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References, for BMW Motorcyclists

Copyright, 2014, R. Fleischer

Listings on this page are NOT NECESSARILY endorsements, but are sources I think worthy of consideration.

This article is to be considered additional reference material.  This is the place to find things NOT in Article 78; ....although a few are duplicated, on purpose.  No revision dates are shown for this page.

I try to keep this information up-to-date, but I also depend on YOU to inform me if there are errors.

SERVICE VIDEOS for Airheads:

Brook Reams has done a number of video's, mostly step-by-step how-to's.  While I do not necessarily endorse all his methods/work, many folks prefer videos to my (Snowbum's) way of doing articles.

There are many other videos available on the Internet, from a variety of people.  Be cautious!!


Accessory sockets with USB outputs; including the cable to USB output types:
Recommendations for DIN adaptors to USB connectors; also wired versions.   It is not easy to find these, and especially for good reliable ones with plugs that do not release from vibration, etc....and at a reasonable price. I tested several BurnsMoto (Cliff-top) products for temperature, output, regulation, and some other things and the price is reasonable.  These connect to your bike's electrical system, either to the battery, or to the system after the ignition switch, or simply plug into an existing DIN jack (or, one you add) on your bike.  These adaptors I recommend are NOT cheaply made cigarette lighter socket plugs but quality Hella-DIN German socket types, that grip well too.  All have 5 volt USB type outputs. Single and dual versions, either with 2.1 or 3.3 ampere ratings for output.  NOTE!  The BurnsMotor(Cliff-top) items have a tiny current drain when plugged-into your bike.  Thus, if you intend to leave them connected all the time, I suggest you wire the socket into the bike so power is ON to the adaptor socket only when the ignition switch is ON; unless you use a Smart Charger most all of the time when not riding the bike.  You could always install an on-off switch too.  I have thoroughly tested a number of these.  The 3.3 ampere plug-in unit (with the soft bluish light built-in) and the cables units have a no-load drain of about 0.006 to 0.007 ampere.  The 2.1 ampere version drains 0.018-0.020 ampere.  The standard 5 volt USB output is solid, well-regulated, and was tested between 11 and 15 volts input at the DIN plug. WAS the only source for any sort of these things that I found in the USA.  The product is made in Taiwan by Cliff-top who have some models that are not seemingly available in the USA, but have what you likely need.

In June, 2016, Optimate came out with a line of these types of USB adapters, with the Hella DIN male plug to fit BMW bikes.   Rated at 3.3 amperes. The one you are likely to want is model USB-O-105  (the O might be a zero??), sells for about $25.00.  Seems to have some advantages over the BurnsMoto unit.  It has a 90 degree USB outlet and top USB outlet, which can be handy; and it also shuts totally off after 3 hours of non-use.  Also shuts off if battery falls to 12.3 volts and below. Waterproof seal cap.  I have NOT tested these units.    Also try Amazon, ETC.

For a full discussion:

Adventure Touring:  
This is the PRIMARY source for world-wide Adventure Touring.  This is the group and site originally started by Grant and Susan Johnson,  primarily for folks planning motorcycling trips from country to country.  It's membership covers all sorts of off-roading, everyplace.

Adventure Rider: 
An Internet-based discussion site, everything from serious, to tech, to truly poor taste and profanity.

Off-road enthusiasts:  
For  in the Western U.S.  Interesting  rallies.

Accel m/c products; 10601 Memphis Ave #12; Cleveland, OH 44144; (216) 688-8303; part of Mr. Gasket group.
Accel points amplifier, wiring schematic:  see page 38 here:
The sketch is for dual plugging coils, but OK for single plug coils.

Antique motorcycle club of America  
Box 300A; Sweetser, IN  46987

Antique BMW bikes:  
Old BMW motorcycles, information.  Up to 1977.  E-mail to:

 Andreas Harz  BMW Group Archiv  


Brakes and parts: Michael (Michael Mercury Morse) is a great resource for information and parts for disc and drum brakes.  He can even reline your brake shoes with modern material....and arc the shoes to fit your brake drum, ETC.!    Information on proper pad materials; antique and strange brakes too.  Responsive and knowledgeable!  15069 Lupine Lane, Sonora, California  95370-9729; (209) 533-4346.            SNOWBUM'S PERSONAL CHOICE FOR INFORMATION AND PARTS!

Brake parts: 
I have no experience with these folks.

Brake adaptors, gaskets, seals, hardware of various sorts, even banjo bolts in various sizes:

Sleeving of BRAKE and CLUTCH master cylinders, etc:  
                   the following link may still work:

S A Master Slave, Wynberg, Capetown, So. Africa  2721 761 6962

Resurfacing disc brake rotors: (they are in Michigan).

Fork Braces:  
see T for TRIPLE CLAMPS; and also see F for fork braces

SS braid covered brake lines: 
Galfer brand NOT RECOMMENDED due to fit/quality problems.
Spiegler is OK.  
Bud Provin will make up lines for you.   Very knowledgeable guy. 802-483-2460   Pittsford, VT.  BMW and Brit bike work.

Brush guards:  Stock BMW are OK, and if not available for your model K or Airhead, both BMW and aftermarket versions are often adaptable.  For aftermarket brush guards:
Clever mount system that has a lot more adjustability than other brands.  The plastic guards can come off in the summer with just a few screws.  The screws get stowed back in the threaded holes in the aluminum guards, and the plastic pieces nest together and take up very little room. 

ABS brake brain repairing: see my technical articles list, under K-bike

BOOTS:  Fork Boots,  see gaiters

Old style BREATHER DISCS:  Newly made.  $5 including postage.  Dave Thompson

New rubber O-ring for BATTERY COVERS:
stiffer, probably better material; $4 including postage.  Dave Thompson



repairs of all sorts of types (read this entire section!).  Be sure to read this linked article:

Millennium Technologies   1404 Pilgrim Rd; Plymouth, WI  53073   (920) 893-5595.  Can do Nikasil cylinders.

