Airhead Love...Let's Hear About It

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by KneeDrachen, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. KneeDrachen

    KneeDrachen Long timer

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    I'm trying to get myself into the Airhead Kingdom. I've found a GSPD that is quite faraway and trying to iron out the details with the seller. Shipping or fly-and-ride, etc. I'm smitten by the looks of the bike, the mechanical involvement and the sound the Airhead bikes make.:freaky

    So, what is with your love of the Airheads?:norton
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  2. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    eh they're alright
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  3. rufusswan

    rufusswan Been here awhile

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    They are great conversation starters.
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  4. JPSpen

    JPSpen At Large

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    Everytime I see an airhead, I make a new friend.

    John
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  5. bmwloco

    bmwloco Long timer

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    I have owned more than I willing to admit. They have taken me to every US state except Alaska (someday) and Hawaii. Canada. New Zealand. Australia.

    The second one I bought, a 1966 R60/2 is still with me, all these years later. I rode it from Asheville to Sturgis, Mississippi three years ago.

    There are two more in the fleet. Both R100RS models. One a true RS, the other, The Beast with a 44 liter tank.

    I still want an R75 or R80, just for the smooth engine.

    When I think "motorcycle", I think BMW airhead.
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  6. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    fixed :D

    I like fiddling with my bike. It's not fast, the suspension isn't great and I spent a lot replacing electrical components but a new bike wouldn't allow me to satisfy my tinkering urges without breaking something.

    The airhead is simple enough that I can do almost everything on it myself. A single cylinder would be simpler but the vibration makes them uncomfortable for me on a long trip.

    So, that's what makes the airhead the only bike for me. It has enough performance and smoothness to be a viable form of transportation for mild offroading, touring and getting groceries while still allowing me to pull the cylinders off for an afternoon of scraping carbon with a few brews.

    The only bike that I would give up my airhead for would be fully electric and viable for touring. That doesn't exist right now due to a lack of infrastructure. When something like that comes along I will happily park my old dinosaur in the garage. Until then I'll be a dedicated airhead owner.

    I can go from this:

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    to this:

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    or this:

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    or this:

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    in about a half an hour (you know, minus the driving time :lol3)
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  7. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    It's slow enough that I don't feel like I need to thrash it all the time. It's fast enough that if it's ridden well, it'll hang with more modern stuff. It's comfy enough that I can ride it quite a ways. It's pretty enough that parking it somewhere will draw a crowd.

    I've been riding motorcycles for almost 40 years and have been riding airheads for about 35 of them. They just feel right. Enough power. Enough suspension. Enough character.

    And I can fix it myself pretty easily when it gets cranky using the tools under the seat.

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  8. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Nice sumation. :thumb

    your front tire's mounted backwards.
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  9. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    I hate them. Would never ride one. Ignore my signature.
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  10. Hawk Medicine

    Hawk Medicine Coyote's Brother

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    I ride Airheads because, when I started out, they were the only bikes that I could afford, that I could also depend on and fix myself.

    I continue to ride Airheads because they still make sense to own, the technology will carry me wherever I want to go, I understand how they work and I've grown to love em.

    Other than that, they're simply more mechanical junk.:rofl
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  11. Speed King

    Speed King Long timer

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    What kbasa said. And I love this thing and never get tired of riding it.

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  12. azcycle

    azcycle Chihuahua Wrangler

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    I'm new to the BMW world. I have been drooling over BMW's dual-sport bikes for years but never thought I'd buy one. Now that I've inherited my father-in-law's r65, I'm learning more about old airheads, and love it.

    Super easy to work on, even for a newb mechanic. While I haven't taken it out on any long trips (yet) I hope to once I confirm the condition of some of the bits and pieces. I'm not intimidated with the thought of being stranded... it's so easy to work on.

