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Forum: Airheads Yesterday, 11:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,015
Posted By Mark Manley
Funnily enough I was only saying to a colleague...

Funnily enough I was only saying to a colleague at work yesterday I wonder if there are any Z900 in the new Mad Max film but I expect they were too expensive, look out for replicas of these appearing...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-20-2015, 10:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 411
Posted By Mark Manley
Another plug for the HUBB where you will find...

Another plug for the HUBB where you will find lots of useful information for your trip.

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/
Forum: Trip Planning 05-19-2015, 12:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 411
Posted By Mark Manley
I would not bother taking one, modern chains...

I would not bother taking one, modern chains don't often break unless you really neglect them and if you are shortening or fitting a new one the supplier or local bike shop will lend or rent you one.
Forum: Trip Planning 05-19-2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 210
Posted By Mark Manley
Loads of information about motorcycle travel and...

Loads of information about motorcycle travel and shipping here. http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/get-ready/shipping-the-bike
Forum: Airheads 05-19-2015, 12:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,168
Posted By Mark Manley
Another clutch problem can be the release bearing...

Another clutch problem can be the release bearing being slow to return causing slip after every gear change, what sort of mileage has it done? it looks too good to have worn a clutch out.
Clutch...
Forum: Airheads 05-17-2015, 03:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 539
Posted By Mark Manley
It would be nice to see another 40 plus year old...

It would be nice to see another 40 plus year old bike put back on the road, I hope you decide to do it.
Forum: Old's Cool 05-15-2015, 11:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 306
Posted By Mark Manley
A friend of mine had an RS with an XL500 engine...

A friend of mine had an RS with an XL500 engine fitted, it was quite a simple fit with a mod to the cylinder head to get it in.
Forum: Airheads 05-15-2015, 11:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 405
Posted By Mark Manley
I had the same problem with my G/S and have...

I had the same problem with my G/S and have fitted a shortened GS centre stand which fits straight on and it is also more stable on soft ground, alternatively you can use a lengthened mono stand.
Forum: Airheads 05-13-2015, 10:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 273
Posted By Mark Manley
Can you clarify what you are asking or trying to...

Can you clarify what you are asking or trying to tell us?
Forum: Airheads 05-10-2015, 05:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 515
Posted By Mark Manley
If it does inspire anyone to get out there and...

If it does inspire anyone to get out there and travel do remember that a well prepared and serviced airhead will still go anywhere a new bike will with no greater risk of problems or breakdown...
Forum: EMEA 05-09-2015, 10:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 259
Posted By Mark Manley
For route planning I always use Michelin maps...

For route planning I always use Michelin maps which have scenic routes marked in green, there are four that cover England, Wales and Scotland and another for Ireland, it sounds like you would need...
Forum: Airheads 05-09-2015, 02:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 265
Posted By Mark Manley
Phil Hawksley's excellent site has lots of...

Phil Hawksley's excellent site has lots of information and might help.
http://www.bmbikes.co.uk/information.htm
Forum: Airheads 05-04-2015, 11:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 497
Posted By Mark Manley
Kickstarts were fitted as standard in some...

Kickstarts were fitted as standard in some European markets right up until the end of airhead production, I noticed them fitted to new bikes in a Swiss dealer in 1993 but they were not fitted to UK...
Forum: Airheads 05-02-2015, 11:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 546
Posted By Mark Manley
Check that the breather hole in the bolt that...

Check that the breather hole in the bolt that hold the earth strap to the gearbox is clear, they can block and cause pressure inside.
Forum: Old's Cool 05-01-2015, 03:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 532
Posted By Mark Manley
Hand painting pinstripes on an Enfield tank

Here is a video of pinstripes being hand painted on an Enfield tank in India, a man of great skill.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsTIMxeO_ng
Forum: EMEA 04-30-2015, 11:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 504
Posted By Mark Manley
I usually turn up and see what is available but...

I usually turn up and see what is available but as Frgich said in high season things get busy, if you have a mobile gadget with internet access book up a day or two in advance to ensure you have...
Forum: Airheads 04-30-2015, 11:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 362
Posted By Mark Manley
Good to hear it was such a simple fix.

Good to hear it was such a simple fix.
Forum: Airheads 04-30-2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 362
Posted By Mark Manley
It sounds like the shaft is rubbing the inside of...

It sounds like the shaft is rubbing the inside of the swinging arm in a couple of places. Check by eye that the swinging arm is centralised correctly in the frame and if not adjust on the stub shafts...
Forum: Trip Planning 04-29-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,595
Posted By Mark Manley
I usually prefer the sound of nature but a friend...

I usually prefer the sound of nature but a friend played Enter Sandman by Metallica at full volume on his Land Rover stereo when camped in the middle of the Sahara desert, that song will always...
Forum: Airheads 04-28-2015, 12:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 714
Posted By Mark Manley
I have given up on an R100 I bought cheap that...

I have given up on an R100 I bought cheap that needed more work than I first thought and stripped it for spares without regret and with profit. If it was something like an R90S or R80G/S I would say...
Forum: Airheads 04-27-2015, 10:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 916
Posted By Mark Manley
That will be this sidecar, I met David, Emy and...

