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Forum: Beasts 12-22-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 3,917
Views: 750,519
Posted By cycleman2
Bikes are for the most part expensive toys and...

Bikes are for the most part expensive toys and will sell for whatever somebody wants to give us for them. With my bikes I write their value down every year and expect to basically give them away...
Forum: Ride reports 12-20-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 675
Views: 42,774
Posted By cycleman2
Glad to see they are both doing well. They...

Glad to see they are both doing well. They stayed at our place in Alberta Canada on their way up to Alaska. Great people.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-16-2014, 08:33 AM
Replies: 1,697
Views: 225,269
Posted By cycleman2
A mattress. Wife and I where travelling north of...

A mattress. Wife and I where travelling north of San Fran on Hwy # 1. I could see something in my lane as I got closer, could tell that it was a mattress. Was able to avoid it without incident.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-15-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,892
Posted By cycleman2
I always find it interesting when I come across...

I always find it interesting when I come across the stator, R/R posts. Every bike make has them and there is a lot of misinformation out there.

Do some research on the stators in these bikes and...
Forum: Ride reports 12-13-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 17,657
Posted By cycleman2
good read and will follow.

good read and will follow.
Forum: GS Boxers 12-05-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 996
Posted By cycleman2
On the 1100's the left side was cam tensioner and...

On the 1100's the left side was cam tensioner and the right was the throttle body. Easy to check, just put your finger on the pulley wheel at the throttle body. If it goes quiet, you know you've...
Forum: Airheads 11-25-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,347
Posted By cycleman2
So do you check the oil with the dipstick screwed...

So do you check the oil with the dipstick screwed in all the way or just sitting on the engine case.
Forum: Airheads 11-16-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 342
Views: 49,314
Posted By cycleman2
Looks really good, excellent work. I'm...

Looks really good, excellent work.

I'm thinking out loud and wondering if the left side of the rear sub frame is going to carry the weight of the exhaust and side bag without bending or do...
Forum: Airheads 11-12-2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 342
Views: 49,314
Posted By cycleman2
I've got to follow this build to the end.

I've got to follow this build to the end.
Forum: Airheads 11-11-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,509
Posted By cycleman2
My 1971 R50/5's original toaster tank, and...

My 1971 R50/5's original toaster tank, and fenders where factory white with no pin stripes. I've since converted the entire drive train front to back with a R75/6 drivetrain.

The /5's had no...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-11-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,035
Posted By cycleman2
Motobins ships anywhere and I use them for all my...

Motobins ships anywhere and I use them for all my old airhead parts. I do know they care stuff for the oilheads as well, just never had the need to check. They are worth a look as they are very...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-08-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 793
Posted By cycleman2
Yep get a load check and if not and the battery...

Yep get a load check and if not and the battery is over 5 yrs of age I would just go ahead and replace it, especially if it has been run down and subjected to a lot of short trips.


When you...
Forum: Airheads 11-07-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,101
Posted By cycleman2
You don't say what year of airhead, but on the...

You don't say what year of airhead, but on the older ones the wiring in the headlights is a bit crazy. Electrical gremlins can drive you nuts chasing them down. Any local airhead owners that can...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-04-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 902
Posted By cycleman2
It will work the same as it did on the 1100 or...

It will work the same as it did on the 1100 or 1150's. Tricks the computer into thinking it is colder and richens the mixture.

I would stay away from the K& N. If it flows more air in the...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-01-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 1,036
Views: 572,673
Posted By cycleman2
Garage tools and familiar with old airheads,...

Garage tools and familiar with old airheads, currently have a R75 and a Vstrom, had Harleys , old Gold Wings and a few others so not a bike snob. We have an extra bedroom or tent in the backyard if...
Forum: Americas 11-01-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 684
Posted By cycleman2
Where are you actually starting from? It might...

Where are you actually starting from? It might be simpler to fly to Great Falls Montana, pick up the bike there and then drive the bike through the border. Sorry not really aware of where CT is!!!!
Forum: Beasts 10-31-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,552
Posted By cycleman2
Nothing wrong with either choice as far as bikes...

Nothing wrong with either choice as far as bikes go. The big knock on the BMW is the lack of dealer network, if you have any issues. Also more street bikes ( including lots of Harleys with belt...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 10-29-2014, 09:23 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 29,003
Posted By cycleman2
just a thought. If you are going to use this...

just a thought. If you are going to use this bike as a side car tug/demo, then you can certainly get away with less swing arm length and rear suspension travel. That will help your chain length...
Forum: Road warriors 10-28-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 12,993
Posted By cycleman2
Some of the early airheads without fairings etc...

Some of the early airheads without fairings etc where fairly low and relatively light. I would think she could handle one as it would be close to the seat height of the TW250.

I've restored a...
Forum: Beasts 10-26-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,206
Posted By cycleman2
My 2013 DL650 Adv, loaded with 2up and this...

My 2013 DL650 Adv, loaded with 2up and this amounted to approx. 100 lbs over its GVW averaged 58 mpg on the imperial gallon. So I'm guessing on the US gallon that would be in the range of 50 mpg. ...
Forum: Beasts 10-25-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,036
Posted By cycleman2
I'm not sure if I understand your term static sag...

