Can a Wayward Airhead Be Rehabilitated?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by GearHeadGrrrl, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. GearHeadGrrrl

    GearHeadGrrrl Been here awhile

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    No, not us two legged airheads- we're beyond hope! This is a tale of my wayward GS's extended rehab and release from "treatment", over at my blog- www.gearheadgrrrl.com
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  2. Kurt V

    Kurt V Been here awhile

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    Interesting color combination you got going there. :D

    [​IMG]
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  3. Beemerguru

    Beemerguru Beemerguru...G/S guy

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    the GS platform makes for a fun side car rig..Ozzie of Ozzie's BMW in Chico has an R80G/S hack with a tall wheel that looks like it could climb any mountain or stream in the Sierras...and probably has.

    The list of failures is exceptionally long even if it was over 20 years...must have gotten a "Monday" bike.
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  4. BuellGrrrl

    BuellGrrrl Been here awhile

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    Seems like BMW had a lot of quality problems for a few years after the wall fell. My other airheads are 1983 and 1984 miles.
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  5. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    Your list of bike issues is not that far away from my 92 R100GS's list of issues.
    New charging system replaced by BMW under warranty
    New main, ignition and right switch wiring harness replace
    Rebuilt tranny and C clip added (Main bearing went)
    Drive shaft rebuilt
    All relays replaced
    Headlight bracket replaced twice. (second time I shorted the springs and it's holding up just fine)

    And a whole mess of maintenance and wear items fixed.

    And like you it's a limited ride until I trust it. I've yet to fully trust it, but each ride is getting better.

    I don't think it was the wall, I think it's just the nature of the beast.
    My wife's R80 has given us very little problems, my R80ST has a list longer then the GS's but less expensive.
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  6. jackd

    jackd Long timer

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    Here's my list -

    Transmission rebuilt - new gears and circlip mod under warranty at 10k miles (previous owner)

    Engine replacement at 46k due to cracked block.

    Starter rebuild.

    Swingarm replacement due to progressive shock failure.

    Carb rebuild due to previous bodge O/H.

    Shaft replacement at 47k.

    Tank, most plastic and other bits replaced due to being run over by a Chevy Suburban in Denver (previous owner)

    Wiring harness - to be replaced.

    Front brake master cylinder replaced (previous owner).

    Exhaust replaced due to previous bodge repairs.

    This is just a partial list of what's been done. I have a file an inch thick of receipts - past and present. Great bike and wouldn't sell it for anything.
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  7. GearHeadGrrrl

    GearHeadGrrrl Been here awhile

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    In the early 90s. I've hypothesisized two possible causes- a lot of newbie workers from East Germany after the wall fell, and BMW just didn't give a damn about the airheads anymore.
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  8. jackd

    jackd Long timer

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    A German guy I work with - who I was ragging about the shitty quality of German machines, blamed it on the Turks who populate the factory floor :huh.

    I countered with 'I knew why you guys lost the war - because your equipment kept breaking'. I'm not trying to offend any group here, trust me on this, I just trying to show what kind of fun you can poke at guys you've worked with for 20+ years. The guy drives a Harley and drools over any airhead BMW offroad bike. I send him pics of mine just to irritate him. :D
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  9. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Turks....my German neighbor has other nationalities in his sights. Better now that his daughter married a Mexican.:lol3

    Hum...Bears too and so do the Polish neighbor.

    I have always wondered if the Polish workers who built my very shittily finished tranny on the K1200RS have as much fun on the production line as these Germanic workers.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XuKmkeBK0g

    Nice rehabilitation Btw.....I'd like a pic of the sidecar, looks just like the pinkish color of the Dodge pickup truck my German neighbor just bought at 74, I can play with that.:wink:
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  10. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Mine was made in West Germany. No real problems to report other than the ones I've created.
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  11. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    As I recall from days gone by, BMW were proud of the Turkish `guest workers` who assembled their bikes and allowed the fact to be published in the BMW magazine.
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  12. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Germans sort of have a, um, ahem, "history" of blaming their own problems on other ethnic groups. [​IMG]
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  13. jackd

    jackd Long timer

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    I remember showing him an internal BMW factory video much like this one and he came back with a 'They herded all the Turks off the floor to make that video'. He's really a great guy with a fantastic sarcastic streak in him. He still claims (when speaking of the last war) 'We could have done 'er if we had a few more guys and a couple more gallons of diesel'. I hope I'm not offending anyone on this forum.
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  14. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    :dunno right? :lol3


    But they do make amazing machinery across the board.
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  15. Rob Farmer

    Rob Farmer Long timer

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    You yanks and your circlip transmission issues. I can't for the life of me figure out what you do that the rest of the world doesn't. The only conclusion I can come to is that your too gentle on them.
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  16. jackd

    jackd Long timer

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    Boy, so much for being a member of the Commonwealth! I'm now being lumped in with those folks a little bit to the south of here. I don't think that I would be one to send a transmission out specifically for a 'Circlip' mod - I might have it done if the whole gearbox was being re-newed. My machine was of American origin and treated to all the best back in the day. It's dark days came upon it when it crossed the border into Canada and it fell into the hands of some real idiots. Things are fine again since she fell into my caring arms.
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  17. Rob Farmer

    Rob Farmer Long timer

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    Sorry Jack. Selling you short there :lol3
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  18. jackd

    jackd Long timer

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    I'm a little bit sensitive about being lumped in with those guys - not that they're all bad. I once had the misfortune of trying to smuggle my bicycle on the London tube out to Heathrow and being caught by the transit police. They took a good round out of me and fined me for my transgression and let it slip that they thought I was a Yank. I slowly turned on them and identified myself as a proud Canadian - I gave them my best withering look. They crawled away apologizing as they went and I gladly paid the small fine.
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