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Forum: Road warriors 12-15-2013, 08:01 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,094
Posted By Moonshiner
I've seen some pretty diminuitive people riding...

I've seen some pretty diminuitive people riding the Savage; quite well, too, I might add. They can be fairly inexpensive as well.

She's already riding a step through, so she could keep going...
Forum: Airheads 10-14-2013, 11:45 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,912
Posted By Moonshiner
Well, my most "modern" motorcycle is an oilhead,...

Well, my most "modern" motorcycle is an oilhead, a R1100RS. It goes faster and stops much better than the airhead, but doesn't have quite the soul. Good motorcycle, though.
Forum: Airheads 09-10-2013, 06:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,790
Posted By Moonshiner
Me, too. I sold the last airhead that I bought,...

Me, too. I sold the last airhead that I bought, but I still have the first one I bought.

And, yes, original wife as well.
Forum: Airheads 08-01-2013, 06:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 625
Posted By Moonshiner
You should also be able to purchase small nylon...

You should also be able to purchase small nylon screws/fasteners of the appropriate size at Home Depot. When I've replaced shields, I've purchased from Parabellum who always supplied fasteners for...
Forum: Airheads 08-01-2013, 06:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,056
Posted By Moonshiner
My '77 RS had no reflectors on the forks when I...

My '77 RS had no reflectors on the forks when I bought it back in 2000. It still doesn't. We have no motor vehicle inspection in Minnesota, so I'm not concerned about getting cited or anything.
...
Forum: Airheads 07-23-2013, 07:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,512
Posted By Moonshiner
This isn't what you're looking for, but I'm kind...

This isn't what you're looking for, but I'm kind of going the other direction. I've been riding a '77 R100RS for 13 years now. I picked up an R1100RS last fall. The R100 was my everyday, commuting...
Forum: Airheads 07-17-2013, 09:29 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,357
Posted By Moonshiner
I took 19 years off from riding motorcycles. A...

I took 19 years off from riding motorcycles. A 1977 R100RS popped up on the want ads at a previous job. I already had a '84 Honda Shadow at that time, but thought I would like to take a look at...
Forum: Airheads 06-21-2013, 08:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,340
Posted By Moonshiner
I do, too. I just sold my '77 R100S last fall. ...

I do, too. I just sold my '77 R100S last fall. It was red. The person I sold it to did a frame up resto on it, even though it was already in pretty decent shape. It's now white with red stripes...
Forum: Airheads 05-14-2013, 09:13 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,478
Posted By Moonshiner
When I was in a similar position, i.e. trying to...

When I was in a similar position, i.e. trying to figure out what my wife would ride, I was told in no uncertain terms by an experienced woman rider to NOT do what you suggested above. Bad idea.
...
Forum: Airheads 05-08-2013, 09:14 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,460
Posted By Moonshiner
Gorgeous color, nice choice. This is a...

Gorgeous color, nice choice.

This is a great story. I have nothing but admiration for those that take on projects like this.
Forum: Airheads 05-06-2013, 06:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,814
Posted By Moonshiner
Black is the new chrome! I love the look of...

Black is the new chrome!

I love the look of this bike, nice job.

Will there be tank badges on the final product?
Forum: Airheads 05-05-2013, 02:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,713
Posted By Moonshiner
To the OP, have you sat on a R100S yet so you...

To the OP, have you sat on a R100S yet so you know what issue you may have? I'm 6'2", with a 34/35 inseam, and I had an "S" for several years. It was an S converted to an RS, but the pegs were...
Forum: Airheads 05-01-2013, 01:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 888
Posted By Moonshiner
Well, it IS a 30 year old motorcycle, and it IS a...

Well, it IS a 30 year old motorcycle, and it IS a BMW airhead, so there WILL be some things that you'll have to do, some of them on a regular basis, i.e. valve adjustments, carb sync's, spline lubes,...
Forum: Road warriors 04-30-2013, 08:50 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 22,605
Posted By Moonshiner
2 stroke street bike, like an RD250/RD350/RD400...

