R100GS, fly in ride home

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by lockyv7, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. lockyv7

    lockyv7 Long timer

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    Found a 89 R100GS on e-bay a few weeks ago and went to pick it up on the weekend.

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    Got a flight from the Sunshine Coast to Sydney on Wednesday night to be picked up by my mate who had collected the bike on his crain truck for me. Next morning i give it a try and it starts ok and up and down the driveway a few times and a little checking and one throttle cable is just hanging in there so replace that, check a few things and its ready to pack up and ride home.

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    First leg is only just down the road and still on the edge of Sydney, it gets parked up with these two being prepaired for there RTW Odyssey starting very soon, hope some rubbed off on my bike.

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    So its now Saturday morning and time to get this show on the road i have a party at a bush block up in the Mullions Range State Forest out from Orange, about a 3 hours of very good tar, The Bell Line of road to start with then about a half hour of dirt. About an hour in the first problem, petrol pouring out the right carb i stop and drop the bowl and it has flakes of red paint and theres flakes in the glass filters to.

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    I made the party ok, have a few drinks, tell some bullshit and get up the next day and its now time to get serious about doing some time in the saddle, breakfast around the fire then its off,

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    After a half hour of dirt and an hour of tar my first stop is a driver reviver stop for a cup of tea and a scotch finger biscuit. been such a good start with the ride out through the Forestry just tooling along looking at the scenery.


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    After this it was back to the paint in the carbs, stoped along a long straight and pulled the left carb, had to strip it and clean the jets as best i could, about 3 hours later it was the right side. From then on it was a quick drop of the bowls run the fuel and flick the floats a bit to clear any small flakes that had gotten past the useless filters that were fitted.
    Left at 10AM Sunday morning 14 hours and two carb tear downs a half dozen float bowl removels later and 1120K i was home.

    I think this is going to be a good bike to keep, some bikes break down and just stop others will just get you home no matter what. I am glad i grabbed that old 75/6 tool roll at the last minute to take with me it had everything in there i needed even some fine wire to run through the jets. I know i will have to rebuilt the carbs and get new jets as they got a pizzlen with wire poked through them but i got home.
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  2. bully1

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    nice looking bike there locky
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  3. Mane

    Mane Been here awhile

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    Nice story and nice bike!

    I really dig the small front fairing on early GS...


    How many miles on it?


    Congratulations,:freaky
    Mane
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  4. Tanami

    Tanami Under The Weather

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    Is there an annoying big red suitcase hurled somewhere between rocky falls and mud creek road?:D

    Nice bike in good hands. Congratulations.

    Stu
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  5. lockyv7

    lockyv7 Long timer

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    The big red suitcase, i took all my gear down in that and it so happens that my mate that rode his Guzzi LM3 down sold it to another mate that took a likeing to it out at rocky creek. So he then put his gear in the big red suitcase to come home again.
    That suitcase took my gear to England in 2009 when i picked up a e-bay R80RT and again in 2010 to Amsterdam with my riding gear to pick up a R850R and im happy to say it was delivered back to me yesterday fresh from the local airport.
    old saying.
    Better to have one big red suitcase and pickup many BMW's
    than have one BMW and many big red suitcases in bush ???
    something like that. :rofl
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  6. Tanami

    Tanami Under The Weather

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    Man, I'm glad I asked!
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  7. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Ah! So thats Paul's shop?

    Very nice bike you have, btw :D
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  8. lockyv7

    lockyv7 Long timer

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    Sorry Stage, no its not the Roony shop, just a shed at someones place.

    Cheers.
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  9. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Thought I was being clever :D Those are Clarissa and Neil's bikes, though? (Hope I got their names right :yikes)
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  10. lockyv7

    lockyv7 Long timer

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    You did get the bikes right. :clap
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  11. fallingoff

    fallingoff Banned

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    a couple of months ago i picked up a gspd from cairns
    guess what i carried my gear up in
    the big red suite case
    its meant to boomerang back home soon
    cheers

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  12. lockyv7

    lockyv7 Long timer

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    Been doing a bit of work on the 100GS,
    Fitted led blinkers
    New cables, thats better
    Relined the tank, foook think i would rather buy a new one
    Solo seat and GS/PD rear rack
    found a cheap exhaust can
    built some new pannier frames to show off my panniers i build
    jumped on some 1200 hand guards on the local flea market
    service kit from moto-bins
    plugs, filters, oils,
    Carb kits

    new fork oil 20w one side and 15w the other then like a fucking goose i stand in front looking at the bike and say yep thats the left, so will have to do that again.

    and been doing some scrubing here and there with the scotch brite pads and cleaning stuff.

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  13. WRC51

    WRC51 Been here awhile

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    The bike is looking great. Beautiful work on the racks and the panniers, fit like a glove and built to last. Nice
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  14. camgregus

    camgregus riding gently now

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  15. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    Where did the red paint come from in the tank?
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  16. lockyv7

    lockyv7 Long timer

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    It was what the tank was painted with inside, i got one ot the POR kits and followed the instructions, it took most of a day to do it and there was lots of paint coming out. Hope its fixed.
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  17. lockyv7

    lockyv7 Long timer

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    Some new bits to the new panniers, notice the hinges along the bottom,


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    Some 1mm stainless wire and clips and theres the kitchen,

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    Set up camp in the dark and still need to eat, no worries, and if your like me and leave the kitchen light on it only draws 500MA

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  18. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    That's quite clever Locky. Been scoping out the Aussie sidecars (Clancy / Three Legs / Touring Dave et al) have you? They seems to be getting very competitive about taking along the home comforts....:lol3 I especially like the light.

    Do you clip on the stays, or are they still there when you fold it up?

    Maybe use a seal to keep the dust & crap out? Also clear coat the aluminium so you don't get that black shit everywhere
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  19. lockyv7

    lockyv7 Long timer

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    Hi Boxa bits, the wire stays clip together with a rubber ring between them and then sit around the back of the pannier when the table is folded, also the latches go over them so they stay in place.
    The lids have a alloy channel welded in them with a 10 x 13mm block rubber seal fitted that is compressed by the latches to make everything dust and waterproof, also makes the lid more rigid. Have a look further up this thread and you will see that i have liner bags made now that are the same shape as the exhaust cut-out and straight side panniers if you want to go that way to stop everything getting black on them form the alloy. You can also spot in the photos the powder coated sets so pretty much got it covered.

    But its good to get feedback from riders and that is how i improve things all the time, Today i am packing the bike and a van full of gear and setting up a little display at the Horivons Travelers meeting, im lucky its only just down the road and not a 2500k round trip that it was for a few years. Not good that i dont get to ride there but i can take more stuff.
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  20. WRC51

    WRC51 Been here awhile

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    Wow looking back at that one photo, I see maybe 7 pairs of panniers on the shelf.:D
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