Decision Time: 1991 R100GS

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Beater, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    A Vietnamese named Fred. There's a song in that.

    Blaine! Let's ride!

    Brad! Got that gearbox workin' yet?
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  2. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    Nice!


    I've got a similar story about a '69 VW van I purchased many years ago for only $300, with a freshly rebuilt motor, transaxle, brakes, and new tires.:D
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  3. petefromberkeley

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    Nice score. I bought one just like it in '03. It has served me well :1drink
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  4. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    pretty sure that's a desert storm sticker. :D

    just got off the phone with fred. i forgot to mention that one previous owner was a badass helicopter pilot.


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  5. mykill

    mykill odd

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    There is a good chance I hate you.
    Well done!
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  6. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    that is awesome
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  7. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    I had an awesome conversation with bmwblake last night ... Apparently, the bike has a history. Of course, this makes me love it much, much more. Without going into a long story ...

    I *finally* got the Vietnam reference ... and that is a Vietnam badge. My Uncle (the immediate PO) was a Captain in the Rangers ... and he put that on it. Sometimes it takes me a minute,

    One of the PO's was a chopper pilot in Desert Storm.

    And the first PO was John Simmons. A BMW master mechanic and previous owner of Grass Roots BMW in Missouri. http://www.grassrootsbmw.com/Our_Staff.html See his pic here:
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    He took the bike to Mexico and back ... several times. Most of it's farkling, and miles ... dual plugging, Omega charging system, lights was done by him, redone transmission (circlip?) ... anyway ... I find all this VERY COOL. I plan on calling him this week sometime.

    I also cut down the shield up front ... covered both sides with clear packaging tape. With a sharpie, drew out the new size. Put a 'tile' blade on the jig saw, and cut it out. I did all of this with the windshield still on the bike.

    Before:
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    After:
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  8. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Get yourself one of them 4 pot brembos machined for the front and braking will be adequate. Good looking bike pre plastic PD!!!!
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  9. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Blake, was (don't ride with) Brad making a Doonesbury reference?
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  10. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Blaine, I saw you and your GF at the day of the dead show (youngblood). Tried to catch you and talk, but I missed. I'm ready for a ride:D
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  11. kj4ln

    kj4ln n00b

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    Fred, Windshield looks great! Nice job.
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  12. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    Mike! Hey Ya'll Meet my Uncle!

    I took it out last night for a spin around Decatur, and the windshield was great. The helmet buffetting is completely gone. Now, there is a bit of updraft at higher speeds, but this will probably be fixed with a slightly steeper angle on the shield. So ... we're dialing it in!

    All - Those handlebars are just a touch too wide. On the bars though there is a small bolt that would prevent me taking an inch or so off the end ... and i was looking as some re-pro bars and the design is not as cut and dry as I thought it might be. Is there are similar bar out there that I can buy that is just a touch shorter?
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  13. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    GSs use very high rise bars. The only widely available options with similar rise are ATV bars. Tomasselli makes GS repro bars in stock dimensions as well as wider ones, but nothing narrower. I got the tomaselli's and was able to get away with cutting about 3/4" off both ends and was still able to fit my ST controls on the bars. The GS controls might not make it though.
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