As you can see, itís covered in road grime, oil, grease and muck, as befits a Rat Bike. In fact I doubt that it has seen a wash in the past 6 years. At least heís kept the oil and grease up to it!
As Joe (Wilcom) mentioned in the other thread, BMWís are supposed to be oil tight!, but that doesnít suit the Rat Bike ethos I suppose so the young bloke has gone out of his way to make sure all of its daily sludge stayed as on board as possible...
I also pointed out in the other thread that it has had a single seat modification undertaken at some point in the past, which allows you to get a discount in your annual registration costs by removing its pillion capacity. Personally, I donít think that saving 50 bux a year or whatever is justification for butchering up old motorcycles!
For those not in Australia, that particular registration discount only existed in Queensland, 9and as Tony pointed out, it has now been abolished). I live in the neighbouring state of New South Wales, (10 hour round trip to go and get the poor old girl - it was up in Toowoomba), where we have never had a state sanctioned program to butcher your classic motorcycle!
Another difference between Qld and NSW is that you need to have your vehicle inspected annually in NSW in order to keep it registered. No such bother in good old Qld! As long as it still starts and runs, youíre good to go..... Most people on this side of the border therefore avoid buying QLD vehicles like the plague. Although annual inspections are a pain in the butt, there is a lot to be said for them in terms of maintaining safety standards and even reliability.
There is pretty much no way that this bike would have been on the road in NSW. The oil leaks would have been a fail. I think one of the photos shows a small puddle of oil that collected in the trailer on the way back home. So I was pretty surprised to find once it was degreased and pressure washed and given a good warm up and run that it doesnít really leak that badly at all. It was just the accumulation of 6 years worth of muck!
Copper washers in the final drive, drive shaft and gearbox all need replacing and Iíve found some dodgy threads in various filler plugs as well, (I bet thatíll be fun...)
The previous owner assures me that he was running pod filters on it but pulled them off a few months ago (when it was off the road) and just didnt get around to replacing them. I hope so. Am I correct in thinking that these things have Nikasil bores? Theyíre certainly worth protecting!