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Parking the bike...

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 6:33 pm
by HassoBoxhead
After a string of issues, I have to park the bike until I can find help. I’ve muddled thru batteries, light changes, oil changes, tire changes and other minor things. I’ve realized though, that there are limits to my ability and trying to nail down and rectify an oil leak out of the back of the engine that has gotten worse. I’m too afraid of doing permanent damage to do anything more until I can find someone that knows these rigs and do this right.

I anticipate going into immediate withdrawal, I’m looking at this forum like a support group!

Re: Parking the bike...

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 7:03 pm
by RC20
Sorry to hear its giving you grief.

I know you have those tiny states back there.

How far is Heidel in Ohio from you?

Also a good dealer by reputation up in Pittsburgh.

BMW dealer likely would have no issue fixing it, seals arn't hard though a bit of getting to. Not sure I could crawl around long enough to do one of those these days.

Re: Parking the bike...

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 7:11 pm
by Mr Wazzock
See my post on your other topic here: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=54144&p=693056#p693056

Re: Parking the bike...

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 8:45 pm
by Lmo
BMW dealer likely would have no issue fixing it,
A "BMW" dealer would more than likely not even want to touch it. There aren't too many "Airhead" mechanics left anymore that actually know what they're doing with old boxer engines.

Re: Parking the bike...

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 9:39 pm
by Pterodactyl
Many BMW dealers will not work on Airheads any longer.

Re: Parking the bike...

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 10:02 pm
by chaos2
RC20 wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 7:03 pm


BMW dealer likely would have no issue fixing it,
Heck, they'll barely acknowledge my K75s is actually a BMW. It hasn't seen a dealer in 20 years and even then I had to explain details to the mechanic and parts guy. You'd probably have better luck at a private Harley shop or you local lawn equipment repair place. :lol:

Re: Parking the bike...

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 10:26 pm
by harryball
Call Jon at Heindl. Work out getting your rig to them, they'll know what to do and do it right.

Rear seal leak (if that's what it is) is not as big of a deal as it sounds and can be fixed without removing the engine. But it does require some work and I had to make a couple of special tools when I did the one in the 2010 Patrol. While I support the idea of doing it yourself and believe anyone with some basic mechanic skills can do it, I very much admire those that know when to quit.

The leak could be the rear seal, rear retaining plate seal or the transmission input seal. Sounds like you know it is from the engine (having to add oil I would guess). The big question is why did the seal (or gasket) fail? It could easily turn out to be a bad bearing (which happened in my case) and it needs replacing as well.

Heindl can sort it out pretty quick.

Re: Parking the bike...

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 11:13 pm
by HassoBoxhead
I can’t get my rig to Ohio, so I’ll try to find someone local. I would normally try it myself, but as I drive this to the Pentagon every day and back, I want to make sure I don’t do more damage than good. I love this rig and plan on many years of enjoying it!

Re: Parking the bike...

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 11:58 pm
by Waffl6
HassoBoxhead wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 11:13 pm
I can’t get my rig to Ohio, so I’ll try to find someone local. I would normally try it myself, but as I drive this to the Pentagon every day and back, I want to make sure I don’t do more damage than good. I love this rig and plan on many years of enjoying it!
These are the people I know of from this forum that are in Virginia and a brief description of what I know about each of them:

Tomcatfixer - This guy loves some Urals for sure. He is a bank of knowledge that is most likely more than willing to allow you to make a withdrawal, but it may take some time for him to get settled into his new home. Seriously one of the best guys I have ever met. Even if he can't get hands on, I bet he'd let you pick his brain over text.

Dneprtim - Old school dude, lives somewhere near Norfolk? I don't know much about him, or if he knows about Urals. Dneprs, he's knowledgeable I believe...

Lokiboy- Heavy poster here, seems to know a lot.

Gobium- May or may not still be in Maryland. HEAVY hitter on the forums. A true professional when it comes to Urals. Lots of crazy stuff from him over the years.

