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    BMWMOA #24809 jhall's Avatar
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    New Tires Versus New Wheels

    Replacing old tires that have became hardened with age, is a no-brainer. It is a safety issue, as well as much softer ride. This is true even if the tread is still as new. Regardless of tire chosen, the new rubber is gonna make it feel like a different bike.

    Replacing factory snowflake mags (if yours has them) is hard for me to understand since, IMHO, there's nothing better available. Of course, that is ASSuming the original front snowflake has been recalled.
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    I put wilbur (matched to my weight) shocks on my 78 and 84 along with premium tires,big difference....Breaking will never match my older 1150 that is what you get with vintage machines.

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    I have a biplane.

    I would like to fit a jet engine.
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    All I really needed was a better sidestand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STEVENRANKIN View Post
    Hello, there are shops who will build you an airhead in almost any configuration you want, from concourse original to radical custom. If I am reading your post correctly you really are looking to build a custom bike. I understand the desire for better braking and handling while I have never ridden anything newer than an 86 K100RS, (didn't like it) I know, the newer bikes handle and stop way better than my two stock airheads. LOL, I am beyond the point where it makes such a difference to me now, old and slow.

    Seriously, do a little digging on the net and see just what you find for custom shops, they may be the key to building just what you want without the trouble of making parts fit that were not meant to be used on an airhead. It all depends on how deep your wallet is after all BMW sometimes means Bite My Wallet. We love them and sometimes go crazy with them.

    Now, there are as some of the other people answering your post different tires to try, different aftermarket brake rotors. One upgrade I am considering myself on my 78RS is a change out of the under the gas tank master cylinder to the handle bar system as well as a change of the ATE single piston front brakes to a Brembo system. My reason for doing this is the much better braking I have on my 84 R80RT with the Brembo brakes. Also the Brembo system is so much simpler, no cable, no fussy calipers to align and mess with after changing pads. Not a huge improvement such as found going from ATE brakes to the brakes on an oil head bike but maybe enough to bite the bullet over the winter to swap out. This as far as I can see is not a huge job as there are obvious differences in fork legs and such. The parts sometimes show up on Ebay or used parts lists. I won't say it will be a trouble free swap and I may not even do it but, it is perhaps reasonable to do.

    Anyway, that is my two cents, enjoy the riding, St.
    Have you found anyone that makes adapter plates so you can mount Brembo brake calipers on lower forks for ATE calipers? I thought I saw something online about that years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barryg View Post
    All I really needed was a better sidestand.
    Well Said..Did a perfect shoulder roll of my gs the other day (70 and still got it). The good thing nobody say me. So , has there every been a fix for a R80 gs ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    I have a biplane.

    I would like to fit a jet engine.
    No. (But you would need better brakes )
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    Chassis mods?

    SJ billet top triple. Race Tech innards. EBC floaters. Conti ClassicAttack radials.

    For the bonus round, do a braced swing arm and modern shocks out back.

    Sublime and Iíve only done the front end so far.
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    Zombie thread!

    I originally responded to this thread 17 years ago.

    Still have the same R100RS, still has basically the same set up.

    I stand by my original post!
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    Who in the heck would modify an airhead?
    Or any motor driven cycle for that matter!

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    Crazy people, that’s who!
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