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http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/references.htm; which has a LOT of information! Topics are in alphabetical order. It has a long list of where to go for specific things & services, that are not shown in the below article. I have NO financial or other interest in ANY company, product, or person I recommend!
For MANUALS, a specific article, #80, http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/manuals.htm should be looked-at.
http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/references.htm; which has a LOT of information! Topics are in alphabetical order. It has a long list of where to go for specific things & services, that are not shown in the below article.
I have NO financial or other interest in ANY company, product, or person I recommend!
Sub-section, BMW Parts:Antique BMW's: Anything before 1970 models are regarded as in this category, by me. Parts sources are varied. All sorts of companies around the world may have new or reproduction or used parts that you might otherwise might find them difficult to find. A little known source for parts (and, $$ restoration services!) is BMW themselves. Previously called Mobile Tradition, the new name is BMW Group Classic. For these really old BMW's, particularly before 1970, there are internet clubs or model specific websites to e-mail owners back and forth to gain information on items, sources, etc.
It is OFTEN to your great advantage to speak to someone in ANY parts department of a BMW dealership, or, other source, particularly an independent servicer, that KNOWS your bike! Many a time these folks will steer you in the correct direction. Just ordering from someone via a part number YOU provide (or they provide, if a not-knowledgeable person, many of those in BMW dealerships!), might get you into trouble.
Below are Internet sites that, somewhat differently, have part numbers, or allow you to look up part numbers from sketches; also these have prices, etc. Each of these websites does things differently ...so if you need some sort of tech information on a part, you might want to try them all.
Sometimes we do need to enter known part numbers, not just search for the proper part number. When entering part numbers into most sites do NOT use hyphens nor spaces between the numbers.Here are the websites I use now and then for finding part numbers or for entering part numbers:
http://www.realoem.com/bmw I use this site quite rarely. BUT; this website works nicely by model, year, and you can go back as far as 1948 if you use the Archive feature.
Every one of the above websites uses some form of the BMW parts catalog with useful sketches (often referred-to as the ETK catalog), but they are NOT AT ALL THE SAME, nor do they all work the same. I suggest you try each of the four above & give a hard look-see at the illustrated parts listings, & then decide which one of them you like the best. You MAY have to use more than one, or all of them, for some part to get the full information on that part. The maxbmwmotorcycle site, http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fiche/fiche.asp, is the one I find the most easy to use AND the most useful. Most of the time it displays various notes with the part number charts, telling you things you need to know about DATES for changes, etc. It is easy to find parts from images, part number, description, etc.
All will sell you parts, of course. Keep in mind that there are Independent BMW repair places, such as Beemershop and RubberChickenRacingGarage, that have super-knowledgeable folks, who can properly guide you, and save you a LOT of time ...and save you a LOT OF MONEY over the long run, if not immediately.
Motobins of England; and some of the German sites, may be useful at times. Many times Motorbins is cheaper, even after freight is considered. If you want GENUINE BMW parts, be sure to inquire about THAT. Do NOT forget your local dealer, who may well offer a discount if you are a good customer & you ask! If that local dealership has a knowledgeable parts person, you are doubly benefit. Keep in mind that any local dealership, or independent service that you develop a relationship with (particularly on a first-name basis) is likely going to be the place you will get the best service from, for parts, and sometimes solid good advice on parts, fitment, problems, etc. In general, the independents, such as Tom Cutter, Ted Porter, Bob Clement, Anton Largiader, etc., will have the BEST information, and know things the dealership parts folks may well have NO idea about. These Independent servicing folks can give advice the dealership parts person may OFTEN have NO knowledge-of. That can be very valuable.http://www.powerboxer.de This site contains all sorts of information on BMW bikes, including Airheads. It is in German, but you can click and use the translator. HUGE amount of information.
Sub-section: BMW SERVICE (and possibly many parts too)
Technical information, service, how-to's, etc.
On the West coast, in California, is Ted Porter's Beemershop. Very knowledgeable about parts & service. www.beemershop.com ALL BMW bikes, old to latest. Website may now have some repairs articles. Large inventory of parts. Excellent top end work, transmission overhauls, etc.
