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    Clutch Release Adjustment - R80/7

    Hey, all:

    This is the beginning of my third winter with my '78 R80/7, and as the weather gets colder, a phenomenon appears annually: my clutch slips with acceleration until the engine is...
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    Thanks, folks. Will get into it ASAP. Right now...

    Thanks, folks. Will get into it ASAP. Right now it's 100+ degrees every damned day and my garage has only a box fan for "cooling." LOL
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    Bizarre Electrical Problem - R80/7

    My R80/7 has recently developed a bizarre electrical problem...

    It starts right up and runs perfectly normally. Then seemingly randomly, while riding, the horn will suddenly not work (in fact,...
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    Thanks, folks! The guy selling them on eBay wants...

    Thanks, folks! The guy selling them on eBay wants $90 apiece for them!
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    R80/7 Headlight Glass Part Number?

    Hey, folks:

    I recently had to get into my headlight bucket to replace a fuse, and I guess I didn't get it tightened back up properly, because today I hit a wicked bump in the road and the...
  6. I rebuilt the master cylinder on my 1978 R80/7...

    I rebuilt the master cylinder on my 1978 R80/7 and all the necessary parts were in the kit. It was easy, and I am at best a B+ mechanic. Would have been easier if I had a third hand or a vise,...
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    So I got the tool from the local Harley store,...

    So I got the tool from the local Harley store, and though it fits perfectly, there is not enough room to turn the shock all the way around to the next level before the adjustment tool hits one of the...
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    This reminds me of my friends who can't get over...

    This reminds me of my friends who can't get over the "romance" of riding without a windshield. We take a road trip and they have to pull over every 100 miles to take a break because of wind fatigue,...
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    Hey, bikerfish1100, it rides great...I have been...

    Hey, bikerfish1100, it rides great...I have been on this bike nearly two years now. The previous owner was MUCH smaller/lighter than me...I bet he weighs maybe 150 tops and I am now 210 (but was 260...
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    40427, channel-locks were my next plan. LOL

    40427, channel-locks were my next plan. LOL
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    (Oh, and this is a 1978 R80/7.)

    (Oh, and this is a 1978 R80/7.)
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    I think I may have just figured out at least part...

    I think I may have just figured out at least part of the problem...

    Here's the tool that came with my tool kit:
    http://www.wichitavortex.com/bmw/shock-02.jpg


    Here it is locked into the...
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    Thanks for the tips, fellas. I have been using a...

    Thanks for the tips, fellas. I have been using a cheater pipe on the end, but the damn thing just wants to slip down out of the groove. Seems like a poor design...wouldn't a hole surrounded by metal...
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    My bike came with a KONI brand tool like that in...

    My bike came with a KONI brand tool like that in the BMW tool set, but I cannot for the life of me move the shock around from the middle setting to the highest setting without the tool coming loose...
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    Crummy Shock Preload Tool

    Just curious...has anyone in history successfully changed their shock preload setting with the crappy little tool that comes with the shocks? Or is there a better way?
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    Ha ha...yeah, and it's one of the newest bikes...

    Ha ha...yeah, and it's one of the newest bikes I've ever owned. Had two '70 Honda CL/CB 450s, '77 GoldWing (GL1000), '72 Triumph Daytona, '75 Yamaha RD350B, '77 Yamaha XS500, '53 Harley Hummer,...
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    Exhaust Baffle Rattle

    I went on a nice 120-mile ride yesterday up to Cassoday, Kansas, home of a monthly biker gathering, with a buddy of mine...beautiful ride, no issues at all with my '78 R80/7. When I fired it up this...
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    After all that, it turned out that the battery...

    After all that, it turned out that the battery had just crapped out. Put a new one in and have been riding every day since Monday, no sweat. Ta-da!
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    Thanks, Pauls...have to get my reading glasses...

    Thanks, Pauls...have to get my reading glasses out to decipher all that spaghetti. LOL!
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    Thanks again for the battery tips, folks...I was...

    Thanks again for the battery tips, folks...I was wondering about what size fits this particular bike.
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    Thanks for the input, folks...and LMO, it's a...

    Thanks for the input, folks...and LMO, it's a sealed battery, so I can't check the water level in it. Fancy Panasonic job. I have a lot on my plate at the moment, so it will be the weekend before I...
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    Hey, LMO...I don't have another bike battery...

    Hey, LMO...I don't have another bike battery around, but I could try jumping it off my car (also a BMW), I suppose.

    The battery is dated March 2007, if I recall, which makes it four and a half...
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    Thanks, Pauls...I only put the charger on for a...

    Thanks, Pauls...I only put the charger on for a second to check that current was getting through the system...it does have a 2A trickle setting, too.

    A short, I can see...but a stuck solenoid or...
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    HELP! Electrical system suddenly dead (R80/7)

    Sigh...

    So a couple months ago my starter button quit working. It was suggested in these forums that I replace the relay, so I ordered one and in the meantime rigged a button to jump across the...
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    Er...tomorrow. I forgot today is a holiday.

    Er...tomorrow. I forgot today is a holiday.
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