Bike Tech

Miscellaneous technical stuff. If you have anything of interest to travellers, just send it in and we'll publish it here as a useful guide to all. I'd like to expand this section but I have little time, so your articles are much appreciated!

Thanks, Grant

Tech Index

Language: Common Phrases for the road

Motorcycle and Vehicle Technical Terms Glossary

Motorcycle and Vehicle Tech Terms Translation


Oilhead Tech


R bike Charging System Maintenance

Engine specs 1970-85

Driveshaft flange

Truing and rebuilding Tubeless GS wheels

BMW Airhead (R) gearbox rebuild how-to

BMW Airhead (R) gearbox tools and output shaft circlip mod specs

BMW R100GS ignition switch removal

BMW GS 20th Anniversary Rally - pics of trick travelling Beemers

All bikes:

Prepping your bike, and preventive maintenance on the road new!

Tools for the Road - Mini Compressor - make your own!

Chain adjustment, tips and tricks to make it easy

Panniers - Build your own

Why a new Rear Shock?

Carb jetting for altitude

Links to off-site technical tidbits (from our links page)


Cymarc Parts British engineering at its best.

Main stand security modification and a TFT security brace. Brilliant to be able to talk to the engineers that make the parts. Excellent advice given in a very friendly manner, obvious subject matter knowledge/expertise and genuine craftsmanship. The end product is immaculate, 100% fit for purpose and in every way looks like it’s OEM. Great comms, very good value for money and speedily delivered. All in all, a total pleasure to deal with


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