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by Old Foxy
Fri May 24, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Gearbox problem
Replies: 15
Views: 837

Re: Gearbox problem

George, Had similar symptoms twice on my R100RT. First time, it was a sticky gear pedal - just needed removing, cleaning and a dab of grease. Second time, it was forewarning of the selector return spring (the cheap one!) on the way out. I ended up limping home in 5th, whipped the box out and Phil re...
by Old Foxy
Fri May 24, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Shattered illusion
Replies: 21
Views: 865

Re: Shattered illusion

Neil, £4.00 for a haircut? You might just get in the door for that in the Thames Valley - £11.00 for pensioners (that's the cheap rate). I do get into the Kempton A/J for a pound less than the "youngsters" though! Still waiting to be challenged at the checkout for booze purchase - a 65-year old was ...
by Old Foxy
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Hexhead (Watercooled R1200) Q&A's
Topic: Nav 6 - Fuel tracking
Replies: 6
Views: 395

Re: Nav 6 - Fuel tracking

Hi Farzad,

Yes, I have my SatNav set to display remaining miles until empty. Low fuel warning comes on before I run out, but I find the "miles remaining" easier to use than looking at the bars on the fuel gauge.

Glad you found your setting.

Regards,

Old Foxy
by Old Foxy
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Hexhead (Watercooled R1200) Q&A's
Topic: Nav 6 - Fuel tracking
Replies: 6
Views: 395

Re: Nav 6 - Fuel tracking

I have my Nav VI set up to display tyre pressures, average fuel consumption and miles remaining on my K1600. Not sure if it is the same for your RT. I have this display saved as my favourite, so can select it quickly on start-up.

Regards,

Old Foxy
by Old Foxy
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: 20w50 anyone tried this ?
Replies: 10
Views: 637

Re: 20w50 anyone tried this ?

Hi, I used the Silkolene V-Twin 20-50 in my 1989 R100RT and it was fine. I was using Castrol 15W-40 previously, but the Silkolene produced a quieter engine (at least, that is what I felt). Never had any problems with the 20-50. I reckoned the R100 was just a V-twin with a very wide angle between the...
by Old Foxy
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Hexhead (Watercooled R1200) Q&A's
Topic: No. of keys supplied for keyless bikes
Replies: 10
Views: 503

Re: No. of keys supplied for keyless bikes

Hi,

I got one "proper" key and one grey plastic "emergency" key with my K1600 last year. I'd guess all keyless BMWs would get the same.

Regards,

Old Foxy
by Old Foxy
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: The R75/5 project has started
Replies: 28
Views: 2212

Re: The R75/5 project has started

Martin, Your chap is right that you need to ensure oilways are properly capped off, before aqua blasting. I did suggest soda blasting as an alternative. I have had several sets of crankcases clean by aqua blast (R D Cox of Reading) and they have never been an issue. I got the idea from an article in...
by Old Foxy
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: The R75/5 project has started
Replies: 28
Views: 2212

Re: The R75/5 project has started

Cases should be OK with vapour (sometimes called aqua) blast or soda blast. Have had this done on several sets of cases and they come up like new, with no dust deposits.

Saves lots of hard work scrubbing!

Old Foxy
by Old Foxy
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous & Restoration Q&A's
Topic: Anyone used a home electro plating kit?
Replies: 4
Views: 564

Re: Anyone used a home electro plating kit?

Nope, just used the basic kit. Lots of hard work in the prep stages. Initially the results were not that brilliant, but as I learned how to do the prep properly, then things got a lot better and the results were very satisfying. However, I moved on to making parts in stainless (where possible) and t...
by Old Foxy
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous & Restoration Q&A's
Topic: Anyone used a home electro plating kit?
Replies: 4
Views: 564

Re: Anyone used a home electro plating kit?

I have used the nickel plating kit and it worked fine - the plating is still on many the parts of my 1955 Panther that I did, after 25 years. However, it does need a lot of care in the preparation, so I needed to buy a metal polishing kit, plus a tank, thermometer, etc. Doing a good job (as always) ...
by Old Foxy
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: BMW R80RT - Fairing gaiters yes or no?
Replies: 9
Views: 726

Re: BMW R80RT - Fairing gaiters yes or no?

Bazzer, I had thin fork gaiters on my RT, but left the original rubber fairing gaiters (boots) off. These old things always seem to drop down off the fairing and they provide no protection for the fork stanchions. The thin fork gaiters looked OK and the residual gaps in the fairing were never a prob...
by Old Foxy
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Caliper Off Centre?
Replies: 26
Views: 1658

Re: Caliper Off Centre?

Neil, Not sure if this applies (or helps) but there are different discs for the mono front brakes. Some have a thicker "base" (where it attaches to the wheel). I don't know what years have which disks, but I do know that when I bought some replacement BMW OEM discs for my 1989 R100RT, they were too ...
by Old Foxy
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Psychomotor challenge.
Replies: 10
Views: 821

Re: Psychomotor challenge.

