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by CaptAirhead
Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Glasses needed
Replies: 38
Views: 2295

Re: Glasses needed

The end result is not the same but as you say, if you are happy then that is all that matters. Interesting problem though, how to measure how far apart your eyes are. Well, having spent 4 years at University studying ( amongst other things) methods of measurement it was not at all difficult and my ...
by CaptAirhead
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Carb clean and inspection.
Replies: 32
Views: 1765

Re: Carb clean and inspection.

This is as much Bling I gave my Bings after I rebuilt them. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4884/30755891627_c2971dbbfe_z.jpg Bing Bling 3 by Ian Beat , on Flickr I repainted the raised lettering on the plastic plate, gave them a light rub with RubnBuff and left it at that. What a difference to runni...
by CaptAirhead
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Battery Charger
Replies: 19
Views: 1310

Re: Battery Charger

This one was fitted to the inner fairing pocket on my R80/7 TIC when I got it. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4869/39967662883_ca6dfdcab7_h.jpg BMW Aux socket in R80/7 TIC by Ian Beat , on Flickr As Rob says, it is connected to the battery via an inline fuse and is always live. I don't have a plug t...
by CaptAirhead
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Glasses needed
Replies: 38
Views: 2295

Re: Glasses needed

Nobody is talking about changing pills. We are talking about ordering glasses direct from the factory based on a prescription and measurements checked and approved by an optician. I appreciate that you may appreciate the personal service whilst I on the other hand find the process tedious and like t...
by CaptAirhead
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Glasses needed
Replies: 38
Views: 2295

Re: Glasses needed

Whilst I respect your entitlement to an opinion Rob,I find the suggestion that perhaps my glasses may be ill fitting or damaging to my eyes because they are ordered online quite inaccurate. Ian I would just query your assetion that you are "quite capable of carrying out the appropriate measurements...
by CaptAirhead
Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Desert Motorcycle.
Replies: 9
Views: 805

Desert Motorcycle.

When Harley Davidson designed a Desert Motorcycle for use in the War in North Africa, guess where they got their influence. Look familiar? https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4830/33051812268_5d6753bced_h.jpg Harley Davidson XA by Ian Beat , on Flickr https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7854/46012993445_e4799...
by CaptAirhead
Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Glasses needed
Replies: 38
Views: 2295

Re: Glasses needed

Whilst I respect your entitlement to an opinion Rob,I find the suggestion that perhaps my glasses may be ill fitting or damaging to my eyes because they are ordered online quite inaccurate. I have been buying 'online' glasses for 4 years and in that time I have had four eye tests and each time I vis...
by CaptAirhead
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: International Driving permits after Brexit
Replies: 22
Views: 1488

Re: International Driving permits after Brexit

What's the big deal about having to get an International Driving Licence. I always used to get one when travelling abroad . The last one I got was when I was working in South Korea. We also used to be able to buy a British Visitors passport for holidays abroad. It was good enough for us then why is ...
by CaptAirhead
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Glasses needed
Replies: 38
Views: 2295

Re: Glasses needed

I get my eyes tested annually at Specsavers then order a couple of pairs of specs from Goggles4u. Last time I ordered, I got 2 pairs of driving glasses and a pair of computer glasses for around 25 quid. They are every bit as good as the ones I got previously from Specsavers for £100.
Ian.
by CaptAirhead
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: 1979 R80/7 (ex Police) re-build
Replies: 79
Views: 7555

Re: 1979 R80/7 (ex Police) re-build

Nope! It's a BT45 400 x 18. I measured the width and it is 120mm at the widest. The Michelin Macadam that was on originally was also a bit tight coming off. The width between the swing arm and drive splines is 119mm. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4918/39941284483_c8e20da5c7_k.jpg BMW R80/7 swing ar...
by CaptAirhead
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: 1979 R80/7 (ex Police) re-build
Replies: 79
Views: 7555

Re: 1979 R80/7 (ex Police) re-build

Well, it's been a while since I updated this thread. I've been side tracked with lots of silly wee issues, most of which have now been resolved so back to getting Lucy back on the road. I didn't expect to make any progress over the winter but due to a few unexpected mild days have managed to get a f...
by CaptAirhead
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Swing arm clearance 78 twin shock r80
Replies: 7
Views: 466

Re: Swing arm clearance 78 twin shock r80

The distance from the drive splines to the swingarm on my R80/7 is 119mm:- https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4918/39941284483_c8e20da5c7_k.jpg BMW R80/7 swing arm clearance for new tyre. by Ian Beat , on Flickr My new BT45 is 120mm so it's going to be fun getting it on . https://farm5.staticflickr.com/...
by CaptAirhead
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Battery Charger
Replies: 19
Views: 1310

