Bmw r80 st

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  1. Voltaire

    Voltaire Bored Of The Rings

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    My mate bought a BMW PD, its got a blue seat and did 800 kms of gravel on the weekend.
    I spotted this on TM and thought ah what the hell, I can always move it on....
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    Comes with panniers too.
    Only problem is its in Featherston , well south of the Bombays.
    Its an odd model, sort of an R65 meets GS.
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  2. Oscar

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    Cool!
    We were lent one by BMW years ago when we were organising an adv ride.
    It's closley related to the g/s.
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  3. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Frick me how many bikes do you own now?

    That looks very cool. I likey!
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  4. Voltaire

    Voltaire Bored Of The Rings

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    When I was a self employed Sparkie/Air Con guy, I had 1 that ran, since I sold my soul to the US Corporation more.

    Gee I miss grovelling under houses and up in ceilings and lugging Air Con stuff around.

    Thanks ACC for telling me my back problem was due to old age, fuck off and don't bother us again.


    Bugger is thats he's off on holiday till the 18th...:cry
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  5. Voltaire

    Voltaire Bored Of The Rings

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    Arrived this week, took it for WOF and ready to go. Its a US import with 48000 mls on it, quiet and runs nice, even has tool kit under seat....no towel but.:D
    Taking it up North after Easter for a bit of exploring. Need to sus out some back roads.
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  6. Voltaire

    Voltaire Bored Of The Rings

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    Went on the ultimate ADV ride for a Jaffa today....over the Bombays.
    Gravel is pretty hard to find around Auckland so took a spin down to Port Waikato, then a bit of gravel to SH22, across to Meremere for a much needed latte. Then it was over the Hunuas, a bit more gravel and boring old motorway home.
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    The ST has R65 forks so it steers really well and I hate to admit it the mono offers a much better ride than twin shocks.
    Even with dualsport tyres I found you could throw it around bends much the same as a road bike.
    Awesome on SH22.
    I suck at gravel, mostly under 30 MPH ( its a US bike) but on good straight bits 50 MPH.
    Rutted roads are hard work.
    T'was a fun afternoon out and about 160 miles.
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  7. MarKTM

    MarKTM Garmin Geek

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    Looks like a nice bike and you had a good ride...
    Green is a standard colour, color...lol?
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  8. Oscar

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    That is NICE!

    I was out on me R80 today - quick ride to Leamington to see Stretch.
    He's down here with his boy's rowing team.
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  9. Voltaire

    Voltaire Bored Of The Rings

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    Cheers, other riders must like the colour too as wait for it....got a wave from a passing 'Bro' on his Harley....and a guy on a super Motard.
    I managed to get stuck in the dry sand at the Waikato, had to put it first and walk it out.:rofl
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  10. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    It looks very nice. I had a red one some years back. Wish I still had it. What is the rear shock - still stock?
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  11. Voltaire

    Voltaire Bored Of The Rings

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    yes I think its stock, coming from a twin shocker any old mono is probably an improvement.
    Fork seals are leaking. PO said it was green when he got it, looks good in green.
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  12. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    I recently rode one that was exactly the same colour

    Nice looking bikes. If I was going to buy an airhead I'd buy an ST if I could find one (unless I could find a basic...).
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  13. motu

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    Mangatawhiri Dam, pity you can't get up to the dam anymore...but it's a good piss stop.

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  14. Voltaire

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    After being towed out of the forest with a dead battery cleaned up the battery tray, painted it and fitted a new Motobatt MB51814.
    Dual USB charger ordered for keeping stuff charged on the go.
    Tight fit are the batteries in these but you can wiggle the out the top.

    Thinking 'barkbuster; type bars for round the bars, any suggestions?( cheap would be good):evil
    Got a stock GS sump with bash plate, has anyone made a diy one?
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  15. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    By bashplate, do you mean the stock GS Pie Dish? Sort of a corrugated tin thing that just fits the sump? Fairly sure Schmidtty has got one of those. Gus is currently wearing a DIY bashplate. 4mm alloy, but putting bends in would be a job for a hydraulic press I'm thinking. It bolts onto the sump just like the pie dish thingie, but with thick tube / washers as standoffs.

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    I've also just got a stock GSPD one off the bent bike. You can get a replica off ebay.
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  16. Voltaire

    Voltaire Bored Of The Rings

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    " Pie dish" :roflI have one of them as its off my er...latest pre 76 race motor that's in progress.​
    Probably the more substantial one like your pic.​
    I found a PDF drawing on the net of one, but as you say bending it may be hard.​
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  17. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Here's a comparison of the pie dish bashplate compared to the GSPD protection. Substantial. But still has the same weakness - it's attached to the (cast) sump.

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    Look up Prutsers bashplate. That is more robust.
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  18. Padmei

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    I was going to write you prob wouldnt need it as I have bottomed out on plenty of rocks// dropped it long distances off things etc with no consequences however these bikes are very low & over boulder strewn tracks like the Dusty it was constantly hitting stuff. I used to worry about mine but pick better lines now. I haven't heard or read of a sump being broken yet.
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  19. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Incorrect Player No 1. Airhead Wrangler broke his sump on his South American trip. A rock went thru the bashplate & broke the sump.

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