Airhead Love...Let's Hear About It

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

  1. danedg

    danedg Horizontally Opposed

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    Aw C'mon....throw a pic or 2 in there!:clap
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  2. ChromeSux

    ChromeSux Un-plated and Unscrewed

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    I love em, easy as hell to work on, pretty dependable for old stuff but damn all the oil leaks, 3 of them sitting here and all 3 leak, one leaks more than any old Harley i ever had.
    Road my R75/6 to the post office today put a big smile on my face, till i got home and discovered it had sprung a new oil leak, i think i slowed the leak way down by doing some jury rigging with a O ring and a short piece of rubber hose, still gotta love it.

    Maybe its just my own personal little gremlin nagging at my fun because i HATE oil leaks.
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  3. matteo

    matteo HPM

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    My first bike was a R60/6 that I bought for $1000 when I was a poor grad student. I paid too much for it. It was always having problems. I was fixing it with a screw driver and a set of pliers. I was always pissed off at it. I was hooked.

    I flirted with Ducatis and Guzzis since. Currently still have a Guzzi. Airheads are me. They fit my personality. I have an hexhead and it is a more capable bike. I can live without the other bikes. I can't image not having an airhead for the rest of my life.
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  4. JonO

    JonO Been here awhile

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    My 1974 R90/6: easy to work on for a non-mechanically inclined individual such as myself (I've done everything from the simple--oil changes--to the more complex--changing out a transmission); and after any mechanical/electrical work I have done, the thing starts right up and runs perfect! Truly "Simple by Choice." This is the only motorcycle I have owned in the last 20+ years that I have truly bonded with. I think it has to do with the fact that by working on it in depth and riding it, a kind of intimacy is formed. Kind of hard to explain, especially to a non-motorcyclist, but you guys/gals understand:D :D :D
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  5. coastranger

    coastranger Been here awhile

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    over 40 years riding, over 20 different bikes, the airheads will probabally be my last

    my current ,just finished 85 R80RT is my 3rd airhead, and I love it, its got a whole 73 miles since "restoration"
    I have no plans on getting rid of this one, I love it

    simple yet elegant

    I think Oak summed up riding bmw's best in a recent airmail

    1) Id rather be riding my motorcycle and thinking of god then sitting in church thinking about my motorcycle
    2) Four wheels move the body; 2 wheels move the soul
    3) Life may begin at 30, but doesn’t get real interesting until 75mph
    4) Midnight bugs taste just as bad as noon time bugs
    5) Sometimes it takes a whole tank of gas to think straight
    6) A bike on the road is worth 2 in the shed
    7) The only good view of a thunderstorm is in your review mirror
    8) Young riders pick a destination and go: old riders pick a direction and go
    9) When your riding lead don’t spit
    10) Catching a yellow jacket in your helmet can double your vocabulary
    11) If you cant get it going with bungee cords and duct tape, its serious
    12) Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out the window
    13) I’ve never seen a motorcycle parked at a psychiatrists office
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  6. Renner

    Renner combustophile

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    It's a mechanics' bike.

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  7. danedg

    danedg Horizontally Opposed

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    You're milkin' that...right?:lol3
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  8. fyr

    fyr iRoast Coffee

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    This might be my new favorite thread![/quote]

    +1 :wink:

    I just picked up my airhead in April. It was a long, long search but the right one came up at the right time...
    Ive been on bikes for 25+ yrs. Ive had a bunch and the only one that HAD a "hold" on my soul was my first- 79 Honda Twinstar.. It's the only bike I have kept... It doesnt run now but it was what I learned on. It'll go to my son (it ll run by then :D )
    Every other bike that came and went didnt really measure up to that twinnie. Then a mate came by with his R65. I knew of the "airhead" in my Ninja days (early 90's) but dismissed them as quirky old mens bikes. You know the type, men with big white beards, funny hats and drinking weird beers I couldnt pronounce.
    But something happened. I was getting tired of new fangled, faster, user un-servicable technomarvels that cost an arm and a leg. Also riding a bike should stir the soul. Shit it should stir the soul just staring at it and I was missing that in the newer bikes. (Hinckley Bonneville excepted)
    I also started drinking "weird" beer.
    Time was right.
    My 1978 R100S was sold to me by one of those bearded type's. A very nice man who loved this bike. He'd been on bikes for 45+ yrs. He cant ride anymore as old bones wont allow. He was sad but knew it was time to let it go. He wanted the bike to go to a good home. We spoke for 2 hrs before we shook hands. I wanted to speak to him. Learn more. Let him know that I was keeping this bike. It was going to be taken care of and not flipped for a profit...
    There were teething problems, but I fixed them. I had to as money is tight for these things. So I go about using it as a commuter and grocery getter.
    The real test was this past weekend. Just shy of a 1000 kilometers in 3 days on some marvelous VT and NY roads.
    The bike ran like a dream. Everything I could have wanted and expected from this bike was given to me with no reserve.
    This bike stirs my soul (and others as people always come up to say hi and mention their own airhead stories).
    So I will keep this bike and good fortune willing my son will own it.