East Coast area: Tom Cutter's Rubber Chicken Racing Garage. Meticulous workmanship on BMW motorcycles. Airheads, Oilheads, ETC. Some tech info on website. http://rubberchickenracinggarage.com/East Coast area: Anton Largiader: http://Largiader.com Another knowledgeable source, and his website is loaded with tech info. Also use the following, which produces a list of articles that you might not find so easily from the above primary URL: http://www.largiader.com/tech/ dba: http://vamotorrad.com/
East Coast area: Bud Provin: http://thenickwackettgarage.com/bmw/ Another knowledgeable source with a LONG background on our Airheads.Bob Clement in Montana. BMW Montana; Bob's Motorwerks. email@example.com 132 Blanchard Butte Rd., Roberts, MT. phone: 1-406-445-2044. Factory certified servicing 1955-1995 Airhead BMWs. Worked on & owned BMWs since 1962.
Murphs BMW www.murphsbmw.com (541) 689-9954, in Eugene, Oregon. Another old-timer. firstname.lastname@example.org
The PRIMARY question-answer source for AIRHEADS technical information, is the Airheads Beemer Club mailing LIST, also known by some as the Airlist. Information on subscribing is at the top of my technical articles list page: http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/technical-articles-list.htm . I say PRIMARY, because while my website is intended as a major reference source, the LIST covers anything & everything Airhead, & you can usually get a reply rather quickly. Once a LIST member (it is free to join the LIST), you have access to the list archives. A MAJOR reason to join that LIST is the LARGE number of Airhead owners on it; and the various Guru's who will reply. Many of the non-guru's are also knowledgeable! For those who are already Members, here is the archives address: http://micapeak.com/archives/airheads/login.php
Some of the LIST 'guru's' tend to discourage direct inquiries (I do! as they would benefit only one person), but at least one does not: Oak Okleshen: AskOak@aol.com. Oak writes a new technical article nearly every month for the Airheads Beemer Club magazine called AIRMAIL. See http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/joinclub.htm for information on joining the Club. Oak has an index of past articles available. He also used to do SUPERB repair work! I worked as a BMW wrench and also for a BMW dealership as the Head of the Shop. Later, Oak became MY personal mentor/guru/advisor. While he supposedly quit working on Airheads for other folks in 2016, he MIGHT still be doing a bit ...so ....if you contact him to do repair work for you, be sure to ask how realistically long the job will take; Oak is doing less and less ....(we all get old and have ailments).
The primary source for technical help for Classic K bikes, is the KBMW list on Yahoo Groups.
I have additional listings under S, for Service, in my REFERENCES article.
Sub-section: BMW Electrics ....and other parts in a few instances:
A source for all sorts of parts including electrical items for all BMW motorcycles & some Guzzi & even Laverda (and possibly some Ducati) ....is http://www.Euromotoelectrics.com. They are at 18195 Augusta Drive, in Monument, Colorado. (719) 487-9397. They stock electric's items, including ignition items, starters, alternators, parts to repair these.... ETC. They also stock fuel filters and much more. They also repair some items; ...and, also sell the EnDuraLast Alternator (it is THEIR product); and, many items that are NOT available from BMW, such as internal diodes & regulators for the oilhead and K bike alternators, ETC. Compare their prices with BMW dealership prices on BMW-sold parts. They carry Bosch repair parts, Valeo repair parts, and new Valeo starters (both 8 and 9 tooth, with the updated magnet structures); and provide prompt shipping.For genuine Jeff Lee products (dba Emerald Island), such as the ignitions, alternators, etc; see, ONLY these two sources: Ted Porter's http://beemershop.com and Rick Jones' http://motoelekt.com. Rick sells an Airhead electrics and charging manual that is very worthwhile. You may have head of these Jeff Lee items under the name Omega alternators and Alpha ignitions, and there are other things, such as LED tailight conversions, etc. These are the genuine items, not cheaper imperfectly-fitting and not as reliable products made in 'China'.
There are other sources for some types of electrics, such as Thunderchild, http://www.thunderchild-design.com.Jim Davis, owner, Eastern Beaver Company; http://easternbeaver.com/ Motorcycle Relay Kits, Modulator Kits, Powerlet, Centech, Posi-Lock, and other parts. A knowledgeable guy, with a somewhat different viewpoint at times. Quality products, some of which are VERY handy.
