It's about time you did something about that airhead.

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by kbasa, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    feeling inspired? :evil
    I'm glad youre doing this, as well.

    I really like the damage scars. - Not on you, on the bike...

    Good luck. I'll be watching.

    Real pretty bike.
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  2. Foot dragger

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    Yours is barely broken in, Al,it needs a trip to Alaska or some such thing.
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  3. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    Thanks. The shoulder still gets sore on damp, wet days like today, but otherwise, no visible scars.

    I just read Mikewarax's resurrection thread. I shouldn't have looked. :bluduh

    Project scope creep forecasted.
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  4. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    I can totally relate! I've got bikes like that - one's a 90S a friend brought home in boxes and took two years rebuilding. I got it 7 years ago just before he died. He had painted it a nice blue (not knowing much about 90Ss) and I have a hard time deciding whether to leave it or repaint it Daytona Orange.

    Yours is a beautiful bike, and if it was running well with low miles, I'd just lube the splines and put it back together. These bikes are easy enough to work on, so don't fix it if it aint broke! It's easy enough to paint the frame with engine and trans in so just leave it together. The more stuff you take off, the longer runway you'll make for yourself and it'll be next winter or the summer after before you can enjoy it again.
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  5. Stagehand

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    Is it actually easy to paint the frame with the engine in it? That seems counterintuitive.
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  6. kbasa

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    Yeah, once you get all the intake, exhaust and footpeg stuff out of the way, it's pretty easy to mask the motor off with kraft paper and tape. I really only need to get the lower portion of the frame, especially back on the left side where an acid spill uglied up the little sideplate.

    The swingarm took a bit of the shot, too.

    Before Greg had this bike, it had been hit by a car in a full on Tbone accident. The frame got replaced, so I've got one of those CHP blue tags on the headstock. The bike still shows some scars from that incident. The alternator cover is pushed in on one side. The right side jug is different than the left side jug. (There are differences in jugs at the point where they contact the case. Some have a little web like growth and some don't. I've got one of each on this bike). The seat has a big patch on it where some vinyl was glued on to cover a huge rip. I'm going to leave most of it, but the seat has to get replaced. I'm still looking for an 84 seat. It has a unique pattern, as you can see in the pictures.

    [​IMG]
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  7. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    The seat isn't an 84 only item - it was called the 'comfort' seat. I wonder if the dealer sells replacement covers?
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  8. word1

    word1 I'm working on it...

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    +1. Repair the damage and address the stuff that bothers you. Direct your energy towards getting the machine road worthy. It's so easy to see every flaw, and before you know it the entire machine is in pieces. You'll be back for more work later... you know you will! :lol3

    I do agree on the spline lube. That's maintenance, and this is the perfect time for it.

    A machine can only be original once, and I like the patina of wear and use. After nearly totalling my R100RS, I only replaced what was broken. I kept worn but undamaged parts, and even kept a few marks to remind me of what we've been through.

    Good on ya!

    _jay
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  9. Stagehand

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    The stories keep coming out :lol3

    What ELSE has happened? I like the two-different-jug concept. Like every part has a history behind it. That thing is already a novel. :deal
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  10. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    Is reupholstering the seat not an option?
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  11. kbasa

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    If I can get a cover for it, I'd have some local joint put some new foam on it. I guess I should look a little harder for a cover,huh?

    :lol3
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  12. kbasa

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    No kidding, huh? That's why i want to be kind of careful and not get rid of too much of the history, but still have it look good. I want it to look good, but when I'm adjusting the valves or changing the oil or whatever, I see these little imperfections that lead me back to the story this bike has lived.

    While they help tell the story, the headlight ears are gonna get replaced, too. They're all dented to crap and have some kind of brake fluid scars all over them. This bike got hurt when it got hit.

    [​IMG]
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  13. McB

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    A good shop should be able to come close to replicating the original cover in your choice of materials. I had side panels replaced on a GTI seat, and you couldn't tell the difference.
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  14. mutineer

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    sausage boy

    give me a call

    can't see pics from work, but if the seat is full vinyl I got something for you

    if it is the cowled CS seat

    I got nothing
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  15. kbasa

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    Hmmm... Do you think they can match the pleating the stock seat came with? It's not really pleating so much as a thermal crimp on the vinyl cover. The pattern is important to me.

    Of course, the foam is totally shot and the seat frame cuts into the back of my legs, so I've been considering just buying a new seat from Siebenrock.
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  16. kbasa

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    It's got a cowl. CS/RS/RT style. I think the current seat is a 'comfort seat' based on some very helpful comments here.
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  17. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    When do we leave?:freaky
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  18. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    If you're going to replace those, then I might suggest installing a billet upper triple clamp while you've got it all apart. It's the single best handling mod you can make to an Airhead, and costs much less than a new fridge.:deal

    We need to do an Airhead track day, Dave.
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  19. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

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    I have been looking at These replacement covers for mine. Have not seen one in the flesh yet so I don't know how close to original they are.

    Mike
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  20. kbasa

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    I was looking at those this morning. They're close, but the CS LE has a special cover, which is proving problematic. I think I'm going to wait on the seat and see what I can find used. If worse comes to worst, I'll go with either a seat cover or a Siebenrock repro.
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