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Thanks for taking us along on your trip, virtually.
'really enjoyed the moto pics and great scenery.

hoping to have my R27 roadworthy within the next few months; your ride report has provided further motivation.

-SA

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Oil consumption

Thanks for your enquiry, I checked the level and measured my leftover, Zenaida consumed 830 ml.

Arturo

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Thanks for following us.

Scott, the more you ride your R27 the better it will get!

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What is the point?

I was asked what is the point of riding old bikes?

Where is the adventure if you have a trailer following close by?

Where is the thrill if you know you will be rescue in a few minutes?

What would you answer?

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better: why do they ask?

san-arthur wrote:

What would you answer?

Priceless.
As with so many journeys, it's not about the destination.
One's life becomes enriched far beyond what is gained taking the easy way, or being a bystander.
Plus the fun can be shared with others.

The chase truck makes the effort manageable when life has additional obligations.
Also allowing one to stay with the group and enjoy the fun & support.

btw, excellent image^

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All about the ride

The peace of mind in the event of trouble allows the rider to fully enjoy the moment. All rides on old toys are always a potential adventure , and having been sitting roadside scratching my head and wondering now what ain't as fun. I'm not sure if Murphy had a law about old bike breakdown but if he did I bet its " The tool or the part you need is never roadside with you". Enjoy riding if it's around the block or around the country . I'm envious of your journey and truly enjoyed taking it with you in pictures . Thanks

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Why we do what we do.

Some times I think is admiration to the mark.

After riding along british bikes, I respect the simplicity of our airheads.

Even when all european bikes were hit by the Japanese invasion, BMW remained and even competed and beat them, maybe I'm just in love.

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I understand the appeal of a chase truck

I am about to get on the R69S and head out into the remotest parts of Utah and Arizona. There will be three of us, including my brother on an R100RT and a friend riding my new F800GT. In case of a serious breakdown, the theory is that at least one of us will have a running machine and can get to a place with cell phone service.

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Have fun!

Jon, have fun and take lots of pics.

What spare parts are you bringing with you, and are the other bikes metric too?

Saludos

I love this picture of waiting BMWs!

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Throttle control solution

Both Jon and Kurt gave great ideas when I was looking for a throttle control for Zenaida.
I found this solution on the net.

http://www.ofb.net/~sethml/motorcycle/throttle-lock/

I used an piece of gas line to cover the coat hanger wire. It worked great and aloud me to rest my hand and to take pictures while riding.

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Two answers at once...

I may be jinxing the ride, but the R69S runs today the way it did when my brother bought it new, so I just basically get on it and go. I just carry the standard parts that are often recommended: spare bulbs, a new inner tube, a coil, a condenser, and a new set of plugs. I'm not positive, but I think the points that are in it are original. I've never carried a spare set, and maybe that's a mistake. They don't fail often, but neither do they take up a lot of space.

The three of us will all be on BMWs, so among the three bikes, I think we'll have any tools we might need. Except for running out of gas once and one flat tire, I have never been stranded on a BMW, and I've been riding them since '67. The only thing that looked like a mechanical failure was a front shock that wasn't installed correctly and as a result unscrewed itself from the top mount and collapsed. After a couple of frantic phone calls to mechanics I trust, I was persuaded to continue on the one remaining strut.

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Have fun.

Jon, I also would recommend extra exhaust pipe nut washers and a pipe wrench.

By the last day the vibration loosened the hardware holding the pipe and mufflers to the frame, because of this the pipe nut wouldn't stay in place spiting the washer in the process. Double check all the hardware.

I also thought about jinxing my ride, every night I got to my destination trouble free I wouldn't dare thinking or talking about how good Zenaida was running.

Have fun and take pictures for us.

Arturo

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R69S exhaust is a little different

My bike has the large aluminum finned nuts that attach the headers to the heads, and I've never known one to back off. In fact I keep them limber with never-seize and tighten them with minimal torque--just enough to prevent exhaust leaks. But in general, I have gone over the bike from stem to stern tightening and checking.

I've got so used to snapping pictures with my cell phone, I wasn't even going to take my SLR, but I changed my mind and made room for it.

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Excellent!! Thanks for

Excellent!! Thanks for posting your adventure,we all lived vicariously through you on your trip! I wish I could have come!! Peole call BMW's "boring" bikes,but if "reliability" is "boring" then I want to be bored to death!
Good job on that little single making it this time with little/no issues. You really got to get yourself a Earls fork twin,then you would have a little more pace and less stress about "making it". The twins are so bulletproof.

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this

a candidate for safety wire?

san-arthur wrote:

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Wire

Yes, a safety wire would be a good idea.
The nut came loose because all the hardware securing the pipe and muffler came loose, but I'll grateful for any suggestions on how and were to place the wire.

I'm thrilled that Zenaida reached 120 km/h. We were riding down a very steep and long hill, I was tucked behind the small windshield with my elbows on my knees. And maybe my speedometer is off a little.

I was getting around 62 miles a gallon of fuel or 100 kms per gallon, my speedometer is in kilometers.

What is you mpg?

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one solution

not suggesting you go this far but thought I'd share the image.

I've heard to expect 62 mpg, good to hear yours is seeing it.

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Wow

Scott, that is a mean looking, R25?.
Other the the obvious oil feeder, electronic ignition what else have you done to the engine?

Saludos

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not mine,

I wish it were.

Just pics collected off the internet some time ago.
I believe they were taken at a track event in Europe.

inspirational, do you agree?

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4th part of Zenaida

This is the fourth part or topic of my R26, Zenaida.

http://vintagebmw.org/v7/node/13760

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