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by Brickboy
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: F Series Technical Q&A's
Topic: F800GS stops af if ignition...
Replies: 35
Views: 2298

Every now and then...

I think of 'modernising'. But there's this beauty: points ignition, Brembo brakes, old-style air filter, smaller and lighter (noticeably so) than an R80/100 and plenty of power for touring/commuting etc, with panniers and a screen too. Tax and MoT free next year, as well. They seem to be the 'cheap'...
by Brickboy
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: R65 fork oil
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Re: R65 fork oil

Thanks Barry,

Mine is a 79 and I'd be very grateful for a copy of your pdf if possible.

My email is teleborian1 at gmail dot com

Simon
by Brickboy
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: R65 fork oil
Replies: 4
Views: 221

R65 fork oil

Hi all,

I don't have a handbook but I'm under the impression that it's 190cc of 5w oil in each leg.

Anyone able to confirm that?

Cheers,

Simon
by Brickboy
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Heated grips
Replies: 36
Views: 1444

Re: Heated grips

I've always found BMW heated grips to be great. The ones on my 1150GS were too hot on their max setting, in fact. Numerous K and R series bikes have kept me toasty of winter days.
by Brickboy
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Date of Manufacture for a '79 R65
Replies: 15
Views: 595

Re: Date of Manufacture for a '79 R65

Hi all,

The date of manufacture is April 1979 - so I guess I'll have to wait although, according to regulations I should be able to class it as historic since it'll be over 40yrs old next month.

Well, possibly, perhaps, maybe!

Simon
by Brickboy
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Date of Manufacture for a '79 R65
Replies: 15
Views: 595

Re: Date of Manufacture for a '79 R65

Thanks gents - that's really informative... much more so than trawling the DVLA website for ages :)

One more year of MOT and tax? Ican live with that!

Simon
by Brickboy
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Date of Manufacture for a '79 R65
Replies: 15
Views: 595

Date of Manufacture for a '79 R65

Hi all,

The latest in my long obsession with airheads is a new one to me - an R65.

As it's a 1979 bike, registered in August, I'm hoping to discover that it was manufactured before April so as to enjoy the tax and MoT exemption. Any ideas how I find out the date of manufacture?

Cheers,

Simon
by Brickboy
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Tyres? Aaargh! I'm sorry... at least it's not oil!!
Replies: 20
Views: 780

Tyres? Aaargh! I'm sorry... at least it's not oil!!

Hi all, It's seems seven million decades since I last had to reboot a /7 Boxer. Metzler ME33/99 were the choice back in that day. Are they still the tyre of choice? I see they are called Laser Tech these days. It's for my R80, I'm no footpeg grinding warrior but as I do low miles I'm not too concern...
by Brickboy
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Properly protecting /7 electrics
Replies: 21
Views: 987

Re: Properly protecting /7 electrics

I've come to the conclusion that there is a lot of investigation needed. Despite the professional appearance of my wiring inside the headlamp the colours are wrong and the back connector board has many more positions than an R80 should. Clearly someone has worked hard on this as the wiring, connecto...
by Brickboy
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Properly protecting /7 electrics
Replies: 21
Views: 987

Re: Properly protecting /7 electrics

Andy, many, many moons ago as a 16yr old gardener on a very posh estate cum stud-farm, I was sitting on the Atco, old-fashioned cylinder mower with articulated roller behind the main mower and a seat on top. It was very grand until I wanted to stop. No sign of a kill switch anywhere (did I think of ...
by Brickboy
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Properly protecting /7 electrics
Replies: 21
Views: 987

Re: Properly protecting /7 electrics

The little bulb in the headlamp shell. I've not known it by any other name. Does it have another title, perhaps?
by Brickboy
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Properly protecting /7 electrics
Replies: 21
Views: 987

Re: Properly protecting /7 electrics

Lol, it's getting better, and worse! Rob, there is indeed a clacking from the relay. That's now been eliminated by the simple expedient of swapping over the pilot light connectors. There were connected such that the live was direct to the headlamp earth making the shell live. The starter is now full...
by Brickboy
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Properly protecting /7 electrics
Replies: 21
Views: 987

