Which Air Head???????

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by RealOldDualSportGuy, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy Been here awhile

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    "The time has come"the walrus said "to talk of getting an air head GSPD"

    Always wanted on, now is the time to buy/restore/rebuild/ride one.

    Where do I start?

    The bike will be used for day trips and maybe even weekend rides along the BRP, the Natchezz Trace, and etc.

    Suggestions?

    Past HS racer, road racer, LSR Holder, Buell owner, so not much we won't take on.

    Regards and thanks

    :lol3
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  2. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    Get the best one you can find and can afford and then plan to put about $2K at least into it. DAMHIK: :evil If it is in good shape. :lol3

    Marc
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  3. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    This one looked to be in pretty good shape. It only had 38 original miles on it so it's probably all rotted out from just sitting in a climate controlled garage somewhere. :D

    [​IMG]
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  4. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    yes,buy the absolute best one you can find,or be prepared to do a little work.
    In the rime i have had mine i have had to replace the trigger in the bean can,replace the diode board,get the starter bushes done and cleaned up all the carbon,replace the battery,get the battery box cleaned up and powder coated it,re cover the seat and replace the rear shock.I plan to do something about the front brake and have got a new cartridge front suspension setup.I still have intermittent dash lights and the clock and heated grips dont work,and a small oil leak from either the push rod tubes and or neutral switch.Its a 1989 and i dont really know how many KM its done.Its done at least 130,000 km maybe 230,000 km or maybe more.At one point in its life it has had a "catastrophic" drive shaft failure.It needs new rubber boots for the drive shaft and its also got a slight oil weep at the rear drive shaft boot.
    I love it
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  5. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy Been here awhile

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    We put $3K in farkles on the last Uly we built !!!!!!!

    Any year to stay away from?

    Any year better than another?

    Cheers

    :lol3
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  6. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
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  7. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy Been here awhile

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    Guess I could cross post it there

    Cheers
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  8. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy Been here awhile

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    "The time has come"the walrus said "to talk of getting an air head GSPD"

    Always wanted on, now is the time to buy/restore/rebuild/ride one.

    Where do I start?

    The bike will be used for day trips and maybe even weekend rides along the BRP, the Natchezz Trace, and etc.

    Suggestions?

    Past HS racer, road racer, LSR Holder, Buell owner, so not much we won't take on.

    Regards and thanks
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  9. Mugwest

    Mugwest .

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    Surprised you didn't punt him to OldSkool sooner :lol3

    Post up in the Airheads subforum at the above link, OP. You are basically going to be advised to not get your heart set on a PD model, given your day-trip operating profile. Ie: only difference between 90-95 airhead GS's is the tank capacity-- 6gal vs 9gal and some seat options is really it for those years

    Head to OldSkool! ::freaky
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  10. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy Been here awhile

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    Why thank you for the very very helpful insight and wisdom

    :norton
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  11. kadesean

    kadesean eyesuck

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    G/S has the monolever, better off road and solo. Available only in 800cc '81-'84. Monolever is also a simpler and more rugged/dependable design.

    GS has the paralever, longer wheelbase, bigger overall (not by a lot), better for big roads and two-up. Availability beginning in mid-late '80's. Read up on the horrors of the paralever and how it's the worst thing BMW ever did. (I have one)

    Someone will come along and specify which years need circlip attention. I can across a '92 that had an old work order that showed circlip was done already and I'm loving the bike as my do everything bike.
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  12. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    dont do that,i bet your original thread appears here
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  13. Mugwest

    Mugwest .

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    Miscommunication alert! 'OldSkool' was not a knock on you, it's what we call the Airhead forum here. THat link Bobby gave you is where the Airhead action is here on ADV

    You mention Stagehand in your signature, well Jason's in OldSkool like a ton, as am i.

    See you there!

    Mug
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  14. Mugwest

    Mugwest .

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    I was one of the ones in GSpot that directed him here, All good

    Welcome RODSG. You're home! :thumb

    EDIT: Ooops, we still need to get to Airheads at http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=85

    Dave? Flood? Move this before OP gets flummoxed?
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  15. seniorasi

    seniorasi Banned

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    WOW!!!! I want one!!!
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  16. darklight79

    darklight79 scaffold builder

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    Craigslist sf and chico there is three plus a nice gs in flea market
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  17. red tag

    red tag lost at sea

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    Could be yours...[​IMG]Thinking of switching over to a RS.
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  18. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy Been here awhile

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    Interested in a bit of detail

    Thanks
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  19. red tag

    red tag lost at sea

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    Have an ad posted in the Flea Market section with the highlights, don't want to bore everyone repeating it all here.

    Its's a great bike, I'll regret selling it. The only problem I have with the bike is that's it's such a good example of this model I just can't bring myself to modify it (other than what the previous owner did). I've been wanting an Airhead project for some time now and this is just too sweet a bike to mess with.

    [​IMG]
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