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    '80 R100 vs '68 R50

    Except for the fairing, they are not THAT different....OK, the jugs are a LOT bigger on the '80...
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    Bleed tips

    I have had issues with some bikes when using my Mityvac where it was pulling air from around the bleed nipple instead of through the system. I had some very thick grease (seem to recall is was some...
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    Tire info

    If you REALLY want the real skinny on why tires experience various problems, get a copy of Kevin Cameron's "Top Dead Center 2". There are three full chapters on the whys and wherefores of motorcycle...
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    Petcock storage

    I have seen numerous references to the cork drying out if stored a long time. One suggestion I saw was to remove and clean the petcocks, and stored them in a jar of mineral oil. FWIW. My R50/2 was...
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    Batteries...

    I have only been dealing with Beemers for about a year, but my '80 R100RT had a POS generic battery that would not hold a good charge and was a real "non-starter" when the temps dropped (I was in...
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    The slingers

    There is a lot of bad juju in that slinger....
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    Next chapter in the rebuild

    Wow, am I ever glad I didn't just get this bike running. I sent the motor off to Mr. Brooks for a rebuild....when he got it apart, he discovered why all the "frankenparts" were there. At some time in...
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    Short ride in Calgary

    Nice little ride to the bike show in Calgary yesterday. Nice vintage bike display, but just one BMW. The RT I rode to the show was older than the BMW in the exhibit ('82 R65, very clean..). I counted...
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    Names.....oh yeah.

    Yep. The '80 R100RT is Gertrude....the '68 R50/2 has recently become known as Alberta (where she had her 35 year beauty sleep...). My SR 500 is affectionately known as BitSR (take off on the Brit...
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    IT geekery...

    I am an IT consultant (specializing in a German software which also has a "three letter name"...). Have implemented and supported same worldwide. Am somewhat proud to have been selected for three...
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    Almost pointless...

    It is almost impossible to resist the urge to lay on the horn, or maybe award them "digital recognition". Have been riding street bikes over 30 years, and it almost always turns out bad at best,...
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    Enduralast

    I have been looking at the Enduralast product closely. I really like the concept, but unless I am mistaken, you can ONLY mount the Enduralast ignition if you have ALREADY installed the Enduralast...
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    Glider antics at former RAF Biggin Hill

    Went to an airshow back in 2006 at what was once RAF Biggin Hill outside London. There was a glider aerobatic act on the schedule. Didn't notice at first the tow plane was an Extra 300 until he...
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    the bikes...

    In order, by approx year:
    1968 Cat mini-bike from Oshman's in Houston
    1975, 1971 Suzuki TS-125
    1975, 1967 Montgomery Wards 350 (Benelli)
    1979, 1978 Yamaha XS-1100
    1980, 1970 650 Triumph Tiger...
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    Today's ride to Drumheller, AB

    Absolutely beautiful day in Alberta....took a little trip to see the royal Tyrell Dinosaur Museum in Drumheller, Alberta. Cool, cool, stuff. How often does one get to rides one's dinosaur to go look...
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    The Cure....

    Well, first we have to reduce the risk you will backslide. One of the bikes (or at least the current one, if you got rid of one...) hasta GO! For a small handling charge, I will remove the temptation...
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    Hmmmm...

    I was wondering if, assuming someone has grafted R50S top ends on this little gem, the bottom end would take the stress of the higher compression. Guess I will need to look at what the differences...
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    ...further ID...

    OK, weirder and weirder. Carbs are 1/24/131 and 1/24/132. Here is a more detailed shot of the VC. Bike has the sidecar ball and lug. I am 90% sure it isn't an "S" of any displacement from the...
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    Temtation....

    I am seriously tempted. The carbs are clean, it has spark and respectable compression. I suspect I could have it running in a weekend, but I have seen so many strong opinions about the danger of...
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    A few more detail pics...

    A few more detail pics for ID confirmation
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    New acquisition

    I just picked up what is essentially a "barn find", but was stored well. I had the pictures long enough to notice some conflicting details. Motor and Frame tag number match (and show to be to an...
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    Amen to the three addendums! I am not a NEW...

    Amen to the three addendums! I am not a NEW rider, but have recently started riding again. You forget things sometimes, especially things specific to 30 year old motorcycles. Little stuff, like...
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    Bomber Command Museum of Canada

    Took a trip to Waterton Park near the south Alberta border on Saturday. Visited the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton. Lovely ride...
  24. Thread: Hurricanes

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    Alicia taught lots of us to be careful! I was...

    Alicia taught lots of us to be careful! I was still in the Coast Guard then, and rode that one out at Airsta Houston, in what is now a Fedex hanger at Ellington field (the one next to the T-38...
  25. @Kevin...nail on head! Our membership (just like...

    @Kevin...nail on head! Our membership (just like LEOs) is also drawn from the populace. And they are all entitled to an opinion. Just ignore the ones who insist on claiming an occasional anomaly is...
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