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    New member from Davenport, Iowa

    Hey, I'm Jasper. I'm 32, have autism, and have just acquired a project 1977 R100S. I got it for free, the guy just wanted his garage space back. It doesn't need much work, both carbs need cleaned and half the left jug needs put together. As far as I know, I have all the parts, but this is new to me. My experience so far has been old UJMs and a couple of Intruders. The deepest I've gone in any engine is removing and reattached the cylinder head of a 1980 GS550E. I don't have a garage, so I do all my work in the backyard (cold weather sucks!). I figured I'd make an introductory post on here before I inundate the forum with stupid questions. I'm currently at work, but I can add more pictures when I'm home. 20221116_194012.jpg20221116_201347.jpg

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    Welcome to the forum.
    Beautiful bike.
    You should be able to find everything you need to know here.

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    Pretty good looking bike...and you got it for free? You did well.
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    Welcome from central Florida. Good luck with the rebuild. You will end up with a nice ride.

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    Welcome zombiepotatosalad! Best of luck with the project. Thanks for posting the pic. Looks like you have a very able assistant to oversee your efforts.
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    Willkommen Mr Zombie!

    Good luck with your Iowan Winter and with your new-2-U Vintage BMW. Ya canít argue with a freebie BMW!

    My suggestion for a new BMW mechanic is find a couple mates or a club near you for personal over-the-shoulder advice.

    We just had a Tech Day here in our Rocket City backyard, but Mrs-HSV was the only person whose Airhead needed attention (fork seals). Our weather was just too cold for the crowd down here on the Tennessee River - even working in our closed garage.

    Whilst I was at work elsewhere, she got two local Vintage chums [FB: NAVMC] to stop over and help do most of the work (that I had already begun). Apparently, itís not too challenging on most of the Airheads...

    You might also investigate a repair manual if one did not come with your purchase!
    https://haynes.com/en-us/search?quer...20BMW%20R100RS

    To my tired olde eyes, your machine ought to be an R100RS....
    https://www.motorcycleclassics.com/c...77-bmw-r100rs/

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    You mean you got an R100 RS? Welcome from Newfoundland.
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    Welcome,
    I'm down river from you, just outside Fort Madison. I picked up a nonrunning R100RS recently, but not at your price. These are remarkably straightforward bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HSVPhil View Post
    Willkommen Mr Zombie!

    Good luck with your Iowan Winter and with your new-2-U Vintage BMW. Ya can’t argue with a freebie BMW!

    My suggestion for a new BMW mechanic is find a couple mates or a club near you for personal over-the-shoulder advice.

    We just had a Tech Day here in our Rocket City backyard, but Mrs-HSV was the only person whose Airhead needed attention (fork seals). Our weather was just too cold for the crowd down here on the Tennessee River - even working in our closed garage.

    Whilst I was at work elsewhere, she got two local Vintage chums [FB: NAVMC] to stop over and help do most of the work (that I had already begun). Apparently, it’s not too challenging on most of the Airheads...

    You might also investigate a repair manual if one did not come with your purchase!
    https://haynes.com/en-us/search?quer...20BMW%20R100RS

    To my tired olde eyes, your machine ought to be an R100RS....
    https://www.motorcycleclassics.com/c...77-bmw-r100rs/

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving - Looks like you’ve got something interesting to be Thankful for.”
    Ciao!
    HSV-Phil & HSV-Karen
    Danke! I may have to hold off riding until the spring, but I'm looking forward to it. I joked to my mom that I'm the first one in our family to own a BMW. Yeah, I might grab a PDF if I can find one. And I think it's an R100S that someone decided to edit. The engine cover says R100S, and the production number is R100S6160173. They decided to make it into a tourer, which is fine by me. I was looking into a windshield for my Intruder. Now that I have a full fairing, I can also add a radio!
    Last edited by zombiepotatosalad; 11-22-2022 at 08:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEDZEMLICKA View Post
    Welcome,
    I'm down river from you, just outside Fort Madison. I picked up a nonrunning R100RS recently, but not at your price. These are remarkably straightforward bikes.
    It's my first non-Japanese bike. I'm understanding it the more I look at it. I just ordered a new valve keeper (as I had 3 of the 4 in the box of parts I was given) and new carburetor float bowl gaskets. Now I just have to wait for all that to arrive from the BMW motorcycle shop in Iowa City.

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    I had several mid 80's Hondas, these are a whole different thing. In a good way for wrenching.
    It looks like I'm about one month ahead of you on bringing a nonrunner back to life. The mechanic at Iowa City is a good guy.

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