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Old 06-29-2010, 04:43 AM   #61
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I love our airhead because I still remember the day in 1988 when my Dad turned up on it and I, aged 11, said "I'm not getting on the back of that".

I still remember it being the first thing we did together that we had in common where we had fun regardless of where we went.

I love it because I remember him teaching me to ride it at age 13. I felt like a king on that bike.

I remember feeling sorry for it when it became too small to competently carry the two of us around and it was pensioned off and an FXRS replaced it.

I remember it being moved around like it was a nuisance for nearly 5 years. I felt sorry for the undeserved resentment at its presence held by my Dad's partner. Eventually it was carted off to the farm and left to collect dust, be knocked over with tractors and just get in the way.

I remember exciting day when my partner and I rescued it and stored it at our place - fortunately for the bike because it would have either been stolen or incinerated by now like everything else at the farm.

I remember the heartache when we started to restore it together and the further we went the more we realised it needed.

I remember the trepidation the day we turned the key after the rebuild.

I remember the beaming grin the day the Girlie rode it for the first time and suddenly decided that riding a TTR250 on road had flies on it.

I LOVE the trips we've done. I even like the way it used to break down and show us stuff about the way we were to eachother. I laugh at the fact that we were saved in the middle of nowhere, 10 hours from home by a family of hippies in a Kombi with jumper leads. They lived where we'd just traveled to in the Adelaide Hills. He had an old Guzzi GT he was not allowed to ride anymore...



I love the fact that the last trip we did I'd assumed that she would take the VFR but she wanted the R65.

It's a keeper. It still needs another 100 hours put into it.
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:13 AM   #62
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I love my fully restored 92 GSPD because of its simplicity. No complex or $$$ ABS to fail, no computer controlled fuel injection to fail etc etc.

It is the best bike I have EVER owned (and I've had lots new and old).

If you get one, hang onto her forever


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Dude, I hope that I am not being rude, but exactly how tall are you? The bike looks tiny, and it should not!
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:40 AM   #63
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Good eye, but you missed 1 thing.

Blue ATE40 calipers.

That is a tell tale sign of a R100RS, so its a 77 R100rs frame with a 76 R90/6 motor that has had a little work done to it. Dellorto 40's, Siebenrock 1000cc high comp jugs, dual plugged heads and a 2.91 rear end.

Soon to have this over the winter.

Oh, I see. Noticed the calipers, but you can never really tell for sure with low rez pics.

So it's not really an R90S by any stretch, then?

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Old 06-29-2010, 06:42 AM   #64
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AS stated a 77 R90S?

They did not make R90s in 77. Its a bitsa bike that just makes you smile everytime you open up the throttle
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:54 AM   #65
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Its a bitsa bike that just makes you smile everytime you open up the throttle
Got'cha.

And your '38 BMW R71 is Jiang Chiang?

There's a pattern here somewhere...
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:16 AM   #66
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"I love airhead."
"Do you really love the airhead, Brick?"
"I LOVE AIRHEAD."


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I've heard a lot of stories from older guys saying 'I had such and such bike way back when and I wish I had never sold it.' Well, I'm listening. I'm on my first airhead I won't sell it. I'm simply not going to let that happen. A large part of a young man's life is not doing things that will cause regret for the old man he'll turn in to. I hope the 60-something Me appreciates all the hard work the 20-something Me is doing!
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:43 AM   #67
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Got'cha.

And your '38 BMW R71 is Jiang Chiang?

There's a pattern here somewhere...
Yes I like expensive toys but do not have the money.

However, If you would like to contribute 50k to my buy a real R71 fund, I can send you my bank #
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:03 AM   #68
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You to ....

Be careful, your avatar made me thinking that you can love more expensive toys than a bike
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:33 PM   #69
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How Tall ??

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Dude, I hope that I am not being rude, but exactly how tall are you? The bike looks tiny, and it should not!

Does this give you some idea ??


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Old 06-29-2010, 04:46 PM   #70
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If those are size 13 shoes, then I'd say you're 6'6". If they're size 14, then you're closer to 6' 10" feet tall. Of course this is only based on the size of my thumb against the computer screen... completely scientific!
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:56 PM   #71
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Does this give you some idea ??


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But seriously, lets get back the reason for this thread, the love of Airheads mmmmmmm Thats one of the many reasons I gave up the Oil head above
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:57 PM   #72
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If those are size 13 shoes, then I'd say you're 6'6". If they're size 14, then you're closer to 6' 10" feet tall. Of course this is only based on the size of my thumb against the computer screen... completely scientific!
I like your method
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:53 PM   #73
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I got my first airhead 25 years ago. It was an R90/6 and I used it as a daily rider for seven years before it reached the stage where it needed a lot of loving. I took it on several long trips, some with my wife riding pillion, many with friends, all of them memorable.

Along the way, We acquired an R75/5 for my wife, and a ratty R65 powered by an R80 engine (and THAT was a fun bike!). Eventually an R90S basket case became available eight years ago, and and became the focus of a nut, bolt and rivet rebuild. My wife, son and daughter took as much interest in the process of the rebuild and pride in the result as I did, and my kids are both still arguing over which of them will inherit the bike when I'm gone . . .

I've ridden several other bikes over the years, and vaguely considered upgrading to a more modern bike several times. Each time I've ridden my airhead though I've been reminded of all the qualities which drew me towards them in the first place. They aren't exceptional at anything in particular, but they are competent at most things and they reward the rider who learns to master them in subtle ways.
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Old 06-29-2010, 07:15 PM   #74
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Old 06-29-2010, 07:38 PM   #75
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Does that tatoo say "Call me Nancy"?

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