I'm not sure if I understand your term static sag but if that is the sag that the bike itself has with no weight on it, when you are setting up the initial preload ( aiming for around a 20% total...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-24-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 638
Posted By cycleman2
We've all done something similar. Simple rule is...

We've all done something similar. Simple rule is to check what you last did, surprising how many times it turns out to be the cure for the problem.
Forum: Beasts 10-24-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 3,917
Views: 750,519
Posted By cycleman2
I have a 2013 DL650 Adv model, 31 " inseam and...

I have a 2013 DL650 Adv model, 31 " inseam and can flat foot one foot but not both. The stock seat height is 32.9 " high. The DL1000 is a bit heavier ( 30-40 lbs ) and is about the same seat...
Forum: Beasts 10-22-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,036
Posted By cycleman2
Once you take the tower off a modern shock any...

Once you take the tower off a modern shock any pressure inside the shock is released, ie: nitrogen, if you keep the shock upright you won't loose any oil. Older style shocks where a sealed unit and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-22-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,244
Posted By cycleman2
If you do a lot of riding invest in a pair of...

If you do a lot of riding invest in a pair of custom made ear plugs. You can get them filtered to allow voice level conversations but block just about everything above that. Just about any hearing...
Forum: Beasts 10-22-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,036
Posted By cycleman2
The standard that I've always uses is 20 % of...

The standard that I've always uses is 20 % of total suspension travel. So for example a rear with 6 " of travel needs about 1.2 " of sag to keep the suspension working in its best range. Same applies...
Forum: Ride reports 10-18-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 556
Views: 135,574
Posted By cycleman2
I hope you eventually get some satisfaction from...

I hope you eventually get some satisfaction from BMW as that's about all that is left to say about this event. Good luck.
Forum: Hacks 10-13-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,565
Posted By cycleman2
Looks good. I have a vstrom 650 as well and...

Looks good. I have a vstrom 650 as well and enjoy seeing the sidecar builds for this bike.
Forum: Ride reports 09-30-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 556
Views: 135,574
Posted By cycleman2
Waiting for the outcome.

Waiting for the outcome.
Forum: Airheads 09-22-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,390
Posted By cycleman2
Not all tanks where pin striped, usually just the...

Not all tanks where pin striped, usually just the front and rear fenders where done. My stock toaster tank was never pin striped.
Forum: Airheads 09-19-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,183
Posted By cycleman2
Check the easy stuff first, like the wiring in...

Check the easy stuff first, like the wiring in the headlight. The /5 had many lights on the same circuit and it could be something as simple as a bad ground at one of the lights and so on. Make sure...
Forum: Airheads 09-15-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 786
Posted By cycleman2
I upgraded my /5 headlight with the more modern...

I upgraded my /5 headlight with the more modern H4 kit. That consisted of the lens, reflector and bulb. That is the easiest way to go if you can find the kit out there. It is just a plug and play...
Forum: Airheads 09-13-2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,158
Posted By cycleman2
You can take the kill switch out of the circuit. ...

You can take the kill switch out of the circuit. just need to have a wiring diagram and you can bypass it in the headlight. It is a matter of moving a wire in the wiring block in the headlight.
Forum: Airheads 09-13-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,183
Posted By cycleman2
From the first post 2 guarts of oil, not enough,...

From the first post 2 guarts of oil, not enough, maybe that has something to do with what is going on.

If you have oil in the rocker covers and no strange noises then it is the switch or the...
Forum: Ride reports 09-10-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 326
Views: 50,413
Posted By cycleman2
Sorry that you had to postpone your trip but glad...

Sorry that you had to postpone your trip but glad to hear everything is working out. Beautiful country where you home is and keep working on that to do list.
Forum: Road warriors 09-09-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 634
Views: 109,665
Posted By cycleman2
As somebody posted, only BMW really knows the...

As somebody posted, only BMW really knows the answer. There are pros and cons to all 3, chains, belts or driveshaft.

The chain is the simplest and cheapest option to get power to the rear...
Forum: Airheads 09-09-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 996
Posted By cycleman2
Yes the cable is connected to the butterfly,...

Yes the cable is connected to the butterfly, which on a running engine with CV Carbs, as it opens/closed via the twist grip, causes the vacuum to change in the diaphram which in turn raises or lowers...
Forum: Airheads 09-09-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 996
Posted By cycleman2
In these Bing carbs there are 3 parts that make...

In these Bing carbs there are 3 parts that make the whole.

The idle circuit, controls first 15 % of the throttle, then the needle jet ( rod ) starts to enter the picture and from about 15 %...
Forum: Airheads 09-09-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 579
Posted By cycleman2
I'm not sure what vintage of bike/shocks you are...

I'm not sure what vintage of bike/shocks you are talking about but if you collapse the spring enough you will see a nut at the top of the shock rod. Hold the nut and then turn the upper shock mount...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-09-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,052
Posted By cycleman2
I agree, not enough difference to matter between...

I agree, not enough difference to matter between the US & Cdn price as it concerns the bike. Freight is going to be higher in Canada than US based on volume alone. Same happens with cars etc.

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