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Our bikes are getting old; the oldest Airheads are now officially regarded as ANTIQUES. You can NOT rely
dealership for repair work,
nor for the proper
parts and parts numbers. Dealership personnel may
well NOT have the proper knowledge nor background.
DO consider independent repair centers, especially ones that participate on LISTS & FORUMS.
I DO recommend certain shops, and individuals, upon request. Especially see my pages 78A and 78B, below.
BE CAUTIOUS! ABOUT WHERE YOU GET WORK DONE, WHERE YOU PURCHASE PARTS, EVEN WHEN FROM BMW DEALERSHIPS! CHECK MORE THAN ONE SOURCE FOR INFORMATION, PARTS, AND WORK. BMW sometimes has incorrect part numbers, and sometimes ships the wrong parts or poorly made parts. Be careful when ordering from companies, foreign or domestic, that may not be selling genuine or REALLY equivalent BMW parts. BMW has published ERRORS! These published errors get compounded (passed along) when re-published, by such as Clymers or Haynes! In some instances I DO have "corrections to Clymers or Haynes, etc" type of information on this site.
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"There is always a greater idiot."
Make something idiot proof and you will
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A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof
is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
"The measure of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he
never would be found out." - Baron Thomas Babington Macauley
"An expert is someone who has made all the mistakes which can be made,
in a very narrow field." --Niels Bohr
"...You cannot prove a vague theory wrong. Also, if the process of computing the
consequences is indefinite, then with a little skill any experimental results can be
made to look like the expected consequences." Richard Feynman, 1964
There are three kinds of men:
The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation.
The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence.
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"We have all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will
eventually reproduce the entire works of William Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the
Internet, we know this is not true."
"There is no practical reason to create machine intelligences indistinguishable
from human ones. People are in plentiful supply. Should a shortage arise, there are
proven and popular methods for making more."
Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies
to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule
--and both commonly succeed, and are right...
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being serviced by me, or just in storage. The new owner and I
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FUEL System in your Airhead motorcycle
(An article on fuel mileage, in depth, is #81)
1. Fuel filters, petcocks, gas caps (and venting problems), fuel hose, tank & seat
models choke setting, rev. 08/26 /2013
Additional information is in article #12A
2. Luftmeister Auxiliary Fuel Tanks rev. 10/09/2012
3. Carburetors PART 1, overhaul; GENERAL NOTES, HINTS, floats testing
tops & dome inserts, tricky enrichener discs/shafts assemblies, Bing
Independent Float Kits (see 5 below for all those details), ETC. rev. 10/09/2013
Be sure to read article 6, below, yes, even if you do not have a /5.
Bing Carburetor PART 2, overhaul; GENERAL NOTES, high altitude JETTING
changes tuning, hard-starting (some), ETC. rev. 10/09/2013
5. Bing dual-independent float kit rev. 05/14/2013
Early Bing CV Carburetors as on
R75/5, and R75/5 idle problems, ETC! rev. 10/03/2013
This article has some information that applies to ALL Bing CV carburetors,
so I suggest you READ IT!
Carburetors; the whole story, in awful depth.
7B. Throttle & clutch cables & throttle cams & gears. Speedometer and tach cables.
Speedometer cable rubber boot at transmission. Control assembly perches.
screws; friction & anti-friction devices; Snowbum,
RUNNING! rev. 06/23/2013
9. R80 fuel mileage problems; R80 airbox modifications. rev. 10/13/2012
10. Tuning Intake and Exhaust systems rev. 11/28/2012
11. Removing &
plugging the Pulse Air and Evaporative emissions systems
(also: how they work) rev. xx/xx/2013
Fuel System: Tank cleaning; premium vs regular;
additives; TEL; alcohol;
fitting other tanks & seats. Throttle and choke cables. Fuel hose.
See article #1, above!
>>>>An article that describes Lead Substitutes, in depth, is: valves.htm which is article 60, sub-section 5
12B. Bing carburetors that piss: weeps, leaks onto your boot, onto the ground,
floor, garage, grass, wherever. rev. 11/04/2012
12C. The K & N air filter, the UNI air filter, stock air filters, .....etc. rev. 11/20/2013
13. The Dell'Orto
Huge amount of information on how ALL types of carburetors operate,
especially needle/slide types, but also vacuum types and in particular
the Dell'Orto carburetors. SPECIFIC information on Dell'Orto settings for
Airheads; where to obtain parts. A link to an article on converting an
Airhead to use the Dell'Orto (only the R90S CAME with them). Links to
other carburetor articles of considerable value. Links to the factory DellOrto
manuals (ON this website!) are also here. There are MANY sketches/photoss
in this article. Allow TIME to load up if you are on a slow connection.
find what you wanted in the above FUEL SYSTEM articles
Use the search engine: SEARCH
This is not
an article by me, but a link. Truly
curious? Technically minded? This long
describes octane, gasoline, leaded fuel, unleaded
There are interesting things here and there
this article, from which you could
to other parts/versions
by re-arranging the URL.
All the technical information on this site is:
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14. How to buy & use test lamps and multimeters, basics+. rev. 03/14/2013
Troubleshooting BMW Airhead Boxer
systems rev. 11/02/2013
Lots of good basic electricity information here; plus troubleshooting.
Also see article 15.
