ADVrider

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

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-26-2013, 02:30 PM   #31
TipsyMcStagger OP
Beastly Adventurer
 
TipsyMcStagger's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Location: NYC & NPR, FL
Oddometer: 1,005
Quote:
Originally Posted by driggles View Post
There's a name for airheads in this condition....they're called "scrap metal".
Yeah...I'm not considering this particular bike, unless he wants to give it to me (probably a bad idea even at that).

And I can't say I'm not re-considering an XS650 project instead.

Tipsy
__________________
2008 Buell XB12X Ulysses

"There's a plane! Where there's a plane there's probably a pilot! Where there's a pilot there must be a bar! I can finally get a drink!" - Brian from Family Guy
TipsyMcStagger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2013, 02:53 PM   #32
disston
ShadeTreeExpert
 
disston's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Silver Spring, Md
Oddometer: 8,456
I found an old Airhead under a porch once. It had not been run in many years. I bought it. Paid too much of course but for me that was a learning lesson I probably needed.

The bike in question had been covered with one of those blue tarps, worn in many key areas so the water could get inside but not allowed to fully evaporate ever. Under a porch is also a nice spot to guarantee lots of moisture. I bought my brother a tank of gas for his truck and we hauled it away.

Pistons frozen, wiring missing, unknown manufacture ignition, Tornado air disturbers in the carbs (remember those?) Water in the carbs, worn out heads. worn out trans. I ended up using some of the parts and giving some of them away. It was not exactly a loss because the parts mostly fit my 1975 R90/6. I have the trans in my bike now. Some of the front end is on my bike too.

Someday I may get to use more of this bike. It was a 1977 R100S.
__________________
.
Never memorize something you can look up.
---Albert Einstein

Pay your debt, piratejohn.http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=949341
disston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2013, 02:54 PM   #33
bpeckm
Grin!
 
bpeckm's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2008
Location: Road Island
Oddometer: 5,685
...aaah... I now understand the Big Brown Three Holer..... in my mind I was somehow thinking the ole DC-9 when you mentioned MD11... but you run the Heavy!! (they're still DC-whatever in my old-fart brain!)



Good chatting with you!
__________________
XS650 becomes a VT BackRoadRunner
Loving the 80ST
I love projects that take twice as much effort as should be needed. Should be an Airhead motto. (disston)
__________________
bpeckm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2013, 03:02 PM   #34
TipsyMcStagger OP
Beastly Adventurer
 
TipsyMcStagger's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Location: NYC & NPR, FL
Oddometer: 1,005
Quote:
Originally Posted by bpeckm View Post
...aaah... I now understand the Big Brown Three Holer..... in my mind I was somehow thinking the ole DC-9 when you mentioned MD11... but you run the Heavy!! (they're still DC-whatever in my old-fart brain!)

Good chatting with you!
Yep...see me waving?

Good chatting with you as well. Thanks for the info!

Tipsy
__________________
2008 Buell XB12X Ulysses

"There's a plane! Where there's a plane there's probably a pilot! Where there's a pilot there must be a bar! I can finally get a drink!" - Brian from Family Guy
TipsyMcStagger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2013, 05:27 PM   #35
crazydrummerdude
Wacky Bongo Boy
 
crazydrummerdude's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: St Louis, MO
Oddometer: 7,518
Quote:
Originally Posted by driggles View Post
There's a name for airheads in this condition....they're called "scrap metal".
I wouldn't go that far.
__________________

crazydrummerdude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 05:35 AM   #36
kantuckid
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Nov 2007
Location: Kentucky-Eastern that is!
Oddometer: 2,711
As far as "names" go you started out wrong when you said "basketcase" because a true basketcase is like the airhead I bought where the bike was taken apart by someone else,then sat for awhile & sold to me in pieces-ALL THE PIECES! not missing jugs and so on. You were advised well here. Go to WWW.IBMWR.com, CL and spend a month or so & also as a watcher on ebay auctions then after buying a rider and tinkering for a bit you'll know if this is a good direction to take.
__________________
"If I had my life to live over,I'd dare to make more mistakes next time...I'd relax,I'd limber up.I'd be sillier than this trip, take fewer things seriously, I would take more chances... take more trips...climb more mountains...swim more rivers...eat more ice cream." Jorge Luis Borges, at age 85
kantuckid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 06:14 AM   #37
disston
ShadeTreeExpert
 
disston's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Silver Spring, Md
Oddometer: 8,456
Quote:
Originally Posted by driggles View Post
There's a name for airheads in this condition....they're called "scrap metal".
I like Boat Anchor.
__________________
.
Never memorize something you can look up.
---Albert Einstein

Pay your debt, piratejohn.http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=949341
disston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 06:25 AM   #38
Foot dragger
singletracker
 
Foot dragger's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: chico,just below rag dump(nor-cal)
Oddometer: 12,782
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mal S7 View Post
Are you sure that bike is in the US? Over here, it would fetch that, easy.

