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53 Rallies for BMW Motorcycle Enthusiasts, Holiday 2016–Spring 2017

Image courtesy of Rex Brown. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0. At Wunderlich America, we're passionate about the BMW community. And though the holidays are nearly upon us, that doesn’t have to mean the end of the ride. All across the country, local and national BMW motorcycle clubs have some awesome events lined up to close out the 2016 season. Whether it’s the last ride of the year or just having a few beers with like-minded people, there are plenty of options out there. Remember, while many clubs welcome non-members, some events may be for members only. When in doubt, contact club officers directly for more information. NOTE: Information may change without warning. Below, we present the most up-to-date information as of October, 2016. Please do your own research if you plan on attending any of these events. Editor's note: An earlier version of this article included The Last Ride of the Year as well as an event with the NEO BMW Riders. As of November 3, 2016, the Last Ride website has become unreachable and we've received word that the NEO BMW Riders event is canceled. We have removed these events from our list. We apologize for any inconvenience.  I. November 2016 Rides, Rallies, and Parties II. December 2016 Rides, Rallies, and Parties III. 2017 Rides, Rallies, and Parties I. November 2016 Rides, Rallies, and Parties Image courtesy of Craig Howell. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Beemer fans have a lot to be thankful [...]

By | October 27th, 2016|Wunderlich|0 Comments

14 BMW Motorcycle Parts And Resources That Undeniably Improve Your Ride

Featured image courtesy of Benjamin Thompson. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0 SA.  BMW motorcycle enthusiasts know the importance of great parts, accessories, and resources. The riding experience is more than the sum of its parts, and that means that one small change can make or break it. The perfect glove can literally transform your ride into total comfort. The right tour company can change a rider’s life with an incredible experience. At Wunderlich America, we’re passionate about BMW motorcycle parts. We want BMW enthusiasts to have the best accessories in the world. In this post, we’ve gathered some of our favorite accessories and riding resources. We hope this article will help you take your ride to the next level. Read on! 1. Riding Gloves, Jackets, and Race Suits by HELD We have been wearing HELD gloves for as many years as we have been riding BMWs. HELD is a family-owned company in Southern Germany that actually started making work gloves. This eventually transformed into motorcycle gloves and today, HELD offers far more than just gloves, but excellent riding gear, apparel and much more. HELD has also developed Over & Under Technology, which allows riders to stay dry while wearing their HELD gear. This two-piece, detachable outer membrane can be slipped on quickly if it starts to rain. It offers the full flexibility which riders require. HELD jackets offer comfort, durability, and an impeccable sense of style. With numerous designs in the HELD catalog, there’s truly something for every rider. We can’t [...]

William’s Tech Tips – Final Drive Seal Installation

Welcome to William’s Tech Tips! Need to replace your final drive seal?  Here’s what you do… [This applies to 1970 through 1984 dual shock BMW models.] The final drive seal output shaft is a common source of oil leak, and it’s an easy seal to replace, if you know how. Removing the cover is easy enough; all you need is a couple of M5 bolts to press the cover off by means of the threaded holes in the cover. Knock the old seal out, clean the cover thoroughly, then install the new seal into the cover. At this point, there’s a danger in possibly damaging the new seal when it passes by the many sharp edges of the final drive output splines. The following solution is as cool as it is simple… When you install the cover with the new seal, it’s imperative that the seal settles in its home undamaged. In this case, all you need is a soda can. Carefully cut the end off of the can with some sharp scissors and place it over the final drive output splines.   Place a Soda Can Over the Final Drive Output Splines   Lube the seal with some LIQUI MOLY LM48 Assembly Lube and slide it over the can and into position.  Be sure to heat the cover with a heat gun so that it fits onto the roller bearing without tension.  As soon as the cover is in place, remove the can, and the seal will [...]