Critique of the ChiTech Electrics School Manual; plus
information rev. 07/31/2013
14C. Here is a hyperlink to an article that describes how relays work. This is
being listed, as Joe's ('Cuda) article which is much more pointed towards
actual Airheads usage, is no longer available on the Airheads.org website.
But, this linked article DOES have just about everything you need to know
about how relays, including Bosch/DIN numbered pins types, actually work:
15. Electrical hints and problems; descriptions of functions, ETC. rev. 08/03/2013
Alternators: WHY 3 phases? The STOCK Bosch, substitutions,
Troubleshooting the Alternator, Charging
15-C. Aftermarket Alternators: installation, capability, performance
15-D. Really BIG alternators on Airheads rev. 07/26/2013
15-E. Why do alternator rotors fail? How to replace a bad rotor rev. 10/13/2012
16-A. Starter & Starting Problems; Valeo to Bosch; Bosch to Valeo; FIT problems;;
starter relays; solenoids Rev. 11/14/2012
16-B. Troubleshooting the Starting System & variations. rev. 03/30/2013
17. Alternator rotors, stators, brushes, cautions, DETAILS. rev. 11/03/2013
18. Diode Boards & Grounding Wires; information on testing power diodes)
19. Alternator 'GEN' lamp circuit & resistor modifications. rev. 12/05/2013
20. Testing Voltage Regulators; high output and/or
21. Servicing a Bosch Mechanical Voltage Regulator (INCLUDING
Making adjustable the Bosch & Wehrle ELECTRONIC METAL CAN Voltage
Regulators rev. 11/07/2012
23A. Increasing the voltage output of the Wehrle PLASTIC voltage regulator
(for tinkerers and nerds) 10/15/2012
23B. Schematic diagram of one version of the electronic voltage regulator
24A. Lamps. Adding relays, lamp substitutions, larger headlights,
MODULATORS, sockets, updating /5 headlight, heavier wire, LED's, ETC.
rev. 11/16/2013 see also 24-C and 34.
24B. How the headlight switch & relay works. Understanding the finer details of
information in article 24A. rev. 10/03/2012
24C. Headlight modulators. Federal Law. California Law. Technical details.
Links to sites with the laws and regulations, + ALL types of motorcycle
lighting; headlight brightness, links. rev 10/02/2012
25. Replacing a 5 speed neutral
switch (& selecting the correct switch)
26. Metric & American Wires, Colors, Bosch
wiring Codes, wire sources; information
about schematic diagrams. rev. 06/29/2013
27. Installing an accessory electrical outlet, precautions, etc. rev. 05/06/2012
28. Ignition Theory; BMW Spark Ignition Systems. rev. 02/16/2013
Timing; Automatic Advance Units; points; condensers,
single spark plug Airheads; advance units applicable to single OR dual plug
airheads; COILS, etc! rev. 02/14/2013
IGNITION. Points. Timing lights. Ignition
modules; ignition canister
(rebuilding yourself, OR
sending them out); coils; suppressor caps; Dyna & Boyer; rubber sealing strip; sources for
modules & Hall sensors; testing & troubleshooting (including HIGH IDLE
RPM); points boosters/amplifiers. rev. 10/20/2013
Some of the Hall sensor information applies to the K and Oilhead bikes.
highly recommend you read both #29 and #30, above; as an
both articles may well be needed if you are contemplating changes or repairs.
Here is a link to an article on the diagnosis and repair of the Oilhead Hall
Effect ignition sending unit. This article has some explanations & details that
may help you understand the Airhead electronic ignition.
31. Dual Plugging (and for all Airheads, discussion on milling heads,
shaving cylinders, etc.) rev. 09/26/2012
32. SPARK PLUGS;
threaded holes; torques; ANTISEIZE (OR NOT),
caps & wire assemblies; resistor & non-resistor spark plugs for Airheads
& K-bikes. rev. 03/14/2013
33. Ampmeters (ammeters) v. Voltmeters (and voltmeter problems) rev. 09/19/2012
34. Adding Running Lamp Function to Turn Signals rev. 04/27/2013
35. Rejuvenating a battery. Filling a new 'flooded' battery & initializing
other battery types; sources; usage; chargers (SMART or not); peculiarities.
Charging voltages. How to Load Test a Battery; ETC. rev: 10/29/2013
36. Accessing the headlight bucket on RS/RT, cleaning the headlamp/glass,
aiming the headlight rev. 10/03/2012
37. Slash 5 (/5) starter relay 'cricket' noise & starting
problem. Slash 5
(/5) bikes with stock starter relays SHOULD RECEIVE THIS MODIFICATION
37A. Tachometers: connections, wire colors, retrofitting to earlier models;
checking calibration (mechanical OR electronic type) rev. 10/25/2012
NOTE: DIY clock repairs:
37B. Broken brake light switches (front &
rear); stiff K bike throttles for 1985.
38A. CAN-Bus, what is it, how it works, etc. rev. 04/03/2013
Regarding section 38B onwards to the end of 38x:
I have obtained schematic diagrams posted on this website from a variety of sources. NONE are from the Chitech BMW Electric School Manual, as you can purchase that manual (which covers 1955 to 1990+) but many schematics in it are very difficult to read, some are quite fuzzy but I DO recommend you purchase that manual, see my URL page for how to obtain a copy. That manual is almost a must for Airhead owners. There is a critique, with some corrections, that I made for that manual: chitechelmnl.htm
I PROBABLY HAVE every schematic diagram for every Airhead (& most other models to 1996 or so), but some need interpretation. My collection includes (probably) all of the World's versions, so there are literally HUNDREDS of diagrams, including accessories ...such as the early Airheads when they were available with Avon fairings! Diagrams includes those for heated grips, special lighting, & Authorities (Police) models. Because there are CONSIDERABLE similarities between various models, enough of these schematics are on this website to enable you to work on your bike.
