Attitude is everything!
08' V-Strom 650 great light weight tourer
I quit riding in about 1982. Back then I had had a Norton, a Triumph and a Honda trail bike. Now I am retired and thought it would be fun to ride some before I got too old or took up lame. I thought I might get one of those old British classics, but they are hard to find, expensive, and as I remembered it, always needed repairs to keep them running. Then I started looking at old airhead BMWs.
After some looking around, I bought this from a guy in Eastern Washington. A 1983 R100 with 78,000 miles. The bike actually was his wife's. He rode an R80, and had a toaster in the garage, and I think another one off site. He and his wife are into touring, so the bike came with the Windjammer, bags, rack in the back, backrest, etc.
So, I bought it and trailered it home. After taking the course and getting my motorcycle endorsement, started riding. And stripping stuff off the bike. Now, without the Windjammer, hard bags and rack, backrest. Put on shorter lower handlebars, got a new headlight, front turn signals
It's been a couple of months and a couple of thousand miles, and I am loving it.
Mark M, St. Louis, '13 R1200GS
Hi, what a great buy! welcome back start going to rallies and enjoy, did you know your bike is a "last edition", special model?,well ride safe and welcome back once again,Jimmy
For aesthetic reasons, I would like to get rid of the rack in the back. To me, Naked is best. But. It is really convenient for hauling stuff around. It is amazing what you can bungee onto that rack. Gives me lots of reasons to ride to the store.
As to the "Last Edition" sideplates. I was told by the PO, who is a ceritfied airhut nut, that the factory decided that 1983 was to be the last of the line, and put out the "Last Edition" for some of the 1983 models, but then changed its mind and made the 1984 models the last edition, angering some who bought the 1983 as a last edition. Whatever. I don't care.
Had a call from a fellow wanting to clean out some of his dads things the other day. Went to "look" today and brought this home.
1973 /5 SWB with a 900 kit and 58K on the odometer. The PO had not been able to ride since '95 and the bike hasn't moved since.P9300117.jpg
Not as clean as the low mileage /6 we rescued last year, but overall looks decent.
Spent the evening taking the Vetter off as well as the rear rack to see what's hiding under all of that. The tank was the worst issue so far and will need re-coated...I still smell that lovely stale fuel hours later.
The headlight and ring are missing behind the Vetter, but the internals don't look bad at all in spite of being open . The /6 was intact.
I got a lot of extras...a brand new set of OEM mufflers still in the boxes being part of that. Chuckled at the prices I found on the spare oil filters...$1.89.
Let the fun begin
SABMWRA MOA Club#62's Flat Fixer/ current forum moderator
It's not the breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away-D.Dillon/G. Strait
On my way from Pittsburgh to Daytona for bike week a few years back I got stuck in a snow storm, had to put my bike in the motel room to defrost, in the end I found paradise at the B Cubed campsite in Bunell, FLA.
Be Seen and Be Safe
'81 R80G/S(wp4860 forks, Henderson triple clamp)
'10 Husaberg FE450, '10KTM 250XC-W
Past BMWs: '68 R50/2, '77 R80/7, '87 R80GSPD, '76 R60/6, '85 K100RS, '91 R100GS,'87 R100RS