Ultimate vintage tourer?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by El Guero, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Okay maybe not ultimate, but I'm looking for suggestions.

    I had to resurrect my first two bikes before they'd run, and I kinda get a hankering on working on bikes now. Problem is, the project that my dad and I have now is a V65 Magna... And that thing is killing me. It's like working on a damn car!

    So for my next project, whenever I have time or funds, I want to go old, simple, and highway ready. I'm not really looking for a slab rider, as I've got a KLR now and I've developed a taste for the ol' two-lane highway.

    So what is something I could pick up as maybe even a basket case for little $, but build into a reliable rider? I'd like to stay away from bikes with notorious electrics, because wiring isn't really my bag. And I don't want any windjammers/vetter or anything of that bolt-on touring crap.

    I guess what I'd like to find is an old naked GL1000 to bring back to life... My dad says a buy he works with has what sounds like an R60 but he probaby won't sell it.

    I'm open to more exotic ideas, but I don't want another V-4 with 2 fuel tanks and 4 feet of fuel lines! :lol3
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  2. Sparkdaddy

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    Maybe look for an Airhead. Lot's of them have the Wind Jammer and other crap but they are easily removed. They are easy to work on once you figure out the German way of thinking and they are pretty reliable.

    My R75/6 is a blast to ride even on long trips. And, no matter where you are someone will come up to you while you are taking a break and talk bikes.
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  3. Sparkdaddy

    Sparkdaddy aventurero

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    I just saw you are in Lincoln. I remember seeing an Airhead in either Lincoln or Omaha on Craigs not too long ago for cheap. I have family close to O-town so I check there for deals sometimes.
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  4. El Guero

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    An airhead would be cool, but I really wouldn't want to spend too much on one. Are airhead parts pretty cheap? The work I don't mind, it's the $ that always gets me :lol3
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  5. ADK

    ADK zut alors

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    GS 850 Suzuki.you're welcome :1drink
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  6. tbirdsp

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    I went through a phase of restoring old Hondas. '73 CB500K, '77 CB750F, '69 CB350, '73 CL350, '75 CB500T (twin), '73 CB350F, '76 XL350, '78 CX500, a few more.

    I got real tired of cleaning 4 carbs :puke1
    Actually, cleaning them isn't too bad, it's the removing/installing that really sucks. The twins were better to work on (not the CB500T - run away from those POS)

    I didn't have the CX500 long, but it impressed me as a bike you could really put some miles on. Kinda ugly - oh wait, you ride a KLR:evil
    They also had the GL500 (and later GL650) "Silver Wing" versions with factory fairing and luggage.
    Mine had a white Vetter Windjammer and a 3 ft sissy bar:rofl

    (Finally got my KLR carb cleaned BTW. Also picked up a new little thumper)
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  7. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    So how long before your ST counts as a vintage touring bike Mike? :lol3

    I like those CX500s, although you are right they are ugly. I was trying to read up once and it seemed like they might have had some niggling faults to them but they seem like a bike you could bum across the country without having to worry about anybody trying to steal it :wink:
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  8. El Guero

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  9. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    What are you wanting to spend, Austin?

    There's a GL1000 on KC craigslist, but they're wanting $2500.

    I think the naked GL, or even an 1100 with the plastic stuff would be a great choice.

    There are older Connies out there for fair money, too.
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  10. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    Here you go.
    Says it's an '82 Silverwing, but looks like a CX to me (no bags or fairing).
    $600 in Wichita cl.
    I can get a trailer if you need to pick it up.

    There's also an '82 1100 Aspencade for $2500 in Larned, and an '80 GL1100 in Wichita with a seized motor and no price.

    Oops. Forgot this:

    http://wichita.craigslist.org/mcy/442033408.html

    Did a little googling, and the '82 SilverwWing was available without bags or fairings, but had a small trunk that could be used in place of the passenger portion of the seat.
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  11. jtwind

    jtwind Wisconsin Airhead

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    If you are cheap you'd fit right in with lots of the airhead crowd. But price like everything is relative. If you expect to find good bikes for $500, look elsewhere. $1000 to $2000 though will often get you a good platform to work on and sort out. The advantage of airheads over other bikes is the design, they are mostly overbuilt and designed so they don't tear them selves up, they were built for the long haul. As important, there is a wealth of info available for working on them and BMW still makes parts for them though some of the /5 parts are starting to dry up. No other marque has this sort of support.
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  12. El Guero

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    I'm not looking to buy anything right now... I've got to take apart the Magna to clean the auxiliary fuel tank first :lol3

    I'm not in a big rush for this project, I was just looking on some input as far as types of bikes. I don't have any money right now anyways :puke1

    I am leaning more towards an airhead or maybe one of the old Hondas. Looking around more, I'd LOVE to get a naked GL1000, but who knows.

    The old bikes I used to have were worthless for distance riding. So I guess I'm just looking for smooth motors and a 70-75 mph cruising speed.

    Barry that Silverwing looks just about right! Maybe if I've got $600 and he's still got it next spring we'll have to talk :lol3
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  13. kadesean

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    "Are airhead parts pretty cheap?"

    If you are looking at 'Vintage' status, no parts are cheap. At least airhead parts are still available. Plus there are many used airhead parts retailers.
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  14. fatpony

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    I'm amazed at all the old Goldwings (1000-1100) that are on the market or under tarps just waiting to be taken home. I've swapped around and owned a couple of Interstate models. Fairly easy to work on except for the electrics. Had to put a geo alt on one, dumb ass idea having alt INSIDE engine. I put an automotive "mud grip" tire on the rear and had a large time trucking along on dirt roads. They don't fall over too far, but they ain't easy to pick up. Mike
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  15. kadesean

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    BTW my '79 R100S is an awesome long haul tourer if you don't mind the European style of riding position (lower set bars). The cafe fairing keeps the wind off my chest, the bars put me in a nice lean into the wind position and my feet are right where they should be, underneath me. The engine has excellent power, the gearing is great for doing 80+ mph and it has a 6+ gallon fuel tank for 200+ mile range.
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  16. Yad

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    have you ruled out a 70's era Guzzi? It will cost you more to buy in than a Japanese bike, but once you're there the cost of ownership seems to be very low and resale remains solid if you change your mind.

    I've worked on most of the same Hondas that tbirdsp has (not coincidentally - those are the common ones), and I can say from experience that both the price and availability of parts for Guzzis, at least all the necessary ones, are similar to or better than Honda.
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  17. ADK

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    Looks like the CX jugs would get in the way if you are long legged.
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    Once I get it running . . .

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  19. 305racer

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    +1
    I think the Amabassadors and Eldos get overlooked cuz people think Italian=expensive. I have seen alot in the $1500 range that are solid bikes but need alittle cleaning up which takes more time than money.
    Besides a Guzzis jugs are nice and perky unlike the saggy ones on those B brand German bikes:rofl
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  20. ctfz1

    ctfz1 Long timer

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    After V65 Magna an early 80s V45 Interceptor or Sabre or any shaft drive Suzuki (G) Yamaha 920 Euro model (82?83) or 89-93 VX800 Suzuki great rides,
    Cheap is usually a matter of chasing a lot of possibities or knowing someone who does, trading time for money.
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