If you need to contact me for a specific diagram, or perhaps something is not clear to you in a schematic on my website, ask on the Airheads list or K bike or ibmwr.org tech-list, as appropriate, FIRST. I may or MAY NOT see your query if you post to the BMWMOA forums. When you post to a LIST, I would like to know if you want a schematic for the main frame diagram, or engine or some sub or accessory item. I need to know your BMW model, its year, and if it is a USA or Euro. It would be very helpful if you knew the model code that BMW uses for your motorcycle. If you do not know the model code, DO furnish the full serial number or VIN number. ONLY if you are not on one of those LISTs (and I may reply with WHY NOT?) should you directly contact me at: CLICK!
Keep in mind that personal inquiries to me take up a lot of my time, and benefit ONLY YOU; while answers on a LIST benefit all members of that list.
Sometimes questions you may have will be answered by referring to my electrical hints article #15, or some other article in the Electrical section of my website.
Regarding AIRHEADS electrical schematic diagrams:
The R80G/S is similar to the R45, R65 and R80ST.
The R65, ST, GS & G/S type of instrument pods will be similar, or nearly so.
RS and RT may be identical to each other.
The R75/5 will use the same diagram as a R50/5 and R60/5.
The R60/6, R75/6, R90/6, R90S will all be very similar.
The /7 is somewhat similar to the last of the /6 series.
The /6 and later with the early style-type of pod (pod NOT like the R65, ST, G/S, GS)
will generally have those pods in common; differences are few, and are noted in my website.
In general, a lot of the wiring and circuits for 1970
models are similar to even 1995 models!
This same sort of schematic similarity is found on Classic K bikes; which have only a few differences
such as lighting, whether 3 or 4 cylinders (ignition is primary schematic difference); and for the fuel
injection computer, whether Jetronic or Motronic. ABS? Then whether ABS1 or ABS2.
Here is a link to a German website,
that has a LOT of Airhead (and some R1100 oilhead and other)
NOTE: Some of the schematics on BMW's OWN CD of schematics, for early eighties bikes, are wrong in some areas.
Links for more electrical schematics, etc., are found in article #80, below.
|Some BMW schematics will show things NOT on YOUR bike, which were special equipment or added accessories.|
38B. Miscl. Electrical schematics for Hazard flasher system, fold-out
fog/driving lights, heated grips, VDO instruments. Replacing a /6 left-side
handlebars switch. Substitute voltmeters and clocks. rev. 05/09/2013
38C. Schematic diagrams
in three formats: .gif; .pdf; and .bmp;
for R90S, R60S, R75/6, R90/6; for 1975 & into 1976. 10/13/2012
38C+. Schematic diagram for 1974 model, /6 series, EURO, type 0271
38D. Schematic diagram for the 1978 Airheads, as .pdf
38E. Schematic diagram for the /5 electricals, last model, fused, .pdf
38F. Schematic Diagram for both early and late /5. Early model had no
fuses. Set your browser to expand the image as needed, it WILL be clear.
38G. Schematic diagram, 1981 R100, R100CS, as .pdf
SIMILAR to many of this era.
Schematic diagram, 1981-1984. A different type of sketch than the above one.
This is a schematic done by someone in Germany. Compare this to the above one.
Legend for the numbered and lettered "items" in this schematic: legend
38H. Schematics & wires colors diagrams & descriptions for 1981-1985 R65,
R65LS, R45, R80ST, ETC. .jpg, and .pdf rev. 10/13/2012
Schematic for the above bikes, but EURO version: CLICK
38I. Schematic diagram for 1979-1980 R100RS, series 0427 as shipped to various
countries, full base diagram. .pdf format
38J. Main lighting diagram (only). .pdf format, covers above and into the early
38K. PDF diagrams for R100GSPD:
38L. Schematic diagram and Legend, 1989 and later R100RS/R100RT, USA,
pdf format, TWO pages
38M. Replacing a /5 ignition switch with a round barrel type switch:
Here is a link for a KIT to basically do a barrel switch installation:
38N. Radio codes: Key OFF. PRESS and HOLD "M"; turn key on. If code does not display,
then contact dealer or radio shop. You should have written the code down when you
purchased the bike!...it came with it.
SOURCES FOR ELECTRICAL PARTS FROM OTHER THAN BMW ARE LISTED IN SECTION 78A & 78B.
Electrical contact cleaners and treatments are in article 73.
Mechanical? Electrical? Stuff I'm not sure where else to put these things?
39A. F, OT, S,
and Z marks on your Flywheel (clutch carrier); lightened flywheels;
re-marking, alignment, degreeing camshafts....ETC rev. 9/27/2012
For Automatic Timing Units, in depth, see article 29.
39B. Mis-adjusted carburetors and/or sticky automatic timing units can cause
high rpm, typically after full warmup. See article #30, which has a section
on just this problem.
39C. How to safely transport your motorcycle (like in a truck or trailer, etc.)
1974 and later Instrument housing covers, screws, broken inserts, etc:
39E. Buried traffic light detection loops; bike triggering problems with them.
