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Old 08-11-2008, 10:07 AM   #121
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hey....anyone know of Airhead guys out near Dekalb? Imhaving some problems with my bike and looking around for anyone knowledgable in my area interested in taking a look at it. Thanks.....

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... and if you're bike is not running, my son is a grad student at NIU who has my pickup/ramp/tie downs and works at the Convo Center. If you need to be carted to Al's, let me know.
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:52 PM   #122
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Whoaaa

Hey, so it just so happens that I spent the day making phone calls to find friends who might be able to do just that....

I havent contacted Al yet, but I would be more than happy to pay your son to help me out if I can get ahold of Al.....

I will post here or PM once I get things figured out.

And may I take this opportunity to say that I am floored at how helpful everyone has been. At least 5 people I dont know in the slightest have volunteered their time, sweat, expertise, garage, etc. to help me out. If I had known that everyone else who owned a bike/ airhead would be half this helpful I would have bought two... . Hmmm, thats a damn good idea now that I mention it......

Thanks is what I am trying to say.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:07 PM   #123
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I'm out visiting the in-laws and REALLY need a break. Where is the closest BMW dealership from Aurora that I can pick up a shirt or two and drool over the GS's while I re-engergize my batteries to spend more "Quality" time with the "Family"?
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:20 PM   #124
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The nearest I can think of is probably Barrington.... Just take Rt 59 north...
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Old 08-11-2008, 07:57 PM   #125
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Thanks Dennis. I was thinking Barrington or there's one on Western that I could take the train to. Good selection at both??
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:02 PM   #126
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go to chicago bmw,i don't think barrington location got ant t's for sale and in my opinion thy costumer skills suck.
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Old 08-12-2008, 08:58 AM   #127
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The one on western is pretty small but has a good number of bikes crammed in there. I drove by on Sunday and he looked like he had some fun things inside. The GM is a really kosher guy...that is about all I know.

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Old 08-12-2008, 09:35 AM   #128
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you sir want to go to motoworks chicago......

we are talking all older airheads and similarly collectible bikes, ask to take a stroll through their back warehouse area, I think there are about 500 bikes scooters, etc. They have everything from old Bsa's to lambrettas and ducatis back there. It is chock full of partially restored and collectible bikes you probably wont see anywhere else. The adress is

1901 S. Western ave.
Chicago 60608.

Its about 3 blocks off a train stop and the staff there are always helpful. Not sure if this is what the other guy meant by the one on western ave. but I dont think they sell too many of the late model bikes. What they do sell is t shirts. Really an awesome shop run by some nice guys. Check out motoworkschicago.com. Good luck.
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:01 PM   #129
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you sir want to go to motoworks chicago......

we are talking all older airheads and similarly collectible bikes, ask to take a stroll through their back warehouse area, I think there are about 500 bikes scooters, etc. They have everything from old Bsa's to lambrettas and ducatis back there. It is chock full of partially restored and collectible bikes you probably wont see anywhere else. The adress is

1901 S. Western ave.
Chicago 60608.

Its about 3 blocks off a train stop and the staff there are always helpful. Not sure if this is what the other guy meant by the one on western ave. but I dont think they sell too many of the late model bikes. What they do sell is t shirts. Really an awesome shop run by some nice guys. Check out motoworkschicago.com. Good luck.
I am not even a BMW fan, any generation of BMW, but I did go to Motoworks Chicago. Those guys were awesome. Friendly, helpful, and just plain nice... and they had a lot of beautiful old bikes. That place is worth a visit for anyone.
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:08 PM   #130
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Yeah

Yeah I always enjoy myself at Motoworks....they are helpful and friendly without any of the snobbery you get at a lot of places that speacialize in one thing or the other with motorcycles. Cool old building, so many cool bikes....I will do business with them any day.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:59 AM   #131
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Old 08-15-2008, 11:56 AM   #132
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Question road suggestions please...

Hey all, I'm a new rider in Chicago, grew up here but just bought a KLR650. I'm looking forward to meeting some of you guys sometime, I have been biking around the subarbs trying to get the feel for everything. The bike is currently out in Lombard, I am thinking of venturing into the city with it next week via Irving Park Rd? Gonna ride around a bit over the next couple of weeks, then heading out early morning on the 29th for Columbus. Once I am back I am planning to use the bike as a commuter to liven things up a bit (I'm cage-less and typically train everywhere).

I am looking to go on my first "long" distance trip to Columbus, OH over Labor Day weekend. I live on the northside, western and lawrence, I am thinking that I will take 30 all the way across indiana to columbus, but am wondering the best way through the city. Google recommends taking Lake Shore all the way down and I am thinking I should be okay if I get through early enough. I'm pretty leary about 90-94 or other major highways, any advice?
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Old 08-15-2008, 12:08 PM   #133
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Anybody else riding down for the TT races in Peoria on Sunday? Tentatvie plan is to leave Wrigglyville at Sun Up. Back roads to Peoria. Watch the races and yuck it up with the Chaingolian crew. Ride back.



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Old 08-15-2008, 04:03 PM   #134
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Hey all, I'm a new rider in Chicago, grew up here but just bought a KLR650. I'm looking forward to meeting some of you guys sometime, I have been biking around the subarbs trying to get the feel for everything. The bike is currently out in Lombard, I am thinking of venturing into the city with it next week via Irving Park Rd? Gonna ride around a bit over the next couple of weeks, then heading out early morning on the 29th for Columbus. Once I am back I am planning to use the bike as a commuter to liven things up a bit (I'm cage-less and typically train everywhere).

I am looking to go on my first "long" distance trip to Columbus, OH over Labor Day weekend. I live on the northside, western and lawrence, I am thinking that I will take 30 all the way across indiana to columbus, but am wondering the best way through the city. Google recommends taking Lake Shore all the way down and I am thinking I should be okay if I get through early enough. I'm pretty leary about 90-94 or other major highways, any advice?
LSD gets crappy in south Chicago and into Indiana- likewise 30 as it passes through Ford Heights/Lynwood. If it was me, I'd probably stay on 12/20, pass quickly through Gary and Hammond, then enjoy the great Indiana Dunes Highway before 35/30 SE after Michigan City down to 6 or 30 Eastbound. Traffic will suck arse near the I65 exchange on 80/94.
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Old 08-15-2008, 04:20 PM   #135
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, then heading out early morning on the 29th for Columbus. Once I am back I am planning to use the bike as a commuter to liven things up a bit (I'm cage-less and typically train everywhere).

I'm pretty leary about 90-94 or other major highways, any advice?[/quote]

If by "early" you mean 5:00am on Friday - East bound I90/94 should be clear at that time/direction. I take I-294 from 95th to I-80/94 daily at 6:30am and since its a reverse commute, its a non issue. The occasional intoxicated cager can be a problem and the locals can be trying if one breaks down. I-30 is stoplight to stoplight for quite awhile in Indiana and some freaking City Council ordered them all to stop traffic obeying the speed limit (a major disincentive to remain an upstanding citizen)
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