Back in the sadle again
Hoy fellow Oil Head Beemer riders, its been a long while since my last visit. Too long has it been since I've even thought about my beloved '94 R1100 RSL w/ABS. Six years have passed since the trans has been making some concerning noises. And its been three years for its last ride.
I had several people tell me the the input shaft bearing is the likely culprit. So the bike has sat covered in the garage untouched. Late last year, I needed to move it and found one of the front calipers frozen. Also the front brake cylinder has had a small leak. I did buy some time trying to repair it, but it was in need of replacement, and the exhaust head pipe is in bad shape.
So, in needing several parts I started to hunt them down. Two months ago, on ePay I found a solution that covered everything, a badly wrecked '94 R1100 RS with just under 6K on it. That's not a typing error, 5,957 to be precise.
My major reason for buying it was the trans. Upon the disassemble of this bike, I uncovered a major disappointment. The trans case has cracks on the ears around the starter, and one was hidden under the wiring ground point on the top of the motor.
I'm now at a stand still, wondering what I should do next. Of course I have multiple solutions, but need some input on what would be the best to get my RSL in running order again. What say the masses?
Hopefully between the two gearboxes, you'll have everything you need to build one good one aside from seals. Depending on your inclinations and finances alloted to the project, you might send both gearboxes to someone like Anton Largiader or Tom Cutter and spring for them to grab the best bits of each and get one good box built. You could even get some upgrades like clean bearings while you are at it.
Here is Anton's site on the gearboxes: http://www.largiader.com/tech/oiltrans/
Here is Tom's site: http://www.rubberchickenracinggarage.com/index.html