39F. NERDY stuff....you'll never know what is HERE
39G. /5 instruments...and article on disassembly and repairs, etc:
Also See Article 48
I suggest you "bookmark"
(Favorites) the HOMEPAGE, and
NOT the page you are
at right now.
The HOMEPAGE is http://bmwmotorcycletech.info
At the bottom of the HOMEPAGE there is a DATE for the last revision. Revision/Editing dates are ALSO listed at the bottom of NEARLY ALL OTHER pages/articles. The homepage contains access to things NOT on, nor accessible from the Index of Technical Articles list page you are now looking at. Going from the homepage to an article, via the link at the bottom of the homepage will ALWAYS give you the LATEST version of the article.
Mechanical Systems, Miscellaneous, and 'other stuff':
Valves......how to do it correctly. ALSO: What happens when
a valve comes apart and tries to destroy the engine. rev. 08/21/2013
After reading this, I recommend you read article #60 section 1; and
60-6 and 60-5; all are below.
41. Overheating, excessive idle time, etc. rev. 09/27/2012
42. The pre-1970 slinger service; including the /2 slinger service (yeah, yeah a /2),
Transmission input (clutch) splines, throwout bearing,
clutch arm cleaning,
lubrication & inspection, adjusting swing arm. Rev. 04/28/2013.
See also: CLUTCH article, Section 60, item 9, below...which has extensive
information on the throw-out bearings, and everything "clutch".
BOTH these articles should be read! See #7B about control cables.
44. Maintaining the
paintwork, aluminum, windscreen & helmet
how to drill plastics safely; how to repair cracked luggage; how to repair
fairings. rev. 10/23/2013
Article 73 has information on products to use to maintain plastic visors,
shields, ETC. Also See article 75
Rear Wheel Splines; Rear Drive Output Splines; Rear Drive Oil Leaks;
Replacing a Rear Drive Left Seal, Inner seal, Nose seal; Oil Leaks with
Drum Brakes; Leaking oil drain plugs; Monolever & Paralever Cardan
Bearings; Rear Drive overhaul, Rivets, Wheel Cup;....ETC. Rev. 09/04/2013
46. Exhaust pipe finned (spider) nuts; recommendations for exhaust replacements rev. 09/27/2012
47. Driveshaft Bolts, Washers, Torque, tools rev. 09/27/2012
48. Ring & pinion gears, ratios, speedometers/odometers, instrument pod repairs,
instrument numeral colors, rpm, road speeds, numeral colors rev. 11/20/2013
Transfers; oil/water moving someplace (or leaks). Filling
50A. Oiling system; oil
consumption; thermostat; cooler; pressure bypass valve
in the filter canister area; remote and other oil filter kits, ETC. rev. 10/12/2012
50B. MORE on the BMW Airhead Oiling System: Sketches,
thermostats; oil breathers. Rev. 10/20/2013
50C. Oil Pans; oil pan gaskets; oil pan threads, oil capacity; dipsticks; oil pickups.
50D. Oil Coolers; including installation. 09/24/2012
51A. Oil & filter change. 'Reading filters'. The "$2000 O-ring" ($3500 if you ruin
your crankshaft). Thermostat covers; LOTS more!
INCLUDING spin-on oil filter conversions. BMW airhead motorcycle Oil and
Filter Changes; etc. rev. 12/02/2013
51B. Oil filters, canisters, ETC. Information on changing your filter, types
of oils for your airhead, oil additives; gasoline additives
51C. Oil lubrication tech;
recommendations, ZDDP; synthetics, etc.
Airheads, K-bikes, etc. Rev. 11/05/2013
51D. Oil viscosities, viscosity indexes, engine oils, gear oils, suspension fluids,
shock absorber fluids, SAE, SUS, Cst, some ZDDP values. Rev. 10/15/2012
52. Pinging (Pinking); LUGGING; piston detonation. Causes, effects.
53. Brakes; all-about them. Rebuilding ATE MC. Conversions/upgrades rev. 10/24/2013
54. Wheels, Tires, Axles, Hubs, Bearings, Steering Head, Forks, Seals/spacers,
tires, dampers, ETC!
Section 1: 19" wheel recall rev. 05/03/2011
Section 2: Wheel spoke lacing and alignment of hub/rim rev. 04/06/2013
Section 3. Tires, spacers, wheels, balancing of wheels/tires; hints; LARGE
VARIETY OF STUFF HERE. rev. 04/17/2013 Also contains info on
swapping various years/models of wheels (except Lester's, see
Section 7 below). I suggest that you also read Section 5, below.
Section 4: Wheel bearing preload & servicing wheel bearings. Some other
wheel information also. rev. 06/28/2013
see Section 9, below
Section 5: TIRES: brands & models, recommendations and testing; hydroplaning;
tire width top hat spacers; nitrogen; selecting tires (things you never knew);
I suggest you read Section 3 above and Section 6 just below!
A LOT more tire information will also be found in Section 12, below;
including a section on vibration/thrumming, etc.
Section 6: Tubeless versus tubes. rev. 10/14/2012
Section 7: Lester wheels rev. 09/04/2013
Section 8A: Steering dampers; shock absorbers & springs. rev. 10/14/2012
Section 8B: Ikon and Koni shock absorbers spring chart; a pdf file
Section 9: Airhead Wheel Bearing Clinic++, BMWMOA National Rally,
July 2005; critique of BMW-ON magazine articles of 2004.
