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Old 07-20-2013, 04:03 PM   #796
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Nice bike. What's the dealeo with white wind screen - mount over oem plastics?

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Hello, I just purchased a 81' G/S #2497.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:05 PM   #797
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Thank you. The screen seems well mounted to me (this says quite little). I will be going through the bike over the next few months and replacing the tank with a PD and/or basic g/s or ST tank. I really don't mind the windscreen for looks or function. Is there something I should be concerned about or looking for? This is my first g/s and I hope it will be with me for a long time. I have been lurking on this site for about a year and have become a tremendous fan of the serious adventures shared on this site. I hope to someday report on one of my own mild adventures or slight bike modifications/improvements... however, it will probably be a while. We have a newborn in the house that has made me more lame than before especially when it comes to fixing motorcycles or taking off for weeks at a time.
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:25 AM   #798
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Nothing to worry with - I'm planning for new paint this winter - black is mine, below represents target. Mine had a clear screen on it which I removed, may go with something like you have for a bit more wind pro.

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Old 07-22-2013, 05:31 AM   #799
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That "white windscreen" is a standard BMW windscreen:




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Old 08-25-2013, 06:30 PM   #800
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A G/S owner once again

After an 18-year Honda purgatory I am happily back aboard an R80g/s. The bike is a 1981 model year, number 2614. Not sure of its early history or mileage, but was purchased as a basket case in 98 by a fellow in Idaho who lovingly restored it, put 30K miles on it, then apparently got too old to ride it.

I picked it up in Boise last week and put 1100 trouble-free miles on it riding it home.

Here it is all shiny and clean when I got it (unlikely to ever look this nice again):





At Zion NP on the way:



And here is what it looked like when I arrived home:



My trip was almost exclusively pavement, but I had to do about 20 unplanned water-crossings after thunderstorms and flash floods turned parts of the Amboy Road into a river. The bike handled it without a hiccup (and on that note, anything I should drain, clean, or replace after running through water? The deepest water was probably about 12 to 15 inches, but going through water splashed up over my head and soaked every inch of the bike with muddy water).

And, for posterity, here is the only photo I have left, circa 1992, of my old g/s, also an 81. Its functional existence was ended in 1994 by a left-turning Subaru. Really wish I had kept the tank. I’ll see if I can dig out an old insurance doc that has the vin number to help fill in the registry (or perhaps to find out if it has been resurrected after I passed the mangled mess off to a friend of a friend who had seemingly overly-optimistic ambitions of rebuilding it).

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Old 08-25-2013, 07:56 PM   #801
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just check your FD oil if it got too deep you don't want to run chocolate milk too long. Also check the speedo cable to tranny boot to keep water out. Nice looking bike. I would advise to use the kick starter only in emergencies.
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:45 PM   #802
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I would advise to use the kick starter only in emergencies.
Why?
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:44 PM   #803
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Hello, I just purchased a 81' G/S #2497.




That G/S looks very familiar

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Old 08-26-2013, 06:18 PM   #804
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Why?

starter is a known weak point on the G/S...I hate to point it out on such a nice bike, but look at the pict above my post #800 now look at the white bike above....see how the kick starter seems to stick out a little far. That's because the internals have been bent from too much use. emergency use only. Kick should tuck in nicely behind side panel.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:10 PM   #805
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Ok. I understand. Too bad, because I like to use.
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:00 PM   #806
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Well since we're on the cusp of a sticky... I have VIN #2701 a 1981 G/S. Originally sold in Great Falls, MT by Spartan Cycles. I'm the second owner, but now she's a Canadian citizen.
This thread has been a little sleepy of late, here's an overdue photo of my rig to liven things up a bit.

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Old 09-13-2013, 02:57 AM   #807
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Here's mine. Aug 1984 ###2777 Melbourne Australia.
I found this bike in 1997 and would rather ride than restore. Cosmetically she's looking her age but still goes well


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Old 09-13-2013, 12:26 PM   #808
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Old 09-13-2013, 02:01 PM   #809
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Nice looking dog Loius!


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Old 10-02-2013, 09:28 AM   #810
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Hello
Here is mine, well i am a bit of a liar; it is a GS Basic. The youngest daugher of the G/S.
It has some improvments or so to say like Paralever, Marzzochi forch k serie passenger footrests, tubeless alloys and anti pollution system (unplegged thank you).
It is really a bycicle to drive and i really enjoy it.
My very first potorcyle was a 1983 G/S and then i had almost all the airheads and K models but now i am back to basics, for long i hope!!!
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