Repairing any type of cylinder, and they can plate them with a hard substance.   Same sort of work as above.  Nickel-carbide, similar to Nikasil.  These folks can repair major damage; can plate and HONE a cylinder to match pistons, which is a better way to go for Airheads, particularly the R100 size, which have very thin walls, & can be easily distorted.   NOTE:  It has been reported to me that the following two companies are doing most of the work, and other companies might be sending their jobs to these two:        and
PowerSeal seems to have a lot of very satisfied customers.  I suggest that you be sure they understand that BMW piston clearances are very small, & I suggest you tell them the specifications.   Remove the studs and the pushrod tubes before sending.    Tom Cutter who does business as can take care of your cylinders, & send them to PowerSealusa, ETC.   Repairs aluminum cylinders, repairs nickel-silicone coatings, plates, bores, welds, hones...etc.     U.S. Chrome   650 Oak Park Ave., Fond du Lac, WI  54935      (920) 922-5066

Beautiful work restoring damaged Nikasil cylinders (and perhaps other work??).  Maria Slater, Langcourt Limited, 2080 McMillan St., Auburn, AL 36832   334-887-9633

Millennium Technologies   1404 Pilgrim Rd.  Plymouth, WI  53073      920-893-5595

Cylinder STUD Threads (case threads) repairs:  see T for tools section

Control Cables:    Custom motorcycle control/drive cables:  Terry Cable, Hesperia, CA   (800) 854-4691

see speedometers.        
Clock:   VDO 370-995 Cockpit Series; also see 332-103 (hour only).
Clock:  do it yourself repairs;

CLUTCH:    Resurfaces CLUTCH parts, thicker clutch discs, ETC.   Southland  clutch; 101 E. 18th St.; National City, CA 91950   (619) 477-2105    Dan Levine,

EZ-Clutch (and variations):  The pre-1981 clutches have a heavier pull at the bars, some dislike that, or cannot easily physically cope with it.  There are several types of modifications to fix this, besides the HUGE expense of installing a 1981+ clutch with its attendant transmission modifications.  Modifications involve a single pulley device or a lever arrangement.  One that is available for purchase is from Craig Vechorik ('Vetch'), dba Bench Mark Works.  (662) 465-6444; located in the USA;   Bench Mark Works also has it available from their place in Canada. There is also a type you could build, that has some advantages over Craig' the original cable end can be used.  Here is a website with photos to give you some ideas:

CANISTERS:    See I for Ignition.

CAMSHAFT TIP:   The tip of the camshaft on Airheads through 1978 are sometimes broken off. This is always due to over-tightening.  With a proper drill guide and information, you can fix it.    You do NOT have to leave it broken and use a Boyer ignition.   Contact:  Paul Tavenier  There is information on this Snowbum website on doing it:

Carburetor parts:  The cheapest source for standard STOCK parts is from your BMW dealership. Beware of non-original diaphragms, wrong rubber O-rings, etc., from sources other than BMW. For non-stock parts:  Bing Agency  800-309-2464

Carburetor Synchronizer:  
Harmonizer.  POSSIBLY THE BEST synchronizer that was available; ....BUT, is VERY sensitive ...and you might even want something less touchy. The maker of the Grok Harmonizer died in April 2016.  A few units were still available that were made before his death, via his daughter:  
If you can't find the specs, details, etc., anyplace, try here:
September 2016; a capture from an Advrider thread:

""Thank you all for your messages, we were pretty shocked how quickly those 9 went. I have some good news and some bad news. Bad news: We only have the supplies to sell about 30 more harmonizers of this model. Afterwards it will need to be redesigned due to a sensor being discontinued. This may take upwards of a year or more. My dad was aware of this and had already started researching replacement designs but had not finished. Luckily, he had an engineer friend who has come to our attention and knows a lot of my dad's design secrets! This has all been very confusing/exciting for us to figure out.. mostly confusing, but we are slowly sifting through the information. Good News: We are getting about 20 harmonizers ready to sell here on this forum by Friday. I will put a paypal button in a new reply on this thread. Some time afterwards, we will be putting the remaining 10 up for auction on eBay.
Snowbum uses a Walus Engineering dual-differential gauge, that has not been available for many years.  Occasionally one comes up for sale, on such as Ebay.  Snowbum also uses the shorting of spark plugs method, but usually the Walus on dual-plugged Airheads.

It is possible that the Harmonizer may be built again.  Best to check on the status, as I do not necessarily keep this section up-to-date.  

COVERS:      Motorcycle covers.   
I personally have visited this company and have gone through their mini-factory.  This is a family-run business, consisting of mother, daughter, and son. Company name is E-Z Touring, owner is Betty Cook.  161 SE Dimick Lane; Madras, Oregon 97741   1-800-443-1443;
1-541-475-3857 outside the USA.  They use high quality materials and construction.  The material is USA-made 1.9 ounce rip-stop nylon; sewn with 16 ounce Nylon thread; grommets are Nylon & are substantial-sized compression ring types.  The seams are excellent.  Recommended!

CRAVEN:  See L for Luggage.

DIN plug to 5 volt USB outputs adaptor:  See under "A".

Due to excessive driveshaft angle U-joints tend to fail around 35000 miles on the R100GS models.  Much higher mileages are also seen; particularly with lowered suspension settings or lots of passenger carrying.  That is due to the decreased driveshaft U-joint operating angle.  The project to utilize constant velocity joints, that OAK advised on originally, finally ran out of funds & was never completed.   Driveshaft and/or U-joint rebuilding places I know of are:

1.  Erich Demant, in Germany,, removed a rubber part that tended to twist and go out of phase.   He designed and built/sold a beefed-up and greasable modified joint, ETC.   This particular fix was superb.   Erich died in April 2009.  I doubted back then that anyone would carry on with his business.   Feb. 2015:  I was informed that Erich's business has been taken over and the shafts now being made again:
Andreas Mattern      Welschhof 7;    76872 Freckenfeld;   Tel.+Fax: +49 (0) 7275-2144;  Mobile: +49 (0) 171/7397329

2.  Oak recommends Machine Service Industry at 1-800-677-8711.   Ask for Mitch, the shop foreman.  I'm not happy with them.

