Denver/Front Range Airheads

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by nmalozzi, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. nmalozzi

    nmalozzi airheaded

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    I tried doing a forum search as to not double post, and nothing came up. Anyway, after seeing these regional Airhead threads popping up I figured I'd start one for the Denver/Front Range area. I'll admit that my motives are completely selfish as I'm a n00b mechanic and would love to get to know some people more familiar with these bikes to help me along. I'm hoping this thread will serve as a means to that end.

    So I suppose the best thing to do is reintroduce myself...

    Hi I'm Nick. I have a blue 83 r80rt that I've pulled the fairing off of. Currently I have a set of Tomaselli GS bars installed and repop bar end signals. I'm trying to slowly take my bike in a more scrambler direction without going insane and ruining what the bike is. I frequent the 1st thursday vintage bike nights at G&Bs in Edgewater.

    Anyway, are there any tech days coming up in the area? I'd love to get involved with those too!
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  2. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    There's one coming up in April, in your area, close to Ikea.

    I tried to go to it last year but went to Canada instead.
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  3. StmbtDave

    StmbtDave AKA Invisible Dave

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    Also a couple up in Loveland and Fort Collins a bit after the Denver one.

    Dave
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  4. nmalozzi

    nmalozzi airheaded

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  5. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    I am planning on going but you never know what might get in the way. I'll probably ride my pretend bike and sidecar. I'll have to put the body back on. Right now I've got my unfinished adventure bike on it. I can do about 60 mph with the bike on the sidecar frame but the brakes are kind of sucky. I'm just not sure what to bring.

    [​IMG]
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  6. nmalozzi

    nmalozzi airheaded

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    That thing looks wild, I'd love to see it in person. BRING IT, haha!

    Weather is looking, well, typical for spring in the Front Range:
    http://www.weather.com/weather/wxdetail3/USCO0065


    Temps look nice with the ever so common "30% Chance of Isolated Storms." Damn, I sure wish I could phone in my job everyday like these weather forecasters.

    Anyway, I'm a total rookie. However, I'm coming prepared with the hopes to change the oil/filter, check/adjust timing and valves. I also plan to bring along everything needed to replace my fork seals and oil. I also have a set of fork gaiters and new headlight ears I'd like to install while I've got the forks apart. However, I'm not sure there will be time for the fork work. I'll have to see what everyone is willing to help me with :D

    At any rate, I'm really excited to meet some more airheads, and probably even more excited to learn a few things!
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  7. globalt38

    globalt38 Swimmin W/Waterwings

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    Pokie - that's gotta be one of the coolest side car rig ideas I've seen! :beer So if you rescue someone broke down on the side of the road can they ride back on their bike on the rig? :ricky
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  8. nmalozzi

    nmalozzi airheaded

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  9. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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    FWIW - The "old looking" black bike on the right in Pokies pic with the sidecar he made from scratch...
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  10. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    Hey Pokie--have any pics of that machine from the off-side so we can see some detail? It looks pretty sweet!
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  11. neepuk

    neepuk Such a drag...

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    I will be coming to the tech-day this Saturday. Hoping the weather over Vail pass and the continental divide holds. Riding down Friday to spend some time with friends. On Saturday I'll be at the tech day while my wife spends money shopping, then I'll ride home Saturday afternoon/night. Hoping to sync my carbs but I have NO IDEA how.
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  12. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    You can see the bike from the side as well as the build at http://pokiespages.com/bmwflat.htm It's my daily ride for now until I finish the adventure bike.
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  13. nmalozzi

    nmalozzi airheaded

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    Pokie, I hope you can make it Saturday with that bike. I just skimmed your build page and it's inspiring. I plan to bring my Nikon, and I'd love to snap some pics of that bike (and any others that come out).

    Hope yo see you!
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  14. Rob Farmer

    Rob Farmer Long timer

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    I'm glad to see it isn't only European men who have to suffer being dragged around Ikea :D
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  15. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    Yeah, I cringe whenever my wife says "let's go to Ikea!", there goes the whole bloody day!
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  16. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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    I was in an IKEA ONE time. I couldn't figure out how to get out! Never again!
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  17. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Howdy, anybody down near Cortez??? Looking for a spot to park a car/trailer end of june into july for 3 weeks. I'm planning on riding the CO and UT backcountry discovery routes.....hoping we know somebody in that area. Thanks guys!!
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  18. nmalozzi

    nmalozzi airheaded

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    If you haven't already post up in the Rocky Mountain Regional Thread:

    http://advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=28

    You'll get a lot more exposure that way. G'luck, and have fun!
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  19. hardwaregrrl

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    Yeah I'm planning on that...just want to get closer to a date I'll be leaving before I let the dogs loose.
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  20. nmalozzi

    nmalozzi airheaded

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    1st there, and last to leave the 2014 Airhead Tech day in Centennial, CO.

    - New fork seals.
    - New fork boots.
    - New fork oil.
    - New headlight ears (to replace the cheap-o cafe ones).
    - Oil change.
    - Valves adjusted.
    - Carbs tuned/synced.

    I'm sure I'm missing some other things we did. A special thanks goes out to Plaka for being so willing to walk me through everything. I still can't quite believe the bike looked like that at one point and I rode it home. I came with a laundry list, and got it all done and then some. My only regret is that I didn't get to mingle as much, and drool over the other bikes/take pics. So the plan next year is to come with less work to do and more time to do all that.

    It was a great day though. Learned more than I thought, and the bike is riding like a dream now. I can't believe how much better the front end feels. The PO put in some pretty hefty preload spacers (probably to help carry the fairing I no longer have on the bike). Wit those out it rides amazingly. Here's an album with all the photos I did manage to take (you can see the spacers there):

    https://www.dropbox.com/sc/aglk8tylp5g1ob0/WcetSiPZXv

    Thanks again to everyone who helped.

    Oh and speaking of Ikea. I figured out the trick, take the Mrs there on the back of the bike and leave your bags/cases at home. They can't buy anything, but they still enjoy the ride:

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    (taken over my shoulder on our way home from ikea)
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