TheWildOnes- Arlington, he's getting older and can't see so well these days. I don't know if he will be much help, but you can try.

If I knew more, I could offer assistance as well. But I just don't know anything about these rigs yet. Now, if you're willing to tear into this if you have some help, I can offer an extra set of hands, free of charge.

There is a dealer in Keymar, Maryland. I called them up a few weeks ago trying to buy jets but the guy was dodgy and never actually got back to me about whether or not he had them...after two conversations on the phone. He never returned my call after that.

Contact the Baltimore Motorcycle Collective community garage. Their Facebook page has lots of pictures of people rebuilding old BMW's. They should have someone there that can help.

Post on the DC-MOTO Facebook page. Post on the RVA Motorcycle page.

Old school mechanics are in abundance in our area, I can assure you of this. You WILL find someone here that can work on it.



Hope this helps... :)

Re: Parking the bike...

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 3:18 am
by WEGUNTER
Thought there was a shop that opened up in the Fredricksburg VA area that worked on Urals. Can't remember the name but they were discussed on this forum a number of times.

Re: Parking the bike...

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 6:28 am
by Lokiboy
Beemer Uber Alles, in Manassas works on Urals and can diagnose your rig then you decide if you want to fix it or have them do it.

Re: Parking the bike...

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 9:18 am
by Tomcatfixer
Tomcatfixer - This guy loves some Urals for sure. He is a bank of knowledge that is most likely more than willing to allow you to make a withdrawal, but it may take some time for him to get settled into his new home. Seriously one of the best guys I have ever met. Even if he can't get hands on, I bet he'd let you pick his brain over text.
Well, dang! I'm flattered, for sure. I'm gonna be looking for post-Navy employment in the near future and I just might put that in my resume. :lol:
I’m too afraid of doing permanent damage to do anything more until I can find someone that knows these rigs and do this right.
I'd be willing to assist, but, as Noah mentioned, I'm not available until late June. You could drop the bike off at my Gordonsville home and I'll work on it when I can, but I won't be able to put forth any serious effort until after I retire.

Re: Parking the bike...

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 11:42 am
by Happytrails
Sorry to hear about your Ural. Hope you can get er fixed soon. :)

Re: Parking the bike...

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 12:28 pm
by HassoBoxhead
Tomcat, that's really great of you to offer to help, very much appreciated. Hopefully I can get to the bottom of this before then!!!

Thanx all for the encouragement, already missing riding it in to work this morning, gorgeous day outside!!!!

Re: Parking the bike...

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 1:43 pm
by INSUBORDINATOR
I'll tell you about my oil leak - in case it makes you feel better. I've owned 2 Urals both had a leak from similar vicinity - as yours. Because I keep it indoors I bought a big "blitz" tin auto engine size drip pan for my fist Ural. Urals were NOT designed to use Synthetic oil. I use it anyway knowing it will migrate if it can. I felt that the reasons for using synthetic outweighs (from a repair expense factor) the small amount of oil & bother synthetic use entails. Having ridden British bikes most of my life, I got over Oil Leak sensitivity. I'm not at all concerned with my 02 tourists Wet Dreams.
Ever since My first Ural would make a visible offering in the drip pan, I began checking my dipstick compulsively - & was surprised to find NO SIGN OF MISSING OIL reading the dipstick - so obviously a small drip migrates in the drip pan & looks like a small puddle. When it drips on cement its absorbed into a small drip size mark. I have given up worrying about my Ural marking its territory, because it will continue to do so with synthetic oil. & since I can never see any loss on my dipstick - which I check before riding - I no longer worry about it. As we used to say back in the day OIL IS CHEAP.
SO unless your hemorrhaging oil, I'd keep riding - while observing actual consumption - before I decided to park it.
NOT CLAIMING EXPERTISE - just experience, & telling you WHAT I DO. Hope it helps....