3.  Driveshaft (K bikes too!!!), U-joints, Modifications to them, splines repairs, etc.:  Brunos is in Ontario, Canada.  He ALSO DOES non-G/S type of early airhead shafts.    See later in this References page, for SHOCKS, and more contact information for Brunos. Very solid reputation.

4.  Driveshaft remanufacturing service for the BMW Airheads (regular AND Paralever shafts).  For the Paralever shafts, replaces the rubber damper with Urethane.   Installs heavy duty U-joints with grease fittings, with circlips.  12/12K warranty.  $450.  He rejects a fair amount of shafts, from his mods, and I am not sure correctly and for that reason and because I think the #5 below is better, I am more in favor of that one.   Guy Hendersen's version does have a decent reputation, but some have failed early, but I do NOT have enough information, it could be not due to the modified design.    (209) 962-7500    Hendersen Precision; 22105 Feretti Road, Groveland, California   95321

5.   SNOWBUM LIKES the following driveshaft assembly product.   Ted Porter's Beemershop,   is stocking them. Photo below, was grabbed off of Ted's website.  Looks like someone has finally solved the wear and service problems.  I thought about doing this with small U-joints like this once myself.   This driveshaft assembly is owner serviceable; replaceable U-joints, yokes, & flange. No special tools needed.  It has grease fittings.   Looks much better than brand-new BMW shafts.  I like this one!  It is made by Emerald Island, same place that makes the Omega alternator and other items.  There is a lengthy but good write-up on the Henderson and this one, here:










DECALS/STICKERS:  Get obsolete ones:  
                                        Some obsolete and not so obsolete ones:  (1) your BMW dealership;


Disabled Riders websites:

  for shift kit photos, etc. Not the only source for the Kliktronic electric shifter,
           dual clutch/brake controls, etc.   $$$$ prosthetic hand unit also available.  Automatic (rpm controlled) clutches for
           Harleys and some others.   Video of Kliktronic use:
  ........lots of information, regarding accessibility things.
SOURCES for goodies like shift kits, wheels, controls, subframes, etc., for handicapped/disabled riders:

Del'Orto Carburetors:   There is an EXTENSIVE article on them on this site:   Any BMW bike dealership can order the parts for these carbs as used on the R90S.   The carb and parts distributor for the U.S. is Hermy's BMW, Port Clinton, PA

Dyna; Dyna Performance Electronics; 164 S. Valencia St; Glendora, CA 91741  (626) 963-1669    Website has a lot of technical information.  Source for all sorts of BMW and aftermarket electric items, including Bosch & Valeo starters & parts,  EnDuraLast Alternator, spark plugs, etc. for Airheads (and Moto-Guzzi).  Also K bike parts!....including for the fuel system.  Euromotoelectrics "Omega" type of alternator (that is NOT the permanent magnet version they sell also) is NOT made by Jeff Lee of Emerald Island (Taiwan), but is a Chinese clone. Numerous other items they sell are also Chinese-made clones.  I don't have reports of problems, but the quality of workmanship is not the same.  HOWEVER, there HAVE been some problems with the Rectifier/Regulators failing on the Permanent Magnet alternators.

Electrics, such as the REAL Omega type items, from Jeff Lee of Emerald Island (also called Repro-works) ...this is the real stuff, not poor Chinese copies:
They have these items, but may not yet be shown on their website.    (831) 438-1100.  Beemershop will soon be stocking ALL of Emerald Island's products.  QUALITY stuff!  This includes such as non-electric items, such as the replacement for BMW's costly   11-33-1-261-711 needle bearings for the rocker arms.  There are, AFAIK, only TWO sources of Jeff Lee's products, in the USA.  One is the above Beemershop, and the other source is Motorrad Elektrik; Rick Jones,
(256) 442-8886

Rebuilds Japanese m/c electricals:  alternators and starters, ETC; Rick's mc/ Ent. 33 Newton Rd, Plaistow, NH 03865   (603) 382-5299
  Source for various electrical 'kits' such as for eliminating points (points amplifiers), which can be modified to handle the very highest powered ignitions, should that be what you want.  Most amplifiers are rated at only 4 amperes.

Electric wiring, relays, terminals, etc. of all sorts:  

For DYI types, the Bosch type of black box relays at your local autoparts store works fine.    Has some things not easily found, and has headlight relay kits too.

A USA source for connectors and terminals, good quality stuff:  (same as Northeast Cycle Works). Adjustable voltage regulators, Boyer ignition, Mikuni carburetor kits, stainless steel nuts and bolts kits, etc.   (978) 212-5432   9 Bonazzoli Ave., Ste 3, Hudson, MA, 01749.  Owned by Bill Blake      

Exhaust system parts, pipes, mufflers, etc.:  
Some just do not fit properly.    The BEST are from Keihan (from England).   You can purchase their mufflers, pipes, etc, in the U.S., from such as Bob's BMW; Beemershop; RubberChickenRacingGarage.  They FIT!!  That includes the pipes, etc., that they sell.  These are QUALITY products.  All stainless steel, polished exterior, will probably outlast YOU. Quiet like stock.   Do NOT rot out, do NOT rust.  Not cheap, but cheaper & better than BMW.  Prices can vary considerably depending on who is selling them, so check around. You may want to check with UK sources, like Motobins.
also has a selection of SS mufflers, crossovers, header pipes.

Emgo mufflers are "OK".  Don't use steel wool on them.  They will last longer if lightly wax/buffed.   Mixed reports on contacting the company for information/service/warranty.

MAC muffers and head pipes: marginally acceptable. MAC systems may not fit correctly; inner diameters are smaller which affects engine power; crossovers have too small a hole where they fit to the main pipes.  Welds are not the best, I suspect they are not heat-treated, or, just improperly welded.  The pipes have a double wall construction which, unfortunately, is not what you might think, and the way they do it is NOT going to prevent bluing.  You may have some fitment problems with side-stand conversions,  etc.  You can make them work.  Some folks have had warranty problems, with MAC not being responsive.  NOT RECOMMENDED.

Staintune:  Good mufflers, etc,  from Australia...ask if they will ship to other countries.

