the left side with 2 wires that go to it. If you have a break in the wire(s) or they are pulled off, your...
Forum: Airheads 09-25-2012, 09:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,617
Posted By nhmaf
+2. You should also inspect the inside of the...

+2. You should also inspect the inside of the clutch lever where the barrel fitting on the end of the cable pivots - if there are nicks/gouges, etc. that will hang it up and cause it to bend...
Forum: Hacks 09-24-2012, 06:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,618
Posted By nhmaf
Does it matter which coast it is on? I've...

Does it matter which coast it is on?

I've got no skin in this game, but saw this post recently- http://westernmass.craigslist.org/mcy/3243761332.html
Forum: Airheads 09-23-2012, 07:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 966
Posted By nhmaf
For the model year airhead (1981), he MUST always...

For the model year airhead (1981), he MUST always use the metal shim to protect the o-ring from the sharp edge of the oil filter cannister. Depending upon the MEASURED oil filter cannister depth, it...
Forum: Hacks 09-04-2012, 10:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,966
Posted By nhmaf
There are many possibilities - what sort of a...

There are many possibilities - what sort of a budget are you thinking of? You might be able to get into a used rig with a Honda/Kawi/Suzy tug for as little as $4K that could do the job, or the sky...
Forum: Hacks 08-30-2012, 08:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,948
Posted By nhmaf
Holopaw Corvette is well recommended for URALs,...

Holopaw Corvette is well recommended for URALs, and there are at least a number of URAL dealers around the country who could also be helpful, more or less - depending upon how "vintage" a URAL rig...
Forum: Hacks 08-28-2012, 07:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,566
Posted By nhmaf
Unless one is really quite mechanically capable...

Unless one is really quite mechanically capable with a substantial toolchest, I don't think that modifying a BMW airhead drivetrain to fit a CJ or URAL chassis is a low cost "walk in the park". ...
Forum: Hacks 08-27-2012, 06:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,566
Posted By nhmaf
I would think that possibly with a decent...

I would think that possibly with a decent condition, used Velorex you might be able to mate it up with one of your 400cc bikes for the least amount of money. But it kinda depends upon who - or what-...
Forum: Airheads 07-17-2012, 08:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,100
Posted By nhmaf
It could be a very nice and dependable bike, but...

It could be a very nice and dependable bike, but it will take some work to get it that way - hopefully not alot. But, if you aren't comfortable with doing your own work, it may be out of your price...
Forum: Airheads 07-02-2012, 08:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,062
Posted By nhmaf
The monolever bikes are still pretty nice, but as...

The monolever bikes are still pretty nice, but as they all have the same frame and fork setup, they aren't as quick handling as the short wheelbase twinshock bikes. But, they are still nice machines...
Forum: Airheads 06-19-2012, 03:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,024
Posted By nhmaf
It may be better for you to simply look for a new...

It may be better for you to simply look for a new rectangular m/c assembly - they came in a variety of piston sizes, including 14, I think. The benefit of the rectangular units is that the...
Forum: Airheads 06-18-2012, 08:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,024
Posted By nhmaf
The master cylinder assembly is separate from the...

The master cylinder assembly is separate from the throttle assembly. You have to remove a screw at the bottom/underside to separate them. You would need to get a new m/c assembly with...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-18-2012, 08:41 AM
Replies: 16,134
Views: 9,602,195
Posted By nhmaf
Great Job, Zebedee!

Great Job, Zebedee!
Forum: Old's Cool 06-17-2012, 08:31 PM
Replies: 16,134
Views: 9,602,195
Posted By nhmaf
Now I've gotta find out how well she did at the...

Now I've gotta find out how well she did at the speed run. At first I thought it was an XR, but the Indian on the tank would indicate otherwise -
Forum: Airheads 06-17-2012, 08:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,024
Posted By nhmaf
I have 15mm on my R65LS with dual Brembos. It...

I have 15mm on my R65LS with dual Brembos. It works, but I've never liked the fact that It goes from gentle slow down to to almost stoppie-inducing over the course of a few millimeters of lever...
Forum: Airheads 06-16-2012, 10:14 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,261
Posted By nhmaf
Definitely one of the nicer looking ones I've...

Definitely one of the nicer looking ones I've seen in quite some time!

What brand/model is the instrument pod you used - VaporTech??

The color reminds me of the old (and new) Guzzi V7 sport - I...
Forum: Airheads 05-28-2012, 10:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 769
Posted By nhmaf
What would be the proper bolts to use with these?...

What would be the proper bolts to use with these? Assuming matching thread, say, could any Grade 8 bolt that fit the available space work, or does it require higher standards?
Forum: Old's Cool 05-23-2012, 09:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,286
Posted By nhmaf
Well, the fortunate/good thing is that there were...

Well, the fortunate/good thing is that there were ALOT of the KZ400/KZ440 bikes made, and parts are much easier to find than they are for the early W650 Kawasaki 650 twin.
Forum: Old's Cool 05-22-2012, 05:57 PM
Replies: 16,134
Views: 9,602,195
Posted By nhmaf
If that is a GB500 then this beats a triple word...

If that is a GB500 then this beats a triple word score by a long shot!
Forum: Old's Cool 05-22-2012, 11:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,286
Posted By nhmaf
Yes, the original Kawi 650 twin was a nice...

Yes, the original Kawi 650 twin was a nice version of a 1960s era British twin, and it was a 1960s era bike - this is clearly an early 1980s KZ440, just glancing at the 85 mph speedometers, wheels,...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-20-2012, 07:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,286
Posted By nhmaf
That sure looks like a Kawasaki 440 LTD that I...

That sure looks like a Kawasaki 440 LTD that I almost bought back in 1982. From the frame or engine number, you should be able to get the model number if the stickers aren't still in place by the...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-26-2012, 10:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,741
Posted By nhmaf
failure to launch..

failure to launch..
Forum: Airheads 04-20-2012, 08:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,016
Posted By nhmaf
On my airhead with Bridgestone BT45 tires, I run...

On my airhead with Bridgestone BT45 tires, I run 36 PSI front and rear, sometimes a couple more PSI in the rear if loaded down. On my airhead with Trail Wing tires, generally in the 32-35 PSI range...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-19-2012, 07:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,272
Posted By nhmaf
Cannot tell anything from those sparkplug...

Cannot tell anything from those sparkplug pictures - looking at the threads is generally useless - it is the area around the center electrode that is critical.. But in general, if those plugs have...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-05-2012, 05:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,508
Posted By nhmaf
If you could find one of those 26/7 final drives...

If you could find one of those 26/7 final drives that would at least make cruising at 50-55 MPH more tolerable - should knock the RPMs down by a few hundred anyway.
Forum: Old's Cool 03-16-2012, 09:00 PM
Replies: 16,134
Views: 9,602,195
Posted By nhmaf
These are great photos, and appear to be in such...

These are great photos, and appear to be in such definition - are you reprinting these from negatives?
Thanks for sharing!
Forum: Airheads 02-16-2012, 02:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 631
Posted By nhmaf
It is always a pleasant surprise to come across a...

It is always a pleasant surprise to come across a nice, clean, straight, unmolested airhead from time to time!
Looks good! Consider joining the gang over at the bmwr65.org group, too - lots of...
Forum: Airheads 02-15-2012, 10:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,907
Posted By nhmaf
That's OK - with nothing but stone screens for...

That's OK - with nothing but stone screens for air filtration, it wouldn't be going very far in dry, desert conditions either before it needed an engine tear-down.. not practical really - mostly for...
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