Here is the URL for the Chicago Region BMW Club, the source for their various repair manuals. http://www.crbmw.com
The tuneup manual; 10K manual, tire manual, etc., are still available. The Electrics manual, now priced at $30 (?), is simply THE best electrics manual for airheads, and Oak was primarily responsible for that manual. HIGHLY recommended. This is THE Airhead electrics manual to own. It covers almost EVERYTHING. That website also has some information on the background of that Club, and the background on Oak, etc., and those various manuals. There is a CRITIQUE of the Electrics School manual on MY site: http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/chitechelmn.htm If you own one of these manuals, I suggest you use that critique, to update your manual.
Further information is located here: http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/manuals.htm
Sub-section: A few more references.
https://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/KRADRIDER/info The military bikes.http://www.bmbikes.co.uk/ This is Phil Hawksley's website.....lots of good information here.
http://brook.reams.me/ A lot of information, particularly photos & text on rebuilding and restorations of Airhead bikes.https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/kbmw/info Classic K bike group. I participate on that LIST. http://motobrick.com Forum style. K bikes. Active, lots of opinions, watch for a while to sort out who knows, who guesses, etc.
http://www.beemergarage.com/bulletin.html Has factory bulletins for the pre-/5 bikes. http://www.beemergarage.com/literature.html This URL for them has a LOT of literature, all sorts of things, definitely worth a long look-see. This one is NOT just for the pre-/5. This one may not be linked from the main site, so be sure to try it, and scan down to be sure it is the much longer list of things.
http://bmwvmca.org/ Vintage BMW group. BMW Veteran Motorcycle Club of America.
http://vintagebmw.org/v7/ Vintage BMW club. Sometimes you must drop the /v7/ to get to the site. Covers all years of BMW bikes from the first bikes to the last bikes. Has a forum, and a fair amount of 'stuff'. Some VERY knowledgeable folks here, and they have a magazine, etc...well done too! If you are into the pre-airhead bikes, you need this. There is also a place to enter your bike's serial numbers and get basic information on what BMW delivered for that number.
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/slash2/info Vintage BMW bikes ...not just /2.
Duane Ausherman's website has a lot of technical articles covering much of the /2 era, as well as the /5 and /6.... and some is applicable to late Airhead models. He has a somewhat unique way of presenting information: http://w6rec.com This is also the home to Randy Glass' major and SUPERB illustrated article on /5 (and later) front fork alignment.
Sub-section: Miscl sources:
http://www.advrider.com/ Adventure Riders site. This is an all-brand site, but has a LARGE amount of information and traffic for BMW GS bikes and a LOT is applicable to all Airheads. Be careful who you pay attention to.
Bayrische Magnetzünder http://www.magnetos.de German website, magnetos parts and service
Bob's BMW http://www.bobsbmw.com A good sourceBlue Moon BMW. Online catalog, exploded parts diagrams. Bikes, parts, tech. http://www.bluemooncycle.com
Boxerworks http://www.boxerworks.comTOOLS: FOR SURE see my ENTIRE article! http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/tools.htm
FOR SURE see my References article, look under T for Tools.Darryl Richman. Reach him through his website http://darryl.crafty-fox.com Lots of knowledge and can probably direct you to where you need to go for things for pre-Airhead bikes.
Alex Gaenssle. Machine shop and other work. In Germany. English spoken. His old website address does NOT work.John's Beemer Garage. Catalogs, drawings. http://www.beemergarage.com http://www.beemergarage.com/bulletin.html Has factory bulletins for the pre-/5 bikes.
Mark Hugget GmbH; in Switzerland. Restoration forum, on-line shop, lots of parts.
http://www.bmwbike.com see just below:
http://www.bmwbike.com/ The Mark Huggett BMW Mobile Tradition site ...a source and reference for, especially, OLD BMW parts, restorations, work, etc. Mobile Tradition was BMW's own outlet for information, parts, and restorations, etc., for older BMW products. BMW has been changing the website address for such as their Mobile Tradition Teilekatalog, and you may have to do a search, or contact your dealership, to find out the correct web address, and, note that anything before 1970 models are regarded as in this category, by ME. >>>Previously called Mobile Tradition, the new name is BMW Group Classic.
