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Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Solo Lobo, Sep 22, 2008.
Where isn't the question. HOW MUCH? That looks like a top dollar G/S.
Looks like there will be another bike added to the register soon... Just picked up a 1981 r80 G/s for my father... soon to be shipped to him in Nova Scotia. I'll post up a photo later when I have my camera. Number 2150. He'll probably be along sometime in the near future to identify himself as the proud new owner. Now I must make sure it drives okay before it gets crated up
EDIT: added photo
I was going to post this picture but you beat me to it! Now if only I could find a Rider's Handbook.......
service manual on its way.
Some forgotten info... first sold in Germany, exported to the UK in 1983... exporting to Nova Scotia in the next few months. Engine rebuilt, maxton rear shock, everything that can be has been recently powdercoated so not a spot of rust anywhere. The last new speedo from BMW fitted with 2000 miles now on it. New wiring loom, brakes, gearbox rebuilt, carbs rebuilt, new rims/spokes etc etc the list goes on. It's like driving a new bike in old clothes.
Might be useful to some of us here. Linky
I have one of each mirror type. The plastic ones are better. The metal ones seem to seize up much more easily.
Anyone know how I can find out the build date of my G/S?
I need to order parts, and max's fiche has up to 9/81, and after 9/81 for the front brake master cylinder. (And other parts)
Yup, key in the last 7 digits of your VIN here: http://www.bmw-z1.com/VIN/VINdecode-e.cgi
pass the word!
And here she is now, with the previously noted goodies, plus a Stefanie Meyers bash plate and a TT top clamp installed. I have to say the paint work is gorgeous, with the custom graphics under clear coat, and having the headlight shell color pick up the red in the tank and side covers really make the front end pop. Yes, I kept the OEM tank, which from the sales literature I've seen may be unique to the two 87 G/S units (anyone know if the ST's or CS models shared this design?):
Riding this bike back-to-back with its 100PD big brother makes you appreciate how light and agile the G/S is, about the same comparison as between the 100PD and an oilhead GS.
VIN 2224, Build of 01/81, USA Model awaiting a helping hand.
This my work in progress. VIN 1173 from 12/80. First registration in 01.01.1981 in Johannesburg.
As far as I know, the 80G/S series started at VIN 6250001 from 05/80.
The frame was strengthened, swingarm 100mm extended, strengthened rear frame and a few other mods. I am waiting for my 48mm forks to go in soon.
AfricanSun, we need more pictures please. Thanks.
I found a few more, so went ahead and posted them up.
You guys are quite connected when it comes to bike porn ...
It's quite a while since I posted on here, I'm afraid. Anhyow, I'm back and thought I should show my G/S.
Here's my 1981 G/S No 4878. Pictured on the day I bought it two years ago. A running redurbishment. It now has new rims and spokes, sorted gearbox ( expensive, but now very sweet for a BM) and new bearings in the bevel drive unit, etc, etc. Paint job due next.
After just a few months of ownership I was feeling the G/S was probably my favourite bike both to ride and own.
Recently I've moved to live in a more rural part of the country and now I regard the G/S as just awesome. I'd thought, crossing continents and alpine adventures were the situations where the G/S wouldd really impress. I now find it's perfect for our fenland roads, which are subject to extreme and sudden subsidence. Humps and bumps, huge cracks and weird cambers appear. I'd promised myself I'd be gentle with this machine, respectful of its age, etc, but I can't help getting a little air-time now and again. Though I am trying to be careful, it's a long time since I owned a lively XT600 and the BM is a touch heavier.
I have an '83 and thought my kick-starter was off kilter as well. We pulled the tranny and thought we could adjust the angle of it, but to no avail. You learn to live with it.