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This linkage sits in an area forward of the rear wheel and collects all the road dirt thrown off the rear wheel. The four sets of needle roller bearings should be cleaned out regularely and packed with clean grease. The first time that I took a set apart there was hardly any grease in there and what was there was very dirty.

A piece of timber with another block inserted at the rear can be positioned to take the load off the bearings as the through spindle bolts are removed.

The needle rollers are then cleaned out and packed with fresh high melting point grease. Be careful the first time this is done because of the lack of grease in there you are likely to have lots of loose rollers falling out. Best to place a tray underneath to catch any bits. Once packed properly with grease this will not be a problem in the future. It's a little finger job.

All cleaned and lubed ready for another years service.

So far as I know this procedure is not included in the BMW maintenance schedule.


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The Euro K Club Lounge / They don't just make bike parts.
« on: April 03, 2020, 11:25:29 am »
How impressive is this?

https://www.facebook.com/10003483930...702293805/?d=n

This is Mark Hooton over on UKGSER.

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The Euro K Club Lounge / Vehicles sorned.
« on: March 28, 2020, 12:56:22 pm »
Three vehicles SORNED today. Best to get in before the end of the month or they clobber you for another months road tax.

At least that will stop me taking the bike out for a blast.

Mind you the roads are dodgy since the isolation with walkers and kids appearing from nowhere especially when riding a push bike. Walkers and dogs seem to have reclaimed the roads and have lost all road sense.

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K Club Humour / The Irish Wrestler
« on: January 21, 2020, 03:59:02 pm »
     A Russian and an Irish wrestler were set to square off for the Olympic gold medal. Before the final match, the Irish wrestler's trainer came to him and said
    'Now, don't forget all the research we've done on this Russian. He's never lost a match because of this 'pretzel' hold he has.
    Whatever you do, do not let him get you in that hold! If he does, you're finished.' The Irishman nodded in acknowledgement.

    As the match started, the Irishman and the Russian circled each other several times, looking for an opening.
    All of a sudden, the Russian lunged forward, grabbing the Irishman and wrapping him up in the dreaded pretzel hold.
    A sigh of disappointment arose from the crowd and the trainer buried his face in his hands, for he knew all was lost.. He couldn't watch the inevitable happen.

    Suddenly, there was a long, high pitched scream, then a cheer from the crowd and the trainer raised his eyes just in time to watch the
    Russian go flying up in the air. His back hit the mat with a thud and the Irishman collapsed on top of him, making the pin and winning the match.


    The trainer was astounded. When he finally got his wrestler alone, he asked 'How did you ever get out of that hold? No one has ever done it before!'

    The wrestler answered 'Well, I was ready to give up when he got me in that hold but at the last moment, I opened my eyes and saw this pair of testicles right in front of my face.
    I had nothing to lose so with my last ounce of strength, I stretched out my neck and bit those babies just as hard as I could.'

    The trainer exclaimed 'That's what finished him off?'




    'Not really. You'd be amazed how strong you get when you bite your own nuts.


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The Euro K Club Lounge / Danny MacAskill's Gymnasium
« on: January 08, 2020, 01:49:59 pm »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAEBNEscL0c&feature=youtu.be

Another great video from Danny MacAskill.

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The Euro K Club Lounge / Giving up...........
« on: December 10, 2019, 03:46:33 pm »
 GIVING UP..

    As much as I love riding motorcycles, and everything that comes with it -- the camaraderie, customising, tinkering and all the other bits and bobs -- it is taking up too much of my time. I am struggling to keep up with the everyday basics of cleaning and cooking and maintaining the house, so something has to give. Consequently, I have decided to get rid of my collection.










    Below is a list of what's available. Serious inquiries only,
    Thanks for reading and understanding.






















    1. Dustpan and brush
    2. Sponges
    3. Dusters
    4. Mop and bucket
    5. Window cleaner
    6. Hoover
    7. Dishwasher tabs
    8. Washing powder
    9. Fabric softener
    10. Laundry basket
    11. Toilet brush
    12. Cleaning spray



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The Euro K Club Lounge / FREE entry to Brooklands Museum
« on: November 26, 2019, 11:05:55 pm »
Enjoy FREE entry to Brooklands Museum as part of the National Lottery #ThanksToYou campaign in December

From 23rd November to 1st December 2019, we are opening our doors for free to National Lottery players. We are one of 400 participating National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK in saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket. Brooklands Museum received £5.6M from the Heritage Lottery Fund which enabled us to build the Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed and restore the only surviving section of the Finishing Straight. We have joined the #ThanksToYou campaign which is our way of thanking Lottery players and inviting them to see how this contribution has transformed the site.

