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Offline Filmcamera

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K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« on: September 22, 2016, 06:36:55 PM »
In theory I finally get my bike back after 18 weeks - yes 18 weeks - sitting in a bonded warehouse waiting for customs to decide how much tax I have to pay on it.  By 'bonded warehouse' read parking lot out in the rain during the height of the rainy season.  I am assuming the battery will be flat but wondered what else I should give a quick once over before trying to get it running to drive it home. It has been sitting out in torrential rain, hot sun and now this last week volcanic ash - one of the many volcanoes around here has been erupting for a week and covering everything with a layer of ash!

 I plan to take some tools with me, jumper cables, a set of wrenches and some screwdrivers etc, maybe some WD and electrical spray but was wondering if anybody has some tips for an essential mobile brick toolkit so I don't end up sitting there going damn if only I had ___ with me.

By the way the tax they decided I had to pay ended up being basically double what I paid for the bike!

Nonetheless onwards an upwards, time to start the process of making this bike great again.
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2016, 06:45:44 PM »
i would bring a truck and trailer.
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2016, 06:47:54 PM »
Yeah I was hoping to avoid that but you may be right..

Ever the optimist I will turn up with good vibes, fingers crossed and some jumper cables.
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2016, 08:01:08 PM »
I've had batteries so dead they couldn't even be jumped.  Might want to just bring a fresh one. Theoretically the bike should be able to be left out in the weather, I'd guess it will be like that first start up after a long winter hibernation.  Bring a tire pump too. 
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2016, 08:01:28 PM »
I would have a new battery with me along with tools and something to inflate the tires.

Some fresh gas and a way to siphon or drain what is in the tank may be necessary as well.
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2016, 08:23:11 PM »
The battery was brand new a week before it went off to storage so I am hoping it will be OK.  Good call on the air pump and gas thanks

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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2016, 08:49:39 PM »
I've got a second home where I keep my 91 K100LT.  Usually when I leave this home I disconnect the battery so it won't discharge because of whatever draws a little current even with the key off.  I have left it several time for at least six months this way.  The only thing that I do when I return is to hook the battery back up and charge it.  It usually starts right up.  It is not stored outside in the conditions you mentioned.   
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2016, 07:15:01 AM »
If the seal between the gas door and the tank isn't in good shape some rain may have gotten into the tank. I've had that issue
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2016, 08:05:00 AM »
I plan to take some tools with me, jumper cables, a set of wrenches and some screwdrivers etc, maybe some WD and electrical spray but was wondering if anybody has some tips for an essential mobile brick toolkit so I don't end up sitting there going damn if only I had ___ with me.
In addition to the previous members important suggestions, I affirm your bringing WD 40 and electronic cleaner, with their narrow application tubes. Bring some rags with you and a full complement of fuses. Bring a flashlight. Bring a wire coat hanger.

You might need to spray WD into the ignition key and fuel cap locks. Clean the main plug and be certain it is installed tightly.  Look into the air box intake pipe. Open up the air box and take a look at the filter. Critters may have nested in those places and you might stall on the road when the nest and debris clogs the filter. Look into the exhaust pipe for the same reason. A coat hanger wire can be inserted in the pipe to extract debris. If anything is clogging air intake or the exhaust, you might drain your battery trying to start the bike. Check the rear wheel lugs for tightness and the front axle too.

If the battery has sufficient charge—I doubt it will if it hadn't been disconnected during the storage—once it lights up, ride it as long as you can, especially if the weather is fair. Put an hour or two on it to help dry all the components and elevate your mood!
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2016, 07:25:16 PM »
She lives!!

The battery was super flat of course but I connected jumper cables and gave it 20 mins then it did start if very reluctantly.  When I parked it I had left it on the center stand but at some point someone moved it and left it on the side stand.  That meant when I did get her going there was huge amounts of smoke to start with.

A big thanks to stokester for suggesting a pump - both tires were at 15 psi...

It is running kind of rough but running.

Now I can finally start the process of making it all new again.


The bad news is that they had put paperwork covered with scotch tape on the tank. Over the months water has got in behind it and the tank if pretty badly damaged. 

They do, in theory, have insurance so I will start the process of a claim but don't hold out much hope.

Luckily I had already planned on repainting anyway so...

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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2016, 07:33:05 PM »
Yea!!!

