R80 gs found, recovered, and in progress

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by ML WYDELL, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. ML WYDELL

    ML WYDELL NED

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    Literally stumbled on a GS today and it is for sale. Steering head has R80 sticker on it but has the R100 cosmetics around the headlight? Looks all to be there but needs some TLC. 1700 bucks?? Hope to ride it in the next day or two. Didn't have a camera along.

    Did the R80 come with the plastic furniture around and above the headlight at any time?

    Thoughts and comments appreciated.
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  2. jellycow

    jellycow Back on track.. Oh, wait, new track found!

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    It's very easy to put the small thumbstone on a 80gs (or g/s) so no worries about that.
    Is it a mono- or paralever? Both great bikes, I really can't choose my favourite between them. G/S being lighter and GS more comfy.
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  3. ML WYDELL

    ML WYDELL NED

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    not sure about mono or para, literally walking through a market and saw just the ass end sticking out. Only number I could read were B10401D427J85932? Too dark to see anything else and it was getting shady at that point.

    How are European vin numbers configured?
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  4. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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  5. Rob Farmer

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    $1700

    In real money thats just over £1000 which seems like a bargain for any airhead GS (or g/s)
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  6. flying_finn

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    Buy it. You can't go wrong at that price.
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  7. stucknarut

    stucknarut Uh oh...

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    Don't think I can answer that without looking at it in person, you'd better PM me a location and phone number :).
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  8. ML WYDELL

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    Off the bat this bike needs a starter.

    Did the R80 G/S models use different starters for different years or did they stick with one?
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  9. Airhead Wrangler

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    They all used the bosch starter used on all airheads of that period. Unlike the later valeos they're completely rebuildable. They weigh a lot more, but they're build like a brick shit house.
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  10. Garthe

    Garthe ROCKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

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    :lol3...That was one of my fathers favorite sayings. Thanks for the memories.
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  11. bmwloco

    bmwloco Long timer

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    Phhht. Who needs a starter? I once "bump started" a '77 BMW R75/7 down the entire eastern seaboard once.

    Mind you, I don't recommend it ;)
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  12. Mark Manley

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    The earlier monlevers used a Bosch and the later paralevers use the lighter but less reliable Valeo, both are interchangeable. The Bosch is rebuildable so don't write it off before having it looked at first, there is not much that can be done for the Valeo as they usually die when the magnets come off of the inside.

    The 80GS paralever was available with all of the plastic but I believe it was never sold in the US, either way for that price it is a bargain.
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  13. _cy_

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    wow.. have you jumped on it yet?
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  14. Airhead Wrangler

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    Too bad I spelled 'built' wrong.
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  15. Beemerguru

    Beemerguru Beemerguru...G/S guy

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    Where are you?

    The newer Valero starter have fixed the dreaded magnet issue, spin faster, and weight a lot less than the Bosch.

    If the bike is even running, then $1700 is a steal...not running, you can easily put twice that into getting it safe and reliable to ride.

    Late '80s R100GS had the same instrument nacelle as the R80G/S.
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  16. Airhead Wrangler

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    ...but it's still worth at least $1700 in parts, so there's really zero risk. BUY IT. NOW.
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  17. jellycow

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    So, what happened?
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  18. ML WYDELL

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    Well the guy is supposed to be bringing it by this afternoon. Long ass pain filled story. I'm in west Africa....................
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  19. ML WYDELL

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    :hmmmmmWhere to start...

    Another fine mess.

    First of all in Africa the majority will drive / ride the hell out of something and do no maintenance, NONE, because they don't know / don't care / don't have the money.

    Well the bike made it close to my location before it quit, now its dark. LOL.

    I go to check it out and the it won't crank because the battery is down and the owner, through translation, says he was riding and the clutch went and it stopped.:huh

    Look it over best I can and there are some flaws but looks to be all original. So we agree on 1500 bucks. The owner and his buddie push the bike with the aid of another bike by the other rider putting his foot on the passenger peg and motoring along with us following in the vehicle.

    ( Bear in mind it takes a few go arounds in order to draw out the whole story always bits and pieces missing :lol3 )

    Get it into some real light and start lookin

    1. 90 percent all original, luggage racks, rear rack, the whole bit.
    2. 72,000 km on the clock, debatable I know
    3. Oil way overfull - so I'm thinking that he filled er' up and it all blew out through the vent and possibly got to the clutch and soaked it.
    4. Final drive housing has a beautiful chunk worn out of it from from rubbing on the frame by the rear foot peg.
    5. Hodge podge wiring at the battery
    6. Grounded to the transmission case not by the speedo cable
    7. Air filter housing has oil all through it.
    8. Both boots are shot on the final drive.
    9. Trans won't go into gear at all, c clip shit the bed today???
    8. He's had it for 3 years but had no money to do maintenance :deal

    9. SO, IF the paperwork comes out clean I'll have a project.
    10. 01/90/0053 80 2V E on the clutch side of the engine


    Having problems with photobook and they won't load, :baldy

    Comments, heckling, and all forms of counseling are welcome.
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  20. disston

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    It all sounds doable. You shouldn't loose out on this one but of course the object now will be to get it going and on the road. The possible trans circlip sounds like the most serious. You may just need a rebuild or you may have to find another trans.

    The final drive having worn against the frame sounds like the swing arm bearings are loose or missing.

    Just fix a couple of small things and it's all down hill from there. :rofl
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