Nostalgia

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by paulter, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. Rob Farmer

    Rob Farmer Long timer

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  2. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    I started riding at 61 y.o. on a BMW F650GS Dakar, then went to a 1150 RT for a short, very short, time. Now, I'm restoring and driving an '82 R100 with a Squire sidecar. It's been the most fun so far. And from the description of where you plan on riding, a sidecar could come in pretty handy. I plan on using mine for camping and fly fishing activities too.

    If you like wrenching, any of the old airheads are pretty easy to work on. And there are lots of parts and advice available on this site and others. For example, I started a writeup on my efforts, and got lots of help from the folks here at ADV.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=754519

    Good luck, whatever you decide. Just keep the reports of your efforts, and pics, posted up here so we can all share the enjoyment of your efforts.
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  3. paulter

    paulter Adventurer

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    Thanks to all for the insight. While emotionally drawn to Nortons, For practical reasons (parts availability and initial cost of bike), I've started doing a lot of research on the different models of airheads from 1975-1985. Are there any significant reasons to to choose one model over another, other than power? For instance, I've seen any number of R65 models which seem to be cheaper--any reason for that? I won't be carrying passengers, only gear, and very little, if any, interstate travel. Are parts or aftermarket more supportive of certain models versus others? Reliability? As I mentioned, this will be a bike handed down in another (20?) years to be enjoyed further.
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  4. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    I think the R65 series has sort of a - probably undeserved- reputation for not being as "good" as the others. But there are plenty of people who argue just the opposite.

    If I were going to buy an airhead right now, I would look for an r80. It sort of hits the sweet spot for controllable power- good for pretty much any situation.

    but really, if you have now decided on a airhead, you should ask in the airhead section of this forum. you will get 400 people telling you a collective 9000 years and 57million miles of experiences.
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  5. paulter

    paulter Adventurer

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    Well, took the plunge. Found a pretty well sorted out R-65. Will pick up in a couple of weeks. I guess I'm now officially out of the nostalgia thread, and into the Airhead one. :D
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  6. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    Good on you. The R65 is an underated gem IMO. They are a lot of fun and have no problems with traffic, and will put a silly smile on your face. Keep the RPM's above 3500 on those ... they are supposed to rev higher. You'll get better gas milage. Have no fear on logging roads and other dirt, gravel. They're made for it!

    Have fun, and see you in Airheads!

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  7. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    I think you'll be very happy with the R65. I've always thought the deal was they would be a little slower. Beings as you have leanings to travel not in a hurry probably just right. Many of the R65es are in better condition for this same reason.

    See you over in Airheads. :clap
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  8. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    I for one, would appreciate some pics! Feed us feed us
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  9. ADV8

    ADV8 Taumarunui..Darwin..

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    I guess the ones mates had were Monday bikes,they were untouched bikes though until ejecting con rods etc.
    Bit early but word is the Fastback has arrived at port for shipping to Australia.
    It should land in November ready for its first Summer Downunder.

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