Since every man and his bike seems to have they're own thread, I've decided to start one as well. I've been polluting other people's threads with my little problems for long enough, so this can be my little worry corner on the web.
The bike is a 1996 R80GS Basic. I am the third owner, but Basil used to hire out his services to tourists in his younger years, before I got hold of him. He is stuffed now, of course. Instead of going sight seeing, he usually wears a pair of knobbies and get's thrashed around hard-to-get-to places. Having a clumsy rider as an owner doesn't really help. But the pain I've inflicted on poor Basil as a clumsy mechanic is probably worse.
Here he is, before I got hold of him, about 6 or 7 years ago.
I had visions of turning him into this:
but that's not going to happen.
Basil in the SI with his previous owner.
There is now way, that he'll ever need to worry about this white stuff again, not with me, anyway.
Here he is meeting his stable mate.
We went for a few rides over the years.
Then I started to work on him myself.
He got a new 24 litre tank, that made him look quite smart.
Basil had clunky universals and also needed a new clutch.
I got to do this job twice :-). He also had the carbs overhauled, as his fuel consumption had deteriorated beyond what I could stand.
We went for some more rides.
There might be the odd photo of him having a rest, but I've had plenty of practice picking him up quickly :-).
Here he is trying on a PD tank. It was tempting to keep it.
Basil went from Napier to Waimauku on one tank, with a bit left over.
unfortunately, he got distracted around a right-hander and needed to lay down. The valve covers didn't appreciate it.
The PD tank looks great and gives you a huge range, but I found it restricted my leg room and increased the risk of denting it. Even worse, some poor G/S would have been without the PD part.
Since the PD had left on a tour of NZ, I've been able to give Basil a bit more attention.
He got some Nissin brakes and SS brake lines.
and just recently I have fitted HH-Racetech cartridges. You probably know about this, since by now I've just about told every one.
Currently I am working towards achieving this look.
It's slowy getting there, the bits are expensive.
Well, that's pretty much it.
While Basil is not as famous as Schmidty or Gus, he is still pure bred and not a mongrel, like the other two
But I am doing my best.
So, this will be the place where I can ask stupid questions and where you can admire my mechanical skills and I can't hear you laughing.
Welcome to Basil's corner!