Saturday, May 30, 2015



Thanks to subscribers sending me lots of articles I've decided not to wait until September to release another issue. I've just finished putting together a twelve page edition which will be sent out on June 1. Subjects include building a R90S-S, a review of the Emerald Isle Coils, Reader's Bikes (including four of Vech's!) and a write-up of Supertech 2.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015



Thanks to subscribers' generosity The Airheads Library is steadily growing and starting to take shape. To my own meagre offerings of a couple of pre-war Owners' Manuals others have donated more up to date material and subscribers can now download Manuals to cover all slash 2, slash 6 and slash 7 models. Please, have a look at what we've got. Download what you want my all means, but if you have anything we could add ...
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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 ...

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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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Saturday, May 16, 2015



Now that The Airhead has gone global, with subscribers from across the world, we need to start making our website content have more International interest. the LINKS pages, for instance, are 99% U.k. biased.
 
If any of you have people and services you can recommend then drop me an email and I'll add them to the list. It doesn't matter what country you're from - if you've been happy with the service then let other people ...

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015



I've been surprised and delighted by the interest  The Airhead has aroused around the world. It seems that it's not just in Britain where Airhead Owners feel the need for more information/ advice and mutual support.
 
I started this initially because when I was the Secretary for the Vintage and Classic register of the BMW Club in the U.K. I was frustrated and at times appalled by the hostility of some of the leading figures to ...

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alan smyth  says
10.07.15 08:20

Brilliant idea,been looking for years to find information on airheads. Been rinding them since 1980s. The one area of special interest is ,improving brakes.i have cast iron discs fitted but would like to know how others inproved their braking system. What other exchangable bits are available out there that have proved to work.
best regards, keep up the good work.
alan smyth. N.ireland.club member

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admin  says
10.07.15 09:11

Hi Alan,
Thanks for the comment - much appreciated.
There's a lot of interesting stuff coming in from subscribers which I'm sure will be of interest. You say that you're a 'club member' - I guess you mean that you're a BMW Club member. The Airhead has no relationship with the BMW Club at all, of course. But if you were to subscribe to The Airhead then I'd put out an appeal for information on brake upgrades and I'm sure we'd get some interesting feedback and future articles from fellow subscribers.
Best wishes,
Peter

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Mark griffiths  says
22.07.15 16:44

Just a short note on tyre pressures, 1980 r80/7. Fitted with Bridgestone battlax tyres. Bike was tramlining a bit so Checked pressureS, they were high by about 3 to 4 psi, so let some out and comet spy removed the tramlining. Last checked them I march and they were spot on so must be hot weather we are having in sub equatorial Southampton. Moral here is don't take basic checks lightly!

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