Exhaust system parts replacements/repairs: 
There are various brands available:  Epco; Keihan; Sito; and whatever JC Whitney is selling; etc. For quiet sound, good fit, stainless steel, etc.....Keihan, from England; see a few paragraphs above.

Exhaust pipes:  Bub had various exhaust systems, and also made 40 mm necked to 38 mm for /5, and lots more stuff.  Bub Enterprises went down the tubes, but, effective early 2015, is supposed to be back in business as BDI:

OTHER viewpoints on /5/6/7+ BMW mufflers: 
(EXTENSIVE reviews of not only the items I have on this References page, but on many other muffler (silencer) makers). Worth a long look.   I still stand by my own comments though.

Fairing repairs:   The BMW fairings are SMC material. Do not use polyester's for repairs.  Use two-part Epoxies.

Flywheel resurfacing: in Michigan

Flasher relays:  See  See item #23 in that article.



Fork TUBES:   
 Forking by Frank.  945 Pitner Ave., Evanston, IL 60202   (847) 475-1003.  Also known as Frank's Maintenance & Engineering, Inc.   The company was purchased, and I think quality is improved from some problems they had, and now is GOOD.  You may have to continue to telephone them to get to a real person. NOTE!.....Previously I suggested getting fork tubes from Ed Korn!....see under T, for TOOLS, well below....I do NOT know if tubes are still available from him, or from Dan, who purchased all or most of Ed's business.  I think Ed is the co-founder of Tormach, who manufacturer speciality machinery.   You might try to contact him there, if so, PLEASE let me know about Ed, tubes, and anything else.

Fork Braces (& top triple clamps):

The Frame Man:  straightening of frames, forks, and wheels.   Located at 1645 Silica Avenue, Sacramento, CA.      Uses FACTORY BMW jigs.   (916) 920-1010; (916) 927-9712

G.T. Enterprises   Located in Montague, California. He was an apprentice many years ago at Buchanan's.

Buchanan's.  Highly regarded shop that has been been doing this work for decades.  Special spokes also available.

Fast track m/c frame straightening; Mesa, AZ  602-649-1093

Fork boots:  see gaiters, under G

Original style foot peg rubbers, to 1976: also has some clutch centering tools, harnesses, etc.  All are made in USA.

This is Moyer Fuel Tank Renu.  Every sort of fuel tank repair for any vehicle; even the worst possible condition tanks can be repaired, and lined so they never rust again. 1-800-328-9550      2011 Western Ave., Greensburg, Pennsylvania  15601

Will repair K bike and other aluminum fuel tanks.  located in Mountainview, CA

John Borella  860-774-5535  ABC#7221

Holt BMW in Ohio does tank work....740-593-6690


KREEM:  NOT recommended.

POR15 Rustproofing coating; see internet for sources.  Works FAIR to decently.

Damon Products Red-Kote:     Radiator shop's "Red Kote" jobs are usually much cheaper.  
Click on the left side list for tank sealant.  I have NOT, purposely, shown the full URL to get to the specific tank sealant page, because, last time I checked, their website has faulty links internally. 
A premium product, with somewhat less serious prep needed.  Works well on aluminum, steel, and fiberglas tanks.   Works when others don't.

Special sizes of fuel tank valves:  Pingel  (888) 474-6435

Fuel injector cleaning:

Fuel pumps for adding outboard fuel tanks, etc:  Use the FACET brand of pumps.


These are often installed by owners onto their RS and RT models, or other models that do not have them, so that tiny stones, etc., do not damage the fork tubes, which, in turn, damages the fork oil seals.   There are two types of standard gaitors (gaiters), and it is important to know the differences between the part numbers....
Details are found in this article:

Rancho Shocks/Gaitors:   Quite a few other colors are available, pink, green, etc.  Blue is RS1950; Yellow is RS1951; Red is RS1927; Black is RS1952.   Available from a wide variety of autoparts stores including NAPA. Sometimes you can get brand new ones for free from places that install Rancho steering dampers.

Rather than replace old grips, particularly those that cover heated elements, I recommend you purchase Grip Buddies, and install them OVER your old grips.  I recommend you get only the ones from:   They are not cheap, but are really nice.  You can expect more comfort, better grip, work OK with heated grips.

GRIPS, Heated grips, grip heaters:   see H for heated grips.


Heated Grips:  The factory heated grips are OK.  My aftermarket recommendation is the Oxford heated grips.  Wire these through the ignition switch, not directly to the battery, as there can be a very small current drain from the controller.   Hot Grips (brand), Oxford Heaterz and Hot Hands, etc.

Heated clothing:  Aerostitch; Widder.  Gerbing brand is not recommended. The original Gerbing heated clothing company was sold by Gordon Gerbing, who has nothing to do with it now.  However, his health improved, and he started his own new company:   I have no first or second hand information on that new company, but the website says the old warranty is back too!


Handicapped riders:  See under D for disabled

Hannigan FAIRINGS.  
Being made in Paris, Arkansas.   (800) 324-7660

Helmet testing and ratings:


  see S for such as the speedometer, tachometer, etc.  See C for clocks

Rebuilds ignition canisters:  Dwight Small, 1437 N. Denver Ave. #298, Loveland, CO 80538;  (970) 214-2610.

Source for automatic advance springs:

Other sources:  Snowbum's ignition system articles.  Start here:

Ikon shocks:  see S for SHOCKS



 Eric Johnson, a fellow Airhead rider.  Brass and steel keys, can cut from codes too.  Also some other stuff besides keys.

Larry "Stoner" Stonestreet; Stoner's Beemer Stash; Airhead Parts and Accessories; 951-813-1704  CA.STONER@YAHOO.COM 

See my luggage/locks article for keys and luggage information (in HUGE depth):
I have a separate article, #1B, for fuel cap locks, etc.

Koni shocks:  see SHOCKS


Lacing wheels:  
This is for bicycles, but VERY useful!


