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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    That's a picture you don't see too often.....
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    So...
    The bike got broken...
    Left you stranded.....
    Ruined your camping trip....
    Gonna cost you some dollars.....
    NO PROBLEM!
    It's Airhead Love!:lol3
  2. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    :clap Yes, just part of the adventure. I never question situations such as this. Meant to be. Was not supposed to complete the trip.
  3. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    Well, on thee bright side, if it didn't make horrible noises the piston and head are likely OK and you just need a head rebuild (both sides). May be some nicks in the piston but hey, it's an airhead. If you can grab the valve stem and slide it up and down it isn't bent---but it gets replaced any. You actually can ride a bike in this condition but the sidecar, passenger and gear would be a problem.
  4. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Puttin' a valve spring in your tool kit now? I've found my spare parts bin gets bigger after a breakdown.
  5. fronton

    fronton Been here awhile

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    First bike I owned, chosen for timeless style, simplistic reliability, shaft drive smoothness, versatility and long haul comfort. Oh, and honeymooned on one!

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  6. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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    My bike needed a lift home 6 months back.
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    I hit a lump of metal road trash(broken truck rotor) that ruptured the front tyre and tube.
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    ...and put a hole in the sump.
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    Exciting ride that one, in peak hour traffic in a tunnel surrounded by big trucks!
  7. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    ...a desmo Boxer??? :)
  8. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    If I only knew...

    For some reason try as I might I've been unable to shake the bikes

    Really it's a decent bike that forces me to ride a little slower, think about my line. And while maddeningly designed it's easy to work on once you get the basic idea of how the bike is put together.
  9. Caddy82rats

    Caddy82rats Long timer

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    Nice RS !!!
  10. DisplacedYankee

    DisplacedYankee Voyageur

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    My God that is spectacular!

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  11. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    No kidding! I wanna know where the mirrors come from. My firstborn for functional mirrors...
  12. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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  13. SUVslayer

    SUVslayer Long timer

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    Sorry about the damage and glad you made it out of the tunnel safely. Getting stuck in that kind of situation is always an adrenalin rush.

    And WOW! Nice bike! Me want one.
  14. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    :ear
    Let's see what I pack already:
    spare coils, spark plugs, rotor, rotor pulling tool, diode board, points plate, mechanical advance, 4 carb diaphragms, points, condensor, alternator brushes, extra sets of carb jets, carb floats, carb needle valves, clutch cables (x2), bag'o'bolts, multi-meter, mini air compressor, tire tubes, large tire tool, tire patch kit, bottle jack, extra bulbs & fuses, electrical tape, zip ties, tire valve cores....See why I ride a side hack?
    Funny thing is that I've rescued more BMW riders on the road with all this junk than I have myself....
    Don't think I'll add valve springs and spring compressor...Guess I could pull a trailer and pack a spare motor, transmission & final drive.....:lol3
  15. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    4 carb diaphrams, You got a VW in there:rofl
  16. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    Going back to the fist post in this thread, I too, am thinking of buying an older airhead. A few candidate "project" sort of bikes, which is what I'd like to find at a affordable price, have come to my attention but it's going to be a few weeks till I can really follow up with the current custodians of the bikes. I'm considering /5 to /7 bikes. In talking with the current owners a common theme comes through, and that is the airheads are relatively simple and an old timer like me (57), that's more familiar with points and carbs than the electronic equivalent gizzmos, may have a chance of getting and keeping one running. I just sold my '04 R1150R, my first BMW, and was glad to sell it before I had to replace the battery. It sounded like a semi-major deal and then some say it had to be just the "right" kind of battery or the ABS might not work right........... Who needs THAT?

    Lynn
  17. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    I've been noticing there is a small schism in the airhead crowd, Them that likes points and them that don't, i'm in thee former camp. I set points and timing on a whole lot of vehicles and finally got a Luminition ignition on my Rover. I saw the light (literally) I put an electronic on the /5 when I went to dual plugs and have never looked back. No more replacing and setting points or adjusting timing. Bike is at more than 94K on the original parts. Just to get my dig in on that one.

    A number of people have certain years on their do not buy lists. Worth knowing what and why. Often a bike will have the defect rectified with some after market part or repair.

    Worth knowing the desirable mods (suspension, lighting, etc) so you can look for them

    Worth know the major wear points and what they cost to refurb---like rear drive splines.

    A low mileage (sub 30K) bike that has some nice mods (Konis, fork brace, H4, side and maybe ceenterstand, etc.) but that has been sitrting unused for a long time in the back of a barn and is cosmetically challenged is a good find. If the motor turns over when you push it and clutch seems to work the rest won't kill ya. Rebuilding carbs, brakes and forks, a battery, tires, uphostery, paint, clean and lube, some cables and so on; all easy. Rebuilding a rear drive, resplining a rear wheel, rebuilding heads, transmission work---much more costly as you have to send that stuff out if you want it right.
  18. Hawk Medicine

    Hawk Medicine Coyote's Brother

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    Well...

    Even if you find a low mileage bike with upgrades, you still gotta be careful. As I know you know already, 30K is considered by many of us to be "Just barely broken in" for an Airhead but if the bike has that kinda mileage and has been sitting in a garage or barn for years, resuscitation can prove to be very expensive for a novice without spares on the shelf. Possible? Yep! But with oil filters costing $24 and all of the other spares going through the roof, I'd recommend a low mileage runner as a first Airhead. Bikes are always more fun to own if you can ride em!

    Of course, if the buyer has some mechanical smarts and a decent allowance to spend, why not?

    Better an Airhead than a *$#@*! :rofl
  19. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    When it comes to older airheads, I generally prefer to buy a high miler that's still in regular service over a low mile barn find.

    The high miler that's still in service will generally have had the maintenance required to get it there.

    The low mile barn find is going to need the replacement of everything rubber, which means a whole heck of a lot of mechanical labour: pushrod tube seals, main seals front and rear, cam seals, possibly trans input seal. etc etc etc.

    If it wasn't stored "just right" it'll likely require a rebore and oversize pistons, too. Or an aggressive hone and new rings if you can't afford to do it right. Either way, it's probably going to need a ton of work and $$$.

    That honey of a red R50/5 I posted recently was on ibmwr for a decent sum. It couldn't be built for the amount the guy was asking. That'd be money very well spent for any potential buyer. :nod


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  20. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    A lot of the G/S crowd, like me, like points because we can use the Points-in-a-Can that only came on the 79-80 airheads (? somebody correct me on this if I'm wrong, calling Datchew!) The enclosure seems to make them last a lot longer. Maybe it's just better made? :dunno

    I haven't heard great things about the older exposed points systems. Seems like a lot of folks go to a Dyna 3 if they have that.