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Old 06-29-2010, 11:18 PM   #76
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Gotta love'm alright, The'll take you to some great places How's the progress on yours Tanami ?

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Old 06-30-2010, 04:41 AM   #77
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Much like lego, you can pull em down, pack em up, reinvent em ... a cafe racer, a classic cruiser, an off road race replica, a sensible commuter, a rally hack..they are all way cool. Dreams made (easy) here. Oh and you can send em across country by Australia Post ...(and this should answer your query Brotown)....

prior to discombobulation...

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Old 06-30-2010, 07:54 AM   #78
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I'm new to the BMW world. I have been drooling over BMW's dual-sport bikes for years but never thought I'd buy one. Now that I've inherited my father-in-law's r65, I'm learning more about old airheads, and love it.

Super easy to work on, even for a newb mechanic. While I haven't taken it out on any long trips (yet) I hope to once I confirm the condition of some of the bits and pieces. I'm not intimidated with the thought of being stranded... it's so easy to work on.

Great looks, a lot of character, and get waves, thumbs-up, and all sorts of comments from other riders. Not that I care about any popularity contest, but it's cool to meet people, and an old airhead is a great conversation starter.
I had a Red '83 R65 with a windshield and bags. It can't quite compete with a sailboat or a dog, but led to far more social success than the other bikes I'd owned.

Eventually had the Simpson painted the same color as the bike. Sold it in '91 as I lived near the ocean and it was rusting to bits.


Toying with the idea of a mid-70's bike, just for fun.
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:20 AM   #79
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That photo looks straight out of a period catalog.
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:15 AM   #80
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:16 PM   #81
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Yeah. Nice chinos.
Cords. You can't see the cowboy boots....
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:49 PM   #82
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Gotta love'm alright, The'll take you to some great places How's the progress on yours Tanami ?
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Any links to info on your your bike or a build up thread?

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Old 06-30-2010, 01:50 PM   #83
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For most of the reasons already given, particulary Plaka's little tribute on the first page. I recognized some real fellowship in that.


For spending 2200 dollars on it back in '92 and no matter how many other 10 to 20 thousand dollar bikes are in in front of the bar everyone goes out of the way to ask about this one. That always pisses riding friends off.

For being the first bike to get back on after a 10 year absence and never reallly wanting more almost 20 years later.

For being a work of art on its own mechanical merits with barely a hint of embellishment. Among finest examples of "form following function" as I've come across in any design.




Something I can't help noticing though is how poorly treated some of these bikes appear to be. Most, really, of the older airheads I see on the road are dirty and appear poorly maintained. Anyone else ever notice this? I live between Detroit and Chicago. Is it simply that other bikes that are this old are generally in landfills? Does that explain it? Even if they're not well cared for they still keep ticking?

There are a few mentions of the R80s being exceptionally smooth. This is an R65. With all these years of learning my own tuning and maintenance, and getting pretty good at using my DIY aquarium tube and fork oil manometer (thank you advrider!) I almost can't believe that anything could be smoother. At 5000rpm the engine virtually disappears and is only barely noticeable anywhere else in the range. When I first got the bike I paniced on the way to Chicago when I looked down and noticed that the tach was nearly redlined and I hadn't even noticed! I don't know how long I was in fourth, but the engine certainly wasn't letting me know about it.

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Old 07-01-2010, 12:09 AM   #84
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Something I can't help noticing though is how poorly treated some of these bikes appear to be. Most, really, of the older airheads I see on the road are dirty and appear poorly maintained. Anyone else ever notice this? I live between Detroit and Chicago. Is it simply that other bikes that are this old are generally in landfills? Does that explain it? Even if they're not well cared for they still keep ticking?
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I found my first airhead rotting away in a garage behind a pile of old doors. I knew it's full ownership history but the guy wouldn't sell it for weeks. I finally went to work on his wife; she wanted money for a new kitchen, he didn't ride it....

I was a poor social worker living in a basement dive and the bike lived out back under a tarp. Over a few years I fixed I up, painted it , polished stuff, rode it all over the country, fixed stuff that needed it, did a LWB conversion, dual plugging, bigger alternator, konis, a 900cc build out, etc. It was a pretty bike in polished aluminum and Back Imron. I had found another and parted it out to myself so I had two of everything. It always ran perfectly.

Then I went back to school. 5 years of no money and less time. Sometimes the bike lived outdoors under plastic. Sometimes I had a corner of a garage. It was an urban commuter in a tough climate. More things got patched than fixed. There was no time for polishing or touching up frame paint. it acquired white rust. I used tractor batteries and Chinese tires. I didn't tour anywhere. The bike got pretty ratty. It (and my finances) never recovered. It went a whole lot faster than it stopped or handled and was a hazard and a half to ride. I eventually parted it out. I really never wanted to see someone else riding what I had built and owned for 20 years.


