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William’s Tech Tips – Steering Head Bearing Change

Welcome to William's Tech Tips!   Need to replace your steering head bearings?  Here's what you do... The condition of the steering head bearings drastically affects handling and safety. If the bearings are too loose, a dangerous head shake can occur. Often, if you tighten the bearings, the steering will feel notchy, and it will be hard to keep a straight line, especially at low speeds. This can be due to the outer bearings actually having notches worn in, where the bearing rollers make contact. It can also be caused by hardening of the grease, where the stiff grease prevents the bearing rollers from rolling smoothly. Very often, it’s a combination of both, and the steering head bearings need to be replaced for optimal and safe handling. This is a job that you can do yourself with the proper tools. When changing the steering head bearings on your BMW, the most difficult part is removing the old bearings without doing damage to the motorcycle. Here are some tips and suggestions for this job: [Refer to a repair manual for detailed information, torque specs, etc. This is just a generic overview and not intended to describe the entire procedure.] Begin by removing the handlebars, the front wheel, and the fork assemblies. You may also need to remove the front brake assemblies, depending on the model, or maybe you can leave the brake calipers dangling or temporarily secured somehow. Depending on your particular model, you’ll need some rather large sockets or wrenches, [...]

Front-End Protection for your R1200 GS

The BMW R1200 GS is the perfect machine to tackle any terrain that sits between you and your destination. From long tracts of smooth pavement, to dirt roads, to single-track woodland trails, it can do it all. But with the versatility of the R1200 GS there also comes some risk of damage to your motorcycle. Sure, skilled riding will keep your bike upright while you’re on it—but small things like low-hanging sticks or kicked-up stones can cause problems. Fortunately, Wunderlich has several products that can protect the sensitive parts of your motorcycle from flying hazards. The first product is the Wunderlich Oil Cooler Guard (8501152-160) for all R1200 GS motorcycles. The the video below shows the version for 2008 and up models, but there is also a version available for 2007 and earlier motorcycles. With the guard installed, the delicate fins of the front-mounted oil cooler on your R1200 GS are protected from damage or puncture from small stones and sticks kicked up in front of you. The Oil Cooler Guard is made from a tough steel mesh sandwiched between two pieces of molded ABS. It installs very quickly in about 5 minutes and is secured in place with just two easy bolts. The oil cooler guard also comes in silver or black so you can choose one to match the style of your motorcycle perfectly. Now, if you’ve ever been unlucky enough to have a stone or rock hit your headlight, you know how much it hurts your wallet. [...]

By | June 12th, 2015|BMW Parts & Accessories, BMW R1200, Wunderlich|1 Comment

The 4 Best BMW Motorcycle Accessories for Touring

Whether you have a brand-new BMW touring motorcycle or one that you have maintained for tens of thousands of miles, Wunderlich America offers many accessories to make your time on the road easier. Below, we have compiled a list of a few of our best-selling accessories for touring motorcycles.   1. Wind Deflector Hands down, our most popular BMW motorcycle accessories worldwide are the Wunderlich Wind Deflectors. One of the most common complaints about the windscreens of BMW motorcycles is that the top edge is not independently adjustable. This can cause turbulence and buffeting noise. That’s annoying at best. At its worst, it’s physically taxing. The Wunderlich Wind Deflector comes in three different sizes, each in tinted or clear Lexan, that allows you to finely tune the trailing edge of your windscreen to eliminate any issue with wind and give you a smoother and more relaxing ride. http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/motorcycle/8110024-025.html   2. Wunderlich Elephant Tank Bag On most motorcycles, storage space is at a premium. It’s part of the price of doing business on two wheels. However, if you’re touring or even just commuting, you’ll need to bring some stuff with you and you’ll need a place to store it. Our most popular piece of motorcycle luggage is the Wunderlich Elephant Tank Bag, which sits conveniently between you and the handlebars. It comes in five colors to match your style and is even removable from the baseplate so you can take it with you when you arrive. www.wunderlichamerica.com/motorcycle/1250920-929.html   3. Wunderlich Sidestand [...]