    Great looks, a lot of character, and get waves, thumbs-up, and all sorts of comments from other riders. Not that I care about any popularity contest, but it's cool to meet people, and an old airhead is a great conversation starter.
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  13. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    I like leaving my gloves on the cylinders to stay toasty when I gotta take a whizz. I like never having cold feet. I like riding with one foot slightly in front of the other when they're both square on the pegs. I like weak electrical systems. I like ugly and difficult to clean cast wheels with stupid valve stem placement. I like the best fairing ever made----still. I like worthless rear disc brakes. I like taking the front wheel off to get the rear wheel off. I like annoying the cognoscenti with loud pipes. I like having trouble finding tires. I like envious glances. I like the underseat storage. I like blowing up alternator rotors. I like people thinking I have a clue. I like taking off a a 350 mile run with full tanks, no money, no credit cards and no worries about arriving at the end of the day. I like watching it turn over 100K. I like people being surprised it's 27 years old. I like smooth motors. I like being able to swap out main jets in a parking lot faster than I can drink half a Coke. I like hanging out in the shade and waiting for the people standing around looking at the bike to go away so I don't have to talk to them. I like popping a float bowl and having a little gas to get the campfire going. I like being able to understand everything. I like feeling elite. I like low centers of gravity. I like prima donna mechanics. I like getting pulled over by a CHP on an 1150 and asking him if he wants to try the real thing. I like weird highly un-ergonomic switch gear. I like being able to start it with a nail if you lose the key. I like being able to tear into any system with just the decent factory tool kit (except the sucky screwdriver and pliers). I like sleeze eBay sellers and low quality repro parts. I like mirrors that let me keep track of my arms---always. I like the factory air pump on it's own frame brackets. I like sidecovers held on with a rubber band. I like going to the Suzikawayamahoppy dealer and not being in the computer. I like slapping on Volvo parts that work better and cost less. I like dual plugging and still only having to buy 4 plugs. I like changing my oil too often. I like drama ridden gurus. I like stainless brake disks. I like 7 marque emblems---stock. I like having room to improve things. I like the factory cable lock in the frame tube to hide the dope. I like two owners manuals for the same model with different wiring diagrams. I like antique fuses so deeply burried it takes 20 min to get down to them. I like mystery stripes on the headlight glass. I like big fuel tanks. I like more metal than plastic. I like funky little push greasers. I like manual petcocks. I like having a stuffed animal strapped on top and not feeling stupid. I like loud horns. I like people coming up at rest areas and asking you to take their picture because they figure you're ok. I like cam surfaces built into the swing arm to break the axle free when pulling the wheel. I like having it spread around the yard and bumming the landlady who figues it'll be there a month and then putting it back together and riding away in 3 hours. I like esoteric aftermarket parts a PO fitted that can't be found anymore.

    I like riding back-in-the-day...
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  14. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    doesn't need to be written. Put as plainly as I possibly can, they've just got soul. I never feel lonely when I'm with my airhead...
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22817219@N04/3865760765/" title="DSC02197 by hardwaregrrl, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3450/3865760765_ab95c8cb74_b.jpg" width="1024" height="576" alt="DSC02197" /></a>
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  15. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    That's a good lookin bike.

    :thumb :thumb
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  16. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    that was great! After a little editing I think the ABC might have a new motto.

    edit: hey jenna, answer your phone!
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  17. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Simple.
    Durable.
    Comfortable.
    Sensible.
    Tough.
    Attractive.
    Sustainable.
    Repairable.
    Smooth.
    Fast.
    Thoughtful.
    Quality.
    Subtle.



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  18. danedg

    danedg Horizontally Opposed

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    Today...
    The guy ridin' this....
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    Spent most of his afternoon, fussin' with this...
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    Because these bikes exude such a powerful influence....we let him play with another kids' toys.....
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    Me?
    I've only ever ridden this....
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    ...and I'm OK with that.....:clap
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  19. kadesean

    kadesean eyesuck

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    Because there's not a modern bike out there I could replace my airhead with and feel good about it.


    This might be my new favorite thread!
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  20. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    This.


    Plus:

    It's the first bike I ever rode on in my life. I rode it to work today.

    It's the first bike that my kids rode on in their lives.

    It's the only bike I've ever won any road races on.

    It's a part of me, even though it's a machine.

    It satisfies my soul, ride after ride.

    The sound it makes at 5K RPM in an uphill sweeper is sacred music.

    Even after 16 years, it still feels perfectly right.

    Geez, I love my Airhead!
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