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:
Adventure Touring: www.horizonsunlimited.com 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. http://advrider.com
Off-road enthusiasts: www.rawhyde-offroad.com 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. www.mrgasket.com
Accel points amplifier, wiring schematic: see page 38 here: http://www.rubberchickenracinggarage.com/Downloads/TomCutterDualPlugIgnition.pdf
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. http://www.bmw-grouparchives.com E-mail to:
Andreas Harz BMW Group Archiv firstname.lastname@example.org
Brakes and parts: www.vintagebrake.com 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. www.cyclebrakes.com
Brake adaptors, gaskets, seals, hardware of various sorts, even banjo bolts in various sizes: BrakeQuip.com
Sleeving of BRAKE and CLUTCH master cylinders, etc:
www.applehydraulics.com the following link may still work: http://applehydraulics.com/motorcycles.htm
S A Master Slave, Wynberg, Capetown, So. Africa 2721 761 6962
Resurfacing disc brake rotors: www.truedisk.net (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. http://thenickwackettgarage.com/bmwtwin/
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.
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 email@example.com
Cylinder repairs of all sorts of types (read this entire section!). Be sure to read this linked article: http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/cylinders.htm
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. http://www.bore-tech.com
http://www.powersealusa.com 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: www.powersealusa.com and www.usnicom.com
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 www.Rubberchickenracinggarage.com can take care of your cylinders, & send them to PowerSealusa, ETC. http://www.usnicom.com 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
Clock REPAIRS: see speedometers.
Clock: VDO 370-995 Cockpit Series; also see 332-103 (hour only).
Clock: do it yourself repairs; http://www.flickr.com/photos/getproductions/sets/72157627860750305/
CLUTCH: Resurfaces CLUTCH parts, thicker clutch discs, ETC. Southland clutch; 101 E. 18th St.; National City, CA 91950 (619) 477-2105 Dan Levine, firstname.lastname@example.org
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; www.benchmarkworks.com/articles/howto/clutch.html. 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's...as the original cable end can be used. Here is a website with photos to give you some ideas: http://www.frankhams.freeserve.co.uk/temporary_uploads/ezclutch_page.htm
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 email@example.com. There is information on this Snowbum website on doing it: http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/cams.htm
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,...it 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. http://dev.eztouring.com/ email@example.com. 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.
1. Erich Demant, in Germany,
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.: www.brunos.us 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 email@example.com http://www.hendersenprecision.com/index.html Sales@hendersenprecision.com Hendersen Precision; 22105 Feretti Road, Groveland, California 95321
5. SNOWBUM LIKES the following driveshaft assembly product. Ted Porter's Beemershop, www.beemershop.com 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: http://www.gunsmoke.com/motorcycling/r100gs/drive_shaft/index.html
DECALS/STICKERS: Get obsolete ones: http://www.motorbikestickers.eu/shop/
Some obsolete and not so obsolete ones: (1) your BMW dealership;
Disabled Riders websites:
http://www.disabledmotorcyclerider.com/ 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIr_2dmQ6ck
http://www.haulnride.com ........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: http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/dell.htm 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
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: http://beemershop.com 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, www.motoelekt.com
Rebuilds Japanese m/c electricals:alternators and starters, ETC; Rick's mc/ Ent. 33 Newton Rd, Plaistow, NH 03865 (603) 382-5299
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.
http://easternbeaver.com Has some things not easily found, and has headlight relay kits too.
A USA source for connectors and terminals, good quality stuff: http://cycleterminal.com/
(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.
www.Rockypointcycle.com 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: http://www.bub-design.com/
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. http://w6rec.com/duane/bmw/muffler/slash5_muffler.htm
Fairing repairs: The BMW fairings are SMC material. Do not use polyester's for repairs. Use two-part Epoxies.
http://www.Truedisk.net in Michigan
Flasher relays: See http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/electricalhints.htm 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. http://www.tormach.com You might try to contact him there, if so, PLEASE let me know about Ed, tubes, and anything else.
Fork Braces (& top triple clamps): www.toastertan.com
www.motorcycleframeman.com 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 http://www.snowcrest.net/gte/index.html Fueston@snowcrest.net Located in Montague, California. He was an apprentice many years ago at Buchanan's.
http://www.buchananspokes.net/ 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: wirewerkes.com also has some clutch centering tools, harnesses, etc. All are made in USA.
FUEL TANK REPAIRS:
www.gas-tank.com/bike.htm 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 Moyer@westol.com
Will repair K bike and other aluminum fuel tanks. www.advancedwelding.info located in Mountainview, CA
John Borella 860-774-5535 ABCfirstname.lastname@example.org
Special sizes of fuel tank valves:Pingel (888) 474-6435 www.pingelonline.com
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. http://lockitt.com
Handicapped riders: See under D for disabled
Other sources:Snowbum's ignition system articles. Start here: http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/ignition.htm
Ikon shocks: see S for SHOCKS
Krauser bags, etc. ...for OLD parts:Michael Krauser GmbH; 86415 Mering-kornblumernring-12, Germany. Tel 08233-1461 Fax 08233-1445 Krauser.email@example.com. 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. $$.
CRAVEN parts (and Primmer's and Rodark's parts):
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.
