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Reply #75 - 07/01/19 at 03:29:39
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BPT wrote on 06/30/19 at 11:17:22:
And even if you think it now looks like "any other" R65, just remember it's still the bastard† stepchild of the BMW world, so we're all still a little special.† †Wink

"Except for R65" ........† that means Exceptional, right?


Thanks fellas. And thanks for all of the help and advice along the way too!

You know BPT, I think that these bikes have obviously been long underrated and I donít really know why that is except for the fact that theyíre not 800cc or 1000cc. Iíve had lots of big, fast sports bikes over the years and the reality is that these days, you just donít get to use that sort of potential without risking a very long stretch without a licence and hefty fines to boot. I donít know about you guys over there, but Australian roads are just sooooo over policed, itís completely ridiculous so Iím quite happy puttering around on a midsize bike these days and Iím enjoying a lot of aspects about this little bike.

Exceptional indeed!

Tony, Iíve got at least 2 RS fairings hanging in the shed now, (plus various spare sections), as well as the 2 RT fairings, so Iím sure we can work something out. I havenít really gotten around to having a good look at them all yet, but Iím pretty sure that both of the RSís are useable. Theyíre not going anywhere so lemme know when your ready.
  
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Reply #76 - 07/22/19 at 05:33:09
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So, on and on it goes...

Now that I have the rear end reconfigured, I need more carry room, of course. I picked up some panniers a couple of months ago and when I asked the question of how the hell they fit on this forum I was of course informed that they were meant for the mono shock model. Bugga. They seemed like such nice bags. Of weíll, not to be defeated I tracked down some images of what the correct frames should look like and eventually set about fabricating my own. Sounds easy doesnít it?

Well, it kinda was but it never seems like that when your in the middle of it... I used 10mm round bar instead of 12mm tube, (which would be better and I might get around to doing it one day - see below) and I bent them up and fabbed up the brackets etc and got it all to work well enough and it all came out ok and has been working just fine.

Of course, a couple of days after I got all of that sorted, I picked up (yet another) RT fairing, this time off a monoshock R80RT, (I bought it for the pair of clocks which were still fitted) but it also came with a set of the monoshock pannier frames! They wonít fit the short rear end of the twinshock R65, but I wish I had had them for measurements and comparison when I was fabbing up my brackets! I can see me butchering them up one day and changing the bottom mounting point, to make a hybrid frame one day when I get around to it. My frame is working just fine for the time being so Iím not rushing, even though I do have issues opening the seat up fully. I can get to the battery but I donít really need the storage space with all the room in the panniers.

Otherwise, weíve plugged away heaps of klms over the past couple of weeks and everything has been hunky dory until yesterday when I got a hideous rear end wobble while going through a sweeper at about 120klm/hr! Hmm, that was fun. I had greased and checked the swingarm bearings initially before I put it back on the road and they didnít need adjustment but I rechecked them this morning and there was a small but detectable deflection so I modified a socket to fit that bloody bearing orifice and reset the preload and torqued it all up and then spent the afternoon pushing it through 120klm/hr sweepers! Ha.

Actually, you can see from some of the photos below that I have been spending plenty of time on dirt roads out amongst the forests which surround where I live, (long story). I probably should have bought a bloody G/S! In fact, to tell the truth I did see an early R80GS a week or so before I bought this bike because it occurred to me that it would suit my purposes but I hadnít realised that in the interim the GS had sparked a whole revolution and an entire genre in its image and that early GSís have become a collectors item and are completely unaffordable. Whatever. The R65 is a really solid performer on dirt and it handles it all fantastically. Mind you, I did find itís limits today on the track in that last photo, (thanks to the local 4WD club who do that stuff to forest trails!) and I had to turn around.... which was problematic with the 2ft ruts theyíd created! I eventually had to do a burnout style turnaround to get it facing the other way, but we made it out! Great bike.
  
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