BMW Technical Q&A, Primarily R65 BMW Technical Q&A, Primarily R65
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Battery Recommendation
  My battery is beginning to show it's age and I want to get something new before I get stranded. Anyone have a recommendation? More interested in reliability than lowest price. Thanks, David

Started 02/12/18 at 18:18:42 by davidpdx
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By: Justin B.
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Driveline Lash
Typically, how much should I be able to rotate my rear wheel when off the ground and in first gear (engine not running)r? I would expect this to represent the total drive line lash from the engine to ...

Started 11/24/10 at 16:19:39 by Dave
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By: Runninn1
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Driveshaft lubrication
The splined driveshaft fits over the geared rearend drive & is immersed in 150cc of gear lube. The question is why? (Don't shoot the messenger). Wouldn't keeping the shaft lubed (agreeable difficult d...

Started 02/12/18 at 07:52:21 by Runninn1
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By: Runninn1
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Unknown item in service kit
I'm doing a service on a 1982 R65LS and purchased a service kit from Motobins and it has this in it and I have no idea what it is for. It is completely flat. I'm certain someone on here will know what...

Started 02/09/18 at 20:46:00 by peteremc
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By: Mrclubike
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Ural parts & accessories that fit modern airhead
One of the reasons I got an Airhead is that they are very straight forward in design
Making them easy to work on and easily modified
That being said I  like to tinker and modify my R65<br /...

Started 01/14/18 at 17:58:18 by Mrclubike
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By: wilcom
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Don't let the number of posts be deceiving... many many bikes here and original owner of 86 r65 w/75k miles. Anyways, when I arrived home yesterday the driveshaft was making the lovely 'crunching/clic...

Started 01/27/18 at 09:20:42 by Runninn1
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By: Tony Smith
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1987 Wiring Diagram
I'm looking for a clean, color-coded, high quality wiring diagram for an 1987 R65 USA model that I can enlarge to poster size. 
I know there is one around here somewhere but dang if I can find i...

Started 02/01/18 at 15:26:18 by Billmc
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Rear swing arm adjustment
I just noticed that my rear wheel isnít aligned.  Iím getting some rubbing on the left inside of fender and the tire is very close to the drive shaft.  Anyone have a procedure to do this alignment?

Started 02/05/18 at 18:29:21 by MikeFossl
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By: Mrclubike
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Bare minimum of wiring
I have an R65LS that I bought as a spare parts bike when I rebuilt mine. I didn't use enough of it to justice breaking it and selling it for parts but it is not enough to want to do a full restore. I ...

Started 02/03/18 at 20:53:44 by marcmax
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By: Tony Smith
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New Battery
      Just took my 83 R65 out for the first ride of the year on Sunday. As I charged the battery up in preparation, it got hot and struggled to start the bike. Any recommendations for a new battery? H...

Started 01/30/18 at 22:15:45 by davidpdx
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By: Justin B.
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Engine sparking when I turn off the key! BOOM!
HI folks!  I'm a new member and am writing to you from France.  I've got a problem with my R65 (see subject) and am really stumped.  Switching off the key creates a spark on both spark plugs--the bang...

Started 08/31/17 at 00:25:39 by Jumpinjimmy
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By: davidpdx
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fighting with tyres
Hello !
I spend a lot of time this past two days fighting Mr Bibendum Pilot Activ tires.
It is not so cold in the shop (around 8~10 įC) but I had an hell of a time first putting the front t...

Started 01/21/18 at 05:53:35 by georgesgiralt
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Float bowl needle removal
Replacing needle in float bowl, maybe I am stupid but how is this removed?
81 R65 full restoration! First BMW I have ever owned very excited to learn all I can from you guys and hopefully add to ...

Started 01/21/18 at 16:02:18 by Wolfn3ck
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Round brake replacement
I have a 79 with the round brake reservoir.  It is leaking from a crack.  This is a NLA part (the system).  What options do I have for replacing this with the newer rectangle  reservoir system.  It is...

Started 01/23/18 at 10:32:46 by JJH
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Vacuum Port on Bing 64/32/335 & 6
Having bit the bullet and replaced the defective Butterfly axle and "O" ring on the left side carburetor I found myself struggling to set the idle and balance the carbs.
After much to-ing and fro...

Started 01/22/18 at 13:06:31 by jp9094
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By: Mrclubike
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Gauge Fitment And Gauge Pods
  After the discussion here not long ago about the gauge pods, I've been looking at some gauges and wanted be sure about a couple of things.
  I see a lot of the VDO gauges come with ...

Started 01/20/18 at 11:53:03 by BPT
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Brown Seat Cover Source
Has anyone found a source for replacement seat covers in brown?
I have a 1980 R45N with a brown seat that needs recovering.
All the replacement covers I have found are black.
The brown ...

Started 01/18/18 at 10:35:33 by Carott
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By: Rob Valdez 79 R65
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Maybe I'm paranoid...
Hello !
I'm starting to gather the parts for a complete renew of my 200 000 km+ R65 motor.
So I began to buy new cylinders in order to buy the correct fitting pistons.
Funny BMW sent ...

Started 10/17/17 at 02:02:23 by georgesgiralt
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By: georgesgiralt
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Testing Electonic Ignition
I just ran across this post from Tom Cutter. Seemed like good stuff and I will be filling it away to use if something goes "bump in the night"

Started 01/11/18 at 15:58:34 by wilcom
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Starter R&R on R100RT
Over the years the starter in my '81 R100Rt has gotten slower and slower until lately it would just give a stout grunt, even with a new fresh battery.  Luckily my state of tune allowed it to start on ...

Started 01/07/18 at 23:13:50 by Justin B.
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