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Forum: Airheads 12-24-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,076
Posted By JGT
Making progress on my final drive rebuild. A...

Making progress on my final drive rebuild. A couple of questions about my next steps:

I got the nut and the notched washer off of the input shaft. There is a gear on that shaft that appears to...
Forum: Airheads 12-18-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 515
Posted By JGT
I've done a fair amount of mechanical watch...

I've done a fair amount of mechanical watch repair as well as repairing my own /5 speedometer, and I'd guess that working on the clock you describe would not be too hard if you are motivated to do it...
Forum: Airheads 12-15-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 314
Posted By JGT
You are more ingenious than I am... After...

You are more ingenious than I am...

After posting that question about the special tools I tried for a couple of hours to rig up something that would hold things while I loosen that nut, but I gave...
Forum: Airheads 12-14-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,076
Posted By JGT
This is an image quoted from a previous reply --...

This is an image quoted from a previous reply -- but it shows a condition I'm curious about.



See how the tops of the gear teeth in this photo look kind of rough -- with ridges on them? My...
Forum: Airheads 12-08-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,076
Posted By JGT
Thanks for all the inputs. I'm being...

Thanks for all the inputs.

I'm being convinced that I should not change the seals, just remove the retainer ring and goop the threads, remove the pinion and goop the splines, and leave it at that....
Forum: Airheads 12-08-2014, 06:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,076
Posted By JGT
Thanks again for your advice. And I like the...

Thanks again for your advice. And I like the socket idea -- I will look into that.
Forum: Airheads 12-07-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,076
Posted By JGT
Pokie - thanks for the advice. I had been...

Pokie - thanks for the advice.

I had been searching for information on this for some time prior to posting and among other sources had found this:
http://5united.org/articles/finaldrive/

In...
Forum: Airheads 12-07-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,076
Posted By JGT
Thanks for the replies. So here is where I am...

Thanks for the replies. So here is where I am with this and my understanding of options going forward:

I've taken the cover off the final drive and inspected the gears -- all look ok as far as I...
Forum: Airheads 12-06-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,076
Posted By JGT
Final drive seals and special tools /5

A question for /5 gurus...

So I'm working on fixing some leaks in my final drive (oil leaks from the driveshaft to the final drive) and I've found some good write-ups on this from Duane Ausherman...
Forum: Airheads 11-26-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,132
Posted By JGT
A question here for the previous two posters...

A question here for the previous two posters (danedg and lornce):

How can you tell that the valve guides are worn out? danedg refers to a "pile of schmutz" but I'm not sure what he has in mind. ...
Forum: Airheads 11-24-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,132
Posted By JGT
I'm watching and learning. Keep posting!

I'm watching and learning. Keep posting!
Forum: Airheads 11-22-2014, 02:51 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,132
Posted By JGT
I'm planning to do some of this same work myself...

I'm planning to do some of this same work myself soon (taking off the cylinder, changing seals, de-coking, maybe some more) so I am also interested in replies to this thread from people who have...
Forum: Airheads 11-06-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 551
Posted By JGT
I installed the "Flanders BMW #12 Euro Low Bar"...

I installed the "Flanders BMW #12 Euro Low Bar" from Sideroadcycles on my 50/5 (it also came with US bars). I'm very pleased with the riding position and fit. It does feel better than the upright...
Forum: Airheads 11-04-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 767
Posted By JGT
This is what I ordered and installed recently: ...

This is what I ordered and installed recently:
http://www.beemershop.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=BS&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=BK40SINGLE

Looks like the same product as far as I can tell.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-02-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,875
Posted By JGT
I agree it is important to wear a quality helmet....

I agree it is important to wear a quality helmet.

But interesting that all the points on this list are about preventing a crash in the first place. The helmet (other than being a visible color)...
Forum: Airheads 11-02-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 34,766
Posted By JGT
This thread is amazing... over two years and 188...

This thread is amazing... over two years and 188 posts on something I never would expect to generate such interest. Every few months it rises back up to the top with a new contribution.
Forum: Airheads 10-29-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 552
Posted By JGT
A few of my favorite /5 safety + electric tweaks

I have made several small electrical-related upgrades to my 50/5 that I hope will be safety improvements. Thought I'd share my experience with these in case others have a mind to do the same:

-...
Forum: Airheads 09-27-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,101
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, 07:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,870
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, 04:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,870
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, 07:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 465
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, 04:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 465
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, 03:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 465
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, 11:49 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 13,640
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, 01:25 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,504
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, 01:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,464
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, 09:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,464
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, 06:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,342
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, 03:09 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,132
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, 02:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,342
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, 03:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,342
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, 08:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,342
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, 07:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,342
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, 06:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,492
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, 04:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,857
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, 08:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 901
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, 02:36 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 26,904
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, 05:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 284
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, 03:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 284
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, 06:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,172
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...
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