Updating information. rev: 04/15/2013
Also see 54, Section 4, above
Section 10A. Front forks internals description, alignment, stiction, braces,
gators, cleaning & lubricating (or replacing) steering head
bearings; springs. In-depth discussion of STICTION & setting
fork sag. Hints regarding front fork internals. Modifications.
Adjusting swing arm bearings. rev. 11-26-2013
Section 10B. Front Forks: Oil filling amounts; pre-Airheads, Airheads,
K1, K75, K100, K1100
Section 10C. Instability; weaving, wobbling, tank slappers; the REAL information.
Section 11. Hyperlink to Anton's website wheel balancing
Section 12. TIRE REPAIRS. TIRE PRESSURES. Studding. Includes a section
on vibration/thrumming, etc. rev. 07/02/2013
55. Maintenance Schedule rev. 09/20/2013
56. Cold Weather Starting rev. 09/23/2012
57. Noise Silencing Pads For The Cylinder Fins rev. 10/13/2012
58. Importing a motorcycle; EPA, DOT & Customs rev. 10/04/2012
59A. TRANSMISSIONS rev. 11/18/2013
59B. Emergency Shifting tools for 5 speed transmissions Rev. 08/28/2012
60. ENGINE INTERNALS:
heads, pistons, rings, cylinders, break-in;
Helicoils; Timeserts; cylinder studs; pulled threads, ETC.
rev. 08/24/2012 You may be interested in reading articles 40;
60-5 and 60-6
Section 2: Flywheel (& also Clutch Carrier) removal/replacement WARNING;
MAIN SEAL & O-ring, oil pump & its cover and seal. Rod bolts.
Re-installation of Flywheel, seal installation photos.
Factory bulletin on new style seals. Front crank bearing carrier.
Grabby clutch, vibration, hard shifting, and idle rpm change with
clutch lever use due to excessive end-play.
Section 2A: Lightened flywheel information rev. 10/09/2012
Section 3: CYLINDERS, all about, plus shims rev. 11/20/2012
Section 4: Pistons (including swapping heads-cylinders-pistons), rings, pins,
clips, keepers, decarboning. rev. 06/13/2013
Section 5: Valves, valve seats; leaded fuels; guides, valve springs, aftermarket
valves, noisy valves, bead-blasting, ETC. rev. 03/01/2013
You may be interested in reading article 40, 60-1, and 60-6
Section 6: Rocker arms, rocker arm shafts and bushes/bearings, valve gear, pushrod tubes, cylinder
heads. Aligning the /5 valve gear. rev. 08/21/2013
You may be interested in reading articles 40, 60-1, and 60-5
Section 7: Camshafts, broken cam tips, cam sprockets, lifters (followers), alternator & cam
seals, crank nose bearing. ZDDP. Sports Cam installations, duration, timing, etc.
BE SURE TO SEE SECTION 60, SUB-SECTION 2, ABOVE.
Section 8: Replacing pushrod tubes and/or pushrod tube seals. Pushrods.
Valve cover studs. rev. 10/02/2012
Section 9: Clutch: arm, flywheel, carrier, bolts, upgrades, throw-out
bearings. Cables, stuck clutch, clutch lever, lever
lever bushing. Preventing broken transmission ears.
Adjustments. Rev. 05/16/2013
I recommend that you also read article #43!
61. Long Distance Touring rev. 10/08/2012 ;
62. Timing Chain; sprockets; guides, wear problems, etc
etc. rev. 10/19/2013
Use this article with the cams article, #60, subsection 7
63. U-joint Phasing Photos, Paralever
Driveshaft models and any driveshaft
with Universal Joints. rev. 10/12/2012
64. empty on purpose
65. TOOLS (very extensive information) rev. 11/29/2013
66. Making a useful hydraulic jack, cheap rev. 10/04/2012
67A. Engine, Frame, and
other ID numbers. How to read
numbers, etc., how to identify YOUR BIKE. rev. 11/19/2013
67B. Model differences over the years. rev. 08/06/2013
68A. Part numbers for hardware and MANY parts. Not necessarily metal parts either!
Sources not in REFERENCES 78B). Pozi & Phillips screws DISCUSSION & INFORMATION;
Locking methods discussion, ETC. rev. 11/26/2013
68B. The ROUNDEL; sizes, part numbers; BMW COMPANY HISTORY
69. Parts Coding
Symbols. How to read the symbols on ETK, fiche,
70. BMW Paint Codes 1970-?
Information on paints, powder coating,
sources, colors, codes, etc. rev. 01/21/2013
Torque Specifications & problems; conversion factors,
wrenches. Calibration checks. rev. 10/15/2012
71B. Torque values for various models of airheads. rev. 09/25/2013
Read AFTER reading 71A
71C. Changing torque wrench range; adjustment correction using extensions
72. Formulas & conversion factors rev. 10/09/2012
73. Chemicals, Oils (but NOT engine, gearbox, final drive),
Additives for oil and gasoline,
Greases, Electrical Contact Treatments, Antiseizes, Loctite, Sealants, Waxes, etc. rev. 04/11/2013
74. Maintaining your leather items rev. 10/08/2012
75. Luggage, Windshields, Locks
& Keys, Instruments, mirrors, etc.
See #44 on how to repair cracked luggage, maintain plastic, etc.
