The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
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a question for the high mileage guys and gals
how many miles has your original valves done?
are they good for 100,000 miles if the cylinder compression is good ?
do the later >81on 8mm dia stem valves drop the heads like the earlier bikes?
My 1983 R80ST has the same motor as the G/S. My son has a 1983 G/S. Both of us had worn out valves at around 75K miles. Mine got very bad and would not hold a setting for 2K miles and would go dead tight on exhaust. The bike would refuse to idle until I reset them. The cure was new OEM valves and seats done by a professional. All the R80 motors of that vintage are notorious for valve recession. If you go to the Airheads web site there are several tech articles on the subject. Be warned to replace both the valves and seats together and the best advice is to stay out of the aftermarket for parts. Exspect to spend around $500USD to have the work done. Sorry, but the bike is worth it if you have problems. Bill
thanks Grant and Bill for your replies,
my G/S is an '86 ,like Grant's ,with the hard lead free valve seats so in "theory "i would not expect it to have valve /seat problems at ~65000 miles
compression is good @130lbs/",engine is nice and quiet,but my exhaust tappet valve clearance had tightened up from .008"to .005"
do the post '81 bm's drop valves -wreck engines like the early models?
do the valves stems stretch ?
i guess it's heads off for a properlook?:-(
Hi, the problem with the early BM valves is that they are welded and after a while the heads drop off.I had this happen on a 1981 R100RT at about 76,000 miles, though by it's condition that could well have been 176,000. Not heard of a problem with the later bikes, post 86 with lead free seats but valves don't cost much and if I had a high miler and was off somewhere remote I'd change them any way.
what did we find?
the exhaust valves very worn and the seats worn and lipped,
new valves/guides seats recut....the heads may not drop of the valves now, but thanks
too unleaded petrol new valves are still a service requirement .!!!
I just had an exhaust valve "burn out" on a 60,000 mile '93 R100GS-PD. Before then it was running a bit rough, and had started using more petrol (below 40mpg). The valve had an interesting green plastic like deposit on the underside.
The valve was replaced and the seat reground by a BMW dealer. They also suggested that i use a petrol additive designed for leaded heads, as they suspect that the 2-valve unleaded models may still have problems. It's now running very well, starting without choke, idling correctly, and using less petrol (46mpg).
I am cosidering getting the remaining valves overhauled soon.
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