Old Timers Garage. New made parts. Poland. http://www.oldtimergarage.szn.pl
http://snafu.org/restore/ R69S restoration pages.Hans Radstaack email@example.com. Dutch specialist, speaks English. For early magnetos.
One of the many Yahoo Groups; this one is relatively quiet. They say it is for pre-1981 bikes. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/vintagebmwmotorcycles/info
http://www.motorrad-stemler.de check it out for /2 parts sketches/etc.meyer-bikes.com In Germany
Bench Mark Works, Craig Vechorik ("VETCH"): http://www.benchmarkworks.com An excellent source for information, parts, and technical help, etc. Two divisions, primary one in Mississippi, & one in Canada. Snowbum disagrees only with his remarks on not using GL5 oil on Airheads and later. Vetch stocks parts for the old BMW's ....and quite a few for the later bikes, including manuals and other literature. Well worth your time to browse this site. A must if you have a pre-airhead (before 1970 models).
****I seldom discuss /2 & /3 bikes. I do not "follow" Vech's site, nor the sites for the older bikes. My huge notebook on the /2 & /3 era bikes was somehow "lost" ~1975. These old bikes have a specialized following, some of who are much more knowledgeable than I am ...as my memory has faded on them over the years as I got further & further away from working on them. There are some sources for information, such as /2 LIST on the internet & in a very few books. One of the books that is a must to own is the Barrington Motor Works BMW /2 Restoration and Service Manual. This is a well done book, reviewed by many 'experts' in the field before it was published. The book is roughly $100, and worth it. contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-664-2673. I do have a few articles, such as on cleaning slingers, etc., on my site you are reading.
Subsection: other websites.
http://www.safercar.gov/vinlookup This is a U.S. Government website that allows you to enter the 17 character VIN of any car, truck & MOTORCYCLE, to find out if there are any open recalls on that particular vehicle.
http://www.bmw-z1.com/VIN/VINdecode-e.cgi For serial numbers and general production dates, there are several sites for this sort of thing. Here is another one, this one is a listing of chassis number ranges versus model, etc: http://www.ibmwr.org/otech/chassis.html
There is a vin decoder of a different sort on my site: See http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/IDnumbrs.htm Lots of information, including HOW TO READ VIN NUMBERS.
http://www.dynaonline.com/english/instruct/index.htm Instruction sheets for Dyna ignition conversions, etc.
http://www.bmwmoa.org BMW Motorcycle Owners of America website. Click on Country Store to get back issues. Lots of stuff on this website ....but you need to be a Member to fully use the Forums.
Mike Hamende has sold Airhead Salvage and Sales, that was near Austin Texas. The company is now called Martindale Motorcycle Works. 632 NW River Road, Martindale, Texas ...it is still in business; ....Airhead, Oilhead, and K salvaged parts. The new owner is Mike Orloff. The phone number is (512) 357-2842. http://martindalemotorcycleworks.com/index.html
See http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/references.htm for more salvage places (under P for parts), MORE sources for parts and sources for most everything else.
Koni no longer makes shocks under that name for our Airheads. The Koni name and tooling was sold, and the new company DOES have products, including repair parts: http://www.ikonsuspension.com/ You can also probably get the Ikon AND Koni parts you need (or, even overhauls) from Dave Gardner; email@example.com He is located in San Francisco.
Wilbers is a good aftermarket shock, available from sources that are Members of the Airheads Mailing List/
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SCT/info Sidecars, SideCarTalk is the group name, sometimes referred to as SCT2. This is THE group for sidecar technical help.
NOTE .....there is a sidecar section on my website, MANY articles ...but ....here is a link to just one article, it has some sidecar specific URL's: http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/sidecarURL.htm
Lots of references are on the Airheads Club website:
That website has technical articles written by me ....and many others. Click on AirLore, and then Technical Tips.
Here is a source for electrical sockets, plugs, cables, kits, far beyond what is in most autoparts stores or your BMW dealership. High quality stuff here. Powerlet Products. You can do a Google on that, or try Whitehorse Press, they have a catalog that includes Powerlet Products. Powerlet's website is the more comprehensive. Here is information on a solid source, repeated from earlier; Jim Davis, Owner, Eastern Beaver Company: http://easternbeaver.com/. Motorcycle Relay Kits, Modulator Kits, Powerlet, Centech, Posi-Lock, Parts. A knowledgeable guy, with a somewhat different viewpoint at times. Quality products, some of which are VERY handy.
