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by sykospain
Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Rockster Budget screen ideas?
Replies: 6
Views: 254

Re: Rockster Budget screen ideas?

I fitted this Givi screen with the two handlebar-mounted support rods. Kushtie. A601 - Universal screen with 2 point handlebar, bronzè 36,9 x 42,5 cm (H x W) https://www.givi.co.uk/screens-spoilers/Universal-screens/A601 The roadster handlebar fitted to my Rockster improves the wrist-angle to reliev...
by sykospain
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Exhaust removal R1150RT
Replies: 17
Views: 724

Re: Exhaust removal R1150RT

A Y-pipe is normally needed when dispensing with the 15kg lump of a cat. Then the replacement end-can. 'Black Widow or Dominator are usual sources. https://www.ebay.com/itm/DOMINATOR-DECAT-Cat-Eliminator-Pipe-Exhaust-Muffler-BMW-R850R-04-R1150GS-R1150R/282768600607?epid=0&hash=item41d6526e1f:g:9ksAA...
by sykospain
Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: ABS strange behaviour.
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: ABS strange behaviour.

Brilliant comprehensive reply Ced, as always. Right on the button. But this problem of falling Voltage doesn't arise with the magnificent Li-Po latest generation of 'new technology' polymer-based batteries. A third of the weight, five times the cranking power and virtually no self-discharge. I'm a g...
by sykospain
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Rejuvenating my R1150RS _ a few questions
Replies: 21
Views: 654

Re: Rejuvenating my R1150RS _ a few questions

Two issues that you need to attend to before any further standard lubricant replacements and any cosmetic changes :- 1) the single-plate hydraulically-operated dry clutch. It's like an ancient Morris Mini-Minor dry clutch but without the stability and correct alignment provided by a thrust-bearing, ...
by sykospain
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: A Big Thank You
Replies: 5
Views: 210

Re: A Big Thank You

Hi pats, Whilst thinking of investing in a Honda, peruse the used columns for a late-model auto-transmission 750cc or 1200cc "NC" series bike. A true revolution in modern ridability. No clutch lever and no gear pedal, but six seamlessly-changing gears operated through electronically-controlled twin ...
by sykospain
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Hard to start
Replies: 43
Views: 1011

Re: Hard to start

Ced:- I'm guessing that a year'03 1100S has stick coils interposed between each ignition lead to the cylinder heads and the ( upper ) spark plugs. It might even be a 4-plug motor. IF so, those coils trapped inside the extremely hot and narrow cylinder head tubes eventually rot due to temp variations...
by sykospain
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: bleeding the clutch
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Re: bleeding the clutch

According to ace BMW boxer wrencher Chis Harris, formerly of Affordable Beemer Services which became Team Monkey Video Productions of Manchester, New Hampshire....before Chris & family went native in a clapped-out RV...... ....the best thing to do is to ditch the fitting that you see on the end of t...
by sykospain
Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: How can I time the Crank Position sensor on an R850
Replies: 5
Views: 241

Re: How can I time the Crank Position sensor on an R850

An amazingly thorough, detailed, painstakingly prepared and beautifully edited WORD document tutorial from the esteemed Mr. Hager on the HES repair routine. Nothing short of fabulous. I've downloaded and saved it for future ref when my 26K miles Rockster eventually sweats out its HES wiring harness....
by sykospain
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: throttle cable
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Re: throttle cable

Those two vodeodis that Ced pointed you at are the biz - several years old but I love the look on the face of Chris's assistant of the time, Sean:- "If you don't stop pontificating to that camera and picking at me, I'm going to wrap this cable round your neck..." And good advice is never to try to d...
by sykospain
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: R1100RT gearbox
Replies: 7
Views: 275

Re: R1100RT gearbox

Quite so - as James at SuperBikeSurgery says in his excellent video on a final-drive rebuild How-To, "Temperature Difference Is Your Friend". One half in the freezer for a coupla hours, the other half wrapped in a sopping-wet cloth and put in the Micro for a few minutes. The wet cloth stops the meta...
by sykospain
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Oil change.....now it vibrates??
Replies: 17
Views: 654

Re: Oil change.....now it vibrates??

Interesting that a brief scan on the Castrol pages about their Power brand oil mentioned above - NOWHERE can I see in their guff text as to whether it's syn, semi-syn or chip-fat. In these sweltering temps that we're enjoying at the mo., I find the pesky Getrag-typical gearbox clonking noise is noti...
by sykospain
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: R1100RT surge/snatch when riding above 3000rpm
Replies: 14
Views: 590

Re: R1100RT surge/snatch when riding above 3000rpm

Hesitance, back-firing, jerkiness, clacking sounds from the drive train.... As somebody says elsewhere in the world of BMW boxer-bike forums :- "It's ALWAYS the effing stick coils.." But maybe your older bike doesn't actually HAVE ignition stick coils stuck in the roasting atmosphere of a tight tunn...
by sykospain
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: R1100RS Satnav mounting
Replies: 5
Views: 259

Re: R1100RS Satnav mounting

The plate and power feed that installs the gold-plated-priced BMW satnav kit on the centre of the bars on the new R1200 bikes seems the dog's watsits. I wish someone would come up with a similar but realistically-priced version that'll hold a smartphone in full view, even behind a tall tankbag, on o...
by sykospain
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: New brake lines going in, dump the iABS?
Replies: 7
Views: 343

Re: New brake lines going in, dump the iABS?

