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Old 05-14-2015, 09:20 AM   #1
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Slightly interesting thread on another forum



http://forums.pelicanparts.com/bmw-r...ld-you-do.html
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:30 AM   #2
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Poor choice of front tyre!

Sounds like he is really advertising the bike for sale!
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:42 AM   #3
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That's a Laser, right? Probably original rubber from years ago.

I think his question is sincere. I posted the link because it's a pretty bike in unusually clean condition. FWIW.

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Old 05-14-2015, 09:45 AM   #4
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Yep, he's fishing for offers.

I don't understand the guy. He's afraid to ride it because it might get a scratch on it? It's like he thinks it some kind of museum piece. Sad. The dude is going to wake up in a decade or two and realize he hasn't even lived.

And his cagey not-sure-if-I-want-to-keep-it-or-sell-it BS. He clearly wants to sell it, but is afraid to man up and name a price.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:09 AM   #5
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Could be...
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:17 AM   #6
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Someone put a new set of Ohlins on it. Get rid of that and put the right shocks on it to restore it to it's proper being. Then sell it.....to me!!!
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:26 AM   #7
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The thing is, the guy doesn't really like riding the bike. It's in pristine shape, so if he uses it regularly it's going to degrade. It really boils down to whether or not he keeps a garage queen for sentimental or investment reasons.

If I were in his position, I'd probably choose to keep the garage queen. The suggestion to lend it to someone who can display it is creative, I thought.

The problem is, the R90S has achieved icon status and they don't make them anymore. It's a shame to have to be confronted with that dilemma, actually.

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Old 05-14-2015, 10:34 AM   #8
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The joy of owning an airhead is wrenching it, riding it, and then to a lesser degree, sitting by the tent listening to it cool down, with a brew.

Met a guy last year who was kicking himself for selling his R90S awhile back. In his garage a late model R series fuelie sits covered up.

Never bought a bike with idea of selling it and making a profit. It's only a bike and it's only money and you can take neither with you.
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Old 05-14-2015, 11:37 AM   #9
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The joy of owning an airhead is wrenching it, riding it, and then to a lesser degree, sitting by the tent listening to it cool down, with a brew.

Met a guy last year who was kicking himself for selling his R90S awhile back. In his garage a late model R series fuelie sits covered up.

Never bought a bike with idea of selling it and making a profit. It's only a bike and it's only money and you can take neither with you.
Well said....all of it.
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Old 05-14-2015, 06:09 PM   #10
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I can relate a little to the linked thread.

I bought a very tired R90/6 twenty-nine years ago, and fortuitously it came with a Haynes manual. Among the first few pages were an assortment of photos of the /6 range including a stunning Silver Smoke R90S, and I fell in love. Over time, the R90/6 acquired a full set of R90S bodywork but it just wasn't quite the same.

Fast forward to fifteen years ago, and I was able to buy a Nov '75 R90S in boxes, utterly worn out, but with matching numbers. A full restoration followed, and four years later it took to the road. Since then I've done over 30,000km on it, and had immense pleasure riding and owning it. The bike has even won a few trophies in the last few years and also featured in a local bike magazine.

Meanwhile I've also watched the values climb, and that's taken some of the fun out of owning it. In years gone by, these bikes flew under the radar of most other riders, and generally it was only other airhead owners who 'understood' why we rode them. Now, discussions about airheads, and the R90S in particular, tend to revolve more about current values and collector appeal than the actual riding experience. It takes effort (and another ride!) to remind myself that its monetary value is academic if it's not going to be sold.

Our son and daughter have both grown up with airheads, and are still arguing about who will inherit the R90S. Which is kinda nice . . .
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Old 05-14-2015, 06:36 PM   #11
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Quote:
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The joy of owning an airhead is...
Wow. Profound.

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I can relate a little...
Wow^2

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I like the noise {breather valve}

Sometimes it sounds like a long orgasmic sigh after a particularly good run, and I just have to light a cigarette and pat a jug with appreciation.

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Old 05-14-2015, 09:01 PM   #12
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who will get R90s

My 4 yo son said he wants the black on. That would be the R90s.

They start young.. they know what they want.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:22 PM   #13
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My 4 yo son said he wants the black on. That would be the R90s.
One of us!

Since my youngest was 8, he already knew his bike was going to be a red R100 RT with the fairing lopped off. He's now 10, and that's still his bike.
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