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by MikeL46
Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Battery Drain
Replies: 13
Views: 337

Re: Battery Drain

RE: Your brake light. Are you sure the brake and taillight are not reversed?

Mike
by MikeL46
Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Rear wheel issue
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: Rear wheel issue

New tires can have mold release from the manufacturing process. The mold release is slippery. It will wear off as you use the tire. Most street tires are ok, but sometimes you can get a tire that has more of the lubricant and slip a little. If you really want to notice it, take extra sticky race ver...
by MikeL46
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: The Incomparable BMW R90S
Topic: 1974 R90S VERSUS '75 & '76, DIFFERENCES
Replies: 6
Views: 902

Re: 1974 R90S VERSUS '75 & '76, DIFFERENCES

Dual plug heads were popular in the late 70s/80's when it was hard to find quality gas. Frequently, the valve seats were replaced at the same time to be able to use unleaded fuel. My R90S has been dual plugged. Since high octane gas is readily available the 2nd plug is not really needed and mine is ...
by MikeL46
Fri Dec 04, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Conversions (All Topics on Conversion Bikes)
Topic: Heinrich tank
Replies: 7
Views: 1568

Re: Heinrich tank

I just checked my tank and it is the same on both sides. That is, both sides are angled up at the front to clear the upper sidecar attachment for either right hand or left hand sidecars.

Mike
by MikeL46
Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: newbie my 1969 R69 with globe sidecar
Replies: 7
Views: 441

Re: newbie my 1969 R69 with globe sidecar

The United Sidecar Association has some good information about riding a sidecar. https://sidecar.com/tech-reference/ My best advice is to forget everything you know about riding a motorcycle. Pretend you are driving a car with different controls. You can't lean, you have to turn the bars to turn. Re...
by MikeL46
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: newbie my 1969 R69 with globe sidecar
Replies: 7
Views: 441

Re: newbie my 1969 R69 with globe sidecar

From the picture it looks like the bike is leaning slightly into the sidecar.

You'll like the handling better if it leans out instead.

Mike
by MikeL46
Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: The Stew Pot
Topic: Hearing protection
Replies: 9
Views: 1615

Re: Hearing protection

I've got a big box of the foam earplugs. Anybody can have two pair for the price of the stamp.

Mike
by MikeL46
Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Classic (1970-25 years ago) Motorcycles
Topic: Removal of gaiters for cosmetic reasons
Replies: 8
Views: 634

Re: Removal of gaiters for cosmetic reasons

Since I think I cannot ride a bike if the forks are apart, taking the sliders off the bottom is apart for me.

I find it just as easy to loosen the triple clamps and slide the intact tubes down. Probably just me.

Mike
by MikeL46
Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Conversions (All Topics on Conversion Bikes)
Topic: Heinrich tank
Replies: 7
Views: 1568

Re: Heinrich tank

I'm still in CA. Assisting a family member with chemo. Maybe I won't be heading back to WA until after Thanksgiving.

Mike
by MikeL46
Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Classic (1970-25 years ago) Motorcycles
Topic: Removal of gaiters for cosmetic reasons
Replies: 8
Views: 634

Re: Removal of gaiters for cosmetic reasons

My R90s has 150K+ miles on it. Original forks and only one seal change. Keep the felt in fork cups oiled to protect both the forks and the seals. And, I'm sure you recognize this, but you have to take the fork apart to install the fork cup even if you cut the gaiter off. Without the cup and it's fel...