That will be this sidecar, I met David, Emy and Mattea in Iran, Pakistan and India where this photo was taken, David saved my bacon with an M10 helicoil kit after a stud pulled from my crankcase.
...
Forum: Airheads 04-24-2015, 11:52 PM
Replies: 901
Views: 190,225
Posted By Mark Manley
Tiffany's Land's End GS club bash 2015

Here is the line up of airhead GS at Tiffany's Land's End bash this year. 5 bikes with over 900,000 miles between them and all still in regular use.
...
Forum: Airheads 04-24-2015, 02:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 691
Posted By Mark Manley
Thanks Paul, I didn't know that and will pass it...

Thanks Paul, I didn't know that and will pass it on.
Forum: Airheads 04-23-2015, 11:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 691
Posted By Mark Manley
Bronze bushes in rocker arms?

A friend of mine is planning a top end overhaul of his mono R80 and has asked me if I would machine him some bronze bushes to replace the needle rollers in the rocker arms as replacements are quite...
Forum: Airheads 04-19-2015, 09:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 877
Posted By Mark Manley
It might be a dirty rotor where the brushes run...

It might be a dirty rotor where the brushes run or worn out brushes, they are worn out when about a third of the original length. Take the front cover off and with the engine ticking over VERY...
Forum: Airheads 04-13-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,986
Posted By Mark Manley
I fitted a Keihan Y piece to mine and never...

I fitted a Keihan Y piece to mine and never noticed any difference to performance, others will say it loses mid range power compared to the standard collector box.

By the way the word consensus...
Forum: Airheads 04-12-2015, 09:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,371
Posted By Mark Manley
I have just checked mine and they are M20x1, you...

I have just checked mine and they are M20x1, you might need to find an engineering shop that will make you a couple of nuts with the bigger thread in one end and the tap thread on the other, if you...
Forum: Airheads 04-09-2015, 03:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 496
Posted By Mark Manley
Have you checked the kill switch? on BMW airheads...

Have you checked the kill switch? on BMW airheads they turn off power to the entire ignition system including warning lights but other electrics still work.
Forum: EMEA 04-09-2015, 02:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 533
Posted By Mark Manley
If you are looking for the scenic route buy the...

If you are looking for the scenic route buy the Michelin map of France and plan it around the scenic roads marked with green lines, not always the fastest but usually the best.
Bon voyage, the first...
Forum: Airheads 04-08-2015, 08:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,667
Posted By Mark Manley
Hi sunnyscunny and welcome, Just a thought,...

Hi sunnyscunny and welcome,
Just a thought, what about changing the ST for a paralever GS? longer suspension as standard, bigger petrol tank and longer subframe with more comfortable seat for...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-07-2015, 01:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,830
Posted By Mark Manley
Ever thought about an airhead BMW? They don't...

Ever thought about an airhead BMW? They don't have quite as much character as an old Brit but even 40 year old ones can be as reliable as a new bike. Mine are not quite that vintage, '83 and '91 but...
Forum: Asia Pacific 04-06-2015, 12:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 285
Posted By Mark Manley
Lot of information here...

Lot of information here http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/ , you will need a carnet de passage for Australia and when you ship your bike it must be spotlessly clean or quarantine will clean it...
Forum: Americas 04-05-2015, 11:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By Mark Manley
I use a Vango Hurricane 200 which as the name...

I use a Vango Hurricane 200 which as the name suggests is very stable and good in high winds, even those you get in Patagonia.
Forum: Airheads 04-05-2015, 07:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 479
Posted By Mark Manley
I occasionally ship my GS and find it handy to be...

I occasionally ship my GS and find it handy to be able to remove the mudguard without splitting the brake hose so have cut a slot to allow removal.
...
Forum: Trip Planning 04-04-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,086
Posted By Mark Manley
E and C didn't but David Beckham did a trip in...

E and C didn't but David Beckham did a trip in Brazil with some others on Triumphs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6kTtf5jHYE&list=PL5A4nPQbUF8CVRxs1sF4Qsypeq0rjU6dw
Forum: Airheads 04-02-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 879
Posted By Mark Manley
:roflIt's all true!

:roflIt's all true!
Forum: EMEA 03-30-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 369
Posted By Mark Manley
I went that way last year, no visas, carnet or...

I went that way last year, no visas, carnet or anything else needed, I did buy insurance at the Albanian border but that was it.
Forum: Airheads 03-28-2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 659
Posted By Mark Manley
Apart from routine servicing the only thing to...

Apart from routine servicing the only thing to keep an eye on is the driveshaft, they can fail between 20,000 and 50,000 miles, people sometimes get higher mileage but that is unusual. I had my '91...
Forum: Vendors 03-27-2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 774
Posted By Mark Manley
Sam Manicom and Tiffany Coates are both heading...

Sam Manicom and Tiffany Coates are both heading there from this side of the pond, be sure to say hello to them.

http://www.sam-manicom.com/

http://tiffanystravels.co.uk/
Forum: Airheads 03-26-2015, 11:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,254
Posted By Mark Manley
I have an R100R shock on my GS and it does lower...

I have an R100R shock on my GS and it does lower the seat height without making any difference to the handling that I can notice.
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