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Old 01-21-2014, 02:47 PM   #1
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An R80ST gets some love

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.... now that we have your attention, I can say that THAT ^ is not the bike that this is about.....






So it's January 21st, 2014..... it's grey outside, and it's snowing. Arrgh. Been thinking about putting together a thread on the "new" 80ST....

A little background: I rode bikes back in the day (late '60's and early 70's) when you met the nicest people on a Honda. I STILL, to this day, distinctly remember a day when I was driving up I-91 (Connecticut River Valley) in Vermont, and looking in the rear view mirror, seeing a bike coming up in the fast lane... Well, that bike was a BMW, probably a 75/5 in retrospect, and it made THE SWEETEST SOUND as it went past.

Fast forward several careers, marriages, family etc, and my youngest son got me back into bikes. BMW, of course. At the time, for whatever reason, I was able to find, buy and ride a gorgeous R50/2... and I was hooked again. I guess BMW owners can be friends, even if they're not 'the nicest people'... (dontcha love marketing!!)



That ole Slash 2 was a durn good bike, and the farther past in time it gets that I had to sell it, well, it's gotten even better. Rodney J drove down from GA (SC?) and took that ole girl home.

She had been treated amazingly well over the years, and wore her patina nicely.





Rodney did all the right classic things to it, like a proper Denfeld seat. This is what the speedo said when I sold her:



Last I know, she was going strong and being ever the elegant lady.



I still have Slash 2 Lust when I read Renner's thread on his R27 resto




...or danedg's endless pics of his gorgeous ole gal:


Sigh.
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Old 01-21-2014, 03:01 PM   #2
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Just went trolling and found a pic of my ole 50/2...Rodney found a large "sport" tank, put the bags back on, found some headlight mirrors.....





Thanks for the nice work, Rodney.... she looks good!
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Old 01-21-2014, 03:07 PM   #3
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and what about the ST????
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Old 01-21-2014, 03:09 PM   #4
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and what about the ST????
Yeah, what gives? I got suckered in here by false promises of ST-related content.
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Old 01-21-2014, 03:12 PM   #5
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Well, this is supposed to be about the 80ST....

I had heard so much good stuff about the bikes, but they looked HUGE when compared to the Slash 2. First time I rode a friend's 75/5,, I felt like I was a coupla feet higher going down the road!

I collected every photo I could find, comparing/contrasting, saving pics of features I liked.

EngKev's bike appealed:


..as did an incredibly farkled bike in Europe:



...and they do ok in the twisties:


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Old 01-21-2014, 03:14 PM   #6
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Sheesh guys.... I can type and find pics only so fast.....


More ST-Porn:



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Old 01-21-2014, 03:53 PM   #7
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The family tree is good lookin' as well, even with those weird high front fenders....








The more-athletic versions are pretty-OK, too:





..and I am told that some people actually load them up and go places, as in:
ADVenture-ride them:

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Old 01-21-2014, 04:07 PM   #8
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quit jerking our chain you prick teaser!! thought you were talking about redoing one for yourself, not just picts....zzzzzzzzzz
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Old 01-21-2014, 04:15 PM   #9
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Old 01-21-2014, 04:22 PM   #10
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Patience, ma man!!


.... I AM heading there... got all freekin' winter to do this, dontcha know....!! Everybody ELSE complains when there are no pitchers, so I am gonna do the pitcher thing......



So I bought this:




But of course there is more to the story than that.

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Old 01-21-2014, 04:32 PM   #11
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After I sold the Slash 2, I bought this:





which, with some time and some elbow grease and very minimal cold-cash, turned into this:






while I played around turning this:



into this:



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Old 01-21-2014, 04:38 PM   #12
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So, I am coming to realize that I like to wrench and otherwise mess up anything that I can buy cheap enough.....

My son found this for $500:


which, with a lotta fun work (and a steep learning curve for this airhead), became this:






I seem to have a thing for the looks of a bike, too......
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Old 01-21-2014, 05:00 PM   #13
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Run out of Adderall have you?????
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Old 01-21-2014, 05:38 PM   #14
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nah... had to stop for Sustenance.... it's getting dark under the kitchen table....

now, where were we....






dontcha just love winter snowstorms?
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Old 01-21-2014, 05:57 PM   #15
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Oh yes, was starting into the attributes of the ST/G/S family....


Some like to take naps:



...while some like to dig in for the duration:






Some like to keep their ST's C-L-E-A-N:






while others.... mmmmmmaybe not so much:






The common thread is, of course, a LOT of folks dearly love these ST's and G/S's. I fall on the ST side of the equation. Some of the G/S'ers have NO FEAR, whereas I have FEAR of HEIGHTS:



...and I don't stray too far from home.....





That ^ is definitely NOT Rhode Island!


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