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Old 11-06-2012, 05:00 PM   #1
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New Inmate Arrives in the Asylum on a R80ST

Now that I have no daylight to do stuff in the yard after work, it was time to claim my spot in the asylum!

Back in June I was able to track down a nice R80ST owned by a good group of PA guys. I wonder what the seller thought when he realized he was selling the bike to a 30 year old outside of Washington DC who had just passed his BRC. Truth be told I had been holding out for an ST which confused ... well pretty much everyone I knew.

Fortunately for me and the bike I never really 'adapted' to the DC area despite living down here for the last 12 years. I work on my two other cars and do as much as I can around the house since you can't afford motorcycles when you pay other people to do that sh*t. Adding an airhead to the family came with relative ease. I've been a member of the yahoo R80ST mailing list for awhile now and have a lot of respect for the ADV Rider community. Reading through ADV threads convinced me to go from lurker to lunatic.

As for the bike it is a 1983 in used but good solid condition. Prior owners did all the right things like removing the secondary air system, upgrading the shock, corbin seat, brown sidestand, and red ignition coils. The only things that I've done are to replace the bean can with an alpha unit (hall sensor failed in my driveway), and to add forward hyper whites and rear hyper brites. (Increasing visibility was high on my list here in suburbia).

After I got the bike, I spent every Saturday and Sunday getting up at 6 a.m. to get good ride time before all the idjuts infest the road. I don't remember doing anything that scared the hell out of me, but that may be selective memory talking. Over the summer I gradually inserted myself into traffic, and traffic management/positioning is still something to work on.

Future mods include fitting a pelican IM2400 case and IM2450 case w/ Happy Trails universal mounts to spare my stock (and expensive to replace!) side bags heavy abuse. Over the winter I'll probably be popping up in threads asking about good MD/VA/PA campsites and rides to keep myself sane waiting for spring.

All I can say is what a bike and what fantastic start to a lifetime of riding!

So here comes the big question: where do I buy an ADV rider sticker for my bags!

Cheers!
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:33 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard. Get yourself over to the R80ST registry and sign up. Good choice of ride.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:35 PM   #3
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PICS....or it didn't happen. Welcome aboard, let the games begin!!!
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:12 PM   #4
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:30 PM   #5
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Welcome.

I'm on the road a lot lately. When I'm lucky and the caged majority are fortunate if my lights work at all and the signals don't blink randomly and I can stay in only one lane and SLOW down. Loud obnoxious Airhead in traffic. They are all my positions.

Well maybe it's not that bad but that's the idea.

Remember they don't see you. You are invisible.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:45 PM   #6
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PICS....or it didn't happen. Welcome aboard, let the games begin!!!

Are you allowed to smile in a motorcycle picture or does that just apply to guys that have Harleys??

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Old 11-06-2012, 06:58 PM   #7
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Bike looks great and it sounds like you've got your head screwed on right when it comes to traffic. Welcome.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:34 PM   #8
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Welcome

Welcome.

Very nice bike.

Enjoy the honeymoon. ;-)

It only gets better.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:16 PM   #9
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Great purchase! You'll find a lot of info on here to help you maintain and improve your bike... like adding gas when you run out!
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:05 AM   #10
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You are allowed to smile if there are pretty women or kids in the picture. But try to not over do it.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:00 AM   #11
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Great looking bike. Post a few more pics.

BTW, I hope you soon find that yard work should never take precedent over working on or riding motorcycles. NEVER!
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:46 AM   #12
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welcome, you've got one of the good ones there!
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:56 AM   #13
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Nice looking bike!
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:44 AM   #14
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So here comes the big question: where do I buy an ADV rider sticker for my bags!
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I have a sinking feeling that bike will look a lot different in a year....















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Old 11-07-2012, 08:09 AM   #15
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Thanks for the link to the stickers/patches! I'll pick up a few after I do my first camping trip with the bike.

For now I can't picture changing much more with the ST. Many STs have gotten the G/S treatment (which have created some monster bikes!!), but I like the ST for what it is. The short list of mods I've done or plan to do (forward lights, back off lights, pelican panniers, and maybe some LED idiot lights) were chosen because they are totally reversible within 10 minutes. I even wired up my extra lights to the aux plug under the seat so I didn't have to cut into the original wiring harnesses.

As my signature indicates I'm starting to keep my eyes open for a XR650L. That sort of bike seems more suitable to farkle, abuse, and comprehensively ruin!!

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