2 stroke street bike, like an RD250/RD350/RD400 or one of the Kawi triples. It's quite an experience, and one everyone should have once.

2 stroke enduro, i.e. something from the Yamaha DT line,...
Forum: Road warriors 04-30-2013, 08:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,797
Posted By Moonshiner
The only piece of advice I'll offer is the same...

The only piece of advice I'll offer is the same that I'd say about any used BMW, and that is find out all that you can about the maintenance history of the bike. A well maintained bike that has a...
Forum: Airheads 04-23-2013, 12:33 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,478
Posted By Moonshiner
Assist with her choices, but don't push too hard....

Assist with her choices, but don't push too hard. What anybody on an internet forum may think will work, may just not be her cup of tea.

My wife took the MSF course on her own Vino 125. She...
Forum: Airheads 04-12-2013, 11:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,024
Posted By Moonshiner
Are the caps the metal ones? If so, they can be...

Are the caps the metal ones? If so, they can be problematic in wet conditions. When I replaced my wires, I also replaced the caps with the NGK caps...straight from a BMW dealer.

I wouldn't...
Forum: Airheads 03-29-2013, 08:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 886
Posted By Moonshiner
Just wondering why he says it would make a good...

Just wondering why he says it would make a good scrambler or cafe project. Are the fairings messed up? Looks pretty clean from the pics.

I mean, sure, for $1700, do with it what you will, but...
Forum: Airheads 03-28-2013, 08:05 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,058
Posted By Moonshiner
Seriously, if you want something that reflects...

Seriously, if you want something that reflects the period, get a modern, full face helmet from a respected manufacturer, then have the helmet painted or get decals or whatever.

Try on several...
Forum: Road warriors 02-08-2013, 11:08 AM
Replies: 4,058
Views: 622,111
Posted By Moonshiner
Well, just little things, like the ergos of the...

Well, just little things, like the ergos of the pegs to seat. The shape of the tank. For some reason, (maybe I never looked at the pics close enough), I thought the tank would be rounder. From the...
Forum: Road warriors 02-06-2013, 12:59 PM
Replies: 4,058
Views: 622,111
Posted By Moonshiner
BMW doesn't really make a retro bike. However...

BMW doesn't really make a retro bike. However there are still quite a few "R" bikes from the 70's and 80's still on the road, ridden as daily riders. Mine is one of them

Ducati had their "Sport...
Forum: Road warriors 02-05-2013, 01:09 PM
Replies: 4,058
Views: 622,111
Posted By Moonshiner
If it hasn't been posted before in this thread,...

If it hasn't been posted before in this thread, let's remember some of the attempts at "retro" that are no longer sold in the U.S. such as the Kawi W650, the Kawi ZRX, and other older Honda attempts...
Forum: Airheads 01-31-2013, 08:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,822
Posted By Moonshiner
I can't add much to what's already been said...

I can't add much to what's already been said here. But for me, it wasn't the steering head bearings. I bought my first '77 and rode it awhile before fixing or changing anything. I noticed a shimmy...
Forum: Road warriors 01-31-2013, 08:01 AM
Replies: 607
Views: 96,390
Posted By Moonshiner
Saw one at the local motorcycle show. IMHO, it's...

Saw one at the local motorcycle show. IMHO, it's set up better than its predecessor, the 800ST.

I liked it quite a bit. That said, if I buy one, it'll probably be used after someone else has...
Forum: Airheads 01-28-2013, 09:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,829
Posted By Moonshiner
Awesome! Yep, check the carb sync, that may help...

Awesome! Yep, check the carb sync, that may help with the vibration. You've already figured out to preload the shifter, that's good. They all need that.

These girls have their sweet spot in...
Forum: Airheads 01-28-2013, 09:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,240
Posted By Moonshiner
I own a '77 RS with the 40 mm pipes. Mine is not...

I own a '77 RS with the 40 mm pipes. Mine is not original by any means. But it's a bike that I truly enjoy riding.

Like all things old and collectible, the old RS's are not worth what they once...
Forum: Road warriors 01-25-2013, 12:06 PM
Replies: 2,021
Views: 320,809
Posted By Moonshiner
I think you'll like it, congrats on the new ride.

