Originally Posted by One Less Harley
If I had to limit myself to one bike...God forbid..it would be the old reliable R80G/S, which does more than the other two.
Newer GS oil or water head..NO WAY..I'll take the Airhead any day!! It'll still be going when the water heads are being parted out for scrap...
another vote for R80G/S .. a nicely sorted out G/S is a joy!
like anything has weaknesses .. once the electronic ignition is replaced with points and alternator upgraded. you are well on the way ..
wheel bearings, final drive typically last life of bike .. tranny may need attention every 120k+ miles or so .. airhead motors are known to go for a long time.
compare above with a modern BMW like F8 .. no comparison in amount of maintenance needed ..