Simply come to the Museum on any day from the 23rd November to 1st December (inclusive) bringing a current or old Lottery ticket or Scratch Card and you will be allowed FREE entry.

If no Lottery Ticket or Scratch Card is produced, normal admission prices apply.

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The Euro K Club Lounge / A flight in G-BMSB
« on: October 25, 2019, 05:01:33 pm »
Treated myself to a flight in G-BMSB over Kent. If you ever considered taking a flight in a Spitfire then go ahead and do it because it's a once in a life time amazing experience.


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The Euro K Club Lounge / Touring list
« on: October 10, 2019, 05:21:03 pm »
Now that my new bike has a topbox I need to revise my touring list

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The Euro K Club Lounge / New companion for my K1300S
« on: October 06, 2019, 11:45:18 pm »
This year I made my last visit to Iceland and therefore the CCM had to go.

What would I replace it with?

Well this is the new companion for the K1300S.

I hope they get on well together.

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The Euro K Club Lounge / Imperial War Museum Duxford free entry.
« on: October 06, 2019, 11:05:18 pm »
A good ride out on Remembrance Sunday, which is on November 10th this year, is to visit the Imperial War Museum at Duxford where entry will be free.

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The Euro K Club Lounge / 2019 trip to Westfjords Iceland
« on: August 17, 2019, 12:14:12 am »
Some pictures taken on this year's trip to The Westfjords.



Feeling rather chuffed after replaceing a broken brake lever with a 10mm spanner and many zip ties.










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The Euro K Club Lounge / My first ride off road on a GS.
« on: July 12, 2019, 12:23:09 pm »
My first ride off road on a GS back in the 80's. BMW had set up a bit of land near the Ring and let us play on these boxer things. We thought that they would never catch on. We were on a BMW rider course at the ring at the time.


No doubt some of you will know exactly which model it is.

Of course I was on a totally inappropriate bike for the Ring

I was chairman of the London section of the BMW club at the time, but don't hold that against me.

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K1200 / K1300 Forum / That same old overheating problem!!!
« on: June 17, 2019, 12:48:58 am »
I've just returned from a 2,000mile trip to Scotland and unfortunately towards the end of the trip my bike started overheating. It first came to my attention towards the end of a good blat.

On the start of the long return yesterday, the bike got that hot on one occassion that the red overheating symbol flashed up on the display. I continued more slowly and eventually it just about came down again. The fan was running full time to no avail. I spent more time watching the temperature gauge than anything else.

I suspected that the problem was blocked cooling fins stopping the air from passing through the radiator. The other thought was that I might have a sticking thermostat or even a faulty water pump impellor or blown head gasket. All known problems on this engine.

Back home today I set about pinpointing the problem with an infra red thermometer and the belly pan, side panels and radiator cowl removed. With the engine at idle the temperature slowly rose and the fan cut in at four bars. The temperature increased to five bars and sat there with the fan going full time. The thermometer soon proved that the thermostat was opening and the radiator was getting hot all over.

With the engine revs increased to3,000rpm the temperature continued to climb until all bars were showing on the temperature gauge and I switched it off before the red overheating triangle came on.

The main problem with this cooling system is that the fan has to suck cooling air through the lower part of the radiator. The middle section of the radiator is totally blocked by the 4" wide mud flap. The fan is situated at the bottom of the radiator and can only suck air either side of the mud flap. The area at the bottom of the radiator either side of the mudflap gets all the crap off the front wheel. Despite hosing the radiator through from the back with the fan remove, the important area at the bottom of the radiator had become blocked again.

I didn't really want to drain down the system and thought about how to soak the rad in position. I managed to squeeze a plastic bucket into an oval shape and pushed it into position at the bottom of the radiator with a block of wood underneath to lift the edge of the bucket as high as the bottom hose. The radiator attachment lower bar has to be removed. The bucket is then filled with water to the brim and the rad is left to soak. That and hosing the rad from the rear got the rad as clean as possible.

Afterwards with the cowl and fan refitted, all was back to normal. As suspected the rad cooling fins were blocked with dirt thrown back by the front wheel. Although I'd cleaned the rad 6,000miles ago it had already blocked sufficiently to cause overheating. Perhaps soaking in position with the rad in the bucket will clean the rad better than just hosing through from the rear?

I had the same problem previously on my K1200S and it had ended up with having to get a new radiator which is not cheap. Hopefully this preventative maintenance will save me the cost of a new rad on this bike as well.


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