Hi Lurchio, Hope you can make it over the hills and down to the coast at Mojácar before your UK jaunt in the Autumn. By which time hopefully Motorcycling Mo my biking pal will be back from HIS UK jaunt on his ( possibly ) brand-new R1200GS ADV probably purchased at vast expense from Park Lane BMW wh...
by sykospain
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Stick coil (s) in need of urgent therapy
Replies: 6
Views: 319

Re: Stick coil (s) in need of urgent therapy

Ha-ha-ha. No, I first met the term 'snoojit' on tour as presenter with the BBC Northern symphony orchestra, which became the BBC Philharmonic. The players are a varied and often feisty bunch who don't suffer fools gladly, so I was always on tenterhooks.... But when 108 talented musicians went on ext...
by sykospain
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Honda Deauville
Replies: 21
Views: 1710

Re: Honda Deauville

They seem to hold their price, judging by a quick scan of The Bay. 2 to 3K for ten-year-old bikes can't be bad but I didn't like the one I tried for an hour 3 years ago- a bit clunky and 'distant'-feeling with it's 5-speed box and faired-in panniers. So I bought a fantastic Honda NC750DCT auto. What...
by sykospain
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Oil temperature sensor R850RR 2003
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: Oil temperature sensor R850RR 2003

WOW - what a reply... Ced is THE MAN !
by sykospain
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Stick coil (s) in need of urgent therapy
Replies: 6
Views: 319

Re: Stick coil (s) in need of urgent therapy

Yep, a new stick coil popped into the left-hand cylinder-head from a nearby R1200GS awaiting service in José's workshop solved the bad-running problem totally in my bike. An instant goodbye to the previous occasional hunting, hesitation, backfiring and the general feeling that something within the p...
by sykospain
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Stick coil (s) in need of urgent therapy
Replies: 6
Views: 319

Stick coil (s) in need of urgent therapy

Went shopping on it this morning and suddenly whilst pootling along the beach road, I had the dreaded "complete-cutout-dead-engine" effect. Which wobbles you as the motor immediately comes to rest. Each time thereafter I simply restarted after a coupla presses of the button whilst coasting along; fo...
by sykospain
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: New brake lines going in, dump the iABS?
Replies: 7
Views: 343

Re: New brake lines going in, dump the iABS?

I endorse Ced's comments. A bike with ABS is inherently safer than one without. If it's working, just replace the braided hoses and fluids. Follow the detailed info available on these BMW bike forums on bleeding the ABS unit as well, not just the calipers / lines. I found a great supplier called A3S...
by sykospain
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Sad Post
Replies: 4
Views: 264

Re: Sad Post

Yes, Motorworks is the go-to place. Most of the guys wearing the telephone headsets there are boxer-bike owners and experts. I remember when they had a little showroom that you could spend a happy half-hour browsing in. But they stopped that some years ago because they thought there were too many ti...
by sykospain
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: How Do I Remove The Rear Indicator on R1150R?
Replies: 2
Views: 107

Re: How Do I Remove The Rear Indicator on R1150R?

Get a new / 2nd hand one from MW in Meltham Bridge. Whilst ordering it, they'll tell you how it's tightened. There's a slip-in forked tongue of metal inside that wears / breaks and makes the rubber mounted item even more floppy than it's designed to be to protect the bulb filament from vibration.
by sykospain
Sat May 05, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: New Clutch Fitted
Replies: 6
Views: 354

Re: New Clutch Fitted

So very, very tempting my friend.....especially as it's already fitted with around £1,500 worth of extras installed by the P.O. : - with the tall Givi touring screen, Givi hand-guards, satnav plate, all the electronic gizmos dialled in from the ring on the left-hand end of the bar, latest ABS and ri...
by sykospain
Sat May 05, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: New Clutch Fitted
Replies: 6
Views: 354

Re: New Clutch Fitted

Yesterday I went to Allan Jefferies in Shipley for a demo-ride on a slightly-used 2016 R12R with all sorts of great add-ons. What a palace of a showroom ! It's fifteen years since I entered a BMW Motorrad UK showroom and now they have loads of space, piles of bikes from the entire BMW range, and the...
by sykospain
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: BMW R1150R Oil Level Question
Replies: 21
Views: 727

Re: BMW R1150R Oil Level Question

Good point, andys.
I did actually say :-
"doesn't burn oil to any noticeable extent"

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