Krauser bags, etc. ...for OLD parts:   Michael Krauser GmbH; 86415   Mering-kornblumernring-12, Germany.  Tel  08233-1461     Fax 08233-1445    Krauser is now owned by Hepco & Becker, who still make the classic Krauser panniers ...but now have Hepco quick release locks.  One CAN remove the Hepco badge and R/BMW badge.   For the offset saddle bag hinges, try Bob's BMW, and ask for Hepco-Becker #4654119 cover hinge for classic Krauser pannier cases. One CAN remove the Hepco badge and use a BMW badge.  Krauser can still supply the old keys, particularly the S-150 that may be difficult to find.  $$. 

Hepco & Becker and Bagster:  Imported by:  Rosel Import, ltd, Huntington, NY   888-482-5538

For a lot more information, and on keys, etc, etc.  See item #5, in the following article:

Here is a hyperlink to a How-To article, where someone replaces bad Krauser luggage locks with hardware store items:

CRAVEN parts (and Primmer's and Rodark's parts):
Ken Craven died some time ago. To the best of my knowledge: First; things went to   You probably found them unresponsive, & you might have found a website for Craven stuff, and found it also unresponsive.  Nash Morgan; Lightmoor Works, Speech House Road, Cinderford, Glos.,  GL14 3HU England  Tel. +44-1594-827649 was the contact. All Craven items were next sold to Phil Primmer, 01/13/2009, I received the following information, which I have edited for clarity:  "We acquired the Craven Equipment business from Phil Primmer of West Country Sidecars who retired. It is taking us some time to sort out all the drawings, moulds and tooling but we hope to be in a position to start production late in 2009. We will start by making the more popular top boxes, panniers, racks and fittings and hope to eventually have most of the Craven range in stock. We will supply individual parts to repair or complete old sets of luggage and carriers but in the meantime we are not able to help with any spares as there was very little stock. We also will be producing Phil Primmer's own panniers and rack that were designed principally for Vincents and we hope to finish of the moulds he was making in order to produce Rodark Panniers. We welcome enquiries in the meantime. At the moment we do not even have any permanent premises and the preferred method of contact is by email Craven Equipment Long Beren, Upper Oakley, DISS, IP21 4AX "

This was posted by on the Airheads List June 7th or 8th 2012; it is confusing as to the company name:   "When the kennel company sold the Craven molds, tooling and hardware to Phil Primmer of South Country Sidecars-UK, he didn't find out until AFTER the deal they did not sell him the Craven name/logo rights. They wanted a royalty for every product made and Phil told them to shove it. The molds were useless, the tooling almost completely worn out and I bought what little hardware he had left. Phil's sister tried to sell the whole thing on Ebay with no luck - Phil retired and the Craven brand died."

Not willing to let things just die without the full story, I made inquiries and the following was received back quickly, this was around June 12th, 2012: 

"Craven Equipment Broad Street, BUNGAY, Suffolk, NR35 1EE Telephones, Monday- Friday from 9:30;  (01986) 894 798 or 892 826 Facsimile (01986) 894 799  E-mail:  Thank you for contacting me, we are in pre- production stages at present and are going to be making a range of racks, panniers and top boxes. "

I then sent a message back to them inquiring about WHEN parts and Craven luggage might be actually available. 

The last communications was on June 15th, 2012, when I received this:
"We already have some of the parts available and we hope to have the panniers & top boxes in the next couple of months. Iain"

***UPDATE***  Apparently, Craven is now back in at least partial production.  for additional PHOTOS.

REPAIRS to luggage: 
Tank Bags:  
click on LEFT for PRICING, then scan way down that pricing page. They have saddlebags (Panniers) and mounts for pre and post Airheads.

see under S, for service manuals (and other literature)


  All the mailing lists for

see under S, for service manuals (and other literature)

Manufacturing:  An approximately 1 hour video on BMW motorcycle manufacturing, of present models, not Airheads.  This video is from 2015.  It very clearly shows all the factory automation/robots, ...but also the handwork that is needed (but not like in the Airhead days.    If not for all the automation, the new price of BMW bikes would be at least double.

Master cylinders. Rebuilding/resleeving. 
A few do this successfully.  Sometimes it is not cost effective.  Can hone them, ETC.:
Ted Porter at    He is in California.
Other sources:
     Sierra Specialty, 3494 Chandler, in Quincy, CA  800-4-brass; 530-283-1886
White Post Restoration.  Will do MC, slave's, calipers. Also does shoes and pads  540-837-1140 


A.M.A.   Heritage museum; Westerville, Ohio.
Rocky Mountain M/C museum; Colorado Springs, CO.
LOTS of other motorcycle museums throughout the USA, but The BARBER museum is TOPS!

Machine shop work; including overhauling rear drives, shaft splines, U-joints, cylinder heads, exhaust ports etc.;  AND rebuilding:

Bruno's, Iron Bridge, Ontario, Canada   (705) 843-0822

Hansens BMW, Medford, Oregon,  (541) 535-3342

Longs Mechanical Services, R.D. 1, Box 685-K, 74 Risbon Road, Honeybrook, PA  19344     (610) 286-5870.  Randy Long has a good reputation, over-all. All sorts of Airheads machine work, including rear drive spline repairs, but does not bore cylinders.  Randy overhauls heads. For brief commentary about Randy:  1906 Birch Ln, Newburg, OR.  (near Portland, Oregon).  503-550-9674; 503-538-5160.  Exhaust port threads, etc.  I don't know what method he is using, this is a listing, YOU make inquiries, as I don't know what he does.

Ted Porter, in California:  Quality workmanship! Very knowledgeable, very good work on heads, etc.

Tom Cutter, in Yardley, Penn.  Not sure if Tom still sends his work to Randy Long. in Eugene, Oregon.   FlyingTpot does a lot more than side-stands.  Click in the middle (on the eye).  They have saddlebags (Panniers) & mounts for pre & post Airheads, do exhaust port repairs, cylinder head valve jobs, ETC.

