The V8 Bike Bus.

The V8 Bike Bus.

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DoubleD

14,483 posts

66 months

Tuesday 17th September 2019
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This looks amazing. Im off to autotrader right now!

Macron

5,323 posts

124 months

Tuesday 17th September 2019
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Is the 4.8 in the E70 shape the same? Prices there are all over the shop, and of course big tax compared to most of these (pre Mar 06).


Court_S

3,351 posts

135 months

Tuesday 17th September 2019
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That does look well OP; the black grilles really suit it. The 4.8 makes a lovely noise.

573

Original Poster:

216 posts

159 months

Wednesday 18th September 2019
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Macron said:
Is the 4.8 in the E70 shape the same? Prices there are all over the shop, and of course big tax compared to most of these (pre Mar 06).
Similar. I had a really nicely spec'd 4.8i Sport: HUD, pan roof, hidden towbar etc.



They're not as good a car as the 4.8is IMO. They're slightly down on power in comparison and the extra weight blunts the performance. It felt just like a diesel E70 feels but with a nice noise. The E53 feels special in comparison.

Macron

5,323 posts

124 months

Wednesday 18th September 2019
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Top feedback, thanks, it has to be said the pic of yours hunkered down and the remarkably small size the E53 appears with everything having eaten pie since then is hugely appealing!

573

Original Poster:

216 posts

159 months

Wednesday 22nd January
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I've found a few pics of the Bike Bus have cropped up in various places. One of my favourites is this one someone took at Retro Rides back in the summer.



It's continued to truck on. I had a really good early-morning run to Dunsfold towards the end of the summer. My son was racing in the Greenpower electric car championship and I had to drop him very early on a Sunday morning. The V8 had chance to clear its lungs on the empty roads.



You may remember I'd always intended to change the exhaust. The system on there had two small silencers in place of the large standard one and small aftermarket back-boxes. It actually sounded really good, although slightly strange at idle as the two banks essentially fed 2 separate exhaust systems that didn't interact at all. I also hated the oval exhaust tips.



I also needed the gutted cat replacing before I could get an MOT. Eventually I got it booked into a Brighton exhaust place that was recommended to me. They fitted two new smaller, sport cats, an x-pipe in place of the 2 small separate centre-silencers and a pair of standard back-boxes that I'd bought.





I'd like this to be a recommendation for them, but when I went to collect the car they'd very obviously damaged the front lower corner, presumably catching it on the ramp.



They denied it and initially tried to say it was already damaged and I was trying to pull a fast one. They got aggressive with me but I refused to just pay my bill until they sorted something out. Eventually they decided to waive all the labour costs and I paid and left. I still wasn't at all happy, but decided to cut my losses and I'll get a smart repair done to the corner.

Next stop was a new set of tyres as the rears were getting low. The fronts had loads of tread but I wanted to change to a different tyre so did the full set. I wanted something that was available for both front and rear axle sizes (275/40/20 & 315/35/20) and that wasn't a run-flat and found options were actually very limited. I ended up with a set of Toyo Sports that I ordered online and then delivered to Wheel Works UK, a wheel refurbishment place to fit them as I knew I could trust them not to mark my wheels.



It was then ready for its MOT...



...which it passed with flying colours.

The new tyres have a wider shoulder and look chunkier and fill the arches even better than the previous ones.



I think it looks really good with the new tyres and exhaust tips. The new exhaust sounds good too, a deep burble with an air of menace without being too loud.



So I'm still enjoying it and it's still doing the job I bought it for perfectly. It's just the right size too. It's actually ridiculous how large a new X5 is in comparison.





bolidemichael

3,483 posts

159 months

Wednesday 22nd January
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It looks ridiculously good

raining_sulphur

192 posts

148 months

Wednesday 22nd January
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I second that. I love this and what you’ve done to it, fantastic looking machine now.

rider73

926 posts

35 months

Thursday 23rd January
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...bloody awesome....


Gary29

2,967 posts

57 months

Thursday 23rd January
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Just LOOK at that grill on the new X5, hideous!

Your car looks great OP, I'd love one.

SteveR1979

250 posts

99 months

Thursday 23rd January
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This car has had me looking at these for a little while now.

Absolutely stunning.

CornedBeef

356 posts

146 months

Thursday 23rd January
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That second to last picture from the rear, that looks perfect - love the fitment. I want one damn it

V8 FOU

2,730 posts

105 months

Thursday 23rd January
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I reckon your exhaust place ought to have some lessons in decent welding as well as customer care.....

bolidemichael

3,483 posts

159 months

Thursday 23rd January
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V8 FOU said:
I reckon your exhaust place ought to have some lessons in decent welding as well as customer care.....
Oi, don't burst the man's bubble! If you have some technical knowhow, at least be forthcoming with your observations... so that he might benefit from your insight.

573

Original Poster:

216 posts

159 months

Thursday 23rd January
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LOL, it’s properly st welding I can see that for myself. It serves the purpose though and whilst not pretty is solid and doesn’t leak.

bolidemichael

3,483 posts

159 months

Thursday 23rd January
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573 said:
LOL, it’s properly st welding I can see that for myself. It serves the purpose though and whilst not pretty is solid and doesn’t leak.
Oi! 573! NOOOO! soapbox



That'll teach me for playing the good samaritan!


573

Original Poster:

216 posts

159 months

Monday 27th January
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I've owned the Bike Bus for a year, which means it's almost a year since it was serviced. So, last week it went in for an Inspection II. I used my usual favourite indi, Owen Garages in Haywards Heath.

BMW claim the gearbox is sealed for life, yet they also sell a service kit that includes a filter, pick-up pipe and sump gasket. They also sell very expensive, specific gearbox oil. I've always been in 2 minds about servicing the box. It worked perfectly as far as I was concerned and I had an element of thinking I'd 'let sleeping dog's lie'. However mechanical sympathy and common sense led me to decide that a fresh filter and new oil could only be a positive thing, so I had them conduct a gearbox service too.

I thought it worked perfectly before, but after the service it is significantly more responsive. It now changes gear smoother and hunts the ratios less but most of all take-off from standstill is much more immediate. it wasn't a cheap process but I'm really pleased I decided to do it.

This week it's booked to have a smart repair done on the near-side front lower corner to repair the damage caused by the idiots at the exhaust place. I'll report back on the results.



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AW10

3,714 posts

207 months

Monday 27th January
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The ZF service kit with oil is available for about €100 from the likes of https://www.buycarparts.co.uk/zf-getriebe/8815873

loquacious

1,032 posts

115 months

Monday 27th January
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I absolutely HATE X5s and others of its kind, but... I absolutely lurve yours. it's gorgeous! Never thought I'd catch myself saying such things about an X5. I need to lie down smile

573

Original Poster:

216 posts

159 months

Thursday 30th January
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SteveR1979 said:
If you took the pics with the bike rack on where you live, then you live in my village!!
I've just realised who you are. wavey