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Forum: Airheads 06-22-2015, 08:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 790
Posted By nhmaf
I bought one airhead from a PO who purported to...

I bought one airhead from a PO who purported to do his own work. One side was somewhat acceptable - the other was essentially "0" for valve lash - I think he just set the bike to TDC and adjusted...
Forum: Airheads 06-20-2015, 06:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 208
Posted By nhmaf
BMW lined their fuel tanks for many years - the...

BMW lined their fuel tanks for many years - the factory lining was red in color (looks like red paint). If your tank isn't red on the inside then yes, it has been relined at some point. If you...
Forum: Airheads 06-14-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 470
Views: 45,452
Posted By nhmaf
I'm in agreement with some others here - if only...

I'm in agreement with some others here - if only 50% of what Joe's email contained is true, I've got to think long about continuing to support such an organization. Maybe things will be getting...
Forum: Airheads 04-11-2015, 07:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By nhmaf
Honestly, If you have snowflakes, look at...

Honestly,

If you have snowflakes, look at the right fiche - try the max bmw website here, and scroll down-

http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fiche/DiagramsMain.aspx?vid=51659&rnd=04282014
Forum: Airheads 04-11-2015, 07:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 573
Posted By nhmaf
I'd be sure to include lubing the gearbox input...

I'd be sure to include lubing the gearbox input shaft splines and check the clutch friction disk & its splines after it has been sitting for so long. I resurrected my 1982 R65LS from at ~15 year...
Forum: Airheads 03-05-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,114
Posted By nhmaf
Did you check the valve lash/clearance? ...

Did you check the valve lash/clearance?

Between 125 - 144 PSI is acceptable
Forum: Airheads 02-27-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 16,193
Posted By nhmaf
Yes, the later black chrome systems looked nicer...

Yes, the later black chrome systems looked nicer and lasted longer. My 82 LS has has the flat black painted ones and every couple years I have to sand it and repaint it with high temp paint.....
Forum: Old's Cool 02-27-2015, 07:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,116
Posted By nhmaf
Cries--- Such a waste of lovely,...

Cries---

Such a waste of lovely, collectible, valuable motorcycle parts.
Forum: Airheads 02-13-2015, 06:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 519
Posted By nhmaf
Yes, make sure that the valve lash isn't closing...

Yes, make sure that the valve lash isn't closing up on you, as a closed up valve clearance can also cause this sort of thing. If that isn't it, make sure that your carb synchs are done with the...
Forum: Airheads 02-13-2015, 06:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 640
Posted By nhmaf
Yes, I'd get a second opinion as well - if the...

Yes, I'd get a second opinion as well - if the shop you took it too isn't familiar with airhead engines (which are noisy) they may misdiagnose something.
It might be only a loose timing chain or...
Forum: Airheads 02-07-2015, 06:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,975
Posted By nhmaf
It has been a few years since I last went to the...

It has been a few years since I last went to the Maine European Motorcycle Enthusiasts (MEME) rally at Sunday River ski resort.... but EVERYONE there (OK, every single BMW rider and many others)...
Forum: Airheads 02-04-2015, 06:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,230
Posted By nhmaf
The mid 4K-5K stumble is a common trademark of a...

The mid 4K-5K stumble is a common trademark of a torn diaphragm, but it could also be due to air leak at other points in the carbs (o-rings) or in the rubber boot between the carb and head. ...
Forum: Airheads 01-27-2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,423
Posted By nhmaf
Rear drive uses hypoid gear oil, generally 90W or...

Rear drive uses hypoid gear oil, generally 90W or 80W-90. It is also the same oil that is used in the swingarm (driveshaft, approx 150cc) and in the gearbox.

The 21AH battery is about right for...
Forum: Airheads 01-27-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 831
Posted By nhmaf
Most likely it is bad coil, bad plug wire/plug,...

Most likely it is bad coil, bad plug wire/plug, or coil wiring.
If it still has the crack-o-matic original coil - that is the first thing to replace without even going further - even if it is OK...
Forum: Airheads 01-24-2015, 01:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,229
Posted By nhmaf
Heck, even just the wheels, if not bent, could be...

Heck, even just the wheels, if not bent, could be cleaned up and sold for a couple hundred. Headlight/bucket, rear seat cowling, and other bits - even if the tank is rusted out and the engine case...
Forum: Airheads 01-21-2015, 07:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 707
Posted By nhmaf
Come join us at the R65 forum at BMWR65.org ! ...

Come join us at the R65 forum at BMWR65.org ! You'll find answers and helpful tips from a group of R65 owners.

The red light on the dash is probably (hopefully) the GEN (Generator) light, which...
Forum: Airheads 01-21-2015, 07:35 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,962
Posted By nhmaf
I agree that you've got an original survivor...

I agree that you've got an original survivor there! Congrats!
Just take your time, and be meticulous/thorough and you'll be good.
Can't tell the condition of the tires, but if they are more than...
Forum: Airheads 01-21-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 8,366
Posted By nhmaf
Hopefully, the neutral light issue is just a...

Hopefully, the neutral light issue is just a matter of a bad/loose connection - the neutral switch is tucked down on the underside of the transmission, near the left hand frame tube and close to the...
Forum: Airheads 01-22-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,608
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, 10:31 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,557
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, 10:10 AM
Replies: 367
Views: 62,080
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, 06:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,627
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, 06:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,465
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, 08:05 PM
Replies: 949
Views: 400,509
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, 08:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,429
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, 09:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 790
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, 04:28 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,107
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, 08:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,800
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, 10:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,121
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, 07:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,970
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, 08:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,318
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, 08:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,083
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, 05:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,820
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, 06:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,166
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, 09:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,376
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, 07:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,348
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, 06:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,725
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, 05:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,725
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, 07:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,199
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, 07:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,470
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...
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