ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Bikes > Old's Cool
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-13-2011, 04:02 PM   #1
The Raven OP
Banned
 
The Raven's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2006
Location: Off the map,
Oddometer: 4,813
G/S welding, are they all this bad?

I've been pulling bits off my G/S lately and have found welds that look like a local kid with his dads stick welder screwed with. At first I thought that the bikes background had a couple mishaps, but in looking at the frame, the welds are pretty much uniform in crappyness and slag spittle. Is this common, or is it because the 81 model was a bit less refined being the second year manufacture?


The Raven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 04:43 PM   #2
Airhead Wrangler
Adios Mexico
 
Airhead Wrangler's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Back in Seattle, FINALLY
Oddometer: 6,325
Looks like maybe yours was the last one made on a Friday afternoon. I've never seen spatter like that on an airhead frame. Probably just as strong as any other one though.
__________________
R80ST Gets The HPN Treatment
Seattle to TDF on an airhead

Current rides: HPN #834, '93 R100GSPD "red rocket", '73 R75/5 Toaster mongrel, '80 Ducati Pantah 500SL, '92 DR350, '67 Honda SS50, '80 Honda Chaly.
Airhead Wrangler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 04:47 PM   #3
The Raven OP
Banned
 
The Raven's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2006
Location: Off the map,
Oddometer: 4,813
Good to know mine has character
The Raven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 05:11 PM   #4
woodgrain
In-Dented Savant
 
woodgrain's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: east of Scarbaria
Oddometer: 777
Three words could describe the reason the welds look like shite...Turkish guest workers.

Woodgrain
woodgrain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 05:13 PM   #5
Infracaninophile
Finding My Way..
 
Infracaninophile's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2001
Location: New England, USA
Oddometer: 7,517
Mine doesn't look like that. Mine looks like the work of a master craftsman who farted air that smelled like baby foxes. It's that good.

Tom
Infracaninophile is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 05:17 PM   #6
hardwaregrrl
You talkin' to me?
 
hardwaregrrl's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: Atlanta
Oddometer: 6,875
Quote:
Originally Posted by Infracaninophile View Post
Mine doesn't look like that. Mine looks like the work of a master craftsman who farted air that smelled like baby foxes. It's that good.

Tom
Whoa! That's quite a line, Tom. Color me, impressed!!!
Hey Raven, maybe it was "bring your kid to work" day.
hardwaregrrl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 05:29 PM   #7
StephenB
G(/)S ... what else!
 
StephenB's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: Ontario
Oddometer: 2,046
Looks like a bodge job to me. Very unlikely it came from the factory like that, but not imposssible.
__________________

Some of the above is fact, some is fiction, some is my personal imagination and some is just simple truth. [me]

... i'm not touring around the world, but neither are most of the guys i see running overloaded spam cans ... [bmwblake]

Stephen Bottcher
Ontario, Canada

'72 R75/5 The Blues

www.stephenbottcher.net
StephenB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 06:09 PM   #8
The Raven OP
Banned
 
The Raven's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2006
Location: Off the map,
Oddometer: 4,813
I'll take some other photos tomorrow. Not all the welds look like that, but some do. I thought they were botch jobs...till I started seeing more of them.

Tom is right, his welds are beautiful....but his is a newer G/S, Hans the welders son Otto must have gained some mad skills in a few years.
The Raven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 06:26 PM   #9
Houseoffubar
fine beer sampler
 
Houseoffubar's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: Bothell, Washington
Oddometer: 1,758
I've seen a lot of mediocre welds on steel, and aluminum framed bikes over the years, for some reason there is a lot of inconsistencies between bikes, but don't let that get you down, steel is strong stuff. Those things aren't going anywhere! Just clean off the spatter, and powdercoat. no one will be the wiser!

P.S. I'm a certified aircraft welder
(for credibility)
__________________
1978 R100/7 Build thread 1915 Boardtrack racer replica (Electric Powered) Lots of bicycles
Hemp: The strongest natural fiber in the world, and the most nutritious plant on earth.....why is this illegal again?
Houseoffubar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 06:30 PM   #10
The Raven OP
Banned
 
The Raven's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2006
Location: Off the map,
Oddometer: 4,813
Quote:
Originally Posted by Houseoffubar View Post

P.S. I'm a certified aircraft welder
(for credibility)
I thought aircraft were riveted....at least the ones I've flown.
The Raven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 06:36 PM   #11
Houseoffubar
fine beer sampler
 
Houseoffubar's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: Bothell, Washington
Oddometer: 1,758
Yeah, unfortunately all the welded ones crashed!
__________________
1978 R100/7 Build thread 1915 Boardtrack racer replica (Electric Powered) Lots of bicycles
Hemp: The strongest natural fiber in the world, and the most nutritious plant on earth.....why is this illegal again?
Houseoffubar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 07:00 PM   #12
Barnone
Beastly Adventurer
 
Barnone's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Location: WNC SWFL
Oddometer: 3,747
Quote:
Originally Posted by Houseoffubar View Post
Yeah, unfortunately all the welded ones crashed!
Nasty,Nasty.
I was a certified pipe line welder at one time. Got one for me?
__________________
Vince @ SWFL or WNC
2001 Kawasaki W650
2012 Dong Fang DF250RTB
Barnone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 07:12 PM   #13
Houseoffubar
fine beer sampler
 
Houseoffubar's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: Bothell, Washington
Oddometer: 1,758
Ha ha, sorry, I only do self deprecating humor!
__________________
1978 R100/7 Build thread 1915 Boardtrack racer replica (Electric Powered) Lots of bicycles
Hemp: The strongest natural fiber in the world, and the most nutritious plant on earth.....why is this illegal again?
Houseoffubar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 07:33 PM   #14
Wolfgang55
Beastly Adventurer
 
Wolfgang55's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: Next to Rio Bravo
Oddometer: 3,303
Must have happened on Monday morning just after beer fest.
Wolfgang55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2011, 07:57 PM   #15
Infracaninophile
Finding My Way..
 
Infracaninophile's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2001
Location: New England, USA
Oddometer: 7,517
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Raven View Post
I'll take some other photos tomorrow. Not all the welds look like that, but some do. I thought they were botch jobs...till I started seeing more of them.

Tom is right, his welds are beautiful....but his is a newer G/S, Hans the welders son Otto must have gained some mad skills in a few years.
Raven:

Mine is an 81. So, 1st year for the US. What year is your's again?

Tom
Infracaninophile is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 01:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014