Re: Properly protecting /7 electrics

Cheers Ced, I'm on the case today, and will follow your procedure. The shell is live every time the button is pressed, no matter what position the steering is in. It is only able to earth when the brake line is in a close proximity ie when the bars are in one position. It's a R80RT that the previous...
by Brickboy
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Properly protecting /7 electrics
Replies: 21
Views: 987

Re: Properly protecting /7 electrics

Ah! Using my voltmeter (not the bike one) the headlamp shell goes live when the starter button is pressed. I do see the arc, and the sooting on the brake line and headlamp ear, where the top layer of paint has been burned through, shows it's been happening for a bit, but not consistently - it depend...
by Brickboy
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Properly protecting /7 electrics
Replies: 21
Views: 987

Re: Properly protecting /7 electrics

Ced, the evidence is very clear on the starter: arcing to the brake hose = weak/intermittent starter operation. Perhaps the hose is an easier path than the relay? Insulated hose = full beans at the starter. It's consistent so I can only think that the easier path to earth causes the relay to fail to...
by Brickboy
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Electrical frustration
Replies: 20
Views: 943

Re: Electrical frustration

Wow! It certainly pays to ask on here! I've got an awful lot to consider: what seemed at first glance a simple solution to a potential problem has turned out to have some very thought-provoking ramifications. I think that I'll follow the advice here and leadership it all standard. The indicator/volt...
by Brickboy
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Properly protecting /7 electrics
Replies: 21
Views: 987

Re: Properly protecting /7 electrics

Thanks Ced, I've no intention of trying to fuse the solenoid lead! The problem has been highlighted as I have a short, from the starter button return onto the headlamp shell. The starter has been sluggish and I spotted a puff of smoke when pressing the button. Investigation suggests that the live re...
by Brickboy
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Properly protecting /7 electrics
Replies: 21
Views: 987

Properly protecting /7 electrics

Following from my electrical frustration thread below, which has rapidly become electrical shock and horror about the number of unfused live parts of a /7 loom I wanted to run my thoughts by in the hope that a suitably electrically gifted member might advise. There are two unfused live feeds from th...
by Brickboy
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Electrical frustration
Replies: 20
Views: 943

Re: Electrical frustration

So, John, was the short inside the relay? I though that was under the tank - I assume my short is a chafed wire inside the headlamp (which is fortunately isolated from the fork legs/yokes by its rubber fork shrouds). I'm going to start a new thread about fusing the loom. I'm horrified at the potenti...
by Brickboy
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Electrical frustration
Replies: 20
Views: 943

Re: Electrical frustration. Update

Sluggish starting down to a short between the live from starter button to relay. It makes the headlamp shell live when the starter is pressed. The amps jump to the braided brake lines and reduce action of starter relay. Should be easy to find. More weird the voltmeter goes to zero in time with the r...
by Brickboy
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Electrical frustration
Replies: 20
Views: 943

Re: Electrical frustration

Ah, for some reason I though the bit of wire aka gear linkage came after the adjustable one.... Hmm, age getting to my memory...!!

Simon
by Brickboy
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Electrical frustration
Replies: 20
Views: 943

Re: Electrical frustration - SOLVED!!

All fixed guys. Would you believe that a careful inspection inside the headlamp shell revealed that the spades that connect to the external fuses had pulled off the fuseboard. What threw me was how many circuits are in fact unfused on the /7. My dad, a retired MoD electrical engineer who always puts...
by Brickboy
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Electrical frustration
Replies: 20
Views: 943

Re: Electrical frustration

Thanks Ced,

Standard loom as far as I can see except the indicators are no longer on the 6 block that does the clock/voltmeter. No signs of bodging anywhere.

I'm surprised how many things aren't fuse-protected - so much so I was wondering if there's a master fuse. No sign tho.

Simon
by Brickboy
Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Electrical frustration
Replies: 20
Views: 943

Electrical frustration

Grrr! I've spent ages gathering the connectors and such to wire in my voltmeter and clock on my R80 that has been converted to a 90S lookalike. Today, I put it all together. Everything worked. Then, after replacing the old petrol pipes and bolting on the tank I find that the voltmeter, indicators, h...
by Brickboy
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: S reg 1100
Replies: 1
Views: 196

S reg 1100

Hi all,
Am I right in thinking that the gearbox issues of the earlier bikes were sorted by S reg ones?

Thanks

Simon

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