I think you'll like it, congrats on the new ride.
Forum: Road warriors 01-21-2013, 08:32 AM
Replies: 4,058
Views: 622,111
Posted By Moonshiner
Yep. If you're gonna go retro, go retro. ...

Yep. If you're gonna go retro, go retro.

It'll be interesting to see how many people back up their praise with their checkbook on this one. Honda came close with this one, IMHO, but not quite...
Forum: Road warriors 01-14-2013, 12:29 PM
Replies: 782
Views: 167,519
Posted By Moonshiner
I totally agree with the statement about the F...

I totally agree with the statement about the F and R models. I really liked the R model.

The thing is, the 500's will be good options for beginner bikes. Power won't be as big of a concern.
Forum: Road warriors 01-13-2013, 10:33 AM
Replies: 4,058
Views: 622,111
Posted By Moonshiner
My experience was very similar at the show. I'm...

My experience was very similar at the show. I'm the same height, my inseam is 34 inches. The bike wasn't drawing near the interest at the show I thought it would. Another thing I noticed was how...
Forum: Road warriors 01-11-2013, 03:54 PM
Replies: 2,021
Views: 320,809
Posted By Moonshiner
That's what, around 6400KM or 4000 miles per...

That's what, around 6400KM or 4000 miles per year? It's a bike that's been ridden regularly, that's for sure. If possible, see if the seller has any maintenance records. That mileage isn't out of...
Forum: Airheads 01-11-2013, 06:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 822
Posted By Moonshiner
It's been my experience that, when they go, they...

It's been my experience that, when they go, they go just like yours did. No warning, then...nothing. I posted in the Westco thread about my experiences. You can try to charge them but they won't...
Forum: Road warriors 01-08-2013, 07:39 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 12,418
Posted By Moonshiner
Currently own 2 BMW's (an airhead and an...

Currently own 2 BMW's (an airhead and an oilhead), and owned another airhead in the past. Great motorcycles.

I've only ridden one Harley, a 2003 1200 Sporty. I was pleasantly surprised. It was...
Forum: Airheads 01-05-2013, 07:49 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,089
Posted By Moonshiner
Bob's BMW in Maryland will sell an oil change kit...

Bob's BMW in Maryland will sell an oil change kit for airheads that includes the white O ring and all crush washers that you need.

Yes, it costs more, but it's a nice option, and you don't have...
Forum: Airheads 01-04-2013, 08:56 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,540
Posted By Moonshiner
I had a Westco last a whopping 2 years in my '77...

I had a Westco last a whopping 2 years in my '77 R100S. My experience with AGM batteries is one day they're OK and the next day, they're completely gone. Back in 2007, went on a 5 day riding...
Forum: Airheads 01-04-2013, 08:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 616
Posted By Moonshiner
I'd start at $2100, and see what happens. Like...

I'd start at $2100, and see what happens. Like everything else, airhead prices have been hit by the economy. There may be ads out there where people are asking higher prices, but you really need to...
Forum: Airheads 12-17-2012, 10:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,480
Posted By Moonshiner
Thanks for sharing! It's great that there...

Thanks for sharing!

It's great that there are still people out there that'll do the right thing.
Forum: 2 smokers 12-07-2012, 09:00 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,854
Posted By Moonshiner
Oh my! What a resto! See that "new" purple...

Oh my! What a resto!

See that "new" purple 750 just sends shivers down my spine!
Forum: Airheads 12-07-2012, 08:54 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,996
Posted By Moonshiner
I most definitely see myself riding something...

I most definitely see myself riding something lighter and simpler. Airheads are basic, but they do require some regular attention. Acquiring a modern, lighter motorcycle as I get older would...
Forum: 2 smokers 12-05-2012, 10:57 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,376
Posted By Moonshiner
Yep, I don't think they wanted to work very badly...

Yep, I don't think they wanted to work very badly on the little RD. They were trying to talk you out of it.

You did the right thing.

Another good forum for 2 stroke support is...
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