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Old 06-15-2011, 06:29 PM   #31
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:19 AM   #32
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You can call her "Pandora" when all is said and done...

But at least it didn't come with snowmobile carbs. Is a connecting rod bearing check in the plans?
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:26 AM   #33
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I buy gaskets at my local BMW motorcycle dealer. I know they are expensive. I think they are worth it. Not all dealers are Airhead friendly tho. I live about 30 miles from Bob's. He is one of the best. Chicago takes a little longer because they have a large volume of business. You might like Huckey's better. He gets better reviews. The guy helped me once and I've never even bought anything from him. Gotta do that some day.
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:18 PM   #34
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Scott:

You can call her "Pandora" when all is said and done...
I'm staying positive at this point. Though a bunch of people are suggesting I start a fundraiser.

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But at least it didn't come with snowmobile carbs.
You have got to be kidding.

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Is a connecting rod bearing check in the plans?
Almost everything might be in the plans.

p.s. it looks like a little Huckys and a little EUBMW plus some scrounging will get the bike what it needs.
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Old 06-16-2011, 02:48 PM   #35
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You have got to be kidding.
Yeah, I read a restoration article on one, where a PO had installed snowmobile carbs; I think they were Keihins.

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And I'll bet Matt Parkhouse has a bunch of stuff.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:14 PM   #36
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:00 PM   #37
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Some people have said they would like to contribute a few dollars to getting this bike running again. I set up a new paypal address: punkbike@conary.org.

I'm also going to start a list of needed parts. We all have bits and pieces in our garages that we don't need but can't be bothered to sell or aren't worth selling. I need some of those.
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:24 AM   #38
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Seems like an interesting project with some great history. Click on my BMW Airhead Parts Link below and I'll donate some gaskets and....
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:27 PM   #39
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This thread is mostly about a bike, but where it came from is pretty special to some of us. For those that don't know him, Mike Berlien posted as "Mike Butt" here on ADV. He was a basement dweller since way back, a long distance riding nut, a punk, and a contrarian buddha. He passed away very unexpectedly a couple months ago. He is sorely missed.

Here he is getting some nourishment from Gravity's Dog daughter a half dozen years ago:
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:37 PM   #40
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I'm mostly wandering around the bike at this point. Pulling off the easy stuff, taking a peek at wires and making a list of some of the obvious things wrong and parts that might be needed in the future. translation: being lazy and staring at it with a beer in my hand

The front brake lever feels like it's welded in place and one of the front calipers was rotated off its disk, worrying me that something unintentional might make that disk a bit wonky. As I'd already scratched my nuts a couple times, I thought it time to ignore other things and take a look.

This bike has the under the tank reservoir and master. It's a little corroded, but not too bad considering how prone these things can be to leaking for a long time before it's noticed.


A wiggle of the bike and the apparent liquid in the reservoir didn't move a bit. Uh-oh. "I'm out of brake fluid, but I've got this bucket of black ink. It'll work!"


Is the float supposed to have an angled level painted on it? Um. no. The rubber seal had disintegrated.


I pull the front wheel. Oh. That might explain a little bit about why the brakes feel a bit off.
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:38 PM   #41
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Rubber has failed all over the bike. But I'm sure all the wiring is fine. Really.



I think I can date different pieces of the bike by how they're stamped. The oldest have...


Random things that say "airhead". The hollow bolt that the ground connects to at the back of the trannie.
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:40 PM   #42
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It looks like Mike replaced the diode board with the BMW product. The one on there is stamped 8/95.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:52 PM   #43
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Just stumbled in here.

A fine thread about a FF i really liked reading over the years. Knary, i don't see how this doesn't belong both in Inmates and Old Skool at the same time

Bike: you are seeing firsthand how sitting kills Airheads.

Free associating, throwing mental darts:

The under-tank master cylinder is gone away. There is a rebuild kit w/ piston and seals for stupid money, and you'll need a small cyl hone that wont work anyway. BTDT. If you want the bike to be a rider, get a bar-mounted master cyl and reservoir from a post '81 airhead. ADV flea mkt will work, eBay, and most likely the great Josh Buck down in Long Beach.

You mentioned splines. Tranny splines apply here but also the larger splines on the final drive that mate to the rear wheel. Tell us what you're seeing-- tranny splines if toast mean tranny tear-down, R&R, etc-- final drive splines if bad-bad worn may just mean finding a good-used FD

Parts: well you're in the PacNW-- you have good dealers nearby. For those of us east of the Mississippi, MAX is proving to be the standard. Drew and gang know their shit and are not flummoxed when one orders parts for 3 different generation bikes. It helps that their parts fiche site is the best in the CONUS

l'aesthetique du Punk: i'd say make it a fast/safe runner (ie: the Anal stuff) and forget the paint/appearance. Don't you dare replace the ratty roundels. Make this thing long-haul reliable and let the skin fade away. Bring it to ADV events and it's instant memory of M-Butt

He'd prolly put KLR graphics on it
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:11 PM   #44
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Without having opened them up, the switchgear seem pretty toasted and are a hodgepodge (which is fine if they work). Changing it out and getting a simpler brake set up is appealing. Especially since this one is in dire need of a rebuild (the kit is about $75 or so).
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:25 AM   #45
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