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  1. New dealers can't become good dealers without...

    New dealers can't become good dealers without good customers.

    I tend to assume that any dealer is a good dealer unless and until they prove otherwise.
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    I personally think this overstates the need a bit...

    I personally think this overstates the need a bit - I am perfectly happy just parking the bike, no charger attached, if I am riding every few days.

    But motorcycle batteries are miniscule...
  3. Thread: Easter JOY

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    I hope the bunny brings you chocolate eggs.

    I hope the bunny brings you chocolate eggs.
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    I too would be curious to see if they have gone...

    I too would be curious to see if they have gone to using glass. Every one I have messed with on K or R bikes since 1985 have been a metal backer, a plastic lens, and a rubber surround. To remove...
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    I'll add that the vent and drain hoses are a...

    I'll add that the vent and drain hoses are a smaller diameter than the fuel delivery hoses. I forget the size but they are the same size as the external vent and drain hoses that run outside from...
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    As a society we have been/are being trained and...

    As a society we have been/are being trained and conditioned to be afraid; afraid of almost everything. From home alarm system ads to detergent ads about "ring around the collar"; from the nightly...
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    On your bike (and almost all internal combustion...

    On your bike (and almost all internal combustion engines) the engine speed is throttle controlled. That is, a throttle plate "throttles" or restricts air flow into the cylinder(s). When you open...
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    It seems to me that a person in this situation...

    It seems to me that a person in this situation has a couple of choices. Get the bike if possible, and the battery certainly to a dealer for testing and warranty consideration; or buy a battery and...
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    Absolutely! A drop in fuel mileage (for example)...

    Absolutely! A drop in fuel mileage (for example) does not automatically mean it is running rich. It means it is running poorly - rich, lean, ignition problem, compression problem, something!
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    To be specific, the vent line and overflow drain...

    To be specific, the vent line and overflow drain line are not solid metal inside the tank. The stub pipes on the fuel pump plate connect to stub pipes up at the filler cap and vent assembly with...
  11. Soapy water.

    Soapy water.
  12. Going down the road with the clutch engaged...

    Going down the road with the clutch engaged imposes streses on the bearings on the transmission input shaft that may well be absent as soon as the clutch us pulled - disconnecting the engine from the...
  13. Thread: Anonymous book

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    Yes - which is why there are codes for camping...

    Yes - which is why there are codes for camping space, bedroll space, and spare bedroom, in the A' Book.

    The question is whether this is for emergency or problem related use, or for more...
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    Look at your owners manual or maintenance manual....

    Look at your owners manual or maintenance manual. BMW recommends an oil change at each 6,000 mile minor service and again at each 12,000 mile major service. That is a 6,000 mile interval for normal...
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    Memory is vague here but I clearly remember the...

    Memory is vague here but I clearly remember the part - just not exactly where it goes. But it slides into a somewhat triangular cutout in one of the housings before a second piece bolts up against...
  16. I have no idea how springs in good or bad...

    I have no idea how springs in good or bad condition would affect the fork seals one way ot the other. Bushings - yes. While I wouldn't expect bushing to be worn at 28K miles, I haven't seen the...
  17. Thread: Anonymous book

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    Two trailer retrievals in the last week here in...

    Two trailer retrievals in the last week here in the Big Bend. :)
  18. I suspect water in the fuel - it can clog...

    I suspect water in the fuel - it can clog injectors due to the higher surface tension of water compared to gasoline.
  19. Thread: Anonymous book

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    It is absolutely amazing the way history repeats...

    It is absolutely amazing the way history repeats itself. Back in the 1920s and 1930s the Department of Agriculture had significant internal debates as to whether it would be appropriate to subsidize...
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    I have seen fractured subframes on numerous BMW...

    I have seen fractured subframes on numerous BMW motorcycles. Most - but not all - have been caused by exceeding the rather miniscule weight restrictions/recommendations BMW specifies for tail trunks...
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    Yes - that area has all the advantages of nice...

    Yes - that area has all the advantages of nice weather for a few days every spring and a few more every fall. And the pleasures of winter blizzards and sub-tropical summers. Perfect for outdoor...
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    There is some similarity for all the classic K...

    There is some similarity for all the classic K bikes and some differences. The clutch hub splines need to be cleaned and lubricated on all three - K75, K100, K1100. The rear driveshaft splines are...
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    Voni's R1100RS had a weld break on one side of...

    Voni's R1100RS had a weld break on one side of the rear subframe years ago. I removed the subframe and had it welded. It hasn't broken again since then. That was 210,000 miles ago.
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    Yep! For the last 20+ years before we retired we...

    Yep! For the last 20+ years before we retired we lived in eastern Kansas (Topeka and Lawrence) and for the last 12 I worked in the Kansas City metro area. It was close to everything.

    We now live...
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    Once the weight of the tire and wheel are removed...

    Once the weight of the tire and wheel are removed the bike (absent any weight of luggage or stuff in luggage) might balance. But for insurance I would place a block or jack back there.

    Some tire...
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