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Ian Soady¹ said :-
Really sorry to hear that Glyn, getting old is awful. Some say it's better than the alternative but on occasion I hae ma doots.... Best of luck and hope things improve.

I too have been suffering somewhat having contracted shingles at the beginning of December which has now been followed by neuralgia (phantom pain emmanating from damaged nerves) meaning that any more than 10 minutes in the garage leaves me flat hout for a couple of hours. So no real progress on the Tri-Greeves apart from little things like fitting lights & indicators. Still not been able to ride it (or anything else).

There is apparently a vaccine which should have been offered to me as I'm over 70 but I think Covid got in the way of that. I recommend that anyone eligible should take it up however - shingles is a particularly nasty thing.

26/01/2024 10:33:26 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
That's pretty shitty Glyn. Pain is a real......erm......pain.
But you already knew that.
The K1100 is looking just fine and dandy. For a German bike, obviously.
Take care fella, hopefully a early warm spring may come your way.

26/01/2024 11:04:36 UTC
nab301 said :-
Glyn and Ian , sorry to hear you're both unwell, osteoarthritis literally is a real pain. As for shingles , it seems to be really prevalent this year , a younger friend of mine in his fifties had a lot of non specific symptoms for weeks before developing the telltale rash and getting a diagnosis. Strangely , in Southern Ireland the vaccine is only available privately (approx €450euro )

26/01/2024 13:44:44 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Ian, sorry you're unable to spend much time with the bikes, pffffffftttttt. Here's wishing you a better spring. As an aside for others, the jab is now available for over 65's but only if you reached 65 after September 2023, otherwise it's still 70. No I don't understand it either.

26/01/2024 16:55:15 UTC
Snod said :-
Don't worry Glyn, the fatter bolts hold the rocker cover on and the smaller ones are for the timing cover. Hope to help!

Today, with the help of my heat gun and a long pole on the breaker bar, I managed to undo the big pin holding the FD in place. It went with such a bang, and the pole was so bendy, I wasn't sure if the pin had moved or a tool had broken. But it turned out I'd won! I then proceeded to take a little chunk out of the plastic cage of one of the bearings when levering the UJ off the splines, it's still fine but I'm annoyed with myself.

I'm now coming to terms with the fact that it seems I'll have to take the swingarm off again so I can put the front part of the shaft onto the gearbox splines and then put the swingarm back on over it. I can't see a way to do it with the swinger in place, it's very hard to get a good angle since the UJ is flopping about. BMWs!!
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26/01/2024 21:16:56 UTC
Glyn said :-
Thank you for your kind words and sorry to hear of your issues Ian. I remember my father contracting shingles and very nearly lost his sight as a result. Extremely unpleasant illness. Snod, I've been reading about removing the shaft from the K series BMW and it seems you have to take it all apart to get it out because the spring clip cannot be released whilst inside the housing. On reassembly you push the shaft into the housing until the spring clip locks into place and it's not always apparent that that has happened. It sounds similar on the R series. The testimonials of owners that have actually achieved this suggest it's not an easy thing to do. I have to get in there myself but not for a couple of weeks, must get the motor back together first.

27/01/2024 09:01:14 UTC
Snod said :-
Well the new FD is on, I tried fitting the shaft with the swingarm in place but it just wasn't going to happen. I also found I was damaging the end of the shaft and no doubt the splines on the gearbox output shaft so I gave in and took the swingarm back off. Doing this was much easier and having the shaft in place, hanging off the gearbox, meant the swingarm was guided into place and hopefully the gaiter at the end of it is also in place this time. Really it didn't take very long at all to have it all back together.

Now I just need the special tool (a 30mm socket with part of it cut out) so I can torque it all up. I'm hoping a local dog walker has got one, I know he has done a clutch on an R1150GS so he should have it knocking about in his garage somewhere. Hopefully.

27/01/2024 18:31:48 UTC
ROD¹ said :-
Snod, If you put loctite on the allen bolt and torque it up, then leave it overnight.
You can then mark it to see if it moves when you tighten the 30mm nut.
I found that the loctite held the Allen bolt in place so the special tool was not needed.

27/01/2024 21:10:58 UTC
nab301 said :-
I've done this a couple of times , marked it with tippex , trial runs without threadlock never moved when tightening or on the road.

29/01/2024 12:31:07 UTC
Glyn said :-
All good intentions like this don't work when you're as daft as me! When removing the Cam chain cover on the BMW K you have to remove the timing Hall sensor first. So I carefully marked the mounting and back plates with my black marker pen so as to avoid re-timing it when I put it back together. All the marks disappeared after I'd put the cover in the parts washer! It wasn't a permanent marker! Even I worry about me sometimes.

30/01/2024 09:04:03 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I'm glad it's not just me Glyn. I have the best of intentions, not always the best of results.

Do you think my air filter needs replacing after 38,500 miles?
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30/01/2024 11:06:22 UTC
Glyn said :-
You just need to cut a large round hole in it to let the air through. It'll run a treat for a while. I might try to have a go at it with the workshop Henry Vac first.

31/01/2024 08:07:03 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Oh gosh darn it Glyn! I didn't think of letting Henry have a suck on it to clean it out. Pffffft I've just spent £16 on a new filter, worra waste.

I'll get Henry to do his thing and keep it for the 76,000 miles service.

31/01/2024 08:40:35 UTC
nab301 said :-
Ren , I'm surprised the bike is still running! A lot of the newer OE filters are treated with a sticky substance to better trap dust so vacuuming may not be effective.

31/01/2024 14:10:01 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
You've spoiled it for me now nab301. Pfffft.

31/01/2024 20:06:34 UTC
Glyn said :-
Oh dear I've just got caught by Mrs Glyn with my engine parts in the oven curing the fresh paint at 220°C. That's going to cost in one way or another. She returned home just 10 minutes too soon.

01/02/2024 16:30:11 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I can't imagine sleeping in the doghouse is going to help your ailments Glyn.

01/02/2024 22:57:09 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Fitting the new air filter has barely made a difference to the CB500X. I'd like to say it's a tiny teeny bit crisper on the throttle but that's as much psychology as it is physical science.

05/02/2024 07:34:37 UTC
nab301 said :-
Ren , the clogged filter , bad as it was is probably still within the parameters of the fuel injection system (compensation) , maybe hook up your oscilloscope and look at live data with the old filter , it's all beyond me though!

05/02/2024 16:43:48 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
"oscilloscope"?? Say what? I'm sorry nab301 you appear to have mistaken me for someone who knows what he's doing and has such tools as an Oh-silly-scope. I'm flattered you think me capable of plugging one in let alone being able to calibrate it and make any sense of the readings. I've got a £10 multimeter - will that do?

06/02/2024 07:56:02 UTC

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