See #73 on products to use.
See REFERENCES "L" for luggage for more information.
76. Miscellaneous: Fork filling; wobbles, weaves & tank
oversize drain plugs & washers; forks; side & centerstands; clothing,
heated clothing. ETC. rev. 05/09/2013
Information on seats interchangeability is in article #12A
See 76B for more on weaves and tank slappers.
76. Those pesky easy to lose WEDGES that fit at the handlebar controls!
How to make one. This is a link to a sketch in .pdf.
The part numbers for these wedges are: 32-72-2-072-233; 32-72-1-232-929;
77. Modifications: Engine, Clutch, Suspension, Braking, transmission, etc....for
performance, reliability, & even racing. rev. 08/29/2013
78A. Useful URL's and sources for BMW motorcyclists; groups, forums, parts, people,
websites, companies, services. Editing E-mail messages. Printing or sending
special characters from your computer. Using foreign computers.
78B. REFERENCES: ADDITIONAL information not in 78A nor 80. Includes more
URL's; e-mail addresses; contacts & descriptions.
Rev. dates are not listed for this article
79. Side-stands; Center-stands. Stock and Aftermarket. rev. 11/17/2013
80. MANUALS AND
LITERATURE; SOURCES, DESCRIPTION, CRITIQUE'S,
ETC. Not just BMW either. rev. 06/08/2013
Also see article 78B.
81. Lousy Fuel mileage; horsepower to attain high speeds; discussion of HP, Torque,
RAM-AIR, & LOTS MORE! rev. 09/02/2013
INSURANCE motorcycles and sidecar
rigs; lots of things you probably did
not think about, or know! ALSO a section on negotiating with the insurance company.
82B. What To Do (and NOT do) right away if you've been in a motorcycle
accident. Advice from a Motorcyclist's Lawyer!
83. Bob's 'sleeper'
R75/5. My radical supercharged R75/5
84. See 7B about control and other cables and problems.
85. Foreign travel: Using foreign computer keyboards: see article 78A
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Oilhead motorcycle section:
1. ABS brakes problems? Here is a link to an article on the R1100 and R1150 on how to reset the ABS:
ALSO See 14a & 14b in the K-bike section, well below.
2. Salvage yards, for oilhead parts, etc: www.beemerboneyard.com
3. See article #30, above, about the ignition Hall effect sensors.
An article dealing with a R1100RT sensor repair, will be found at
How to go about repairing the ignition sensors:
4. R1100RT: LCD Temperature & Fuel Gauge Calibration; Fuel Sender Testing &
Cleaning, troubleshooting rev. 10/13/2012.
5. Links to a website with good stuff for Oilheads, such as on the ABS system;
TDC locating mandrel, ignition timing box, etc. First, the main link:
This next link is to an article on the same website. It is on the diagnosis and
repair of the Oilhead Hall Effect ignition sending unit.
You may want to refer to my own extensive IGNITION article
6. Bleeding/servicing the integrated brakes system....you may want to read these:
7. Link to German website, with LOTS of Airhead (and some R1100 oilhead)
electrical schematic diagrams. Click on the Shaltplan, shown in red on that
page, for your model:
Keep in mind that these are GERMAN schematics, not necessarily for your USA
or other non-German-shipped country bike. Use these schematics in
conjunction with what you find on my website. There is a LOT of information
besides schematics on this German website.
8. Death Rattle: Does your 850, 1100, or 1150 Oilhead, 1994-2004, make an
uncomfortable-to-hear rattle upon startup? Hexheads too!
Article describes the fix, with photos. The rear-view engine cut-away
photo is a REAR-view of an Oilhead motor. The Hexhead tensioners are the
same. Note that the left tensioner assembly is located on top of the cylinder,
"facing" downward, in a position that allows oil to drain out of the tensioner
sleeve during shutdown. The right side tensioner assembly faces upward from
the bottom, and IT remains full of oil during shutdown. This is why the
tensioner that is typically repaired is the left side one.
9. Hyperlink to a forum-type website. Mostly on Oilheads, but some Hexhead,
Camhead, K. http://bmwsporttouring.com
10. Hyperlink to an article on what belts were used, which to use, how to adjust
them, & at what interval replace them, etc.
11. Oilhead HINTS rev. 10/12/2012
12. Replacing an oil level sight glass rev. 10/14/2012
13. Tool to lock flywheel and TDC locator:
14. There is a new-style Teflon oil seal being used on ALL BMW motorcycles.
I expect it will be used at more places for replacement purposes, over the years.
The original Service Information bulletin is on this website:
15. Adding running lamp function to turn signals, etc.
16. Control Cables problems.
Original owner's manuals (booklets) for
K1200; K1300 series;
S1000 series, etc.:
You may have to look for the owners booklets, BMW keeps changing the location on the website. The above is a shortened DISPLAYED HERE link, but is a FULL link. Allow to load up fully. When you see SERVICE at the top, click on it.
Allow to load, then click on the left side for Riders Manuals.