METRIC nuts, bolts, banjo bolts, etc:    Lots of sources.   Your local hardware store may have what you need.   There are places like that have sets of stainless steel nuts and bolts for your Airhead, etc.   There are wholesale suppliers that have extensive metric parts.   Just one such is   Take a look at that website, and enter  METRIC BOLTS into the search box.  You will get a hundred+ pages of such, including banjo bolts in all sorts of styles and sizes.  The following are the two places Snowbum recommends for metric items:

See E for Exhaust



Odometer parts:  See under S for Speedometer/Odometer parts

Ohlins shocks, service: 
Lots of places such as Ohlins Service, Lenny Albin, Superbike Chassis, Anthem, AZ   (623) 810-6700.
Recommended:  Ted Porter's BEEMERSHOP.

Offroading:  See A, adventure touring

PARTS, new:

Do NOT forget to use a favorite BMW bike dealership; or, buy parts from a truly knowledgeable aftermarket supplier who runs a repair center; and who KNOWS YOUR BIKE.   Two are:
(1) Ted Porter's on the West Coast, in California.
(2) Tom Cutter's  Tom is on the East Coast in Pennsylvania.  Send an E-mail detailing what you need, where you are, etc.

In the long run, you will save time, and save money, by going to them.  They know the parts, what fits what, and they know the details.  BMW Dealerships may not have this knowledge! 
My suggestion is to become friendly with ONE GOOD aftermarket independent source for parts and service.  See also under R for repairs.

Other sources for new ....and used   
Sometimes the American Dealership fiche's will say something is no longer available.  It is worth a try to purchase from Europe.  In particular, you may find all sorts of parts, even obsolete fairing items, from

Here is another such reliable source:  In England.  Catalog worth sending a few dollars for, see its hints sections. Many airheads around the world use this company for parts. 

Martindale Motorcycle Works  (they took over Mike Hamende's Airhead Salvage).   632 NW River Road; Martindale, TX   78655  Owner is Mike Orloff.   Phone number is (512) 357-2842

Stoner's Beemer Stash,  Larry "Stoner" Stonestreet.   39628 Avenida Miguel Oeste; Murrieta, CA  92563  951-813-1704     You can often find Stoner at various rallies, selling parts.  He has at least one yearly swap/sell meet at his house, as well as a yearly Tech Day.   Dates are announced in AIRMAIL.  He is a good source for used parts, sometimes has motorcycles for sale.  Reliable.  Honest.

Larry's part time West Coast Beemer Recycle  559-456-3245.

Classic K bike parts:

Rancho m/c dismantling, 3559 Recycle Rd; Rancho Cordova, CA 
Mostly K & Oilheads   973-775-3495  Vetch is one of the MOST knowledgeable guys around for pre-Airheads, but also has parts for Airheads.  Mississippi.  
They also sell rebuilt bikes, do rebuilding, service, restoring, etc.

Racing and modification parts, just about everything for every area of all models of Airhead, including all sorts of camshafts, and lots more.  Parts and rework. 
Oil and air filters, starter motors and parts, alternators, all sorts of electrical parts.

Parts Unlimited, rear of the catalog has electrical components from such as Rick's Motorsport Electrics in NH 800-521-0277  or Electrex in Oceanside, CA 888-369-8359.   Parts Unlimited is a good source for OLD British and Japanese bike parts.

One specific item! ....while well known for his driveshaft repairing, he carries the small rubbery button that fits over the button on your odometer on later models; which is usually hard to find.  Guy Hendersen  (209) 962-7500    Hendersen Precision; 22105 Feretti Road, Groveland, California   95321

REALLY OLD BMW parts: this is Mark Huggett's site.  Pricey though.
WWII R75:   club links, parts, etc:

NON-BMW parts:  Willies, in Camp Hill, Alabama, recommended by Flicka, of Wagners Ural.   1-800-334-4045.

There are innumerable places that do various types of plating.  Some are MUCH better than others.    The one listed here is in California, and is an OLD company, with a lot of experience.  They specialize in Show Quality plating. They can do chrome, brass, CADMIUM, copper, nickel, etc.   Can polish SS too.   Rumor is that they have a 'grandfathered' license to do such as Cadmium plating, which is just about illegal in many areas, including Europe.  They can re-plate your bolts and nuts, etc. ...if you clean them before shipping to them. Ask them about how to prepare your items.   Custom Chrome & Bumper.    The Company name hardly tells all of what they do.  (530) 673-2360; (800) 573-2360.  335 Garden Hy, Yuba City, CA  95991. 

Paint:   My paint codes article:

Color-Rite.  Can match any color. Chief Tech is Doug Hodgins >45 years experience.  Small to large containers available; as well as aerosol cans and a 'trick' touch-up pen.  In the USA:  in Whittier, CA   (562) 947-9796.   In Canada (418) 876-3867; if you are not French speaking, ask for Reggie.   in U.K.     0044 (0) 1707 273219

Holt's, in Ohio.   740-593-6690 (also does fuel tank repairing)

Powder coating:
(1)  Fusion Coatings, Livermore, CA
(2)  This company does it REALLY right, even cooking the parts first; then coating, then fusing at temperature.  HIGHLY recommended.   Greber Machine Tool and Custom Powder Coating; 313 Clark St.  Elyria, OH 44035          440-323-8588

Pre-purchase inspections: Contact any knowledgeable Airhead owner or independent BMW service company.  Some folks advertise that they will do this, one such is Jeff Trapp in Wisconsin

Panniers:  see S for saddlebags.



Recycled parts: See S for Salvage.
Rear drives or driveshafts, U-joints, etc., repairs (see M for machine shops):
Hansens in Medford, Oregon.
Randy Long in Pennsylvania.

See M for machine shop services.

This first item is a list of independent shops, with some comments.  I am not necessarily endorsing those on this link, but they were all worthy of consideration the last time I looked at the list.

Below are those I know of, either personally or otherwise, and feel confident about.  These are NOT in any special order of listing.

Ted Porter's shop:  Beemershop has a very good reputation for everything BMW. BMW and aftermarket parts, including shocks and other suspension components, Omega-type alternators, ETC.   Ted Porter is on the west coast, see the website.

Bud Provin; in Vermont.   Very knowledgeable guy   802.483.2460   Pittsford, VT.  BMW and Brit bike work.

Bob Clement; in Montana.   Many years of experience. Bob's Motorwerks    (406) 445-2044.   Does every kind of Airhead and pre-Airhead work, including transmission and engine rebuilding, ETC.

