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Reply #30 - 09/01/16 at 07:31:49
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Cheers Tony. You'll see the real thing around the ridges. My bikes are for riding and spend as little time in the garage as possible.
  

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Reply #31 - 09/01/16 at 07:36:26
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Ooops, hit Post too soon.

Not sure what distances I'll be doing on this, but Port is easy and will be a regular trip as well as tours of the Tablelands on a nice day would be a lot of fun via the Gillies etc.

I'm 2 washers for the fuel taps away from starting it now and can't wait. Hoping the washers arrive tomorrow. That'll make my weekend! I also broke a choke return spring, but figure I can deal with that until a new one comes.

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Reply #32 - 12/23/16 at 16:22:13
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Fantastic thread. Thanks for sharing.
  
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Reply #33 - 02/15/17 at 12:24:20
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So Peter what's the latest word after 6 months?
How did it start/run and how does it handle?
Any new picts would be great!
  

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Reply #34 - 03/07/17 at 11:20:39
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Since I can't see if this was ever answered, since I am replacing my front fork internals - I am having a hard time locating the proper parts to replace the disintegrated "bumpers" - anyone know of a solution/source for the pieces I need?

peteremc wrote on 04/30/16 at 21:24:21:
Now I see what I'm dealing with. Monte, looks like yours were in relatively good shape. I popped out the damper rod seats and the remains of the bumpers (both sides) pretty much fell off and disintegrated just like this.

  

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Reply #35 - 03/08/17 at 14:11:05
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If you check out my thread:  Another fork question!  ALL the advice from Barry worked a treat for me.
  
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Reply #36 - 03/09/17 at 17:41:05
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stubmw wrote on 03/08/17 at 14:11:05:
If you check out my thread:† Another fork question!† ALL the advice from Barry worked a treat for me.


I will do that - thanks stub!
  

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Reply #37 - 02/28/18 at 04:50:42
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Well, 12 months on from when Billmc was looking for an update on my first 6 months - sorry Bill, didn't see it - I have to admit that I had a bumpy start at getting the bike back on the road for about 6 months.

I knew the motor, gearbox and drive train were all good. It was the electrics that let me down and I had a 6 month tussle with them.

First, it was the regulator. I surprised myself by diagnosing and fixing this as I've admitted previously on this forum that I was away from school the day we did electricity. Can't recall the specifics but I seem to recall that I had a one pot wonder (previous thread of this title under technical area) and ended up tracking it back to the regulator, which I replaced. Then I had 2 pots firing!

The bike would then run for 10 Ė 15 minutes and then cough, splutter, stall, try to run again and then repeat the cough, splutter Ö.  I suffered the indignity of having the bike strapped to the middle of the bed of a very large tow truck and delivered to my home - from about 5 blocks from home. Nearly made it. When it cooled down it would repeat the pattern.

This prompted removal of the pod filters and replacement of the original air intake as excluding this as a cause of the problem. It remains that way until today, but this had no effect.

This time I sought expert advice to find out it was the ignition module which was overheating, so it was replaced, complete with heat sink paste this time.

At some stage I also discovered that it was a mistake not to include the generator warning light on my restored bike, as it is part of the circuit that charges the battery. Donít ask me how I found this out. I now have one reinstalled.

Then it was time for a final tune and the coil failed and was replaced. This was, I think, just another coincidence of timing.

And so, with new regulator, ignition unit and coil, it ran really, really well! It mightíve taken about 6 months to sort out, but it now goes really, really well. The final tune was done by someone who makes a living out of working on Beemers, mostly airheads and he said he took it for a 15 minutes test ride and ended up in the hills 40 minutes later and not wanting to head home.

A friend who also rides an 83 LS took it for a ride and said it was truly like riding a brand new bike. He was very impressed. Itís not a long distance rider because of the seat / pegs / bars set up, but it just deadly on the local ranges and so much fun. Itís probably a younger personís bike and a very different package to my Harley Davidson Ultra Classic Limited!

I have not had one hint of a problem since the final tune and coil replacement and itís an absolute joy to ride. Iíve attached a couple of my favourite photos of the bike, which incidentally show off a bit of Godís own country where we live in Far North Queensland. Since the photos, Iíve replaced the Staintune sports mufflers with a set of Emgo reverse cone mufflers. Theyíre loud and I may switch back, but they much better suit the look of the bike.

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Reply #38 - 02/28/18 at 04:51:56
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Reply #40 - 02/28/18 at 11:09:55
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Thanks for the update Peter and VERY nicely done!!!
Although it is not really my style(old, bent back you know)  I can appreciate your interpretation and execution and I'm sure it handles wonderfully,  and your coastline is spectacular!!!
  

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Reply #41 - 02/28/18 at 21:35:55
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wilcom wrote on 08/28/16 at 08:09:13:
I love your color scheme, The "in your face" red frame with the conservative dark grey is pure art! Nice job Sir.


Nothing has changed since my earlier comment, It's a beauty. Well done indeed!
  

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Reply #42 - 02/28/18 at 22:43:59
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I really dig the "big-bike" gas tank on that!  Looks super.
  

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Reply #43 - 03/01/18 at 03:38:52
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Thank you gentlemen.

To say that I am delighted with the final result would be a gross understatement, because I had never attempted anything like this before. At times I wondered what the hell I was doing, but the little achievements along the way were all pretty exciting.

So, with many late nights, long weekends, lots of swearing, skinned knuckles and trial and error, three steps forward and two steps back, a fair bit of beer and some really great tips and information from the forum, I have something that is practical and works extremely well, that I really enjoy and that attracts a lot of attention wherever I go.

It is very satisfying when you receive compliments from others, particularly those who know their stuff. It's been a pleasure to share and thank you for all your help.
  

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Reply #44 - 03/01/18 at 14:34:01
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May I add my congratulations also. Not my cup of tea (my legs/feet cannot cope with rearsets) but I've seen first hand the work you have put into not only your bike but getting your head around a manufacturer very different to your "normal" ride.

I do love the colours and like others I reckon the /7 tank looks  great on an R65 - they should have come that way!.


When our current weather systems subside we will have to go for that long awaited coffee at either Port Douglas or the Whistlestop at Yungaburra. The way this weather has hung around I may well be in a position to show you how an 860cc R65 performs and how a K100 front end improves handling (or not as the case may be).
  

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