Archive for 'BMW F800S'

My BMW F800S is sold …

After 5 years and 48000 happy kms of riding one of the most versatile bikes I ever had …

Installing the AK-20 equipped forks …

Actually, you dont have to remove the fairing to install or remove the forks.

Installing the AK-20 cartridges …

Picture heavy – A picture equals a thousand words 🙂      

Removing the fork tube internals …

To make room for the cartridge dampers. A lathe is necessary for this work.

Fork tube protectors …

To avoid flying stones chipping the fork tubes.

Low friction SKF fork seals …

First time I ever had green fork seals, but function matters here 🙂

Inner fork tubes must be modified …

All the original damping hardware must be removed from the inner fork tubes and I need to end up with a straight hole through the tubes. So I need assistance from someone with a lathe.

Pulling the fork leg apart …

and arrange every part in the right order in a clean spot. Rebuilding forks is actually an art form, and you need time, patience, focus, and a bit of talent to master it 🙂

Remove the dust seal and circlip …

Use the vice in my workshop. (My working table is remarkable clean today)

Preparing to install the AK-20 cartridges…

First step is to drain the old fork oil.

A parcel arrived the other day …

I was never really happy with the standard Showa fork. Basically, it’s strong enough for the bike (42mm inner tubes), but it’s obviously build to a budget and the damping is really poor. When you brake hard to turn into a corner it will wallow slightly, and you have no real feeling of what the […]

Pebble smartwatch Motorcycle mount ….

Since I got the brilliant Pebble smartwatch, I’ve been wearing my thinking hat to figure out how to install it on the bike. Why ? Because it let’s you run GPS, Compass, and other watch apps, and to be able to see incoming Calls, E-Mails, and text messages (SMS) while riding. As always I was aiming […]

GoPro bracket …

I did a few tests with the GoPro camera on a RAM mount arm, but there was a lot of vibrations and poor picture quality. So I decided to make a proper bracket for the GoPro. Now the pictures are excellent 🙂

Radiator protection …

To prevent a flying stone from stopping the show.

Original BMW tool …

To measure final drive belt tension. I’ve used different self invented methods in the past, but I was never 100 % sure if I got the tension right. I’we wanted this tool for years – now it’s in the workshop 🙂

New rear drive belt …

Exchanged at 38.000 km. The manual says 40.000 km, but I have had a small hole in the belt (from a sharp rock) for the last 25.000 km, so I decided to play it safe. Another thing is that now I don’t have to work on the belt exchange when spring arrives with dry roads […]

Feeler gauges …

Nicely lined up to check if I got the right shims under each cam. (Got it right in the first attempt 🙂 )

Modern camshaft profile …

Very fast opening combined with a gentle closing ramp for increased reliability.

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