Y'all spoilt with your barn finds and your $1000 toasters and $100 XS650s.

Who owns a boat? Lets do business!

Mal
I looked over and cleaned my 100.00 XS650 yesterday,chased the black widows out from underneath it.
I was going to sell it as is,it looks too nice now.
19000 miles on it,hardly a dent to be seen,the rust/dirt that looked bad rubbed off with fine steel wool easily. It hasnt run since 1986 as far as I can tell.
It will turn over,Im going to run some oil in the cylinders and see whats what.
Tank is full of shellac,carbs too most likely,could be a runner maybe with work.
__________________
Some bikes around at times
Foot dragger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 06:34 AM   #39
Foot dragger
singletracker
 
Foot dragger's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: chico,just below rag dump(nor-cal)
Oddometer: 12,782
Quote:
Originally Posted by TipsyMcStagger View Post
Yeah...I'm not considering this particular bike, unless he wants to give it to me (probably a bad idea even at that).

And I can't say I'm not re-considering an XS650 project instead.

Tipsy
I was just checking on ebay for parts availability/prices on XS stuff. Theres a plethora of cheap parts on there for the mighty XS.
Cylinder head for 20.00 comes to mind.
I had an 82 XS once that I changed from cruiser/custom in stock form to a standard/street tracker just using older XS parts,easy to work on and fun to ride around.

Clattery and buzzy like any old aircooled twin.
__________________
Some bikes around at times
Foot dragger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 02:53 PM   #40
bpeckm
Grin!
 
bpeckm's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2008
Location: Road Island
Oddometer: 5,685
I just finished up an XS650 project with/for my son, and was really amazed at how cheap most parts are, and pretty available as well. Fun project to go from a "hasn't run in xx years" to a zippy and nimble backroads bike...



__________________
XS650 becomes a VT BackRoadRunner
Loving the 80ST
I love projects that take twice as much effort as should be needed. Should be an Airhead motto. (disston)
__________________
bpeckm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 03:21 PM   #41
Kt-88
I like everything.
 
Kt-88's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2012
Location: SLC area, Utah
Oddometer: 464
I loved both my xs and my current r90/6. The xs was fantastic around town but it's a rare one that's used for full on touring. If that's your thing.

Not that you couldn't. They really are great bikes.
Kt-88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 03:41 PM   #42
disston
ShadeTreeExpert
 
disston's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Silver Spring, Md
Oddometer: 8,456
I've always heard good stuff about XS650's. I thought they were getting rare because they are so popular but you guys talk like they are still common. Too bad I'm a one bike guy or I'd like one of those.
__________________
.
Never memorize something you can look up.
---Albert Einstein

Pay your debt, piratejohn.http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=949341
disston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 05:38 PM   #43
bpeckm
Grin!
 
bpeckm's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2008
Location: Road Island
Oddometer: 5,685
Original and "stock" early bikes are rare, and can be pricey. Lots of the originals were chopped and bobbed, and still are, cuz the motor is reputedly bulletproof (you should see the size of the ball-bearing crank bearings!). Later in the '70s and into the early '80's, the chopper-style became the rage...and they built the Standard and the Special. The Heritage Special had that '80's look with the sissy bar, two level seat, high bars, and are, to my eye, pretty ugly... but they are the same bike underneath it all.


....They are all pretty much a vibrator-on-wheels, though!



__________________
XS650 becomes a VT BackRoadRunner
Loving the 80ST
I love projects that take twice as much effort as should be needed. Should be an Airhead motto. (disston)
__________________
bpeckm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 06:49 PM   #44
Kt-88
I like everything.
 
Kt-88's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2012
Location: SLC area, Utah
Oddometer: 464
Quote:
Originally Posted by bpeckm View Post


....They are all pretty much a vibrator-on-wheels, though!



Yep. My wife loved ours. ;)
Kt-88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2013, 04:38 PM   #45
TipsyMcStagger OP
Beastly Adventurer
 
TipsyMcStagger's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Location: NYC & NPR, FL
Oddometer: 1,005
More delusions.

http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/mcy/3646213892.html
__________________
2008 Buell XB12X Ulysses

"There's a plane! Where there's a plane there's probably a pilot! Where there's a pilot there must be a bar! I can finally get a drink!" - Brian from Family Guy
TipsyMcStagger 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 02:06 AM.


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