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Monday, May 18, 2015



Do any of you have first hand experience of:
          a. Long-term ownership of an R90S
          b. Ownership of a very late (post 1990?) Airhead?
          c. The new-type coil (with the additional earth-wire) for pre-69 bikes from Emerald Island?
          d. Any make of electronic ignition for slash 2s
          e. Any make of electronic ignition to replace the 'bean can' ignition on post 70 Airheads.
                                                                      
I want to discover if these Airheads, or their after-market accessories, are living up to the hype. Is the R90S still a useable and enjoyable bike, or is it just an investment? Were the later bikes just for nostalgia freaks or could they really provide good and alternative riding compared to the output of other manufacturers (and BMW themselves) in the 90's? Emerald Island had a poor reputation for longevity on their first range of coils, but they've made big claims about the new ones. Does the product live up to their claims of easier starting at slower kick-over speeds? And according to a respected service engineer, electronic ignitions are being thrown in the bin and owners are returning to original equipment - Why?

 I hope to cover all these products soon but need as much information as I can. The only people who can definitively answer questions like these are the owners and users. So I would appreciate your help, please. If you could drop an email to editor.theairhead@gmail.com or, easier still, phone 01673 844519  then that would be marvellous. You can remain anonymous if you wish, but to get as rounded a picture as possible I do need to talk to as many of you as I can. And don't forget, it's all going towards keeping The Airhead going and helping the Air Ambulance stay flying!

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mark@covamltd.com  says
22.05.15 06:17

Not quite full electronic ignition but may help others. I have recently installed a Dyna ignition booster to my 1980 R80/7 (Bean can points), I was pleasantly surprised at the improved response from the motor, I hope I will be able to see less erosion on points as they are a bit challenging to set up in the can. A very simple and straightforward install and clamped the module to the left hand frame below the rear of the tank. I bought the unit in the US whilst on a business trip and only cost $45 usd, for me good value.
Mark
R80/7 (plus a few other brit and jap bikes)
UK and Switzerland

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peter ardron  says
22.05.15 20:05

I seem to remember reading a review of the Dyna Booster. Isn't it supposed to make your points last 3 or 4 times as long? I don't know whether it's available over here but if it's retailing for, say £40, then you'd get your money back within 10,000 miles. I'll look into it more and see if it's worth a mention in the article.

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Mark griffiths  says
05.07.15 11:10

hi Peter, that's one of the main reasons I went for it as I have points in a bean can and as we know it's a bit fiddly to get to them, my dyna booster has been on for.6 months now and the points show no signs of pitting etc so far. It may be only in the mind but the bike seems to pick up better and run a bit smoother. Mark (r80/7)

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Mark griffiths  says
05.07.15 11:11

hi Peter, that's one of the main reasons I went for it as I have points in a bean can and as we know it's a bit fiddly to get to them, my dyna booster has been on for.6 months now and the points show no signs of pitting etc so far. It may be only in the mind but the bike seems to pick up better and run a bit smoother. Mark (r80/7)

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I'm Peter Ardron, British, and if my Father had had his way I would have been reared on oil, not milk. My dad rode Speedway and was obsessed with all types of motorbikes. He made me my first motorbike almost as soon as I could ride without stabilizers. Surprisingly I only ever broke a collar bone once whilst careering around the farm on a bike (often without brakes) throughout my childhood and teens.

Father also believed you weren't a real man unless you could strip and rebuild an engine at the roadside. Even as a young kid I often had to 'earn' my spending money by diagnosing faults he'd deliberately built into engines, or by stripping carbs, re-timing ignitions etc etc.

I loved it, but my wife says it's the reason I turned out so bloody odd!

I've been addicted to Airheads since my early teens and, though I've owned and loved K's, and had one or two other makes, there's rarely been a time in the past 40 years that I've not had an Airhead in the garage.

I started 'The Airhead' ezine because I think the provision for classic BMW riders in the U.K. is awful. There are thousands on the roads but no-one seems interested in catering for them.

So on the basis that, if others won't do it for us ,we'll just have to do it it for ourselves, 'The Airhead' was born!

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