R18 - The closest thing to an airhead in a while?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by the_babaji, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. the_babaji

    the_babaji Long timer

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    do keep your prom-dress away from the drive shaft!



    oh, and the lifestyle video!
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  2. BMWGSA

    BMWGSA Geländefahrer Supporter

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    TAKE MY MONEY !!
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  3. infinityedge

    infinityedge Been here awhile

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    I have an unhealthy desire to see one with an old bullet sidecar attached.
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  4. Jim Day

    Jim Day full manic mechanic

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    Something vaguely familiar there.,,,,,
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    I'm not sure if it's the riding position, geometry, trendy urban landscape or clothing...... I can't really put my finger on it :lol3
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  5. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    One day a buddy of mine got in an accident on the freeway. He rearended the car in front of him in stop and slow traffic. He wasn't hurt but the bike got scratched up, speed was very low. But most of the front of his full face helmet was ripped away...he flat out face planted into asphalt. if he was wearing an ain't-i-kewl helmet he would not have a face any more. I'm not a particularly good looking guy, not like the models in the pictures, but I'm bright enough to know an open face helmet is not AtGATT. If I was going to do that I would skip the gloves and ride in socks.

    Point being, whiles everyone is oohing and ahhing over the bike,does anyone notice the idiot riding it??
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  6. the_babaji

    the_babaji Long timer

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    All I noticed was the bmw exec duck paddling it through the gravel at the start of the first video.
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  7. Jim Day

    Jim Day full manic mechanic

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    I once read an article that said that in 30% of motorcycle accidents the rider hits face first. Alright Plaka you and I are old, and we were both riding in the days before full face helmets became popular. Back in the day everyone wore 3/4 helmets. That is all anyone used. Where are all those faceless riders. Riding with a 3/4 has advantages and disadvantages but it's not the same thing as riding without basic protections like boots or gloves.
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  8. Disston

    Disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    If I was worried about saving myself from all chances of bodily harm I certainly wouldn't ride a motorcycle. Period.
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  9. SculptD

    SculptD Smells like tech

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    I just bought an air vest. (Friend begged me to.) I’m pretty impressed with the design. Very unobtrusive.

    And, I just heard that in Denmark very few riders wear helmets at all, and some use some sort of air collar.
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  10. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Is it really a hardtail.
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  11. UnclePete

    UnclePete Been here awhile Supporter

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    Shock under seat .
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    infinityedge Been here awhile

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  13. timkil

    timkil tool collector

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    I find any motorcycle marketed to "the American cruiser crowd" to be uninspired and downright ugly as shit. Just my opinion, I'll keep my '83 airhead and pass this one up. Could probably buy a house for the same money.
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  14. Tripletreat

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    I think there is a wide-spread misconception of what an airhead is. Except for the goofy attempts in the 1980s at making a cruiser, airheads have traditionally never been designed as such. The essence of the airheads is simplicity of design and an emphasis on servicing the machine with what tools are under the seat. Old airheads were and still are user-friendly touring companions, which the design studies posted above are certainly not. If you want a modern machine that embraces the airhead spirit, look to the Royal Enfield 650 twins. Ducati and H.D. both have a v-twin beating heart, but are wildly different machines. An opposed twin engine does not an airhead make.
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  15. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Missed that. I still won't be interested in this steaming pile. Sacrificing function in the name of chasing a look is just fucking stupid.
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    Personally what I see there is gorgeous, My worry is what the EPA is going to make it look like. And I pray to God they don't make it California compliant
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  17. robtg

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    R18 ---Hipster wet dream.
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  18. infinityedge

    infinityedge Been here awhile

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    They are bound to make it Euro compliant which is far more strict than CA for motorcycles.
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  19. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    And there it is, your daily reminder than Plaka is a genius and everyone else is an idiot. Can't wait for tomorrow's installment!
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  20. Mobiker

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    I don't recall BMW ever making a "cruiser" airhead. In the '80's or otherwise. I'm thinking you have a misconception of what an airhead is.
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