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Old 02-04-2013, 10:48 PM   #1
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Importing an old Beemer

Well, 12 months after buying it, and almost 4 months since delivering it to the docks in San Francisco, I now have my pristine little baby Bertie Beemer R100GS in the back yard.

From Oregon:



To Canberra:


Proof.

And it runs, battery is not flat, took a few attempts but eventually got fuel in the carbs and it burbled happily away.

But it's been a saga, so I thought I'd start this thread up to describe what I did and what happened so any of you contemplating something similar can hopefully avoid the pitfalls.

And I'll do that once I get back off cloud nine later tonight.

Cheers
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:52 PM   #2
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:54 PM   #3
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Wohoo Pete!!!!


Breathe a sigh of relief

Err ill call you later this week and let you know where I am upto re the other stuff
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:58 PM   #4
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Baby Bertie in BBQ land

Go Pete.

Are you riding it to Karuah this weekend? It is a touring bike.

He will have to meet Paris soon.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:04 PM   #5
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Keen to hear all details.

Very nice bike BTW.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:00 AM   #6
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Tidy looking bike Welcome to the slow lane
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:17 AM   #7
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Nice one Pete I hope you have many happy riding miles on the bike.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:05 AM   #8
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:44 AM   #9
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Very nice mate, congratulations.

I'm also interested in hearing the story in getting here.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:17 AM   #10
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Now THAT is a Beemer that is worth the effort.

Congrats Peter.

Will read all about it when you write it up.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:43 AM   #11
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Nice rig, been thinking of one of these for some time
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:57 AM   #12
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Nice, hasn't got the standard tank though.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:51 AM   #13
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Nice, hasn't got the standard tank though.
It is the standard tank, but the owner (a product designer) couldn't stand the look of the standard stickers so he took them off a few days after he bought it.

I'll try to put them back on just so it looks more original.

He also replaced the rear guard so it looks a lot more modern than the original. Might need to put the original back on to pass the vehicle inspection if it is not below 45 degrees from the centre of the wheel.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:52 PM   #14
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It is the standard tank
Don't want to get into an arguement and am happy to be proven wrong, but to my knowledge the paralever GS fuel tank had a raised cap and was 26 litre capacity (see below), whereas the flush fuel cap, 24 litre capacity Mystic tank, which looked the same, also fitted.

I'd be trying my luck with that guard for rego, good chance it would pass.


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Old 02-05-2013, 03:50 PM   #15
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Did a bit more Googlerising and you are correct. While the Europeans got a raised cap, the US market got a flush cap.


1988~1990

The GS is introduced, replacing the G/S. The US got only the R100GS, but an R80GS was sold in other markets. The major differences between the R80GS and R100GS are:

the oil-cooler on the R 100 GS
a small 'tombstone' windshield on the R 100 GS
798cc vs. 980cc. The R100GS got 40mm carbs in non-US markets while the rest got 34mm carbs.
The differences from the previous generation are:

Paralever rear suspension (185mm travel) and 40mm Marzocchi fork (225mm travel), resulting in...
More weight and a longer wheelbase, allowing...
Larger battery tray to accomodate large or small battery (large was provided).
Rear subframe with small rack
Painted headlight/instrument nacelle
40mm Brembo dual-piston front brake
New centerstand design (pedals curved out)
17" rear rim, cross-spoked wheels allowing tubeless tires. Heavy, though.
6.4 gallon tank with two petcocks. US got a flush cap, EUR got a protruding cap with horizontal tube vent.
Stainless steel exhaust with a black cover plate
No kickstarter (but available as an add-on). I think all Swiss bikes have the kickstart.
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