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Old 12-18-2007, 12:19 AM   #1
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It's about time you did something about that airhead.

I have an airhead. I have an airhead with a story. I have an airhead that has suffered through some bad times; losing an owner, living in a basement, getting hit by a car not once, but twice.

It needs love, this poor machine, and I'm the man to do it.

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Old 12-18-2007, 12:25 AM   #2
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First, the story. I've owned this bike for three years now, but I've known it longer. I've seen this bike parked at campgrounds in New England, I've followed this bike, I've led this bike. Most of my Sled Dog buddies back in New England know this bike and it's only by sheer happenstance that I managed to become its custodian.

This bike used to belong to Greg McQuide. We were both in Yankee Beemers back in New England. We both wound up in California at the end of the 90s. Him writing for Motorcyclist in LA, having finally achieved his dream job and me, up here in SF, having grown tired of Boston and the weather. His buddy Jim is still out here in LA.

Greg, as you may recall, got killed at the Honda Hoot in 2000. He had the R100CS Last Edition, which Mitch Boehm wound up purchasing from Greg's folks. I bought it from Mitch a few years ago. It had languished in the Motorcyclist garage and when Mitch was ready to sell, I was ready to buy.

Greg, with the R100 at the Larz Anderson European Motorcycle Day show in Brookline, MA., some time in the late 90s.

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Old 12-18-2007, 12:27 AM   #3
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Over President's Day weekend a couple years ago, we took a ride down the LA and picked it up at the Motorcyclist garage. I think it had been outside about once a year over the 5 years it sat there. They'd charge the battery, change the oil, ride it around the block and then it would sit for another year.

Poor baby. When we picked it up, it ran on one cylinder, the tires were rock hard and the battery was on its way out.

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Old 12-18-2007, 12:28 AM   #4
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Old 12-18-2007, 12:31 AM   #5
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I rode it around for a couple years. Usually on nice afternoons around the county. Never far, never tooo fast, just out for a putt putt on the old bike, enjoying riding it around.

Last January, on the 6th at about 9am, I got hit by some guy making a Uturn just over the crest of a blind hill here in Marin. I was only going about 15 or 20 at the time, but it still made a mess out of the front of the bike. It was rideable, but suffered some scars.

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Old 12-18-2007, 12:34 AM   #6
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So it was decision time. Restore or just make it function? How far to go with a restoration?

I'll be honest. I like machines that have some marks on them. Like chairs that show the wear of the feet of people that sat in them, I like my bikes to be ridden and to keep their stories with them.

Should I wipe all the stories? Or should I just make it look decent enough? What would Greg have done to this bike? Full restoration? Pretty daily rider? I have no idea. So what I've decided to do is make this bike a pretty daily rider. It won't be outfitted to ride to Alaska or Key West. It'll be ready to ride anywhere I feel like riding it, which probably won't be far.

I just like riding it.

So it's going to get new paint, the frame cleaned up, the wheels cleaned up, the miscellaneous bits on the front end cleaned up and fixed, some new bits and it'll be ready for a ride.

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Old 12-18-2007, 03:14 PM   #7
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Motorworks here in the UK do a seat cover for the comfort seat....

http://www.bmwandguzzispares.co.uk/b...rs&partcode=TA

why not drop them a picture of yours and ask if it's the same.
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Old 12-20-2007, 11:23 PM   #8
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Motorworks here in the UK do a seat cover for the comfort seat....

http://www.bmwandguzzispares.co.uk/b...rs&partcode=TA

why not drop them a picture of yours and ask if it's the same.
They actually sell a new seat with the right pattern, but it's 200 pounds or $400, which is a bit dear for me. I'll keep searching the used sources here in the states. It's nice to know one's available for $100 less than the US dealers are getting, if it comes to that.
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:41 AM   #9
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Dave, I can't help but remember the photo of Greg from the Larz show. Seems like ages ago.
My S is in about the same state as yours and I've decided to completely disassemble it. Looking at the photo of yours, you're about 8 bolts away from getting the motor and gearbox out and 6 more from having the front end off.
I know I'm leaving out the joy of removing wiring harnesses etc. but if it makes you feel any better, that's what I'm doing today. If I'm very lucky my S will be ready to ride in '09.
Cheers to you and the blonde.

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Old 12-30-2007, 10:48 AM   #10
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Dave, I can't help but remember the photo of Greg from the Larz show. Seems like ages ago.
My S is in about the same state as yours and I've decided to completely disassemble it. Looking at the photo of yours, you're about 8 bolts away from getting the motor and gearbox out and 6 more from having the front end off.
I know I'm leaving out the joy of removing wiring harnesses etc. but if it makes you feel any better, that's what I'm doing today. If I'm very lucky my S will be ready to ride in '09.
Cheers to you and the blonde.

S
I got faith in you that it will be done before that.

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Old 12-30-2007, 09:49 PM   #11
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I got faith in you that it will be done before that.

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Me too.

He just needs someone to firmly place the bit in his teeth.
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Old 12-30-2007, 09:48 PM   #12
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Dave, I can't help but remember the photo of Greg from the Larz show. Seems like ages ago.
My S is in about the same state as yours and I've decided to completely disassemble it. Looking at the photo of yours, you're about 8 bolts away from getting the motor and gearbox out and 6 more from having the front end off.
I know I'm leaving out the joy of removing wiring harnesses etc. but if it makes you feel any better, that's what I'm doing today. If I'm very lucky my S will be ready to ride in '09.
Cheers to you and the blonde.

S
Hey, man!

Glad to see you here.

Yeah, the electrical stuff gives me some pause, that's for sure. I'm hoping to have this ready to ride in April. Paintwork should be back in late Feb, so my marching orders for the next couple months are clear.

Install Tina's new kitchen.

Say hi to Ms. Becky and give her a squeeze for me, will ya?
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Old 12-30-2007, 09:58 PM   #13
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Yeah, the electrical stuff gives me some pause, that's for sure.

Changing a wiring harness really isn't all that hard. The key is patience and having a good shop manual at your side. Skinny fingers will help once you get into the headlight shell, too.
Just remember to not let the magic smoke out. That sucks. DAMHIK.
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Old 12-30-2007, 10:04 PM   #14
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Changing a wiring harness really isn't all that hard. The key is patience and having a good shop manual at your side. Skinny fingers will help once you get into the headlight shell, too.
Just remember to not let the magic smoke out. That sucks. DAMHIK.
Not only that, I can read a wiring diagram, I have a digital camera and I'll hang labels from my PTouch on every connection.

Hopefully, I won't screw it up and everything will work. :fingerscrossed
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Old 12-30-2007, 10:11 PM   #15
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Not only that, I can read a wiring diagram, I have a digital camera and I'll hang labels from my PTouch on every connection.

Hopefully, I won't screw it up and everything will work. :fingerscrossed
This is one area where OCD pays big dividends.
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