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Offline Bob_Roller

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Aftermarket Starters
« on: May 29, 2021, 11:30:10 AM »
Anyone have any experience with these aftermarket starters ??
The starter on my'02 oilhead makes an unusual sound every once in a while, it's a Valeo starter and they are known for magnet retention failure .
I found starters on the Motorad Elektrik site, a Nippondenso based starter that has been used on light trucks, cost $350 US .

http://www.motoelekt.com/starter.htm


Euro Motoelectic site has one on unknown origin and an upgraded Valeo starter than has the upgrade to prevent magnet separation at significant less cost .

https://www.euromotoelectrics.com/Starter-BMW-R-Oilhead-BMW-STR2-p/bmw-str2.htm




https://www.euromotoelectrics.com/Starter-BMW-R-Oilhead-BMW-VAL2-p/bmw-val2.htm

« Last Edit: May 29, 2021, 11:43:21 AM by Bob_Roller »
'81 R65
'82 R65 LS ?
'84 R65 LS
'87 Moto Guzzi V65 Lario
'02 R1150R
Riding all year long since 1993 .
I'll give up my R65, when they pry my cold dead hands from the handlebars !!!!!

Offline Tony Smith

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Re: Aftermarket Starters
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2021, 04:51:27 PM »
No experience with the Nippondenso starter.

I did buy an "Arrowhead" starter for my 1150 when I thought I was dealing with a failing starter. These are a Valeo clone and to my great surprise it was actually put together better, the magnet retention in particular being much better than the genuine article.

The thing was however nearly dry so I greased it up before putting it into service, I also went over the a prefer connections as I didn't like the look of one of them.

Lastly I discovered that you can buy a Valeo rebuild kit from a Moto Guzzi dealer for much less than anywhere else. I will put the Valeo back in one day.

As they were only AU$150 I also bought and Arrowhead starter for Airheads. The reason was that I thought the Bosch starter was havi g trouble starting the 860.

However, the fault in both was my own stupid purchase of an inappropriate battery. Lesson learned!
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Offline Justin B.

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Re: Aftermarket Starters
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2021, 10:24:10 PM »
Bob - I snagged a Valeo copy off Amazon a couple years back for < $75 and it's worked fine so far in the R100.
Justin B.

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Offline Bob_Roller

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Re: Aftermarket Starters
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2021, 12:47:59 PM »
I did see a little information on the two sites that caught my attention .
It states the common starter current draw on a Bosch starter for an R65 is 120 amps .
The current draw for the Valeo starters for the oilheads is 270 amps .
Both series of bikes have the same size battery .
Kinda explains the cold start problems I had with the oilhead with temps in the upper 20's to low 30"s F with the bike sitting in those temps for 16 -20 hours .
'81 R65
'82 R65 LS ?
'84 R65 LS
'87 Moto Guzzi V65 Lario
'02 R1150R
Riding all year long since 1993 .
I'll give up my R65, when they pry my cold dead hands from the handlebars !!!!!