REPAIRS to luggage:
Tank Bags: http://www.customtankbags.com/ click on LEFT for PRICING, then scan way down that pricing page.
http://www.flyingtpot.com/main.htm They have saddlebags (Panniers) and mounts for pre and post Airheads.
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 www.brunos.us
Hansens BMW, Medford, Oregon, http://hansensmc.com (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: http://home.jtan.com/~joe/randy_long.htm
Paul_Sturges@hotmail.com 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: http://Beemershop.com Quality workmanship! Very knowledgeable, very good work on heads, etc.
Tom Cutter, in Yardley, Penn. firstname.lastname@example.org Not sure if Tom still sends his work to Randy Long.
www.murphsbmw.com in Eugene, Oregon.
http://www.flyingtpot.com/main.htm 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 Rockypointcycle.com 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 www.denniskirk.com 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:
MUFFLERS: 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. www.beemershop.com
Offroading: See A, adventure touring
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 http://www.beemershop.com on the West Coast, in California.
(2) Tom Cutter's http://RubberChickenRacingGarage.com Tom is on the East Coast in Pennsylvania. Send an E-mail detailing what you need, where you are, etc. email@example.com
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 ....parts:
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 http://www.meyer-bikes.de/
Here is another such reliable source:
http://www.motobins.co.uk/ Sales@motobins.co.uk 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.
Stoner's Beemer Stash, Larry "Stoner" Stonestreet. firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Rancho m/c dismantling, 3559 Recycle Rd; Rancho Cordova, CA
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. http://www.motoren-israel.com/
Oil and air filters, starter motors and parts, alternators, all sorts of electrical parts.
NON-BMW parts: Willies, in Camp Hill, Alabama, recommended by Flicka, of Wagners Ural. 1-800-334-4045.
Holt's, in Ohio. 740-593-6690 (also does fuel tank repairing)
(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 email@example.com
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.
Bud Provin; in Vermont. Very knowledgeable guy 802.483.2460 Pittsford, VT. BMW and Brit bike work.
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. Beemershop.com
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:
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.
STICKERS/DECALS; Get obsolete ones here: http://www.motorbikestickers.eu/shop/
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: www.bikechatforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=41567
There is an article on my website about manuals. http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/manuals.htm AND ...on the Technical Articles List page: http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/technical-articles-list.htm
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: http://carlsalter.com/motorcycle-manuals.asp
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. http://www.beemershop.com
www.haulbikes.com 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.
www.funtransport.com Another company (part of Federal Companies) with whom I have had good service. Internet-Tracking.
www.eagleoneexpress.com no personal experience nor enough information.
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. http://beemershop.com Several brands, custom suspension units, testing machinery, etc.
Koni: (Ikon of Australia has taken them over) ...rebuildable ...various sources:
www.koniracing.com (I do not know if they do bike shocks).
http://ikonsuspension.com/content/international_distributors.shtml 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.
White Power & other shock absorbers ...sales, modifications, customization, etc. Lindemann Engineering, Campbell, CA http://www.le-suspension.com
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. http://www.beemershop.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.brunos.us/shocks.htm (and see main page for other stuff he does).
SIDESTANDS: See my article: http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/FarleyBrownSurefoot.htm
SILENCERS: See E for exhaust/mufflers. Speedometer & Tachometer parts; instrument pods ...and repairs:
Katdash.com 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: http://www.bmwbayer.de/
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: http://Foreignspeedoinc.com. They are in San Diego.
http://www.speedometer.com/bmw_cycles.html 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 www.nhspeedometer.com
Palo Alto Speedo; mixed reviews. I cannot recommend PAS for electronic tachs at the moment. www.paspeedo.com in California.
West L.A. Automotive 877-900-9009 310-838-7350 In Los Angeles www.speedometerplus.com
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 www.instrumentclusters.com Their radio site is http://www.CarRadio.com
Speedometer & Tachometer parts; instrument pods ...and repairs:
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 email@example.com http://www.hendersenprecision.com/index.html Sales@hendersenprecision.com Hendersen Precision; 22105 Feretti Road, Groveland, California 95321
For ODOMETER gears, all models: http://www.odometergears.com/products/BMW/R+&+K+Motorcycles/42
SPLINES: see my section M for machining.
SPOKES: Spokes, wheel rebuilding, etc., for your wire spoked wheels. http://www.buchananspokes.net/
STICKERS/DECALS: Get obsolete ones: http://www.motorbikestickers.eu/shop/
SWITCHES: Rocker switches to fit BMW rectangular holes: Cole Hersee 57000-04, etc. T:
Triple clamps and fork braces: www.toastertan.com
My lengthy tools article: http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/tools.htm
Clever BMW tools, videos, and help:
Jeff Trapp firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.northwoodsairheads.com
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. http://www.northwoodsairheads.com/Cyl-Stud-Jig.html
Cylinder stud repair tools: http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/tools.htm
Some clutch centering tools, harnesses, etc. All are made in USA. wirewerkes.com
Tank Bag repairs: http://www.customtankbags.com/ click on LEFT for PRICING, and then scan way down that pricing page.
Tachometer repairs: See S for speedometer
Voltmeter: VDO 332-103 Vision
Sources for small amounts of colored/coded wires (new wire; you can always get used wires from wrecked cars ...but new is much nicer!):
http://eagleday.stores.yahoo.net/neauwi.html Metric sizes
http://riwire.com 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.http://www.buchananspokes.com
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