03/12/2006: Incorporated all previous revisions; updated URL's for parts & price sources, re-arrange order of things for clarity.
05/22/2006: Add http://vintagebmw.org.
07/19/2006: Update URL's, and information on a few companies.
08/01/2006: Add R45/R65 URL; and r-arrange the entire page.
01/13/2007: Update salvage yards.
02/16/2007: Re-arrange for electrics stuff in one area; add latest contact info for Chitech; P.A.S. note.
06/01/2007: Minor editing.
06/02/2007: More ASCII information; add Jim Davis' Eastern Beaver.
08/06/2007: Update Anton's website URL information.
12/14/2007: Added more info on beemergarage.
01/01/2008: Fix Chicago BMW Club address.
01/03/2008: Add hyperlink for German words.
01/06/2008: Move driveshaft information to References page.
01/07/2008: Fix moa.org country store hyperlink problem.
01/07/2008: Fix crbmw.org website url; remove "For the R80GS and R100GS, only, take a look at: wendell/gs/node1.html The link and top domain is dead.
01/18/2008: Remove F, OT, Z, S information to article 39.
01/19/2008: Update Cycleworks (tools).
07/10/2009: Minor updates, re: Barrington
08/31/2009: Update on Chicago's manuals. Check buchanan's site...still has wrong notations.
10/31/2009: Lots of updating of URLs, information, etc.
12/31/2009: Update entire article, add lots more to ASCII too.
01/01/2010: Add Mobile Tradition information, inadvertently left out during a prior update.
03/16/2010: Clean up the article, still messy, but I eliminated MANY duplications, huge font changes, etc.
03/27/2010: Updated Airhead Salvage information.
04/20/2010: Remove and modify some hyperlinks.
08/22/2010: Update Vech's URL.
09/21/2010: Clean up article a bit.
11/25/2010: Clean up & clarify my listing of websites for ETK type information; add some commentary.
01/15/2011: Remove references, thunderchild & buchanan pages...I have the information in trbleshootalt.htm
04/13/2011: Add editing information.
06/04/2011: Add bmwr65.org link.
08/19/2011: Add Meyer bikes link
10/21/2011: Remove Chicago BMW, as was going out of business.
05/15/2012: Edit for clarity.
05/24/2012: Add bmwscotter.org/.
10/15/2012: Add QR code, add language button, update Google Ad-Sense code.
10/25/2012: Update Google Ad-Sense code properly, as was NOT done on 10/15/2012. Clarify many details in Editing section, expand it. Fix a LOT of underlining that were not links.
11/10/2012: Clean up for new size; add MAC information. Re-arrange order of sections; make formal sections.
12/17/2012: Add link to powerboxer.de.
04/05/2013: Update the article for more clarity on editing and special symbols too.
05/24/2013: Add advrider.com/.
08/14/2013: Add new site for The Chain Gang (F650 and G650 singles).
10/20/2013: Add note: NOTE: The bmwscotter website appears down for non-payment of ISP fees.
01/03/2014: Revise article rather completely; additionally, add section on lane splitting.
10/03/2014: Revise. Move lane splitting to its own article. Clean up rest, for smaller screens too. add http://vintagebmw.org/v7/
12/08/2014: Revise entire article. Further updating later in December.
03/05/2015: More revisions, all were made for increased clarity.
03/19/2015: Minor change to above URL of 10/03/2014, so will always come up with correct URL. Another update 07/19/2015.
08/21/2015: Remove two dead links.
11/17/2015: Update much of the entire article, but not much on the last 30%.
04/26/2016: Update metacodes, layout, redundancies, etc.
05/08/2016: Add http://bmwvmca.org.
05/16/2016: Split off entire long part about E-mail, text editing, special keyboard characters, foreign computers ...move to new article 78C.
08/23/2016: Eliminate two URL's, one NG, other has disappeared permanently.
11/12/2016: Add Brook Reams site.
01/08/2017 : Update scripts, metas, fonts, check & update many links. Rework layout in some places. A line by line complete go-through.
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