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Offline matthewjp14

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New Member Intro
« on: February 25, 2022, 03:52:41 PM »
Hi all,

New rider and BMW owner,

Bought this R65 and rode it home (still in SoCal) from Venice Beach. Took on quite a few little jobs, including rebuilding the ignition switch after that bricked and many carb rebuilds until I bought fresh ones. It was short lived after much home wrenching, blew an exhaust valve and is currently about to undergo surgery with new heads, valves, etc. I really enjoyed riding the thing until it decided to detonate coming up a hill on a cold August morning on my way to work, but I am trying my hardest to start the rebuild ASAP.

Took her on a few longer freeway trips through Long Beach and it always ran smooth and shifted clean until the detonation. It also came with krauser luggage cases which will hopefully one day be installed, but for now I'm waiting for the bike to come to life first.

Hoping to get it running by the summer so it can trip around northern California.

Offline wilcom

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Re: New Member Intro
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2022, 04:35:03 PM »
Welcome Matthew.............

Nice to have you aboard and will be nice seeing you through your rebuild and back on the road. We love pics!! What you described sounds expensive. if you're going retail.  We have lots of sources for used parts, give us a shout when you need something.

Did I mention WE LIKE PICS
Joe Wilkerson
Telephone man with a splash of Data
Menifee, CA

Present:
1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
past:
1982 BMW R65LS
1979 R65
1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
ZX-11

Offline matthewjp14

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Re: New Member Intro
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2022, 11:57:30 PM »
What you described sounds expensive. if you're going retail.

Got a great deal on a pair of '83 heads that had been sitting in someone's storage over ebay. 300+tax n shipping for both sides. (maybe that isn't a good deal but you tell me) Once I get those in, and can get the measurements of my old pistons I'll make a post on the whole project and see about asking around for parts. Hopefully I can source some fresh or at least useable pistons to go along with the new valve setups?

First pic is from the first bike meet I got to, second is postmortem, and third is the current state of my right cylinder

It's honestly in shambles, but hopefully someone has a parts engine I could utilize

Offline wilcom

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Re: New Member Intro
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2022, 02:09:08 AM »
Matt          love the pics.   

I could not tell if your cylinders survived, but if you need some nice cylinders and pistons I have a set on the shelf that are low mileage.
Joe Wilkerson
Telephone man with a splash of Data
Menifee, CA

Present:
1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
past:
1982 BMW R65LS
1979 R65
1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
ZX-11