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Old 10-29-2012, 12:21 PM   #16
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I don't find motorcycles to be rational purchases..
Nice to know someone who is un-rational too. That made me laugh.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:25 PM   #17
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You're definitely more knowledgable about this sort of thing ... the only way to really tell is to run the VIN. But the 77's had spokes, and an early airbox ... are you talking about the OP or the one that's referenced in the Craigs add by _cy_ ?
The gray one that someone updated the wheels and tail light but left it a rear drum brake.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:27 PM   #18
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The bike I am looking at has the wheels shown in the pic and not spokes. I do not think these are the recalled snowflake ones but I am not sure. anyone know?


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Old 10-29-2012, 12:39 PM   #19
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Those wheels are period aftermarket by a company called Lester. Some people really like them. Others complain about getting bearings in properly. I've never had trouble with bearings in them and think they lok as nice as the period factory mag wheels.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:07 PM   #20
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Don't discount the age of the recall, most likely it is already one anyway.

A GOOD dealer would honor it regardless of age.
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:25 PM   #21
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Those wheels are period aftermarket by a company called Lester. Some people really like them. Others complain about getting bearings in properly. I've never had trouble with bearings in them and think they lok as nice as the period factory mag wheels.
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:28 PM   #22
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Will BMW North America honor a 35 year old recall - I think not!!!


Also at $6200 you are paying a premium so it better be 100% godd to go!!!

If it's a safety issue, they will. They'll still replace pre-1982 snowflake wheels.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:37 PM   #23
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I guess it would not hurt to ask about the recall but I would think it is "expired" too.

I know it is a lot of money but it is a premium bike. The problem is I don't know if it is worth it. Info is proving hard to find on that tranny recall.
Recall is still honored.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:55 PM   #24
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That's the first I've heard of that recall. And I've got three 77s - an S and two RSs. The trannys work just fine - and have no idea if they had been worked on before or not. Since the S has 140K on the clock, I'd imagine so!

The 77RS is one of the more desirable and collectable of the 70s airheads.

A few years back before the economy went tits up, the 77RSs commanded much higher price tags, but a lot of things are that way. They're starting to go back up from what I've seen, though some are going fairly cheap as well. I could have gotten a nice higher mileage example for $2500 a few months ago. But that was a real deal! And it had the original striped wheels.

To be worth the asking price, this bike should have the original pin striped wire wheels. They're scarce and worth more than the Lesters. Perfect Lesters can bring four to five hundred bucks. The pinstriped 77 wheels are more like $500 to $750.

The other thing to consider is the exhaust system. Some of the 77s had to conform to new smog regulations at that time - so the bikes sold in California, Florida and Oregon had to have 38mm exhaust systems, not the 40mm that the rest of the 77RSs had. To designate this fact, the letters CFO were stamped in front of the engine number by the dipstick. CFO bikes aren't as desirable as the 40mm.

As for rideability - no reason at all it couldn't cross the continent and back if it's in decent condition. I got one of mine in Virginia, flew out and rode it home. Ah, the good old days!
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:14 PM   #25
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Almost every airhead I have ever purchased needed about $2K in work. That one looks real clean but keep in mind if it has been sitting it may, may need a lot of seals and rubber replaced. Forks, shaft seals, brake seals, push rod seals, etc. type of things. Also if the tires are old, no matter how good of tread they have, they probably need replaced. It could be one you get on and go around the world on who knows. It is worth what you are willing to pay for it and what you are going to do with it. As an investment it it seems to be priced high, as a Rider if it is in good shape it could be about right. I have every bit of that amount invested in my 84 R100RS LE but am just a bit anal retentive about my bikes.

If it turns your crank get it, ya know they don't make them any more.

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Old 10-29-2012, 11:49 PM   #26
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I guess it would not hurt to ask about the recall but I would think it is "expired" too.

I know it is a lot of money but it is a premium bike. The problem is I don't know if it is worth it. Info is proving hard to find on that tranny recall.
They'll check your numbers and if the work has been done, you'll know.

If not, they'll fix it. There are many stories re: the wheel recall continuing to be honoured. A mate had his 81 RS front replaced here in Oz just a couple of years back.
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:22 AM   #27
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I've been following this thread as I have a 77 rs and called the biggest dealer in Denver this morning and they said that the computers don't go back that far... any ideas?
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:57 AM   #28
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I've been following this thread as I have a 77 rs and called the biggest dealer in Denver this morning and they said that the computers don't go back that far... any ideas?
They aren't working very hard for you at all. They aren't checking their records, but the compliance records of the bikes VIN number against the recall data.

BMW NA should have the records
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:59 AM   #29
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I've been following this thread as I have a 77 rs and called the biggest dealer in Denver this morning and they said that the computers don't go back that far... any ideas?
BMW dealers vary greatly. Some are outstanding as Airheads sources and some could give a sheet about anything more than 10 years old. Your Denver dealer is lying about the Airhead data. All they need do is plug in the VIN and presto, hundreds of pages of parts.

In No. Cal. all Airheads rave about Ozzies in Chico. Airhead heaven for parts and knowledge.

Similar deep support from Ted Porter's Beemershop in the Bay Area.

Just two I know of that will flat fix you up with the right stuff.
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:03 AM   #30
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Your Denver dealer is lying about the Airhead data. All they need do is plug in the VIN and presto, hundreds of pages of parts.
He's not looking for parts. It's a recall. He needs to see if his bike was inspected or repaired as part of the recall mentioned above. That info probably is NOT in the computer... anyone's computer. Anyone know if they marked the boxes in any way after inspection? A paint dot or a stamp in the case somewhere maybe?
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