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For the past two years Zenaida, my 1958 R26, and I have tried to complete a 1,100 mile round trip from Vanderpool, Texas to the Big Bend National Park and back.
Last year the generator frame that the points plate screws to, cracked.
The crack allowed the whole assembly to vibrate badly and shooked the condensor apart after 30-40 miles.
We removed the whole generator and welded the crack, then tap the threads to 4mm and installed new screws. She is runing good.

http://vintagebmw.org/v7/node/9535

Zenaida is back in San Antonio and ready for our third try! I'm currently in Mexico City visiting my father who has been in the hospital for the past month. As soon as he is released I'll fly back to San Antonio to prepare for the ride.

I'll keep you posted.

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Looking forward

Hi. I enjoyed reading your past posts. Looking forward to a new chapter. Good luck! I've got an R26 too, so I'm pulling for you and Zenaida!

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Yhanks

Thanks for your good wishes.

Last year I wrote regarding a cruise control for the R26 to relieve my right hand's numbness.
I didn't find anything suitable, could you please make a recommendation?
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I am not sure about the R26,

I am not sure about the R26, but you may be able to install the throttle perch from a /5 bike, which incorporates a friction screw-type "cruise control." I have this mod on my R69s and use it all the time. It also has a brake light switch for the front brake.

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Flying back home to start the preparations..

miller6997 wrote:

....you may be able to install the throttle perch from a /5 bike.. ..I have this mod on my R69s.. It also has a brake light switch for the front brake.

Could send some pictures please?

Thanks

My father is back home and will fly back home tomorrow. Maybe I could ride with Kurt if he available.

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Arturo - If you mean me

Arturo -

If you mean me getting on my R25/2 and joining you on the West Texas ride? Ha! I've pretty afraid to venture very far from the house on my bike. I've had a battery failure recently...had to be trailered home. And my timing keeps advancing on me for no reason. I lose power after a while. It's on serious "watch" at the moment until I can figure out what's wrong.

As far as a cruise control, I'd recommend that you google Cramp Buster or Throttle Rocker. These are devices that clamp to the outside portion of the grip which lets you use the heel of your hand to hold the throttle in position while you relax or flex your fingers. It might require some positioning so that it sits right when you're at cruising speed. When it rotates back to idle or lower speeds, if you hand is small enough, you can slide in inboard and use as normal. They're easy on/off and you can return your throttle side to stock condition in a matter of seconds.

https://www.google.com/#q=crampbuster&tbm=shop

https://www.google.com/#q=throttle+rocker&tbm=shop

I have an older style that actually has a screw that will tighten up on the grip. So, if you grip is an oddball size, you can custom fit it.

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/5 throttle

san-arthur wrote:
Could send some pictures please?

Thanks

Yes, I will post pictures, but in the meantime, the /5 perch looks pretty much like those for the earlier bikes, except that it is drilled to accept the throttle stop and brake light switch.

Jon

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Duane Ausherman has pictures

Duane Ausherman has pictures of various throttles on his website:

http://w6rec.com/duane/bmw/control/

About half way down you'll see a throttle housing with a screw sticking out the bottom.

Or google "bmw motorcycle throttle stop screw" and go the images page...lots to see there.

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A couple of pictures

Brought to you by iPhone, here are two quick snaps of the /5 perch on my /2. In the first one you can see the brake light switch and in the second you will see the throttle-stop screw.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-EnbFG4MdY_U/Uipsyo6BHKI/AAAAAAAARIA/d...

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/MO3RZF1DizT6AiLZ2cAxAtfIWQiLnrAaNQiKdb...

These perches are not hard to find. They show up on eBay fairly regularly, and if you just get the basic perch without the brake lever, etc., they are usually not expensive. Here is an example of one that's priced about right, IMHO:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/160958805490?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3...

