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Old 04-20-2015, 06:04 PM   #1
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Trying to decide - 1981 R100RT

I have an opportunity to pick up a 1981 R100RT from and acquaintance. He claims the bike ran fine when parked 5 years ago and had no problems. It has 150k mi. on it and he tells me it is all original. Neither the engine nor transmission have been opened for refreshing. I haven't seen it up close yet, but from his pictures it appears everything is there and just needs a lot of TLC.

I'm not worried about cosmetics, it the mechanical's that concern me. If I get it, I thinking all fresh fluids, clean the carbs, pull the tank and try to fire on a temporary fuel tank, then go from there.

Any input on what you think this might be worth and where would you start to bring this back to life.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:36 PM   #2
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It sounds good but that is a lot of miles to have with no major repairs. Expect that something major will need attention soon. Price should be in accordance with this expectation.

What color is it? Any pre purchase pictures?
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:16 PM   #3
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It sounds good but that is a lot of miles to have with no major repairs. Expect that something major will need attention soon. Price should be in accordance with this expectation.

What color is it? Any pre purchase pictures?
Here's two pictures I have:



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Old 04-20-2015, 07:17 PM   #4
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I have an 81 R100RT with 163K plus miles. I can't imagine that bike NOT needing extensive mechanical attention to darn near everything. Yes I'm anal but that's a lot of miles over a lot of years. Things wear out.
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:42 PM   #5
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Needs a repaint.

Looks like you are close to Anton Largiader's shop. He can rebuild every part of that bike that you may need help with. Depending on your personal expertise you may take care of a bunch yourself but the transmission at least should be done by an experienced hand.

If the bike is close to him where it is now he may even know the bike? http://largiader.com/

I think you might as well tell us what sort of price is the seller thinking?
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:46 PM   #6
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It might sound crazy, but I wouldn't repaint that bike. It has many stories to tell. i'd preserve that faded beauty as is. I'd tear into the mechanicals to get it freshened up though, reliable and safe. Then ride it for another 150,000 miles!
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:51 PM   #7
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Needs a repaint.

Looks like you are close to Anton Largiader's shop. He can rebuild every part of that bike that you may need help with. Depending on your personal expertise you may take care of a bunch yourself but the transmission at least should be done by an experienced hand.

If the bike is close to him where it is now he may even know the bike? http://largiader.com/

I think you might as well tell us what sort of price is the seller thinking?
Thanks, I hadn't though about checking with Anton. This is located near him and Anton might be familiar with it. I'll give that a try. As far as price we haven't discussed that yet, but I do know he had this on CL for $1950 within the last 6 months.
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:53 PM   #8
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It might sound crazy, but I wouldn't repaint that bike. It has many stories to tell. i'd preserve that faded beauty as is. I'd tear into the mechanicals to get it freshened up though, reliable and safe. Then ride it for another 150,000 miles!
I like that approach.
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Old 04-21-2015, 03:38 AM   #9
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I second that motion

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It might sound crazy, but I wouldn't repaint that bike. It has many stories to tell. i'd preserve that faded beauty as is. I'd tear into the mechanicals to get it freshened up though, reliable and safe. Then ride it for another 150,000 miles!
Well said.
Pretty things are fun to look at.

Real things are just cool.

(I've given this same speech to the girlfriend a time or two).
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:03 AM   #10
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It might sound crazy, but I wouldn't repaint that bike. It has many stories to tell. i'd preserve that faded beauty as is. I'd tear into the mechanicals to get it freshened up though, reliable and safe. Then ride it for another 150,000 miles!
X3. To me that is a $1000 bike, but with the potential to give you many miles of enjoyment after some key service and perhaps more. That patina is earned, not faked.

It does look 100% original, right down to the "dangerous" recalled front 19" snowflake. If that wheel has not cracked in 150k miles, it's probably good for another 150k.
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:37 AM   #11
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$1,000 would be a good price, FOR YOU....IF it runs and shifts and stops correctly.
Most likely, when NOT sold at the $1,950 price.....for six months......the owner will want $1,500 at least.
YOUR job is to whittle the price down to "our magic number".
IF NOT, let it go and go find a better one.....albeit at a MORE EXPENSIVE price.
HAVE FUN!
Good luck...
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:20 AM   #12
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That was an ugly bike when the paint was fresh. When I said it needs to be painted I didn't mean the same color scheme.

I agree that you should pay no more than $1000 for this bike. It is going to eat 3 to 6 K in the next couple of years.
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:21 AM   #13
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I'm crazy about the looks of that bike..!

But unless you're looking for a project I'd let it go. You think you're saving money by reacting on deals or whatever like that when in fact you're spending money on stuff you don't need.

If you do buy it, I'd love to see what untouched crank- and camstuff, bearings, heads, gear box, final drive gears, etc. look like after 150K miles

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Old 04-21-2015, 09:41 AM   #14
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Seeing the stock pulse air stuff in place, I would make sure the check compression. Being over 100K I would say that piston rings and most likely exhaust valves and guides would be due.

Transmission rebuilds are very expensive.... just an FYI

I just pulled a 1981 R65LS with ~118K miles out of 14 years storage and have it back on the road... what I have run into are in my thread below.
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Old 04-21-2015, 09:47 AM   #15
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That was an ugly bike when the paint was fresh.
What????? Go wash your mouth out with soap, young man!
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