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    Thanks...

    ...looking at them directly. My R80 has 100,625 miles. No real major rebuilds. Just replaced the con rod bearings myself about a dozen years ago. Cheers.
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    Marvel Mystery Oil???

    Greetings,

    I have recently entered the mysterious realm of this substance we used to mock when young. I had someone (who seems to be knowledgeable in such matters), recommend it to stop the valve...
  3. Thread: advise please

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    My first...

    ...and only BMW motorcycle is a 1978 R80/7. A fortunate choice in this classic. And yes, the ignition system is unreliable. I was just forced to replace my starter relay after a mere 100,625 miles.
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  4. It still is...

    ...here in Oregon. Except for some - "too cool for that" - Harley riders.
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    Yes to the last two posts...

    ...and I have also had mine drip a bit when the whole carb is turned too much to that side. Know what I mean? Because you can rotate that carb by loosening the hose clamps. Think it looks better to...
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    Sticky: Have never travelled without bungee's on cases on...

    Have never travelled without bungee's on cases on my R80/7. Great for "accidental dismounting" security and can double as a place to hang additional gear. Cheers.
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    Yes.

    I tried a generic starter on my 1978 R80/7 with no luck. BMW starter was $28.15 from dealer. Since this will probably still be functioning some 30 years past my trip to the graveyard, its money well...
  8. Thread: 1975 r90/6

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    Based on your description...

    ...in the $3,500 neighborhood. Good Luck!
  9. Thread: motul oil

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    Oil Brands?

    I will usually leave that oil level about 1/8" below the full mark. And have mixed brands before. I would assume that if the oil meets the same API spec's., there should be no problem. Although my...
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    Thanks Ken. Will look for a CarCo outlet, but do...

    Thanks Ken. Will look for a CarCo outlet, but do not think they are here waaay out west. I could jump in the Pacific about 90 minutes west of here.

    It does indicate that I may have to go that...
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    BMW Paint Stick Source???

    Greetings...

    Just found out from my dealer that BMW no longer offers Touch Up paint sticks. Anyone have a good source for these? I did try search terms here and came up empty. The specific color -...
  12. 1978 r80/7

    Still going strong at 106250. Did just replace original starter relay. Part's cost: $28.15. My labor. Good luck to you, Sir.
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    I'll do that. Will keep an eye out for you in my...

    I'll do that. Will keep an eye out for you in my travels around here. Easy to spot vintage airheads from a long way off. Cheers...Steve
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    Thanks jad01! How long have you owned your R80/7?...

    Thanks jad01! How long have you owned your R80/7?

    Bought mine when living in Virginia in 1990.

    Cheers, Steve
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    Solved!

    My cousin was able to diagnose my starting problem as a bad starter relay. Glad he was in town recently from his place two hours away. He rebuilds motorcycles so he really knows his stuff.

    Thanks...
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    Thanks jad, That is my indented direction, but...

    Thanks jad,

    That is my indented direction, but probably not for a week, when I get some time off from work. I have done 90% of the repairs/tune-ups etc. on this bike since I purchased it in...
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    Thanks, jimmylee, Will keep that in mind, if...

    Thanks, jimmylee,

    Will keep that in mind, if other methods prove futile.

    Steve
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    Reread my original post, and I was unclear on the...

    Reread my original post, and I was unclear on the specific symptoms. My omission. Was thinking Starter Relay also, and checked and cleaned both male and female connections there.

    Will check other...
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    Thanks for the tip, but believe its an electrical...

    Thanks for the tip, but believe its an electrical problem. The engine will not turn over at all, even though all lights, dash, headlight, etc. illuminate with enthusiasm. Carbs are good as I rebuilt...
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    Thanks for the thoughtful replies. I will give...

    Thanks for the thoughtful replies. I will give them a try. May not be for a bit as I work seven of the next eight days. This bike has been uber reliable in the near quarter-century of my use.

    I...
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    R80/7 Starting Problem

    Greetings, I have owned my 1978 R80/7 since 1990, and it will not start. I have reached the limit of my diagnostic skills and am looking for someone in the Beaverton, Oregon area to examine, and...
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