Top Custom BMW Motorcycles of 2015

If you’ve kept up with the custom motorcycle scene, you know how hot BMW customs are right now. At Wunderlich America, we’re huge fans of all things BMW, including the mind-blowing customs that keep popping up all over the globe. With 2015 coming to a close, we decided to comb the web for our favorite custom BMW builds from last year. Yes, it’s almost spring—but it really did take us that long to find the best builds of 2015. Here they are—the Top Custom BMW Motorcycles that made the cut. We’ve broken them down into prize categories based on motorcycle type and whether the final product emphasizes vintage or modern styling. We found 20 bikes total--and many, many more that we couldn't include because of space. To all the great custom shops out there: CONGRATS on a fantastic year, and keep up the good work. CORRECTION: many of these photos were edited by Inazuma Cafe Racer. Our team did not initially realize that the photos we sourced from Inazuma were different from the originals created by the builders. We initially published this article without proper attribution to Inazuma Cafe Racer. We have corrected this problem to the best of our knowledge. Please email Paul Wolf, edtior, press [at] wunderlichamerica [dot] com, with any further corrections. Let's check out the winners. 1st PRIZE, TOP CUSTOM BMW 2015 Bavarian Fistfighter (Rough Crafts) MODERN CAFE RACERS 1st Prize: HPNineT (High Octane Speed Shop) 2nd Prize: The Heinrich Maneuver (Deus Customs) 3rd Prize: Brown (Johnnie Wash) 4th Prize: Sun Kist (BikeBiz) [...]

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, [...]

BMW Motorcycle Parts to Protect Your Ride!

We’ve already discussed a few of the great products we have to protect the front end of your R1200 GS when you venture off the pavement. But if you spend more time road touring on your R1200 RT, you’ll need a different type of protection. A paved road, while usually smoother than dirt, isn’t nearly as forgiving if your motorcycle ends up with one of the shiny sides down. That’s precisely why Wunderlich has developed a few key BMW motorcycle parts that will protect your ride when accidents happen. We’ve also included a few of the videos we’ve made that can help you through installation. Wunderlich Engine Protection Bars With the boxer engine that is found on all of the R-series motorcycles, one of the particular dangers that a drop or a skid can bring is damage to the valve covers. Since the cylinder heads protrude pretty far from the frame they’re also one of the first parts to touch the ground in a fall. Dragging the heart of your machine across the blacktop is never good so give it some breathing room with the Wunderlich Engine Protection Bars. For the R1200 RT there are versions for both the original oilhead motor (PN: 8160735-736) and for the later liquid cooled models (PN: 20380101-103). Oilhead installation: LC installation: Wunderlich Rear Protection Bars It’s not just the engine that sticks out from the side of the frame. In the rear, your saddlebags can also take quite a bit of punishment if you [...]

By | June 25th, 2015|Wunderlich|0 Comments

DIY: Easy Belt Drive Service for your BMW F800 ST

The belt-drive system on the BMW F800 ST is one of its most unique features. Though BMW has typically used chain drive technology for the F-series motorcycles, for the ST, the belt drive is the logical choice. Not only is it much cheaper and easier to maintain, since it doesn’t require the same cleaning, lubrication, or adjustment; it will also last longer, run smoother, and run quieter. Plus, since the belt does not suffer from chain lash, the drivetrain will respond like a more costly shaft drive. These qualities make it perfect for a lightweight sport-tourer like the F800 ST. Today, we’ll take a look at servicing the drive belt on one of these unique motorcycles. It’s fairly straightforward if you’re handy with tools. Remember, you’ll find your replacement BMW F800 ST belt drive, plus all the other parts you could ever need for your BMW F800 ST at Wunderlich America. Removing the Old Belt Begin by removing the 3 Torx bolts that secure the foot-peg assembly. As you remove the bolts, take care not to lose the 3 plastic washers that sit between the assembly and the rest of the motorcycle. Once the bolts are out far enough they will just drop out to the ground. Make sure you catch them. Up front, remove the 3 Torx bolts that secure the pulley cover to the engine In the rear, remove the lower belt cover from the swing arm. There is only a single bolt. The rest is secured with [...]

By | June 17th, 2015|BMW F Series, Wunderlich|2 Comments

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
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