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Old 11-14-2012, 06:47 PM   #1
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Cheap, trouble free boxers.1990, and older.

If I wanted to try a cheap, trouble free(for a used old bike) boxer, that gave a vibe more Ural like as opposed to a 2012 GS1200A vibe, what are the best years, models?

My budget would top out around $2000, and I'm not scared of wrenching..I rebuild engines on cars, do valve adjustments..heck I even work on helicopters.
That said,..I'm not a fan of the idea of setting points..so a conversion kit sohuld be available?
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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That's a pretty broad question! And for $2K, you can't be a chooser, but deals like that do come up. And it's pretty well understood for that price it's going to need some fixing - maybe a lot - it's not always easy to tell how they were treated, and what's worn or ready to fail.

The other part of the equation is you - what do you want? What's the intended purpose? How much are you willing to spend getting it back into shape?
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:36 PM   #3
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I got my '78 GL1000 for $400. I'm not really sure what you mean by a Ural like vibe, but it is an older boxer that has a well-deserved reputation for being bulletproof. The only problems I've ever had with mine were a failed fuel pump and a burned-out voltage regulator. Both were easy fixes and at nearly 40 years old, I can't really complain. And there are plenty of cheap ones out there. Oh, and there is a readily-available electronic ignition kit for getting rid of the points.

Basically any of the GL1000s or GL1100s (which come from the factory with electronic ignition) will be good, cheap, older boxers. Not 2-cylinders like the Urals and BMWs, but still boxers. There are enough of the old 'Wings out there that they don't really command as high of a price as the vintage Beemers.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:09 PM   #4
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Deals are out there. I picked up a '82 R100RT with fairing and bags off CraigsList for $950. It will cost another $650 or so to have it on the road and very reliable.

Not really a Ural vibe. More of a BMW grumble.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:21 PM   #5
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There's an r80 on cl in LA for 1150.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:15 PM   #6
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Here's one closer to you, Columbus Ohio. Not mine.

http://columbus.craigslist.org/mcy/3418348123.html
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:48 PM   #7
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That's a better looking deal!
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:56 AM   #8
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Here's an older one in the NYC area http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/mcy/3399992452.html
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:00 AM   #9
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Here's an older one in the NYC area http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/mcy/3399992452.html
I'm not really part of the search discussion, but this /6 has a drum front brake. I'm confused.

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Old 11-19-2012, 11:52 AM   #10
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I'm not really part of the search discussion, but this /6 has a drum front brake. I'm confused.

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Think the /6s were only made from 1974-1976. So this R60/6 couldn't be a '79. Also think the R60s and R75s had front drums for all years, while the R90 had a disk up front (drilled starting in '75?).
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:22 PM   #11
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Think the /6s were only made from 1974-1976. So this R60/6 couldn't be a '79. Also think the R60s and R75s had front drums for all years, while the R90 had a disk up front (drilled starting in '75?).
My guess is that it's a combination of several bikes. The headlight appears to be just like the one on my '75 R75/6, including the ignition switch on the side, but what kind of speedometer is that? Certainly not like my /6's speedometer/tachometer unit. My bike does have the drilled front disc you mentoned. I'm still about a 4 or 5 month airhead NOOB, so I'm just trying to be observant and learn about some of the year and series differences.

Sorry if my questions and comments are screwing up this thread.

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Old 11-19-2012, 05:23 PM   #12
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You may have noticed the Airhead forum. Please post about airheads over there.

If you haven't, take a few minutes to read the posting guidelines in this forum.

Thank you.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:18 PM   #13
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I believe all the R60's have drum front brakes. Only the /5 R75's had drums, /6 has disk. Up until and thru 1980 all Airheads had ignition points. There are electronic conversion kits for any of the Airheads with points, that would be 1970 to 1980. 1981 on has OEM Electronic, which has it's own problems, especially the first couple of years.

For the money you say you want to spend you won't get to be very picky. Weak points in Airheads are the Transmissions, the Bing Carburetors, the OEM charging system, Receding valve seats, The Factory Shocks, worn seat covers, bent front forks, poor lighting and rusted out exhaust systems. Other problems include wheel bearings that only last 100K, steering head bearings that only last 90K, leaking rear oil seals, worn rear wheel splines, bent transmission input splines, blown rocker shaft bearings, a $2000 O-ring (in the oil filter compartment), missing circlips and broken shifting, rusted out fuel tanks and water or metal fillings in any of the places that are supposed to have oil.

Love my Airhead. Must be Love, why else would I ride her.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:26 PM   #14
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If I wanted to try a cheap, trouble free(for a used old bike) boxer, that gave a vibe more Ural like as opposed to a 2012 GS1200A vibe, what are the best years, models?

My budget would top out around $2000, and I'm not scared of wrenching..I rebuild engines on cars, do valve adjustments..heck I even work on helicopters.
That said,..I'm not a fan of the idea of setting points..so a conversion kit sohuld be available?
nice airheads come up all the time on craigslist for $2,000-$3,000 range. just don't expect to score an R80G/S or R100GS for that. although a R80G/S just sold for $3,900 on ebay.

on never knows what will come up... do a national search on Craigslist.
road bike R100 series come up for $2,000 range all the time... same for R65 series.

there's no substitute for low miles. if you do the work, little to no $$ to bring one backup with low miles. airheads seems to need long term work in terms of 50k miles intervals. try to find a bike with all the farkles on it... saddlebags can cost $500+ used

for instance transmissions could need service after 50k miles, but some go 150k+ with same tranny. etc, etc.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:49 PM   #15
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there is a few search engines you can use such as search tempest, or craigslist apps available on mobile devices that can search multiple cities at once. It wouldn't hurt to post a wanted ad either. You never know what you will find. Good luck.
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