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Thread: Airhead handling, never good but can be better???HOW

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    Ten years ago purchased a '76 R90/6, with 33,000 on the odometer for $1500.00, spent about $600.00 to get it roadworthy. (low S bars included)
    Then went out of my mind spending a grand on suspension upgrades and then a Heinrich tank from a friend for another $1200.00.
    60,000 miles later, the ignition is Boyer electronic, and the Siebenrock 1000cc kit and new clutch have been installed. ($2500.00)
    Add the usual maintenance costs like timing chain, cables, tires, seal replacement etc. and that doubles the cost.
    I enjoy it!

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    Please excuse me while I motor over to the folks that have wooden and fiberglass boats to let them know that carbon fiber is the way to go!
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    Good-Better-Best Handling

    Airhead handling; never good. I started in 1984 on a 1971 R50/5, completly original with 724 miles on the od. Rode it about 15,000 miles, rebuilt the front forks, added the BMW heavy duty springs and replaced the steering head bearings. At the same time I addeded new rear shock damper and springs. Thought it handled ok for a 15 year old bike. My problem was a slow bike.

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    Behind the Handling Curve

    Gotta fairly decent '74 R90/6 in '88. Rode it hard to endless rallies, rides, runs. Wore it slapdab out on handling. Again fork rebuild, now Progressive springs, new steering head bearings and Koni rear shocks. Wore those out. Moved on to a '87 K100RT. Quite a bit better, wore the suspension out of it. Again, fork rebuild, new Progressive springs, new steering bearings, new 420 Progressive rear shock. Better, but with a full fairing and loaded for camping and touring, it was a handfull. Still it was an improvement over the stock setup, but nothing to write home about.

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    I saw all the other BMW setups all the upgrades and up fits on all the different models. Finally moved on to what I thought was getting close to state of the art handling, a '94 R1100RS. Pretty good actually paralever, telelever, cast wheels with radial tires. Rode the piss out of it.
    Again after some miles suspension seemed to be getting a little weak. My buddy Leo Goff did some tweaking on it and I added a nice set of Ohlens front and rear. The best handling I had to date. What I learned about suspension and handling was keep your bike parts up to date, dialed in and serviced properly.
    Enjoy your bike's riding style for the era it was designed and built.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barryg View Post
    Enjoy your bike's riding style for the era it was designed and built.
    it was a real eye opener for me the first time I went touring on my R1150RS, after riding an airhead for 15 years. And the airhead was heavily modified.

    Each series of BMW just gets better.
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    This should be the final answer. (but won’t be)
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    Edit; The question as I see it is, can Airhead handling be better, how? It is not how to make an Airhead handle better than a new bike.
    Last edited by tanker4me; 02-01-2020 at 03:42 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tanker4me View Post
    This should be the final answer...
    Wow.
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