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1992 BMW R100GS PD

Morning Miles

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With confidence in the electrical system restored, the PD was the choice for a cool morning ride up through the mountains. Compared to the 1990 PD, this works performance suspension is very good. The bike is planted in corners, and soaks up road imperfections. This ride mixed a little highway with back roads and a good dose of off-road. As always, the quiet undisturbed scenes of early morning are like a personal secret that others do not see.... 

 

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Case Correction

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The bike came with Givi racks and cases. Ok, but not as good as stock in my opinion, and one had a broken bottom hinge. I contemplated a Mosko setup, or something else, but returned to thinking about staying original. I had a set of BMW cases already, so it was easy to order a set of racks from EBay, and return to a stock configuration. The rear cross brace took a bit of muscling to get connected, but in the end everything connected.  

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Near Meltdown

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I have seen this many times, but I am shocked every time. Something happens with wiring, and someone makes a repair with speaker wire or lamp cord or some other dangerous substitute. In this case, the brake light would stop working after the bike was running for a while. I suspected the tail light wiring close to the exhaust, but after checking under the seat found a very hot ground wire. Part of the reason was a six inch section with three splices! But wait, it gets better. The wiring in this section was speaker wire !! It was hot, with insulation partially melted, and it was a general mess. I was fortunate not to have had a fire or a burnt up harness. The hot area behind the engine did not help matters.

after finding my way back to factory wiring, I replaced the mess with automotive grade wiring and finished things off with some heat shrink insulation..... 

New Juice

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Purchasing a vehicle that does not run due to a weak battery is a risky thing. Did the seller intend to deceive or make an honest mistake in not charging a machine sitting idle ? After looking into a variety of lighter more expensive lithium ion batteries, the reviews were not good for cold starts. A sealed lead acid was the answer. While there, I added a battery tender lead. 

Out with the old

Out with the old

In with the new

In with the new

A Return to Dakar

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It is January, and I have just watched the 2017 Dakar. At the Potomac Vintage Riders swapmeet in York, there is a pristine R80 G/S which is the machine inspired by the original Paris Dakar wins for BMW. Outside in the back of a truck is an R100GS PD from 1992. I sold my 1990 R100GS PD a while ago, and knew that I would regret it. I did. Surely, the universe wanted me to have this machine. 60K miles, good condition, but clearly patina'd.

Not prepared for a purchase, I had to borrow the seller's ramp, and find some tie-downs at the swapmeet. Finding only friction straps, I drove 2 miles gingerly to Lowe's to get some ratchet straps. With the load properly secured, it was off to its' rightful home.

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