I have recently learned that I have an odd mix of classic frame with an AVL motor. The exhaust pipe passes right in front of the oil filter. There is no warming the bike up and removing the cap as I can see it. The previous owner never rode the bike more than 25 miles and then it sat in storage for 3 years. I took charge of it and have had to remove the pipe each time to change the oil filter. Is there another pipe that can be had to clear the filter better that will fit this application? Thanks for any help.
The factory original pipe for your model was a bit straighter and had tighter radius bends unlike the lovely sweeping pipe in its place now.New or used factory pipes are certainly gettable.Have you called CMW ?
Hey Buckeroo, You don't have "an odd mix" of frame & engine. What you have is the same bike I have: a 2008 AVL Classic. The Electra & the Classic are two separate models. The first time I changed my oil, I had the same fiddley time as you, but I'm used to fiddling. I didn't have to remove the pipe. Later I learned I could gain some tiny bit by loosening the header pipe & muffler nuts & cranking here & there then retightening the header pipe nuts. It's not nearly as bad as some things I've had to fiddle with.
Who is CMW?
I think it's odd because it took me awhile to figure out it wasn't either a Classic or an AVL, but a mixture of the two that was made for one year, perhaps two. The discussion groups here don't cover this in between model. So it's frame question over there, engine question over here. And who knows where for parts that connect, like the exhaust pipe. I like the quiet sound and I like the curved pipe, but I don't like how it seems that there is not much play to get it away from the filter.
Sorry bout that. CMW a.k.a. Classic Motor Works is the US R.E. importer. The parts and accessories departments were spun off into their own subsidiary awhile ago that is now know as NField Gear or NFG though many of us still (incorrectly) refer to them as CMW out of habit. Calling on the phone is preferable to emails.