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Old 06-19-2010, 11:55 PM   #271
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But can be so easily sorted with a small screen, maybe BMW should have done that?
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Old 06-20-2010, 07:51 AM   #272
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"Binnacle". That's a term I've never thought to apply to the ST's instrument/dash cluster. But it fits. (I'm a former ship driver).

But, +1 on the styling failure, and the idea that a small screen can fix the visual problem. I like the looks of it while riding the bike, but that's about the only angle it looks good from.

I've sat and stared at my bike more than once and studied how to go about fabricating a different setup to mount the stock instruments in individual cases and place everything a little lower. Maye even having to fabricate new ears and lower the headlamp slightly to make everything fit just right. I got the idea for the instruments from some pictures posted on here, IIRC, of some trick stuff being made for the build up of a San Jose BMW race bike.
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:07 AM   #273
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...idea for the instruments from some pictures posted on here, IIRC, of some trick stuff being made for the build up of a San Jose BMW race bike.
Ah! I'll have to look for that.

Kev's right as well, his small screen improves the appearance considerably.

I've shopped around for a suitable flyscreen but haven't settled.
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Old 06-20-2010, 02:58 PM   #274
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For me the a GS fuel tank went a long way to solving some of the styling issues of the bike. It solved the transistion from the seat to the head pipe area.

The Instrument pod is still way oversize.

With a stock tank, adding a mini fairing only exaggerates this.
At least the BMW mini screen, Moto Guzzi Mk1 Lemon and buell screens I've tried have.
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Old 06-21-2010, 07:25 AM   #275
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Advice regarding tyres

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I forgot to mention: That's wasn't a guess. The tires SAY bridgestone on them.

Can you tell me how the bike handles on tar (pavement) with that rear tyre?

My tyreshop does not want to fit that TW52 knobblies to the rear, telling me it wont suit the bike. What is the bias anyway?
I have fitted a TW101 on the front, but have not ridden it yet, awaiting a rear tyre.

I am just about all the time on tar, but have a profound wish to start discovering dirtroads. Therefore the DS tyres.

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Old 06-22-2010, 10:55 AM   #276
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Can you tell me how the bike handles on tar (pavement) with that rear tyre?

My tyreshop does not want to fit that TW52 knobblies to the rear, telling me it wont suit the bike.
That's not a photo of my bike, so I can't comment on how the trailwings are. I know they come standard on DR650s and those guys like to refer to them as "deathwings" as they aren't terribly grippy in the wet from what I've heard. I've run all manner of dual sport tires on my ST including Avon Distanzias, Pirelli MT60s, Mefo Explorers, etc. Don't let them tell you that you shouldn't put dual sport tires on an ST because it isn't a dual sport. If they fit the rim, then they'll work. If you go with something pretty knobby you might notice a bit of drift if you like to lean the bike over hard. If you're riding mostly pavement I'd give the Distanzias a look. They're great on the road, good enough on gravel, and last a LONG time.
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:47 PM   #277
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found the one!

As of today I'm happy to announce I now own an ST - at least I have a piece of paper in my hands that says I do! The bike will have to be shipped from across the country. #7786

This bike has been in excellent hands. My desire is to continue that tradition.



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Old 06-23-2010, 08:56 PM   #278
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Congrats Lotus

looking mighty clean there.

hope you won't have to wait long
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:06 PM   #279
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Purty!

Ooh! You got a purty one there. Congratulations, and do enjoy!

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Old 06-23-2010, 10:54 PM   #280
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As of today I'm happy to announce I now own an ST - at least I have a piece of paper in my hands that says I do! The bike will have to be shipped from across the country. #7786
Good looking ST! It even comes with all the goodies. Ours must've rolled off the production line together because mine is #7788. Unfortunately, mine doesn't look nearly that good anymore - entirely due to my use and abuse. It looked GREAT when I got my hands on it. Enjoy.
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:34 AM   #281
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Wow! She sure is pretty! Congrats. You won't be disappointed. And on a snake note, let me know if you want to unload that smaller windscreen as I have just busted mine
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:06 AM   #282
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Well done Lotus, great looking bike, added to the list
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:30 AM   #283
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Thanks all! Maybe she'll make it here in time for me to ride over the hill to the BMW MOA National Rally. (fingers crossed)



And a note - Like Airhead Wrangler's ST, although mine was manufactured in '83 it is a '84 model.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:03 PM   #284
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Just a heads up. I'm selling a bunch of my R80ST take-offs as I've realized that the bike will never suit my purposes in stock trim. That and I need to pay the rent. Here's a good opportunity to snatch up some unobtanium ST parts.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=242
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Old 07-16-2010, 07:47 PM   #285
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best all-around airhead ever

The R80ST gets my vote...

...of course, I haven't ridden them all.

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