View Full Version : Winter Repairs, Maintenance and Farkelizing

01-11-2010, 05:33 PM
In our long winters one thing that keeps us sorta sane is working on our bikes. What winter projects are others doing to pass the cold winter months away? Here's our list of significant projects (remember it is a long winter up here :doh):

Install StarCom on all four bikes.

R1200 R New bike
Peg lowering
Hand Guards & Flares
Scout Fairing
Driving Lights
Oil Cooler cover
Engine guards
Cyber Lights
Fuse Block

F650 GS
12,000 mile service
Install new sprockets and chain
Fix latch on Jessie Bag
Install Fuse Block

5,000 mile service including carb synch
Install Kisan Charge Guard
Install LED driving lights
Install Fuse Block
Install Hand Guards

R1200 RT
Install Gerbing controller
12,000 mile service

01-11-2010, 06:30 PM
On the perpetual list of things to do is replacing the timing chain on my 1988 R100 RT.

Other items to do are

Clean and rebuild the carbs
Re-install the fuel/vapor solenoids that were removed by the PO.
Change all fluids
Spline lube
Steering bearing lube

Now we'll see how much of the above I'm able to do before spring comes. With a two-year old running around the house, and the wife under weather, I'm not sure how much I'm going to get done.

01-11-2010, 08:59 PM
On my short list is add different bars to my wife's 1200ST

For my GT add a Stebel horn, while at it I might even clean it

01-11-2010, 11:24 PM
I have a new set of Speigler brake lines to install. I just can't stop riding long enough to get them installed. It was 18 F. when I left for work this morning & 10 F. when I got to work 30 miles later on the BC. I just love the wind protection on my LT.:D

01-11-2010, 11:51 PM
My '78 RS needs a new steering head bearing. I probably will need to wait 'til spring though to get at it, as it is so cold! No heat in my garage.

01-11-2010, 11:52 PM
#1 for me is new pivot bushings. I have the parts, moly paste, and Loctite 270. Probably get the 12mm allen hex tomorrow.

Seems like nobody has one of those in their tool box until this happens.
I have a 17mm Allen hex for the VWs but even the big hammer won't make it fit.

Then valve adjust and TBS in the Spring.

01-12-2010, 01:41 AM
Over the past couple of weeks:

removed steering head bearings- AWP (awaiting parts)
removed fork seals- AWP
removed the front disc pads-AWP
cleaned all connectors
lubed splines
greased u-joints
replaced swing arm and FD pivot bearings
cleaned carbs
set valves
lubed rear brake cam and pivot
replaced speedo cable
installed new air filter
more cleaning

Hopefully, the parts will be here tomorrow! My fingers are tired of "cleaning".


01-14-2010, 04:34 AM
- seals and piston rings in forks
- all bulbs in instrument cluster
- added stone guard to headlamp
- cleaned and greased all electrical connections
- carb rebuild
- new fuel and vacuum hoses
- lubed starter
- greased splines
- valve adjustments
- new plugs
- motor oil (Recycled filter. New filter every other change)
- gear oil in trans and rear end
- rear tire (giving a dunlop a shot)
- rear brake shoes
- Replacing header nuts with clamps tomorrow! Had to cut one nut off.

After that the bike will be off the lift. Need to replace one axle clamp bolt (stripped, argh), then take it on the road and balance the carbs.

01-14-2010, 10:06 PM
my bike is perfect, i don't need to do anything to it, or so i tell my wife. she wants to know why UPS is here on a weekly basis and how come i am spending so much time in the garage. "what, that windshield, i've had that for along time" thats my story and i'm sticking to it.

01-14-2010, 11:41 PM
R100 GS

Install new exhaust gaskets between header pipes and collector.
Clean exhaust stubs and nuts; apply anti-seize compound.

R1150 GS Adventure

Install and balance new front tire.
Build shipping pallet for overseas flight.

Porsche Carrera

Install new exhaust gaskets.
Install new exhaust fasteners (some clown used a nylock nut on an exhaust...can you believe).
Apply anti-seize compound to all exhaust fasteners.
Finish detailing an already mint car.

01-15-2010, 12:55 AM
'71 CB750: restoration continues, including new clutch pack and control cables.

'67 Mustang: front disc brake conversion, with reproduction Kelsey-Hayes four piston calipers & hardware.