Performance BMW motorcycle parts don’t have to break the bank!

BMW Motorrad makes some pretty fantastic motorcycles, and for the vast majority of riders who commute or just ride about town for pleasure, their machines are more than enough to get the job done. However, these are still mass produced products that are designed for broad appeal. So, as humans have done since the industrial revolution, we modify and tune to make our machines better. Many times when riders start upgrading their motorcycle, they go all in with tons of expensive parts that don’t actually do anything to help their riding experience. As purveyors of the best BMW motorcycle parts on the web, but we also want you to be completely satisfied with your purchases. Just like you, we want you to get the right parts. We believe your money should never be wasted on something that doesn’t make your BMW motorcycle look or perform exactly the way you want. We also hear from riders who lament the high price tag of extra speed and power. We’ve got news for all you performance hunters out there: performance may not be as expensive as you think. The first modification you should take a look at is a larger rear sprocket for your motorcycle. Most BMW motorcycles have more than enough power to get you around town. If you have one of the S-series bikes, you can potentially reach almost 200 mph. But, if you’re not riding your motorcycle on the track, you’ll never need that much top end power. Switching to [...]

By | June 5th, 2015|BMW Parts & Accessories, Wunderlich|0 Comments

Get More Familiar With Your BMW GS Parts and Accessories

Your BMW GS needs to be taken care of, and Wunderlich America has all of your needs in one place. Keep reading for more information on the BMW GS parts and accessories available for purchase. Description of BMW GS Parts and Accessories When something goes wrong with your BMW GS, you want to make sure that there is a place for you to order brand new parts that are guaranteed to fit your motorcycle, will not break your pockets, and can be delivered to you in a timely manner. Here are the available BMW GS parts and accessories that can be purchased for delivery.   Accessories for comfort and ergonomics – available for purchase are comfortable seats, adjustable shift levers, front screens, peg sets, floorboard sets, paralever arms, and more. Accessories for optics and design – available for purchase are tank pads, drive pivot covers, LED tail lights, fiber heel guards, brake and clutch reservoir covers, license plate holders, splash guard removal covers, and more. Accessories for luggage – available for purchase are tank bags, bag packers, handlebar bags, under the seat bag sets, protection bars, top case racks, and many more. Parts for electrical and lighting – available for purchase are micro floaters, bulbs, LED tail lights, headlight guards and grills, SAE adapter cables, light protectors, and more. Navigation tools – available for purchase are wing bolts, multipods, metric allen bolts, gkare protectors, handlebar mounts, carrier plates, extension spacers, belt loops, and many more. Replacement parts – available replacement [...]

By | December 9th, 2014|BMW Parts, BMW Parts & Accessories|0 Comments

Shopping for BMW Accessories and Parts

Like any other machine that has been invented and manufactured by human beings, motorcycles are bound to break down with the passage of time. It therefore becomes imperative for you to have a list of trustworthy shops that you can go to for replacements and other accessories that will make owning a motorcycle a worthwhile experience. The following are some of the tips that you can use so as to get the best BMW accessories and parts for sale: 1) Make an online search for shops in your area The internet has grown to cover almost everything that we might ever need in our lives. Two minutes in front of a search engine is more than enough time for you to search for any local dealers or shops that have the BMW accessories and parts for sale that you are looking for. Ensure that you have a shortlist of at least ten shops where you can go find the BMW accessories and parts that you are desperately looking for. The good thing with having the internet is that you can search for these places in the comfort and safety of your own home. It will also allow you to investigate and sift through the choices that you will have after conducting your search. This will save you the time that would have been spent checking out the physical premises of shops that do not have anything good to offer you. 2) Ask for recommendations from friends, family and coworkers The [...]

By | October 9th, 2014|BMW Parts & Accessories|0 Comments
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