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    Then how do you explain why we do not hear more...

    Then how do you explain why we do not hear more about drive line failures on higher powered Japanese bikes, like ST1300, Concours, etc? Not trying to start an argument here, just trying to determine...
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    It would be interesting to see the loads/stress...

    It would be interesting to see the loads/stress analysis techniques used to design these systems.

    I do not think shaft drive on a motorcycle is more failure prone. If shaft drive was inherently...
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    I hear very little about driveline failures in...

    I hear very little about driveline failures in other makes. I am sure there have been some issues but nobody I know has had a problem other than a leak.

    I heard that Guzzi had a recall a while...
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    What progress! A vent has been added for 2011. ...

    What progress! A vent has been added for 2011. A drain plug was also added a few years earlier, right? Still no fill plug?

    I would like to know what was wrong with the final drives before BMW...
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    No, I do not consider an airhead to be a special...

    No, I do not consider an airhead to be a special bike. I tolerate its quirks because it has advantages I value, just as a sport bike rider tolerates what I consider to be a painful riding position...
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    I had a similar experience. I replaced the oil...

    I had a similar experience. I replaced the oil pan gasket with a factory gasket. I made sure to clean the surfaces completely and was careful not to over tighten. In a few weeks it was leaking...
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    You will feel some heat on any motorcycle. It is...

    You will feel some heat on any motorcycle. It is a matter of how much you are able to tolerate in order to have the bike you want.

    Maybe I have been numbed after all the years of riding an...
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    I also painted mine with some hi temp engine...

    I also painted mine with some hi temp engine enamel. I cut strips of masking tape to cover the horizontal ribs.
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    Agreed. If I ever buy another motorcycle, new or...

    Agreed. If I ever buy another motorcycle, new or used, it will not be a BMW.
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    What is this gasket that you refer to? Is it the...

    What is this gasket that you refer to? Is it the rubber seal that fills the gap between the black plastic inner fairing (which contains the storage bins) and the outer side fairing piece?

    If so,...
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    An experienced airhead mechanic advised me that...

    An experienced airhead mechanic advised me that if you remove the clamping force on the head, you MIGHT cause a leak at the cylinder base gasket and the pushrod tube seals since you are also removing...
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    Sounds reasonable. It might be possible to...

    Sounds reasonable. It might be possible to unseat the float needle but I wonder if the instant that happens, some of that pressure is released thru the vent tube.

    I don't know how you were able...
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    Where I live, bikes with the factory vapor system...

    Where I live, bikes with the factory vapor system would not start on a warm day. After being parked at work, even in the shade or under a motorcycle cover, the heat of the day produced too much...
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    The pic is of the right side with the side cover...

    The pic is of the right side with the side cover off. Check valve 1 is to the left, you can see the hose clamp holding it on. Check valve 2 is the gray one with the arrow pointing down.

    I got...
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    And a pic.

    And a pic.
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    Here is a schematic of how I made my vapor...

    Here is a schematic of how I made my vapor trapping system.
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    It consists of 2 commercially available check...

    It consists of 2 commercially available check valves plumbed to maintain atmospheric pressure in the tank, yet trap vapors in the tank.

    I am not able to post a pic or a sketch now as I do not have...
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    My Haynes manual contains a description of the...

    My Haynes manual contains a description of the operation of that system. Basically, it is a fuel vapor trapping/recovery system. It also shuts off fuel to the carbs when the ignition is off. This...
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    Maybe I am just unlucky, but I never had...

    Maybe I am just unlucky, but I never had satisfactory results with the factory gaskets for valve covers or oil pans. They appear to be too stiff, too hard, to conform to surface imperfections. (So...
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    I have been looking to replace that part as well....

    I have been looking to replace that part as well. I got the replacement item from Motobins but have not put it on yet. I was not sure how to go about it. I also wondered if the entire fairing had...
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    Agree that the pushrod tubes may not be installed...

    Agree that the pushrod tubes may not be installed deep enough.

    There could be another problem but I would say that anytime a factory installation is changed (i.e. pushrod tubes replaced in this...
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    I have never done this but it may be worth it if...

    I have never done this but it may be worth it if you prefer to have the boots on. I have always had these boots in place so I do not know how things would be without them. I suppose not much change...
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    I have used RTV. I had some of that gasket type...

    I have used RTV. I had some of that gasket type and it worked OK but I think you could also use the type for attaching weatherstripping.
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    The rubber boots that cover the lower fairing...

    The rubber boots that cover the lower fairing opening will tear eventually. There is not much anyone can do to prevent that. The drain hole produces a stress riser. As the rubber is stretched it...
  25. I had this problem as well. It just took a lot...

    I had this problem as well. It just took a lot of time to scrape off the old gasket to prevent marring the soft aluminum. I tried all sorts of solvents, none of which worked all that well. I...
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