Airhead Turbo on eBay?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Infracaninophile, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. chasbmw

    chasbmw Long timer

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    By all accounts the turbo airheads suffered from dreadful turbo lag, we're fine in a straight line, but a bit tricky in corners, the Honda cx turbo twin suffered similar issues.
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  2. stk0308

    stk0308 Long timer

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    I'm a little late to this discussion but I might as well jump in with a little story.

    Back in 1982 my father crashed racing a Norvin in the Battle of the Twins class at Daytona. This crash resulted in a pinched nerve in his neck/shoulder. And ended his racing ambitions. Because he's a racehead/hotrodder he had to devise a panacea for racing. His answer was an EML sidecar rig based on a 1981 BMW R100RS. Knowing this motor was a little weak, he decided to make it more powerful. Off to the CC Products catalog(remember them?) and lo-and-behold POWER PARTS! Once he was done, the motor sported the Lufmonster, er, Lufmeister turbo, Krauser 4 valve heads, and an 1108cc kit. Being a lifelong mechanic he knew that certain stock parts were probably not going to survive this kind of thrashing. Through careful building, and expansion of certain oil galleys :D he created one seriously quick EML sidecar rig to ride. Oh, and to tote around his growing son...ME! This rig was what we toured on for many years. It never left us stranded. And that's saying something with some of the distances we went in it. Some time in the 90's he decided it was time to put a stock motor in the rig and sell the monster motor. I had my own bike and the sidecar was doing more commuting miles than touring miles. He sold the motor to a gentleman in MA, I believe. I recall he was a hobby sportscar racer, and that's what eventually killed him. To our knowledge he had no troubles with the monster motor in his solo bike. Somedays I kinda wish I could find it. Bring it home, and find a Magni, or some other more performance oriented frame to hang it in. Just to see her go again.

    Here's a picture of it in it's first version. Just turbo'ed and big bored, I believe.
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    The reason why it's on a trailer is we're going to Daytona. The year after dad's crash. We left Iowa City. Trailered to Nashville, where we unloaded and rode the rest of the way. We were an eclectic group. To say the least.
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  3. mnsty

    mnsty Been here awhile

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    I'm a little late also but here's my R90S turbo. 162000 miles on it so don't say they all blow up.
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  4. DaveBall

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    The Lufty turbos were drooled over by many of us back in the day. But, due to the high costs involved, very few people I knew could afford it. There were 2 BMW guys in our little band of malcontents that did have the $$ and they both went thru a lot of work to install and set them up. Both blew up motors by trying to set the boost to high and they both went thru transmissions. But, back then, we all rode our bikes quite hard. Hell we all thought that we were indestructible and the next big name racer. Both those guys eventually figured out the right amount of boost along with the right compression ratios and put a lot of miles on their bikes. The turbos did have some inherent issues if not properly cared for. As I recall bearings in the turbos did tend to be the biggest issues, but could be fixed.

    Bimota built a few turbo charged airheads for people using the Lufty design. Never saw one in person, but as I recall, they were super expensive. You had to supply a pristine bike, they would then disassemble and install the Lufty system along with all their massaged parts, then wrap it in one of their specially designed fairings. Looked great and got some great reviews in European motorcycle journals at the time. But, the total costs were about 4 times the price of the original bike.

    Funny side note, we also had 1 guy that had put a turbo on his Yamaha XS1100. He would work on it for a few weeks, take it out for a spin, then cart it home to rebuild again. We all know these types of guys, they have a good paying job, live on their own and never have steady girl friends, but always have a girl. They usually have some engine parts or even complete bikes parked in their front room. He went thru a few engine casings, lots of heads, cranks, and numerous other parts. But once he got it all sorted (took over a year), there was nothing on the streets that could touch it. He named the bike Excessive Eleven. We think it was because of the excessive amount of money he put into it. It never was super reliable, but he sure had fun with it.
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  5. _cy_

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    amazing clean install on R90S ..

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  6. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    So is this one.
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  7. dc_lindberg

    dc_lindberg n00b

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    Yes!
    I wanted a kit, but Luftmeister dissapered before I could get a kit :(:

    If I could figure-out how to up-load pics, I could post the original ads from the Luftmeister 1993 Catalogue.
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  8. _cy_

    _cy_ Long timer

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    email to me and I'll post for ya

    it's really easy .. upload to photobucket for free, then paste link in post
    or use smugmug
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  9. disston

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    Directions for posting a pic;

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=919

    Notice that Option #1 does not work anymore. You must host the pic in another site and link to it. Usually use a photo site such as PhotoBucket or ImageShack.

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