Re: Battery Charger

Just my experience for what it's worth:- Optimiser: Used this for 3 years with no trouble at all. Did it's job well. Could leave it connected to the battery and it would switch to float charge ( or recycle) once the battery was fully charged. No complaints whatsoever except that it stopped working j...
by CaptAirhead
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Swing arm clearance 78 twin shock r80
Replies: 7
Views: 466

Re: Swing arm clearance 78 twin shock r80

Use feeler gauges to measure the clearance. Just make sure that, whatever it is, that it is equal each side. Make sure the feeler gauge goes all the way in. Use the hex key to make the adjustment then torque up with a socket. Then check it again to make sure. https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3683/9450...
by CaptAirhead
Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Not riding for a while !
Replies: 290
Views: 32775

Re: Not riding for a while !

My buddy lost his left arm in a biking accident some years ago and has moved his clutch lever to the right side and is still biking away quite happily. He is a good mechanic and does all his own work on the bikes. He could roll a ciggie with one hand faster than I could with two ( I've since packed ...
by CaptAirhead
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Spark Plugs
Replies: 13
Views: 723

Re: Spark Plugs

My buddy gave me a set of Iridium plugs for my R80/7. Don't know that I would have bought them myself. I doubt if I will leave them in long enough to fail so longevity isn't an issue. I must have at least half a dozen pairs of decent NGK and Bosch plugs lying around that I changed before their time ...
by CaptAirhead
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: More comfortable seat
Replies: 17
Views: 1318

Re: More comfortable seat

Although my Corbin seat and Duckbill base fit OK on the hinges, I'm not really happy with the arrangement. For one, I have to take the right hand Krauser off to open the seat fully and secondly, the hinges make a mess of the paintwork no matter how careful I am. I much prefer a seat which lifts off ...
by CaptAirhead
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Quick stupid gearbox oil question
Replies: 14
Views: 910

Re: Quick stupid gearbox oil question

You didn't say which bike but I assume it's an airhead in which case the Gearbox oil capacity is 800cc. It doesn't really matter whether the gearbox is on or off, use a flexible filler and fill it up till the oil is level with the thread of the filler hole on the side of the box or , in other words,...
by CaptAirhead
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Sometimes it’s the simplest things....
Replies: 8
Views: 709

Re: Sometimes it’s the simplest things....

I once phoned a pal and canceled a ride because my bike wouldn't start. I then changed into my overalls, opened up the shed and got my tool kit out etc etc. only to discover that I had accidentally deployed the engine cut out switch while pushing the bike out of the yard. DUH! I later told my pal th...
by CaptAirhead
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: More comfortable seat
Replies: 17
Views: 1318

Re: More comfortable seat

Just had a thought. As Rob suggests, if the rubber stops are missing or damaged, the whole seat would sag. I replaced the rubber stops on the Corbin seat with chair leg rubber feet:- https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4394/36982736215_eb00378680_k.jpg Corbin Seat Base. New lock pin and rubber feet. by I...
by CaptAirhead
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: More comfortable seat
Replies: 17
Views: 1318

Re: More comfortable seat

This solved my seat problems. It's a Corbin Gunfighter which I found on eBay and fits directly onto the RT Duckbill seat base:- https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4422/36756101795_292cbbc9f1_k.jpg Corbin Gunfighter seat on 1979 BMW R80/7 TIC by Ian Beat , on Flickr It's extremely comfortable and has the...
by CaptAirhead
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Starter ebay
Replies: 9
Views: 499

Re: Starter ebay

[of course the electricity would be going the wrong way.Lol! Andyb That could be truer than you think. :) It's a real bugger when you set off to find four reverse gears and one forward. :) Not possible on a 4 stroke petrol but I have done it on other engines. Weren't BSA Bantams rather notorious fo...
by CaptAirhead
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Got a new project (or two)
Replies: 54
Views: 3133

Re: Got a new project (or two)

Winging their way to us as we speak.
You were damn lucky to find a pair. Would be interesting to see how you graft them on.
Ian.
by CaptAirhead
Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Crazy " Mad Max" Airhead
Replies: 2
Views: 316

Crazy " Mad Max" Airhead

Don't often share other peoples project but I thought that this one was just crazy enough to pique my interest. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4840/46087374294_b922b760e2_b.jpg Crazy Mad Max Airhead 2 by Ian Beat , on Flickr https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4882/45897269875_ceae6413e3_b.jpg Crazy Mad ...
by CaptAirhead
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Polycarbonate valve cover
Replies: 11
Views: 571

Re: Polycarbonate valve cover

Where did you get the polycarbonate cover?
It's not mine. The video was sent to a chap on Facebook by the maker for test purposes. I believe it cracked after some use.
Ian.

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