G'day. After lurking in the shadows for the last year or three, the time has come for me to state my rank and purpose for being here. I'll try to keep it succinct, but have my doubts as to being successful in that regard. Me - just a bloke that has never ridden a street bike, but has wanted one since he almost bought a basket case (literally) BMW [sumthin]/[sumthin] in the late 1970s as a teenager. Mom said no, so that dream got put off. I Married an ER nurse in 1987 and we have two boys 16 and 18 as of this writing. ER nurse as spouse = adamant refusal to accept two wheeled transportation device (more on that later). We live in an old (~195 y.o.) farmhouse in northeastern PA. An engineer of sorts by day; otherwise a restorer of sorts of old houses, cars, trucks, and now a bike. We like to play and camp off the beaten path in our Jeep(s). My bike - this is where the story (if you have not died of boredom or clicked away already) might get interesting. No promises. 1979 BMW R100T. Yep, plain jane, red/silver, nearly 100% stock and original. This bike I have known for about 8-10 years, as it was owned by a good friend that I work with. About 4 years ago he had some engine issues with the bike, and attempted repairs. He was less than successful, and parked the bike in his shed. He bought a 1984 R100RT to ride while he fixed the '79. Never happened. He offered me the bike in as-is condition, so I of course accepted. Idiot. :eek1 Below are the pics of the bike as I acquired it. I will post additional entries and pictures in this thread as work progresses. I may struggle with the picture links, but please be patient. As found in the "shed". It was actually a tent structure with the tent rapidly departing the premises. On the trip home. About 70 miles, with a borrowed trailer being pulled by my '05 Rubicon LJ. And here it is at home in my driveway. That is a Windjammer faring on it. I did also get the Krauser bags and keys for everything with it. Next post will have some more info on the bike and some nasty pictures.