CLASSIC K-bike motorcycle
CLASSIC K-BIKES ARE K MODELS K1, K75, K100, K1100, K1200
NOTE: Snowbum does not work on, nor have hardly much knowledge, about certain bikes, these are the K1300S; K1300R; S1000R; HP4; K1200S; K1200R; S675RR; K1600GT; K1600GTL; and K1300GT. For those, you might be interested in the following website:
http://bmwsuperbikes.com/ that appears to be a duplicate of http://bmw-k.com/
Snowbum is active on the K-BMW LIST:
http://motobrick.com Forum style. Classic K bikes. Active, lots of opinions, watch for awhile to sort out who knows, who guesses, etc. Snowbum isn't on this forum.
http://ibmwr.org The so-called BIG LIST. Has a section on tech. Lots of K bike stuff. Snowbum participates some on the techlist.
http://k11og.org/ The mainpage is seldom changed, that is, hardly ever anything added to it.
BUT, the FORUMS are active.
K1100LT and K1100RS repair manual:
Classic K bikes model history, K1, K75, K100, K1100:
There are some things missing, and some that need embellishment, etc. There were changes in the
rod lengths and pistons, the radiator got more fins, lots of little things also. But, Anton's list is a good one.
1. Starter sprag clutch
problems in classic K bikes rev. 04/21/2013
2. Hints, advice, parts, bulb monitoring unit, etc. rev. 06/15/2013
3. Website with wiring diagrams for the K75 and K100, etc; AND, lots of GOOD
electrical items for sale: http://easternbeaver.com/
Here is another website with a LOT of
colored wiring diagrams for K bikes:
K100 Schematic Diagram, pdf format
4. Brake squealing, any model, and very especially the K75?...see article 53 which
DOES include information for K75, & all classic K bikes, for that matter.
That article also has a lot of information on bleeding the brakes!
5. Salvage yard, for parts, etc.: www.beemerboneyard.com ( 973)-775-3495.
Some other salvage yards are listed in my references article (article 78-B).
You can also try: http://www.kbikeparts.com
6. See article #30 ABOVE, about the ignition Hall effect sensors.
7. U-joint Phasing photos, any U-joint driveshaft system, including Paralever
Driveshaft models rev. 10/12/2012
8. K bike instrument pod; repairing & calibrating speedometer; clock modification
for 12 hour clock indication; Radio codes; ETC. rev. 04/24/2013
9. K bike fork oil requirements rev. 10/07/2012
10. Fitting handguards to a K1100LT (and earliermodels) rev. 10/07/2012
11. Troubleshooting the LE-Jetronic classic K bikes (2 valve K75, 2 valve K100).
Register at: http://k100rt.aforumfree.com/
HUGE amount of technical information, and even a step-by-step article, but
you have to really search the site to find this stuff (especially by VOGEL)
http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/bvogel/K100/download/efi-web page/K100 troubleshooting Starting.pdf
12. Front forks oil changing: See #9, just above. ALSO see
article Section 54, sub- section 10B. Also see 10A for fork alignment.
13. Changing Coolant on a Classic K bike, discussion about coolants, all the fun
details (and more!). Heat insulation under the tank, etc. rev. 04/07/2013
14A. If you need to have an ABS1 computer brain repaired:
Try here first>>> > http://bmwk10075abs1fix.web.fc2.com/
will get you the main page, lots of technical information there!
See above links, then Contact Tosi at: K100ABS@gmail.com
Highly recommended by several people.
Here is a place in the Netherlands that does all sorts of modules/computer brains, etc.:
Re-manufacturing; 300 Myles Standish Blvd.; Tauntonk MA
(866) 573-2740; (508)-822-4490 http://www.bba-reman.com
I have TWO reports that do NOT recommend these folks, and none
that DO recommend.
14B. If you are having ABS
codes problems, before you jump to conclusions,
remove both ABS relays, clean contacts and clean the relay connection
spades too, and add contact cleaner to them. This is also good advice
for the ABS main computer plug connections. Here are a couple of
articles to look at:
http://ibmwr.org/ktech.shtml Scan down for the ABS articles
15. See Oilhead section, above, item #5, on the Hall devices. That article has
information applicable to the K bikes.
See my ignition.htm article too.
16. Adjusting the steering head bearings on a K75, K100, K1100:
17. Brake light switch problems....see article well above, #37B. If you have a
1985 K bike, and a stiff throttle, also read that article 37B...yes, a brakes
switch article! Info is well down the article.
18. Hyperlink to a forum-type website. Mostly on Oilheads, but some Hexhead,
Camhead, K. http://bmwsporttouring.com
19. Locks, gas caps, KEYS, etc.......I have an article, #75, above, that covers all
of this in some depth.
20. See Airhead section article #30 regarding the ignition circuitry, lots of useful
information on the Hall element, etc. The following article, while for a R1100RT
oilhead, is useful for K bike owners; it is illustrated & is about replacing the
Hall sensors for a R1100RT sensor repair, & is SIMILAR for a K bike:
21. Doing a rear main seal job is involved. Here is a video of the procedure to R/R
the main seal on a Classic K bike. Useful for anyone wanting to know
what/how in taking apart the bike....even if not doing a rear main seal job.
In GERMAN for sound. The mechanical support for the bike is flimsy in MY
opinion. They found one of the headers broken....in case you wonder about
the exhaust pipe being 'shown'.
22. Information for Classic K bikes, NOT just the K100.
Many Service Bulletins here too:
23. A lot of K bike information. Has all the wiring diagrams for has a lot of
information. In German, but very useful! Covers all the Classic K bikes (K1,
K75, K100, K1100, K1200), & lots more. Wiring diagrams are under Shaltpläne.