Tom Cutter's Rubber Chicken Racing Garage.  A LOT of BMW experience and background.
   Tom is on the East Coast, in Yardley, Pennsylvania.   Contact him at

Anton Largiader, in Virginia.  LOTS of experience.

In Eugene, Oregon:  Murphs BMW    541-689-9954.  BMW Airheads, Oilheads, and MotoGuzzi's. Run by a real old-timer with a LOT of experience, Charles Murphy.  Ask to see his collection of Airheads and pre-airheads and to tour the storage areas and shop.      Recommended.

Dave Gardener, previously at BMW of Colorado Springs, now doing business as Recommended Services ...San Francisco area of California.    Recommended by many including Matt Parkhouse.  I think he retired and closed up in 2015.

Matthias BMW Service; 1412 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach, CA  90813  (562) 688-3821. Well known, recommended by many.

Machine shop work ...BUT ...also overhaules rear drives, shaft splines, U-joints, cylinder heads, shock overhaul ...etc.  In Canada:  Bruno's, in Iron Bridge, Ontario   (705) 843-0822

Some types of service, TOOLS, pre-purchase inspections, instructions on repairs, etc., is available from Jeff Trapp.
Bruce, in Arlington, TX   Katbod also is the designer/builder of the plastic/LED's replacement unit for the Airheads instrument pods.

Judson Cycle, Lake Crystal, MN  (507) 947-3852

Repairs driveshaft U-joints: Machine Service Industry, in Green Bay, WI.   800) 677-8711   The shop foreman is Mitch Lamal

Service, of every sort, right down to overhauls:   /2 bikes in particular.  Scottie Sharpe  On the West Coast of USA


Relays:  Versatile inexpensive relays that can work fine for most functions in your motorcycle, such as switching lamps, running horns, starting, etc., are the Bosch (now Tyco) 330-073, rated at 30/40 amperes and 12 volts, SPDT, 5 pin, with tab for screw (tab area can be removed); or the Blazer DF005 or DF005W which also has a tab/screw mounting.

Rocker arms needle bearings:   Improved type.


SADDLES:  I advise doing a ride-in/ride-out, with custom fitting, while you are there.  This is not available from all saddle makers.  Done really right, you will be happy you did.  I suggest, that if the situation warrants, you plan to ride in the day or night before, get a motel, and have the seat done the next day.

Russell Cycle Products:
Russell Day-Long touring saddles  (800) 432-9566; 530-336-5323, 4917 Shasta Dam Blvd, Shasta Lake, California, 96019.  Previously in Fall River Mills, CA., now owned by Terry Bradford.   The "Russell Day-Long" is what Snowbum has ridden on for many decades, on many bikes.   The basic design Snowbum prefers uses an crosswise S spring from right to left, that is, across the saddle wings.  This design was the original Bill Mayer (Sr.) saddle, and he sold the design, etc., to Russell.  Takes a bit of time to 'break-in', and worth it.  Leather or artificial materials.  Very supportive.  If you can possibly go there, I suggest you make an appointment for next day, that is, stay overnight at a local motel.  I love these saddles for the comfort, and longevity. They do offer mail order.  They will have you take some measurements, etc., when you mail-order.  They also have a 'sport model', with lower wings, etc.

Rick & Val Mayer.  (866) 357-2888; In the Anderson, California area, west of Redding.  NOT recommended.

Bill Mayer.  In Ventura, California.  Much better, over-all, than his brother Rick's, just above.

NOTE:  Neither Mayer brother uses their father's original type of design, which uses an S shaped spring cross-wise across, this is inside the saddle 'wings'. That basic design is still being made by Russell (Day-Long), see above, Russell Cycle Products.

Rich's.   In Washington State. Good service, good reputation.   This is a place, like Day-Long, to ride-in and have it done there.

Corbin:  I don't have a Corbin butt & never owned a Corbin saddle, but have ridden on several of them.  I don't particularly like the company customer support, nor some of their "show" designs.  YOU may like them.  Ask questions.

SADDLEBAGS: see L for Luggage.

Siebenrock products:  
(1)  Tom Cutter:
(2)  Ted Porter:

  Also same as Northeast Cycle Works. Adjustable voltage regulators, Boyer ignition, Mikuni carburetor kits, stainless steel nuts and bolts kits, etc.  (978) 212-5432   9 Bonazzoli Ave., Ste 3, Hudson, MA, 01749.  Owned by Bill Blake now.

STICKERS/DECALS;  Get obsolete ones here:
Some obsolete and not so obsolete ones: (1) your BMW dealership; (2)

Salvage yards and used parts sources:  See P for parts, new and used.

SERVICE:  See R for repairs

        Manuals/literature:   see articles 78 & 78B.

Here is a source for bulletins, sales brochures, parts and service literature, etc.   It dates back to the 1930's.
        It is not just the antiques.  There is even information on the Krauser's here.  This is John Lacko's website.


Many manuals are available FREE on the Internet, from a variety of sources.  BMW dealerships can obtain official BMW manuals of all kinds.  For quite a few manuals for MANY makes and models, hardly just BMW:

There is an article on my website about manuals.   AND ...on the Technical Articles List page
There are listings of some manuals and literature, scattered through-out.

While listed in my manuals article, here is just one source from that article: 
Vast collection of service manuals, etc., for ALL SORTS OF MOTORCYCLE BRANDS, including BMW:

A shipping company originally recommended to me by Felicia Landes of the well-respected Ural dealership, Wagners, and, since, by many others.  I've had good experiences with them myself.   They have very specially outfitted semi-trucks and they are in the business of transporting bikes and race cars.  GOOD service & reliable.  Internet tracking.  
Another company (part of Federal Companies) with whom I have had good service.
  Internet-Tracking. no personal experience nor enough information.

Shock absorbers:
I recommend that you do NOT use progressively wound rear springs ...the softer section will jackshaft more, and I do not like the over-all handling.  It is important for the shock absorber spring to match the use & rider weight.   This is just one situation where a quality shop with lots of shock absorber experience, such as Beemershop, can help you. Several brands, custom suspension units, testing machinery, etc.