One caution: be sure the seller convinces you that all the threads on the perch are still good. If they are stripped, the perch is pretty much useless. Also note that it is the /5 version that you want. The later ones may work (I don't know) but they do not look like the ones on the earlier bikes.

As I recall, you will need a little adapter in order to mate the pre-/5 brake cable to the /5 perch. A call to Vech will verify this, and he can send you the necessary part.

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German Singles Ride

schrader7032 wrote:

Arturo -

If you mean me getting on my R25/2 and joining you on the West Texas ride?

Kurt, lets plan a German Singles Ride for next spring, what do you thing? Will your R25 be ready?

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miller6997 wrote:

Brought to you by iPhone, here are two quick snaps of the /5 perch on my /2. In the first one you can see the brake light switch and in the second you will see the throttle-stop screw.

Jon

Thanks Jon!

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Arturo - It's going to take

Arturo -

It's going to take quite some time for me to get confident with the R25/2. I've had several electrical failures and now timing problems. I had hoped to ride the bike up to Fredericksburg which is the sister city to the German town that my bike was used as a police bike back in the '60s. But that seems like quite a far off possibility.

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Preparing for the trip

Is time to start preparing Zenada for the 1,200 mile long ride. I took a 60 mile ride last April and haven't use it since.

The battery charger ket the charge, fill it with gas and changed the oil.

Zenaida started and took it for a ride around the block.

I'll use it constantly during the next days. I need to install a throttle control, a better mirror and purchase a some metric tools.

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My R26 vibrated so bad that

My R26 vibrated so bad that it used to "walk" itself across the floor while on idle..... On rebuilding the crank I noticed it had a steel rod , they were fitted with aluminum rods when new, after these failed usually due to full slingers , so people would use a steel rod which then changed the balance factor of the engine. After this vibration was a problem and numb hands abound, but you probably know all this already, It can be fixed, either an R27 crank or an exchange one from Huggett

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Vibration

Zenaida does not vibrate so much, the length of the daily ride is what makes my hands go num, sometimes more then 6 hours.

Thanks for writing.

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Zenaida's new look

Since I don't have time to paint Zenaida before the ride I decided to spray some paint on each side of the tank.

Yesterday I went for a test ride, my wife follow me on her motorcycle and clocked me at 70 mph. Ovbiously riding downhill with favorable wind.
I noticed the clutch getting harder to engage and by the time we got back home the gears were not disengaging.
I'll check the clutch cable first.

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Talking about vibration!!

I hate when I lose expensive stainless screws!
I'm going to have to order replacements.

The rear fender developed a crack that due to vibration is running.
I'll drill a small hole at the end of the run to stop it.

I don't have time to weld it.
Could you suggest a temporary solution? Maybe JB Weld?

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Oil change before the trip

I changed the oil before the trip. Zenaida is ready.

I use an egg carton lid the drain the oil in between the center stand to an oil pan.

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Ready!

Tomorrow we will start the ride. This is the schedule.

Saturday October 5 (116 miles)
From Vanderpool to Del Rio
Sunday October 6 (175 miles)
Del Rio to Marathon.
Monday October 7 (128 miles)
Marathon to Fort Davis.
Tuesday October 8 (110 miles)
Fort Davis to Marfa
Wednesday October 9 (127 miles)
Marfa to Terlingua
Thursday October 10 (95 miles)
Terlingua to Lajitas
Friday October 11 (106 miles)
Lajitas Resort to Alpine.
Saturday October 13 (330 miles)
Alpine to Vanderpool.

Some tools and extra parts.

Extra hardware.

Zenaida ready for the short trip to the starting point in Vanderpool.

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Vanderpool to Del Rio

I got to Vanderpool around noon, unloaded Zenaida and put my luggage in the trailer.
First things first.
Starting the bid 500cc british singles its an art.

Some final directions from Allan and we are ready to leave for Camp Wood.

Zenaida made it but 3rd gear is not engaging properly.

Next stop was Brackettville. And the cold front appeared!

