contemplating BMW airhead purchase...

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Fred C. Dobbs, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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    The R80 will appreciate occasionally living at speeds just sub 100mph, more so than just over 60mph. It'll do it easy. That fairing will have you traveling those wide open spaces in comfort, arriving much less fatigued.

    Smooth engine, pleasant ride and sounds like it's the bike for you, if you're looking for something to allow you to ride a little less spritely than the MG.
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  2. P B G

    P B G Long timer

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    I ride my R80 down the highway, no fairing, and hold 80+ mph comfortably. It just finds a zone there and holds it.
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  3. kadesean

    kadesean eyesuck

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    R80G/S is my only bike right now, 37/11 rear end. There are times that I wish I had more power. When cruising on the highway and the need to pass arises. The R80 will do it, but it is a planned event. I used to have an R100 and I never needed more power with it. Having said that, you can put a 100 top end on, but that's work and money vs. just buying a decent R100.
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  4. 2xdisco

    2xdisco Been here awhile

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    buy one, the r100 have more vibration, the r75 and r80s are very smooth at speed RPMs. r100 have more power, depending on heads and carbs 40 vs. 32 have different feels in differnt driving condition. i have a bike from every time period. from 1970 to 1990, not counting my r80g/s and my race cafa r100, my favorite was a 1984 r80rt (with 80k) and a 34/11 rear drive. two up in the mountains was fine. if i kept it i may have taken off the fairing. airhead bmw are momentum bikes, which lends it self to touring.

    there are opption for more power but if i have more power i tend to use it and then you have to upgrade susp and brakes, then the chassis. then i end up treating the airhead like a modern bike, which it is not. i have to lean to relax and take in the ride. this is what a bmw does well.
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  5. Fred C. Dobbs

    Fred C. Dobbs Adventurer

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    Thanks for all the imput. Will be having a look at the RT tomorrow. One of the things I did not consider when deciding to persue an old airhead is that, from a rural setting such as mine, finding "my bike" is going to take a commitment in time and energy. Can't just run down to the dealer and pick one out.....
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  6. notarex

    notarex Can U taste the waste?

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    Fred- I think you'll find the airhead a good complement to the goose. Good luck in your quest :thumb
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  7. durtwurm

    durtwurm Talented Amateur

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    Yes, but....there is the internet to find and purchase parts from numerous sites. There are also many sites from which to solicit help for your airhead questions and concerns.
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  8. Fred C. Dobbs

    Fred C. Dobbs Adventurer

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    Well...looks like I am the owner of a 1983 R80RS. The bike showed as well in person as in the photos. Took a long test ride on a variety of roads and speeds. It is definitely going to take some getting used to--a very vintage sort of ride--but it has a nice relaxed feel, and while the bike doesn't have much for roll-on power (I get the "momentum" comment) accelleration is adquate.

    I'm going back to Spokane in the morning and will ride it home (220 mi.). It will likely be my last ride of the season as winter in my part of the world is just around the corner.

    Gonna be a long wait until Spring. Thanks for all your comments!
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  9. BrokenR80RT

    BrokenR80RT But I'll fix it.

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    I've got an 83 R80RT. The 50 Hp is plenty. As I accelerate, I feel myself wanting to slip back on the seat. Good enough. At cruising speed you have plenty of pick up. But I weigh in at a mere 160 lbs.

    The fairing is also a good feature. It protects you and your bike from the elements quite good, plus you get a few gallons of extra storage for your....uhhhh, stuff. I have found that the little vents are effective on hot days. Heck, one benefit of having the fairing is that you can remove it if you dislike it. Then you will basically have an R80/7.

    Take a look at resale values of the R80RT. They are slightly disappointing which is the only negative I see. Helps only if you are buying.
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  10. Uncle Pollo

    Uncle Pollo Bad Hombre

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    I've ridden the most powerful and modern touring motorcycles the industry makes during 2008/2009 thanks to my former job.

    Now I have what ... 40hp?

    50 is plenty and my drivers license sighs in relief.
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  11. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    According to bmbikes.co.uk, my R90 has "Max Power<!--mstheme--> <!--mstheme--> 60 hp (44.1 KW) at 6,500 rpm"

    I still hit triple digits every time I ride it. If I started with a crotch rocket, I'd have been a smear on the asphalt long ago.

    Thank God that cop car I passed last night didn't have anyone in it.. :lol3
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  12. Uncle Pollo

    Uncle Pollo Bad Hombre

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    Oh ... don't get me wrong !

    They are pretty fast but not stupid fast ... like 80 mph in second gear fast.
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  13. durtwurm

    durtwurm Talented Amateur

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    Fast for their day...and still plenty fast for most! I regularly see the ton on my ol' R100RS and if I owned a R90S it would get a regular thrashing!
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