24. How to replace an oil level sight
glass rev. 10/14/2012
25. Service Information Bulletin SI-2630R: failure to use all fuel in the fuel tank,
whining noise from the fuel pump. This is a link to a PDF file on this website.
The sketches are not very clear, so look at them with a critical eye!
If you can furnish a really nice clear copy of that bulletin, let me know.
26. Engine oil, & lubrication in GREAT DEPTH: see article 51-C, ABOVE
27. Worn rear drive splines? Bad U-joint? Upgrade?
see: http://www.brunos.us/Bevel drives.htm
Doing a K75 rear drive input spline and driveshaft and swing arm lubrication?
This is a link to a how-to video, it's in German, but you will understand it. Note
that normally one does not pull the swing arm, in this video I suspect it was done
to replace the boot, and check the swing arm bearings.
28. New style seal used on K bikes at the alternator drive:
29. Link to a 6 part video series on how to disassemble and reassemble a
Classic K-bike, to do an input spline service. Includes a lot of service
and commentary on things the servicer found on this bike along the way.
Lots of good hints. Very complete, including the swearing.
30. Control cables problems
31. Re-keying locks, especially fuel tank lock; problems with the cap; and other
32. FUEL CAP on K bikes (and other bikes too). This is a
video. It covers R/R cap
internals. No information on keying locks.
NOTE: The "kit" in the video, 16-11-9-062-461R was sourced from Bob's
BMW. The "R" means Bob's is selling a repair kit. Be sure to get gasket
Adding running lamp function to turn signals, etc.
NOTE!....Some of my Airhead articles are informative to K bike owners. Examples are the References article (78B), which has information on driveshaft rebuilding and resources for many things; articles on the ignition, brakes, front forks, ETC. Many other examples of useful articles in the Airheads sections. Scattered in this long list of Technical Articles you are reading are stated references to Airheads articles that also apply to Classic K bikes, but I have probably missed a few. I suggest you look at the entire list of articles, and see what might apply to your Classic K bike.
I have a page that has some motorcycle (yes, some K bike stuff too) and personal stuff for sale (or TRADE!): click here
previously Al Olme's sidecar rig. I had it shipped to me from
Minnesota by HaulBikes (also known as Daily Direct); whose service is very good (highly recommended by me, and many others, including dealers). I removed the Police-type saddle, and Authorities radio trunk prior to Penny and my 2008 trip across the USA, installing the stock seat
and trunk. The Police/Authorities items have been sold.
I have City-cases, as well as Tour-bags and use whichever is
appropriate. I often use the rig with the Tour-bag on left, City-case on
right, makes for easier access; unless on a very long tour where I need
every cubic inch of space (when Penny is along!!). Specifications
below are as I have modified the rig for my own purposes; and are in
brief, as there is lots more I have done.
The SKUNK flag stands for Sidecars Up Nort Klub;
Up Nort stands for anyplace Up North of someplace.
is active (and a moderator) on the SCT sidecar LIST:
1A. The good
points, the bad points, literature and information: an overview of sidecaring
1B. List of Sidecar groups on the Internet rev: 10/14/2012
1C. Hyperlink for the Evergreen Council group training schedule for Basic &
1D. Hyperlink to a website that has a lot of photos, videos, links, etc., about
sidecar traveling, much is out of the USA, some videos, etc., are in English,
but the whole site is fun to look through, and you could use Google translate:
1E. German website, lots of interesting things....if you do not read German, put
the URL into Google Translations.
***NOTE! If you use Google CHROME browser, it automatically translates in some
instances (where you have set it up that way).
2. Sidecar Technical stuff. Links for manuals, mechanicals, photos, licensing.
Photos & modifications, subframes, mounts, EXTENSIVE info on alignment
considerations; specific details/photos of R100RT-Ural rig mounts, etc.
resources: INCLUDING setting up sidecars, how to
resources for handicapped sidecar & trikes, LOTS MORE includes
Speedometer re-calibrator, etc. rev: 10/14/2012
4. BMW frames;
subframes; installing subframes rev: 09/17/2012
Be sure to see #2 just above, for photos and technical details!!!
5. Sidecar stories rev: 09/18/2012
6. Flying the chair; steering reversion; countersteering rev: 10/14/2012
Sidecar Tech, including FUEL TANKS, brakes, TIRES, etc.
8. EML sidecars: old brochure, plus LOTS of
technical information on
suspension & brakes overhaul; lamps, GT2; & other EML models, tires, etc.
SOME EZS information too. Allow time to load! rev. 08/19/2013
9. EML sidecar tops; photos; description of various types of tops; AND my own
custom top rev. 09/27/2012
Also see #8, just above
10. The FLEXIT leaner sidecar; history, photos, etc. Useful for ANY leaner.
11. EZS_steering_dampener; including overhaul. Useful information for EML
owners too. rev: 05-15-2013
NOTE: See article 54-8A, above, for a general article on steering dampeners
and shock absorber units
12. My first "street" sidecar, a R100RT-Ural sidecar rig, was sold April 2006. Information & photos on that
rig, including the subframes and a lot of other technical items. rev. 10/13/2012
13. Tire article deleted on purpose (moved into article 7 just above)
14. If you are adding lamps, or changing lamps on a K-bike, etc. CLICK
MORE on Adding running lamp function to turn signals, etc.
15. Lousy fuel mileage: see article 81
My K1100LT has handguards. See K bike section article 10 or click this line
NOTE: see article 82, well above; about insurance!
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