Originally Posted by bPat
Picked up the 1992 R100R last night, got to drive it about 100 miles home. A little shaky at first getting used to the turn signals and slow turns, but I feel much more confident now. I did get beautiful side hard cases with it and a slightly higher cafe style fairing as well as the original. A couple of times I've had problems getting out of neutral into first. I would release the clutch, roll the bike slightly and then I can hit first easily. Is this something common or a sign of big problems? It just purred on the highway, I think it's such a beautiful bike. It's so clean and flawless, hard to believe it's over 20 years old. It's totally original, the first thing my buddy says is to cut the fuel lines and put in a fuel filter, I want to keep it stock.
I think it's the stock dash, but the previous owner added a classy clock between the tach and speedometer.
Add fuel filters. Good and simple investment as a bike ages. Bings are good about tolerating dirt but no need to tempt the fates. Pop the carb bowls and have a look, if there is crap in the bottoms, definitely add the small conical filters. Dirt on the end of filler hoses at gas stations can be an issue. Like restroom door handles, you never know about the last guy. You have screens in the tank that will pick off flakes of tank lining and other big stuff. Fuel lines are likely due for replacement anyway. I replace mine ever other year or so.
Removing the EGR emissions system is a popular mod. Simple and you can keep all the bits in a box if you want. The bike runs better. Total emissions increase but if you compare total emmissions/miles traveled in a year, you're still a good citizen.
Quit worrying and ride it. Perhaps check the clutch adjustment and definately set the controls to match your feet. If it goes into first with a nice Clunk, you're golden. It should do this at rest and you might slip the clutch just a bit to line up the shift dogs. It doesn't have the fancy syncros of a car transmission.
Check tire pressures, especially the front. Handling should not be heavy. If someone has fitted an oversize front tire then
it will be heavy.