The last 20 miles to Del Rio was colder and we got some drizzle.
Zenaida after a few hours of running tends to accelerate at idle, any ideas why?

Here Bevo and John preparing for tomorrow.

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no guesses...

...here regarding the high idle but Zenaida is looking mighty fine! Smile

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Afternoon wrenching

The trailer's door spring got loose and Jonathan and Dave fixed it.

Here dave installing the cover after fixing the clutch.

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Del Rio to Marathon

Beautiful morning in Del Rio, no clouds in the sky.
The trailer had a flat and it took so e extra time to get it running.

Gary's Velocette kick start lever broke, is on the trailer for now.

PECOS RIVER

We stopped at the Pecos River to take some pictures.

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Langtry and Sanderson, Tx.

Ice cream stop at Langtry, Zenaida is running good. She is happy.

We stopped at Sanderson for fuel and a snack. Next stop is Marathon.

Zenaida is running strong and the engine is sounding fantastic, a very low tone.

I always ride with my camera around my neck you never know what you may find.

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Marathon

In Marathon we found the rest of the group.

Typical afternoon of wrenching after a long day.

The cold front got me by surprice, is the perfect weather for riding a classic BMW.

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Marathon, cold morning

It's a beautiful and cold morning in Marathon.
Time for some breakfast.

Johnny B's is always open for breakfast. I love the dinner.

Today will be an easy day. We will stop at Chris's shop for some repairs.

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Alpine

We made a pit stop at Chris's shop for repairs.

For the first time in three years Zenaida was not worked on.

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Fort Davis

We had lunch at Fort Davis and then ride to Balmorhea.

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Fort davis

We will spend the night at Fort Davis, where more wrenching was needed, but non for Zenaida, she is still very happy.

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Excellent!

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Breakfast in Fort Davis

Cool morning and good coffee at the Drug Store.


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McDonald Observatory

We rode up to the McDonald Observatory for the 10th Annual Roll-down. Dave won on his AJS.
Later we have a picnic on Davis Mountain Loop.


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Zenaida is doing fine!


Today we are staying in Marfa. All motorcycles are running great and we just did some cleaning and general mantainance.

Obviously Zenaida's 250cc and 14hp are not match for the british 500's singles, specially at this altitude 6700 plus feet, but considering the power limitations she is running strong at a very respectful pace.

Goodnight and thanks for visiting our posts.

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Breakfast in Marfa

After breakfast I feed Zenaida some oil, it was a lazy morning.

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Marfa

I pour a little oil, consumption is norma, but I found a small leak coming from the front of the oil pan. I'll fix it latter.

We stopped at Presidio for some pie and made a quick stop at Fort Leaton for lunch.

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Terlingua

We took the River Rd. 170 to Terlingua. We stop for pictures on our way to the Tetlingua Trading Co.

There are a lot of hills that are to much for the little 250, but Zenaida never stop and I only down shifted a couple times.

On our way to Terlingua while riding down a very steep hill, Zenaida's engine started failing. I lost all the power.
The gen light came on, I then press down on the key and the engine came back alive.

Since we didn't ride downhill again, I couldn't reach the same speed to test Zenaida, but I will try again to tomorrow. I think it was the vibration pushing the key out of the socket.

All the group post for the picture.

How many years you think our motorcycles add up to?

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Sunset in Terlingua.

Today we were supposed to ride in the Big Bend Natl. park, but it is closed!

View from my room in Terlingua.

Sunset while driving to the Starlight for dinner.

Perfect end to a great day of riding my 55 year old R26.

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Morning in Terlingua

We woke up late and prepare to go to the park's gate.

Obviously the parks was closed but we stopped to take some pictures and talk to the guards
I think it's rediculous. By the way both guards are not being paid and are there on their off time.

This motorcyclist is from Canada on his way to south Mexico.

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Lunch

Since we couldn't ride the park, we went back to Presidio for lunch at El Patio.