Koni: (Ikon of Australia has taken them over) ...rebuildable ...various sources:
(I do not know if they do bike shocks).  is a link to various distributors of parts & service & a fair amount of information on various models of Ikon (and, thereby, Koni).  Ted Porter's Beemershop is one of those listed for servicing Ikon/Koni shocks.

Wilbers:   Ted Porter's Beemershop sells and services Wilbers shocks, which are of high quality, and set up individually for your needs.  He also has the proper machines and thus can service OHLINS and other shocks.

Hyperlink to an article about opening and "overhauling" Koni's (Ikon's too):

White Power & other shock absorbers ...sales, modifications, customization, etc.  Lindemann Engineering, Campbell, CA

Ohlins:   shocks, service:  Lots of places, but also:   Ohlins Service, Lenny Albin, Superbike Chassis, Anthem, AZ   (623) 810-6700

Rebuilding shock absorbers, also does driveshafts, splines, etc.    He can rebuild the rear shocks for Monolever &  Paralever Airheads ...and K bikes too.  Brunos  Machine and Repair; (705)843-0822 (and see main page for other stuff he does).

SIDESTANDS:  See my article:

SILENCERS:  See E for exhaust/mufflers.

Speedometer & Tachometer parts; instrument pods ...and repairs:   Replacement flexible printed circuit board for the instrument pods, with LED lights.
They also sell, for less than $20, a sound-less flasher relay that fits 1974-1980 models, and works with LED lamps AND stock lamps.

Instrument housings, NEW:

Terry Vrla; 776 SE 3rd Ave; Hillsboro, OR 97123; 503 421 5782   Airhead instrument pod overhauls, repairs, parts, etc.  Speedometers, Tachometers, can even fix the pod threaded insert areas.

PERHAPS second choice after above Terry Verla:   They are in San Diego
Repairs and calibration on speedometers, odometers, mechanical and including the electronics type on the K bikes.  I think they can do actual circuitry repairs.   Rick Borth

North Hollywood Speedometer

Palo Alto Speedo; mixed reviews.   I cannot recommend PAS for electronic tachs at the moment.
in California.

West L.A. Automotive    877-900-9009      310-838-7350   In Los Angeles

Southern Electronics, Inc, in Richmond, Virginia.   Speedo/tach repairs ...and can do things quite in-depth.  They can do mechanical and electronics units, even BMW radios.  800-446-2880; 800-572-2880       Their radio site is

One specific item! ...while well known for his driveshaft repairing, he has the small rubbery buttons that fits over the button on your odometer on later models ...a hard to find item.  Guy Hendersen  (209) 962-7500    Hendersen Precision; 22105 Feretti Road,  Groveland, California   95321

For ODOMETER gears, all models:

SPLINES:  see my section M for machining.

SPOKES:  Spokes, wheel rebuilding, etc., for your wire spoked wheels.

STICKERS/DECALS:  Get obsolete ones:  

SWITCHES:  Rocker switches to fit BMW rectangular holes:  Cole Hersee 57000-04, etc.

800-757-2453; Scotts Valley, CA  831-458-1264
Triple clamps and fork braces:

My lengthy tools article:

Clever BMW tools, videos, and help:
Ed Korn previously did business as Cycle Works, in Oregon, WI (yes, that is the town name in the State of Wisconsin). He did some machine work, had LOTS of tools (and some parts) for everything from the Isetta cars, through the /2 era, and for Airheads, until the stopping of production of Airheads ~1995.  He had a rather extensive variety of tools, some VERY cleverly designed, and he had instructions, videos, all sorts of stuff.    Doing a run-through of his website was informative to many folks.  Ed sold the business to Cycle Works LLC, located at 5805 Haskins Street, Shawnee, KS, 66216  (913) 871-6740.  Contact the new owner, Dan Neiner, at:   NOT .com!!   The url is:  NOT .COM!!
Some really nice tools.  You will appreciate many of them.  Take a look at the simple bearing pullers and the tools for the timing chain and sprockets job, ETC!

When you simply cannot find a German tool you need:

Jeff Trapp has a number of interesting tools for Airheads.   Jeff does repairs, inspections, instruction on repairs.  Jeff has his own tools, some, or many, are probably inspired by Ed Korn's tools or even copies or near copies.   He typically provides extensive detailed instructions.  Jeff has available a complete "loaner" kit ...everything, jigs, longer BMW helicoils, drill, tap, etc. ...for repairing bad cylinder stud hole threads.

Cylinder stud repair tools:

Some clutch centering tools, harnesses, etc.  All are made in USA.

Tank Bag repairs:   click on LEFT for PRICING, and then scan way down that pricing page.

Tachometer repairs:    See S for speedometer

USB adaptors,
DIN plug to 5 volt USB outputs:  See under "A".

Voltmeter:   VDO 332-103 Vision


WIRE: Sources for small amounts of colored/coded wires (new wire; you can always get used wires from wrecked cars ...but new is much nicer!):    Metric sizes     American gauges sizes

Straightening:  see also under F for frame, wheels, etc.

Buchanan Spoke & Rim, Inc.  (626) 969-4655.  Respected in the Industry for a very long time for all sorts of wheel work.
Can do Akront, GS cross-spoked wheels, straightening of wheels, special spokes and modifications, etc.    Woody's is in Denver, Colorado    (866) 936-0232            (303) 936-0232   Very good workmanship!

David Moore Wheel Service    9383 Buena Vista St., Apple Valley, CA   92308     (760) 240-3543

Balancer's, for wheels with and without tires, etc:
There are a number of types of wheel balancers on the market.  My advice is to avoid the "Chinese-made cheap ones".  Be sure any balancer, of any type that you purchase, is well-made, and if it uses bearings, that they are SMOOOTH-feeling as you rotate them....ETC.  Ask for advice on the Airheads LIST.

Fairing screens, and almost any plastic windshield, is available from stock; or, custom types also available, from Gustafson Plastics, St.    Augustine, FL.  888-824-3443.

There are a number of makers, including Parabellum.   Also try:


X, Y, Z:  ...nothing here yet.


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