Isn't Matt Parkhouse coming up with Keep 'em Flyin' every month?
I learn all kinds of stuff from there.
Marin County, CA
Some bikes. Some with motors, some without.
At the risk of showing my ignorance, is there a way to get a listing of airheads articles in back issues? Perhaps printed in one of the upcoming ON's (unless it already exists and I'm just too stupid to find it). Maybe try to figure out the ones that have been the most popular and try to get permission to reprint some of them? The basic info should be the same the only differences might be where to buy some of the parts.
oh how i love comments like this.
when was the last time you submitted anything to the magazine? i haven't in a couple of years, but i have at some point. i dont think you have a leg to stand on complaining about content if you haven't been submitting articles.
i'll not go into the rest of your broadly painted comments.
have fun reading your 20 year old mags and thinking about how good the ol' days were.
There are quite a few of us out here, riding older R bikes with 30-40 years experience, wrenching on them all that time ,etc and a ton of data from us older riders indeed. So much to talk about and I find it fascinating to read. Mr.Parkhouse has done a great job and I hope he continue's, but I can understand an urge to build more material from knowledgable resources, riders from the past,etc..Mat and I are of the same age group and he has my respect, taking the time and effort for the magazine and membership. Others preceeded him like Oak and others. Paul Glaves is yet another, bringing the newer machinery into perspective. I believe the Airheads have life beyond us, probably moreso than much of the newer bikes today, simply because of their craftsmanship, materials and the real fine ART of building bikes that stood out "bigtime". BMW had this in the Airheads lifespan of 70 years and I am not sure it will return, so here's to keeping the old ones alive and wrote about in our 'ON magazine for years and years. There are those of us in large numbers, riding older R bikes and extremely happy about it. I have newer also, but absolutely none have brought the same level of pleasure as riding a classic/vintage Beemer!
Last Friday I stumbled across a low mileage 1975 R60/6 that has been sitting since the mid 80's. It doesn't run (yet) but I am savoring the prospect of a new project. First step was to find a repair manual ($10 + ship on ebay).
I passed on my back issues to a friend who has an R100GS, because, at that time I had no use for the info. Now that I have an airhead project I need all the info that I can get. I would be happy to buy a compilation of airhead articles from the MOA if they could be made available. PLEASE!!!
I have decided to build a cafe style tank and seat for the bike and intend to write an article on the project (if you are interested). Thank you, Bert
Hey hey Doc!! Remember when we started that big stir in the BMW Moaners News about running tubeless tires on mags that came with tubes? I think it was about 93??
About five years ago I hit TWO dear. I wasn't going quite as fast as you were but I was still hauling the mail and it was still a big ordeal. If I heard right I think we had some similar injuries but that is another subject for another time!!!!
Moaners News has changed for the worst! I miss Douglass! He ALWAYS remembered my name and we would sometimes go years between seeing each other.
Bless Parkhouse's soul but he wrenches like a hippie. We need a real GEARHEAD that can ride as well as he wrenches AND doesn't read like a Washington press release.
Have you been in touch with Chris?? Isn't it great!! Are the HP2 R1200S's "special" rods longer?? I helped Chris put long rods in the Silver Bullet. It WORKED!!
Nuts. I studied a little on BMW's before buying my first one ever recently, a 1981 R100RT with 6500 miles. I settled on the airhead because I thought it would last longer than any of the new stuff. And here I thought I was buying a recent model! I have read thru all the airhead tech forum postings(from 2003--present). Doing that will give you a pretty good overview of the machines. And all the links provide a massive amout of wrenching info--especially snowbum's website--
Anyway, happy wrenching. Maybe someday I'll get me one of them newfangled fast bikes.
I'm new to the airhead fold, and never saw the Dr. Curve articles. I suspect there may be other new members who, like me, are trying to collect as much info as possible before they start wrenching their bikes.
I spend FAR too much time online these winter months trying to find, then learn what I need to know. If ON could create an "airhead corner", with reprints or whatever, I'd be glued.
Here's what I don't get. Mr. Parkhouse lives in Colorado Springs, but he doesn't often talk about carburetors--except when he's liberating drops of water from the main jet.
I've recently come into a reasonably sound R90/6 in mostly original condition. I'd like to share with the membership, if there's interest, the trials of bringing a 33 yr-old bike into synch with a world where the standard atmospheric pressure is 80% of what the bike was designed for(I live in Denver), where TEL is a thing of the past, and gasoline hasn't scored a 96 on the octane meter since the Carter administration.
But I'd hate to bore anyone.
He has been under the weather and I am not sure when or what he is planning on writing at the moment.
Tell a man there are 400 billion stars and he will believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint and he has to touch it.
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