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River Road 170

River Road from Presidio to Lajitas is a great ride. Good curves and beautiful scenery.
The road is being widened and you need to wait for a follow me car, but is only a mile.

If Zenaida had twice the hp I could enjoy also the uphill curves, the solution, ride it both ways!

Tonight we spent the Night at the Lajitas resort, latter on today we will ride to Alpine.

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Alpine to Vanderpool

Tomorrow we will ride back to Allan's museum in Vanderpool. Is the longest ride, 300 mile +.
I expect to make the trip within 9 hours.

The internet connection is too slow to up load pictures I'll try latter on tonight.

Saludos

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lajitas to Study Butte

Short drive from Lajitas to Stdy Butte for gas and breakfast.

Is alway nice to have a trailer just in case and to haul the luggage and tools.

Bob and his wife were both riding BMW.

We had breakfast at the gas station, nothing fancy but clean.

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Study Butte to Alpine

It was a short ride to Alpine.

We went straight to Chris's shop for minor repairs.

Zenaida is riding ok, the altitude and hills don't help our few hps. I'm the slowest uphill but Zenaida is very fast in downhill curves. The suspension works great at speed but my front break is gone. At the end of the ride I'm only a few minutes behind the group.

We had lunch in Alpine.

Latter we went to visit the Big Bend Brewing Co.

We had a great time.

Typical late Friday office meeting at the brewery.

The stout is great, heavy and chocolaty.

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Study Butte to Alpine

It was a short ride to Alpine.

We went straight to Chris's shop for minor repairs.

Zenaida is riding ok, the altitude and hills don't help our few hps. I'm the slowest uphill but Zenaida is very fast in downhill curves. The suspension works great at speed but my front break is gone. At the end of the ride I'm only a few minutes behind the group.

We had lunch in Alpine.

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Last nigh in Alpine.

After the brewery we stopped at the Cow Dog stand and ordered our dinner.

Al the Maverick hotel we changed a magneto.

And prepare Zenaida for the last and longest ride 300 miles back to Vanderpool.

Jonathan and Peter went back to Colorado.

Good night

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The Longest Day

The train woke me up at 5 am. Magoo's cafe opened at 5:30am and I waited for sunrise to start my ride back.

A few miles into my ride, Zenaida started making an horrible engine sound, I stopped.
Fortunately it was nothing serious, the exhaust pipe nut came off. I screw it back and rode back to hotel for the proper wrench and a spacer. At the hotel I tightened the silencer too.
I put bad gas in Dreyden and Zenaida run bad even with fresh gas in Del Rio.

In Uvalde we got caught in heavy rain.

In Sabinal we took 187 north to Utopia.

It's a beautiful change of scenery, the Hill Country is beautiful. At this point with a full tank of good gas Zenaida was flying back to the Museum.

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Back to Vanderpool!

We made it!
No mayor issues other then the exhaust pipe nut and bad gas.
Zenaida performed perfectly, not bad for a 55 year old machine, close to 1,400 miles.

We made it!!

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Nice one! Thanks for posting

Nice one! Thanks for posting about it - great pics!

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Congrats!

Congrats on finishing the trip. Enjoyed the story and pictures.

I have an R26 too and rebuilt the top end recently. Just curious how your oil consumption was. Do you know about how much you used in the 1400 miles?

Congrats again!

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Oil

I was very careful to check the oil every night.
I used half a quart of motorcycle 20/50 oil.

Thanks for following my posts.

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Thanks. Sounds like yours is nice and tight. I have about 1300 miles on my new top end. From what I've read it's still breaking in. Last check it looked like I'm at about 1/4 quart every 350 miles, which is not as good as yours. But, most of my rides are short 15 - 50 miles max, so there are a lot of start ups in those miles. I have a spec sheet on the R26 which shows normal oil consumption to be Approx 0.5 - 1.00 litre per 1000KM.

Thanks again for posting the story and pics.

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