Now it is time to put in new fluids, filters and clean the connectors...  and RIDE!
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2016, 09:48:52 PM »
 :2thumbup:  Ride on!
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2016, 11:56:18 AM »
A insurance claim check would be a nice addition to repair treasury. I'd follow up with that for sure! For what it's worth storage companies and tow companies do more damage to bikes than most accidents in my opinion!


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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2016, 02:46:19 PM »
So as reported in this thread http://www.motobrick.com/index.php?topic=580.msg71347#msg71347 I have started looking at the electrics and have a mountain to climb but there is no rush - the dry season doesn't start for a couple of months yet.

I will try and consolidate all my posts issues in here from now on

Basically I am waiting for the screw extractor set to arrive http://www.motobrick.com/index.php/topic,9005.msg71170.html#msg71170 because tehre are tons of busted allens on the bike.

So in the meantime I have been putting together my shopping list from MaxBMW



Any other essential stuff I should replace? The air filter I had already ordered and also the oil filter.  My fuel gauge doesn't work but at $200 the gauge in the tank can wait.

The oil pressure switch is because I discovered this yesterday


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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2016, 02:56:09 PM »
Lol, $8 for a screw and $27 for a "rubber mount."

Have you looked at BeemerBoneyard or some other online retailers for those parts?
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2016, 02:59:55 PM »
Yeah I plan to look for used parts for sure . I was just using the fiche section of MaxBMW to identify the parts I need and get the part numbers... and it was just easier to copy paste it all into an excel so I can keep tabs on everything - I want to try and order as much as I can in one go since things have to come down by sea which takes a two or three weeks - by air is quicker (about a week) but costs up to 100% the cost of the thing you are shipping....
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2016, 03:07:17 PM »
I have a large can of hardware I removed from my bricks when I installed stainless fasteners.  If you are willing to pay postage I can put a package together that might cover a bunch of nuts and bolts.  I will also take a look at your list and see if there might be any spares I might be able to contribute. 

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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2016, 03:09:39 PM »
Great thanks. I actually have the stainless kit from desmo but it is mainly things like body panels, doesn't cover the bolts that are messed up on my forks, disc brakes and calipers. Obviously all hoses I want to buy new - though even an old one has to be better than the transmission coolant hose currently being used as a fuel hose!
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2016, 07:20:08 AM »
I have the chance to buy a full K1100RS fairing to use instead of my messed up original one.  I know other people have fitted them before and was wondering how hard/easy it is and whether things like the knee side covers from my fairing fit or whether I need to get ones for the K1100RS.

I found this thread on the site http://www.motobrick.com/index.php?topic=3758.0

But I am not exactly clear how much of the fairing he got with it.  The one I am buying does not have the side parts so I have to either find some or use my existing one

These are the bits I mean

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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2016, 11:18:50 AM »
I did the fairing swap on my K100RS a year ago.  The 1100 fairing works with all the old 100 brackets, but needs the rear mount for the belly pan which is not a big deal, I made my own with a chunk of stainless plate in an evening.  Wish I knew why people don't save it when they strip the pan off the bike

The knee pads are not interchangeable between the two fairings.  The attachment at the bottom is different for the 1100 and when I did mine I couldn't figure out a good way to make the old ones work.
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2016, 06:26:25 PM »
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The knee pads are not interchangeable between the two fairings.  The attachment at the bottom is different for the 1100 and when I did mine I couldn't figure out a good way to make the old ones work.

So Gryph did you manage to find some for a K1100RS or do you just do without?  If you did find some, where?
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2016, 10:53:39 AM »
Took about two months watching the K1100 listings on eBay.
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #22 on: October 02, 2016, 03:52:54 PM »
The 8 x 13 hose [meter] will also do the FPR hose. Its all the same hose.

Hose clips should really be screw type so you can remove them for maintenance. Make the new ones at the front of t tank a bit longer so you can slide the tank back for access to the radiator cap and for lifting the rear to access the electrical box.
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #23 on: October 05, 2016, 11:02:56 AM »
I am trying to work out my nightmare of a loom.

There are two empty connectors, one either side and also a cut black and brown  wire combo up near the dash. I am thinking they are the ABS connections?  It has been removed and the ABS switch on the dash has no wire connected to it.

Can anyone confirm?
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Re: K100RS parked for four months outside in all weathers
« Reply #24 on: October 05, 2016, 02:11:23 PM »
All Connectors which have a blue housing is for the ABS.
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