An airhead is a good poverty riders bike. If it came with a factory toolkit you don't need much else to keep it going. It's easy to understand and wrench for a newbie. It's long lived, long legged and tough---it keeps going even when very worn. It's a two wheeled Volkswagen that burns less gas and picks up more babes. It's got brand cachet even if it isn't real pretty (like a rusty old BMW 2002). You feel OK on it and when you're poor and there are so many tastes you might have but can't afford , it's a bright spot. And it's reliable. When it's all you got to get you there it does.. But you can't take it off the road to do a bunch of restoration because it's all you got to ride.

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Old 07-01-2010, 12:24 AM   #85
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Looks like there's a lot to be happening soon Please do keep us updated
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Old 07-01-2010, 03:52 AM   #86
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Looks like there's a lot to be happening soon Please do keep us updated
Man, that looks like more fun than Xmas
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:45 AM   #87
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I found my first airhead rotting away in a garage behind a pile of old doors. I knew it's full ownership history but the guy wouldn't sell it for weeks. I finally went to work on his wife; she wanted money for a new kitchen, he didn't ride it....

I was a poor social worker living in a basement dive and the bike lived out back under a tarp. Over a few years I fixed I up, painted it , polished stuff, rode it all over the country, fixed stuff that needed it, did a LWB conversion, dual plugging, bigger alternator, konis, a 900cc build out, etc. It was a pretty bike in polished aluminum and Back Imron. I had found another and parted it out to myself so I had two of everything. It always ran perfectly.

Then I went back to school. 5 years of no money and less time. Sometimes the bike lived outdoors under plastic. Sometimes I had a corner of a garage. It was an urban commuter in a tough climate. More things got patched than fixed. There was no time for polishing or touching up frame paint. it acquired white rust. I used tractor batteries and Chinese tires. I didn't tour anywhere. The bike got pretty ratty. It (and my finances) never recovered. It went a whole lot faster than it stopped or handled and was a hazard and a half to ride. I eventually parted it out. I really never wanted to see someone else riding what I had built and owned for 20 years.


An airhead is a good poverty riders bike. If it came with a factory toolkit you don't need much else to keep it going. It's easy to understand and wrench for a newbie. It's long lived, long legged and tough---it keeps going even when very worn. It's a two wheeled Volkswagen that burns less gas and picks up more babes. It's got brand cachet even if it isn't real pretty (like a rusty old BMW 2002). You feel OK on it and when you're poor and there are so many tastes you might have but can't afford , it's a bright spot. And it's reliable. When it's all you got to get you there it does.. But you can't take it off the road to do a bunch of restoration because it's all you got to ride.
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:53 PM   #88
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I came to Airheads about 6 years ago after a long affair with old Harleys and Triumphs. It started when a friend's life -- and motorcycle preferences -- were forever changed by a wayward woman BMW rider. He got hooked on BMWs, and married to a great lady.

As his enthusiasm for horizontal twins grew, he repeatedly suggested I try
one. True to my undying love of older, simple motorcycles, I gravitated toward a 1978 R100S. I rode it for a few years, traded for an early 80s R100RT, but found I missed the S, save the vague steering at
high speeds, presumably caused by air lifting that stunning bubble fairing.

Enter my latest and probably last BMW: a 1977 R100RS. I love everything about this bike. The simplicity. The sound. The feel. The fuel
economy. The fairing!!! It is still a relevant, capable design, a claim few 30+ year old bikes can make. The BMW always seems fresh and ready to pile on the miles.

The Brit bikes are history. And I still own and love my panhead. But the Airhead has my deepest, ever-growing admiration.
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:10 PM   #89
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An airhead is a good poverty riders bike. If it came with a factory toolkit you don't need much else to keep it going. It's easy to understand and wrench for a newbie. It's long lived, long legged and tough---it keeps going even when very worn. It's a two wheeled Volkswagen that burns less gas and picks up more babes. It's got brand cachet even if it isn't real pretty (like a rusty old BMW 2002). You feel OK on it and when you're poor and there are so many tastes you might have but can't afford , it's a bright spot. And it's reliable. When it's all you got to get you there it does.. But you can't take it off the road to do a bunch of restoration because it's all you got to ride.
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:27 PM   #90
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I was a poor social worker living in a basement dive and the bike lived out back under a tarp.
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