Andrew, I'm sure that you will adapt very quickly. There will be the odd brake application, when you go to change gear on the airhead, but as has already been stated, you are only likely to do it once. I find that my brain seems to switch from British (Panther M100) to German (K1600GTL) automaticall...
by Old Foxy
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Exhaust Leaks
Replies: 10
Views: 1028

Re: Exhaust Leaks

Give the joints a good clean (thinners, or similar) and then use clear silicone RTV, as used for bathrooms, etc. This stuff stays flexible, even at high temperatures (I've used it on the exhaust joint to the head on my Panther and they run very hot). Should be able to get a good dollop inside the jo...
by Old Foxy
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: R80RT Mono mirror vibration
Replies: 16
Views: 1877

Re: R80RT Mono mirror vibration

Had the same problem with my 1989 R100RT - LH mirror OK, RH mirror suffered vibration, which only cleared at "motorway speeds". I changed the mirror and the mount, to get some improvement, but not perfect. Used the expanding foam trick - sorted! Be careful, though, as you can push the glass out if y...
by Old Foxy
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Very intermittent ignition fault - BMW R80RT
Replies: 22
Views: 1455

Re: Very intermittent ignition fault - BMW R80RT

Hi,

Had a similar problem on my 1989 R100RT. Turned out to be the kill switch, which I fixed by a good dose of WD40. Hope yours is as simple!

Old Foxy
by Old Foxy
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Hexhead (R1200) Q&A's
Topic: how reliable 1200gs
Replies: 13
Views: 1627

Re: how reliable 1200gs

I hired a 2011 R1200GS when I was in Australia in 2013. The bike had been well used (including off road) with 112,000 km on the clock. It ran like a sewing machine, with no issues and I added another 9,500 km in three weeks. I know this is not the same as owning a bike over a longer period, but it s...
by Old Foxy
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Hexhead (R1200) Q&A's
Topic: How reliable are 2010-2013 RTs?
Replies: 11
Views: 1411

Re: How reliable are 2010-2013 RTs?

I hired one of these anniversary RTs when I was in Oz in March. The bike had 120,000 kms (so ~74,500 miles) on the clock. I had it for three weeks, added another 3,500 miles and it ran like clockwork. It used about 100 mls of oil. Cosmetically, it was a bit tired (but not that bad for a hire bike). ...
by Old Foxy
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Beware of Suicidal Flying Wildlife
Replies: 10
Views: 1079

Re: Beware of Suicidal Flying Wildlife

I've had "close encounters of the feathery kind" three times on a bike - all three were pheasants. Latest one was a couple of months ago, whilst pootling along on my Panther at 45 mph through Hampshire's finest country lanes. Two just grazed the handlebars - like being hit with a sack of potatoes, e...
by Old Foxy
Mon May 21, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Rear brake light not working from front brake
Replies: 8
Views: 775

Re: Rear brake light not working from front brake

George, Had this on my 1989 R100RT. Corrosion in the connector from the front brake light switch, where it connects to the loom. IIRC, located under the tank, rear, RHS. Yellow & black wire was one. Took the connector apart, cleaned the contacts, dab of Vaseline (following Ced's advice) and all was ...
by Old Foxy
Wed May 02, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: centre stands
Replies: 11
Views: 768

Re: centre stands

Snowy,

There is a spare centre stand in the Old Foxy stash of airhead bits that I am slowly dispersing. I think it is good to go, so if you need another stand, pm me.

Regards,

Old Foxy
by Old Foxy
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: BMW clock.
Replies: 18
Views: 1387

Re: BMW clock.

itthebruce,

I have a couple of working BMW clocks (from a later RT) spare if you get stuck. May not match your original, but PM me if you want more info. I might be able to provide a photo or two, if I can find my Box Brownie.

Old Foxy
by Old Foxy
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: RT Fairing Headlamp glass sealing
Replies: 6
Views: 699

Re: RT Fairing Headlamp glass sealing

Mort,

I have four spare rubber tunnels - you can have one or two for the price of the postage, if that helps. I think they are generally sound. PM me if interested.

Old Foxy
by Old Foxy
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Rear Shock Recommendations for a Mono?
Replies: 24
Views: 1781

Re: Rear Shock Recommendations for a Mono?

Neil,

I bought a Nivomat self levelling rear shock from Motorworks - excellent piece of kit. Not sure if they are still available (I had to phone, as they are not listed on the website). Price was comparable with Hagon, but it is (was) an original option for the mono, so still "standard".

Old Foxy
by Old Foxy
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: R80RT Replacement Mirror Glass?
Replies: 7
Views: 782

Re: R80RT Replacement Mirror Glass?

Hi, If you are stuck for a mirror glass, I think I have some down the shed, suitable to be used as donors for the mirror glass. Give me a pm if you are interested and I'll go and have a rummage. I'm near J12 of the M4, so not a million miles from you. If I have one, its FOC for you to collect. Old F...

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