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  9. Renner

    Renner combustophile

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    my buddy, gummikuh tipping :D


    I'll add that he bought that from a friend of mine for $800, pulled it out from under a tarp behind a wood pile, spent a day getting it roadworthy and uses it as his commuter.
    It does 100+ mph (indicated) easily. who can trust those speedometers

    He continues to fix odd issues (sump thread repairs in this case) without having it down for maintenance more than a day.

    That's the sort of bike mechanics love.
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  10. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    Same here,although in my 40 years on the road I might have more than 20 bikes.I had an airhead 20 years ago,but didn't ''get it''.I preferred my Norton at that time.My airhead is the most satisfying bike to ride and work on...sometimes I don't understand the logic of some things about it,but it comes right in the end.I sold a 10 year old bike to get a 20 year old bike...and really pleased that I did.
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  11. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    That's a fine looking bike.

    :thumb :thumb
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  12. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    What's not to love?

    :dunno



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    :augie



    edit: After that I figure I owe ya'all this:


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    The '72 R75/5 I should never have sold. 1000cc nikasil /5 motor with electronic ignition, late model 32mm bings (r65 donor) tubeless on Lesters, leather Corbin (G-d's own motorcycle saddle :raabia) Progressive Suspension shocks, billet triple blah blah blah...
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  13. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    I have two bikes that I will never sell.

    Interestingly, I bought one of them from you. :lol3

    One's an 84R100CS and the other is a 67 R60/2.

    So fine. So fine indeed.
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  14. Caddy82rats

    Caddy82rats Long timer

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    So right so true !!!

    I love that

    For me BMW was slow cops bikes for old mens...
    Maybe I'm older now...
    The main problem was a shop customer who ofer me to buy at real cheap price a 79 R100RS
    I fall in love with that on off clutch, with those cylinders that "hurt my knees all the time"
    This shaft who react on up and down shift
    etc etc
    But I love this old engine, the easy tune up etc as on old VW's

    The second probleme was the first BM act one me like virus and I bought a cheap G/S because the RS was having the engine to repair, and...

    now I've got 3 airhead
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  15. matteo

    matteo HPM

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    I'm glad that /2 found a loving home. There is always some level of regret when I sell an airhead, except for that first R60/6.

    My biggest regret is when I sold my 1950 R51/2. I was restoring it for over 5 years. I had made very good progress, but i was growing impatient as it was super difficult to get certain parts. This was before the internet 2.0. That is a bike I wish I still had.
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  16. Renner

    Renner combustophile

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    Aye. Yet another case of BlauMitWeiss syndrome.

    No doubt your three are conspiring for a forth even as we speak.
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  17. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I've heard a lot of stories from older guys saying 'I had such and such bike way back when and I wish I had never sold it.' Well, I'm listening. I'm on my first airhead I won't sell it. I'm simply not going to let that happen. A large part of a young man's life is not doing things that will cause regret for the old man he'll turn in to. I hope the 60-something Me appreciates all the hard work the 20-something Me is doing!
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  18. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    All of the above.

    I like being able to conclude a p'ing contest with a riceburner rider by saying "OK, that may be, but check back with me in 30 years and we'll compare bikes again" back in the '70's. And saying the same thing in the '10's. And meaning it...

    Monteagle, TN, 2003
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  19. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    I rode progressively bigger Asian bikes from the mid 70's into the late 80's. My Brother was a BMW fanatic and insisted that I ride his R80ST one time. I was not very impressed. Not that fast...quiet...what's the big deal? A few years later I saw a 1971 R75/5 in a Wyoming one horse town for $1200.00. I decided to test ride it...once around the block and I was hooked. The bizarre, clunky shifting old thing did something to me. I guess I likened it to driving an old pickup truck. It was far from pristene but never failed me on the road.

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    A few years later I happened across a "new" 1973 Long Wheel Base R75/5:

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    The "Toaster" is still with me and will likely be until I am unable to ride. It now is a 900cc. One thing about the 1970 to later model BMW Airhead's: many parts are interchangable. The 900cc top end was a bolt on affair and appears identical to the 750cc top end.

    I built this sidecar tug from numerous year / model bikes.

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    BMW's are user friendly, parts are easy to obtain, they are easy to work on, and there is a large support network of clubs.
    Both these bikes are used for sidecar duty...but that's another story...

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  20. Caddy82rats

    Caddy82rats Long timer

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    Well... I'm thinking more and more about a side car sometime I'm bored to take the car for some house stuf to buy...

    And the 80 G/S had made me dreaming about Paris Dakar about travel, about off road, and still made me dreaming

    The 90S had made me dreaming with adverts, with chrome enamels (74 model), with paint etc

    But buy... I'm in love and there is not always words for that
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