What did you do to your bike today?

Discussion in 'Technical & Maintenance' started by fortech, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    Got the Touratech toolbox installed...
    Jammed full of tools... Lol... Frees up a bit of space in panniers. Although it takes up space where I put the tent poles. Have to figure that out later.

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  2. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I pulled the oil line and discovered I'd accidentally added a 2nd washer to the bolt, so I went back to one and fired it up. Ran it up to temp and no sign of oil leaking, YAY. but then I ran up to Old Perlican to get gas and damned if it wasn't leaking again. Fuck!
     
  3. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Banjo fitting? If so they require two washers. Pic?
     
  4. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    really? 2 washers on all banjo fittings?
     
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  5. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

  6. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Right, I get one on either side but interestingly mine look look different depending on which fitting. I think I'll go back and try a second one on the inside.

    this one looks like it doesn't have any
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    this one looks like it has 3
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  7. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    The first one looks like it is missing something, for sure. The second one looks "right" since there are actually two banjo bolts together.
    My bike doesn't have banjo bolts for engine oil - just for brake/clutch hydraulics.

    Try the cleanup trick using varsol/degreaser/carb cleaner etc. Run it for a short time and dust with talcum powder. Should reveal if these things are leaking.
     
  8. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    First pic looks like it is missing a washer for sure. I'd recommend two new copper washers.
     
  9. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    These connections are all good, the problem one is a little harder to get at, I won't be able to get talcum powder in there. I now have washers both sides so I'll try it out. I have to wait as I'm trying to source a nut for one of my engine mounting bolts that I hope to remedy tomorrow.

    Yeah Wayne, where do you think I'm going to find "new" copper washers?:p
     
  10. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Put the battery in the GS yesterday, fired 'er up and did a couple loops around the storage unit yard. Needs insurance now. Never felt so un-excited about riding. Crap!:(
     
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  11. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Mike, moved my reply about your starting issues from the 'Weather' thread to here:

    We used to rebuild starting motors on our lunch breaks as "thankee jobs" back in the day. Skim the comm, replace the brushes, machine the shaft and replace the bearings. One weird issue we'd see now and then was a linear crack in the fiber bendix... would allow cold starts but not hot ones. Dunno if that applies to you.

    I had a similar issue on my K13GT and it was a switch gear issue. If you've ruled out switch gear issues I'd pull the starter before boosting, bumping or anything else to avoid more damage. Here's a MOA link to similar but hopefully more severe issues than you have: https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread.php?90192-83-R65-Starter-Troubleshooting-Advice

    And here's a vid of the R65 starter removal:

    Here's a bit more detail on how the bendix works:


    Good luck.
     
  12. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Bob, that linear crack issue sounds like what was happening, after the last non start now it does nothing.
     
  13. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Not to propose an internet fix or anything but if it was me I'd have to pull the starter and have a look at it because that's one way to minimize damage and because that would be easier for me to do than figure out the switchgear electrics.
    You should be able to do a quick bench test and visual on it to see how the gear looks and if it will engage before you take it in to be tested.
    If you're not happy with the starter I think there's at least one Japanese new and improved version for the airheads. I'd weigh the cost of that against getting the inferior original one rebuilt unless that would detract from the value of the bike. Plus you should be able to trade the original one in on a new or reconditioned starter. Hope you let us know how you're making out.
     
  14. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Hot start issues are very frequently the fault of the starter. The best way to check is to use a clamp-on DC ammeter and check the current draw when starting. A bad starter motor may draw a 100 amps or more. Sometimes windings but more often gummed up commutator and brushes.
     
  15. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    Installed and balanced 2 tires, chain and sprockets on neighbors 650Strom... PITA.
     
  16. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Who knows when I'll have time to try that level of research.
     
  17. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    Finally put my Proton 500 led signal lights on the MT-09. No pictures.
    The XT250 got a Flatlands skidplate and a KTM 690 windscreen.
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  18. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Went out for a ride on the R65 last week. I stopped at a friend's n Baie de Verde and when I went to leave no start and then it wouldn't even bump start. Now when you hit the starter nothing so can't even check for spark. But if it wouldn't bump start me thinks it's not getting spark regardless. I'm not sure where to start.
     
  19. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Ignition switch or kill switch?
     
  20. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    It never occurred to me to look but if I'd accidentally bumped the kill switch that would do it. Thanks for that reminder, I have done that to myself once before on this bike.
     

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