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post #1 of 4 Old Apr 15th, 2017, 7:02 pm Thread Starter
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Just bought a 1996 R850R and have a couple of questions.

Hello to all in the forum:

I just bought a 1996 R850R and was wondering what the blue plastic piece under the seat is. I do not have a riders manual so I can't look it up.
The previous owner said it needs a new drive shaft as he had the bike heavily loaded for a trip but did not adjust for the weight and that damaged the shaft?
I looked at the shaft, as I bought the bike all apart, and don't see any damage on it or the spline shafts on the transmission.
Also, it came with no key. Can anyone tell me how to find the key code? I want to order a new key from Ebay.

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Re: Just bought a 1996 R850R and have a couple of questions.

You can get an owners manual from a BMW dealer.

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Re: Just bought a 1996 R850R and have a couple of questions.

Is the blue piece an electrical connector? That is the format for hooking up to the bike computer on your vintage bike. The weight capacity of the bike is quite high. I would find it hard to believe it was overloaded and never heard of a drive shaft being damaged in this way. Take a hard look at other things that might be related. Or ask why the owner has those thoughts. Keep adding to your thread with your "get it running" story.
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Re: Just bought a 1996 R850R and have a couple of questions.

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Hello to all in the forum:

I just bought a 1996 R850R and was wondering what the blue plastic piece under the seat is. I do not have a riders manual so I can't look it up.
The previous owner said it needs a new drive shaft as he had the bike heavily loaded for a trip but did not adjust for the weight and that damaged the shaft?
I looked at the shaft, as I bought the bike all apart, and don't see any damage on it or the spline shafts on the transmission.
Also, it came with no key. Can anyone tell me how to find the key code? I want to order a new key from Ebay.

I attached a pic of the blue piece.


cheers to all
Ron in Canada
Welcome to the forum Ron. I've always been a fan of the naked bikes. I knew a guy who rode an R850R to work everyday...what a sweet little bike. I'm not sure what year his bike was, but as I recall it was green in color. Anyway..glad you decided to join the forum. You'll find lots of information and resources here to help you get your bike up and running. As far as your final drive goes, yours would be the first I've heard where the FD failed die to overloading. That said, BMW had a rash of drive failures in the the past and both our year bikes were effected. The cause seems to be over shimming the FD upon assembly, at least that seems to be the consensus anyway. That said, it seems highly improbably your bike's FD failure had anything to do with carrying too much weight on the bike.

Hope you get your machine up and running soon. Be sure to keep us posted on your progress. If you need help with anything, just ask. Folks here are really very knowledgable and generous with their time. You're definitely in the right place as a new Oilhead owner.
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