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hardwaregrrl 10-06-2012 07:10 AM

My life aboard a BMW R80ST
 
So....I guess it's about time I stopped clogging other peoples threads and just tell you how it is. And let's just start out with a BANG....here's what I've been doing.

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I came to look for an R80ST in November of 2006. The Long way round boys got their hooks into me...I had forgotten about my dirtbike roots as that's where it all began. At the tender age of 12, my mom married a southern boy, southern boy takes us home to his mama in the country, new cousin has an XR80, rest is history.

I realized that my new job, MSF RC, was going to involve a lot of traveling and my R75 cafe was not going to be able to haul all my stuff and be comfy. I found the bike in the summer of '07...and this is how it looked.

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The guy was in his late 70's, was a union electrician, and was running out of gas at the same spot in the middle of nowhere Nevada. This was his solution.

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mark1305 now has the honor of owning this tank... I couldn't grip it and my knees were always hanging in the breeze.

So I got myself an HPN tank after nearly a year wait...and the bike began to morph. Here it is with Bgoodsoil's bike

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I began to get better taking this big beast off road, and soon began exploring. Here we are on the Trans lab.

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But I began exceeding some things on the bike. I began bending fork tubes, and it got pretty expensive. So I relented and took some advice from Bgoodsoil.....and it was rather frightening.:D I put a DR650 triple, wheel, and forks on the bike and had the shock rebuilt to match the R80G/S height.

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It was a lot better, and the braking was pretty awesome compared to the stock caliper. But, I still felt like it was missing something....namely the stock steering. I began to do more single track stuff and missing the steering lock on the BMW triples....and the drawings for the HPMGuy triples to fit WP5060's were back up....and Guy was making a few new runs of the triple. I couldn't pass it up any longer.

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I had help from Brad and Beater with this project, and had issues with head bearings shaking loose.....but have pretty much sorted it now.

I then began setting my sights on goals, namely life goals this past year. I'll be turning 40 on thanksgiving, and I didn't accomplish what I thought I would've by 40, namely motorcycle racing. I began poking stagehand about the rally stuff. He's been trying to get several of us onboard....and I believed it was my time. So I've raced 2 rallys this year. RAlly West Virgina, and Black River Stages. So, I still only have the ST and want to be able to race it, teach off of it, and travel with it....and so far so good. Had a few issues but nothing I couldn't repair.

Since I've owned the bike, I have done the following to it.

Dual plugged
heads refreshed twice, second time by our own Carl
Also the flyingtpot sidestand
Omega 450w alternator
R80 G/S bars
Wilbers 642 shock
Dr650 forks and triples
WP 5060 Extremes forks
HPMGuy triples
Nice Brembo 2pot caliper with SS line
KTM 21" wheel with 17mm axle
FD breather relocator
Rebuilt trans
Rebult the bings now running....
Mikuni 32mm flatsides (still working on jetting)
Odyessy pc680
TT IMO (fucking peice of expensive shit)
Currently: Trailtech striker (cheap peice of semi working shit)
ADVmonster LED aux lights
Fuzeblock
Tank cover and rebuilt scooped seat
Hepco Becker box racks and Afrika panniers that I've had reinforced, twice.
HID headlight in original shell
heated grips
swingarm bearings


I'm certain I've forgotten a lot, but that's the just of it.

Right now I would like to flip the rear brake, but have heard conflicting reports.
I would like to get the R80 Siebenrock power up kit....I need new rings I believe so why not.:dunno

Any advice appreciated......but I don't really fix things until I break them.

chollo9 10-06-2012 07:29 AM

Effin A! Some big time fun there. Loved that you not only got help picking up your bike, but he retrieved your safety triangle for you!

Renner 10-06-2012 08:15 AM

gawd.
that looks like a whole lot of great fun :D

:thumb

thanks for posting the vid. :nod

crazydrummerdude 10-06-2012 09:28 AM

If I even attempted that, the entire video would be me falling over. :lol3

Cool stuff!

Cogswell 10-06-2012 09:56 AM

Looks like you're have a lots of fun J, that's what it's all about. :freaky



Mike

hardwaregrrl 10-06-2012 10:16 AM

Hey thanks guys!!! Downloading a higher res video right now.

Prutser 10-06-2012 12:32 PM

Really like seeing someone using a ST for this.!!!:clap

I think its a real shame there are no events like that over here !

Even thinking about swimming to the UK with my ST for a big bike event.

Love to see more of your mud racing action !:super

Carl 10-06-2012 04:05 PM

WOW HGRRL J! That was quite a blast. The hand deployment of the sidestand was a trip.

Carl

ozmoses 10-06-2012 05:09 PM

DAYUM!!


Know nothing about it, looks friggin' awesome; thanks for putting that up.


Gotta ask about the soundtrack????

Bill Harris 10-06-2012 05:53 PM

[tallulah]
Rally, dahlin, that war sump'in else
[/tallulah]... :rofl

hardwaregrrl 10-06-2012 06:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Carl (Post 19762648)
WOW HGRRL J! That was quite a blast. The hand deployment of the sidestand was a trip.

Carl

Another reason I love your/my side stand. Try that with a stocker!

Oz, soundtrack is pixies (nimrods son) grinderman (no pussy blues)
Alabama shakes (hang loose).

Beater 10-06-2012 08:58 PM

That is pure awesomeness. Rock on Jenna.

ricard 10-06-2012 09:24 PM

:clap!!!! Great video! Great tunes!

Puddle 10-07-2012 08:00 AM

Love that. Where and when Jenna.

hardwaregrrl 10-07-2012 08:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Puddle (Post 19765973)
Love that. Where and when Jenna.

This was Black River Stages just outside of Watertown NY. There are only 3 NASA rally moto events in the east. It is a lot of fun. Over in the racing thread, I've been told I should ride a smaller bike....:huh I cannot blame my poor riding skills on the bike:D


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