Background to the thread: I bought the RS in London in Mar 1990. I am the 3rd owner from new. The other 2 did about 25k miles on it. I met the 2nd owner sometime later. He was a nice guy, working as a Vehicle Tester at one of the MoT testing stations I went to. He traded the RS on a K1, & was nice enough to give me several original bits from the bike that he still had stashed under his workbench. The bike is a '78, manufactured Dec '77 according to the VIN no info. We bought it from Park Lane BMW (but they had it parked several buildings away from their main floor, & buried in the depths of an underground carpark). We bought it to tour Western Europe for 5-6 months starting with France, Spain & Portugal. We wrecked a rear wheel bearing in Spain, & struck alternator issues (diode board) on the return leg via Holland. Unfortunately the alternator fault meant we couldn't sell it to buy plane tickets home. As a result we ended up staying in the UK for far longer than we'd initially expected (3 years). That worked out well though. Between that & the next tour we got a Corbins seat (the stock seat with first aid kit underneath was good for about 60 miles before you had to get off), tried a higher screen (ditched), better grips (the standard BMWs were squarish & ridged, & hurt your hands on a long ride), koni dial-a-rides, a fork brace, a surefoot side stand, stainless exhausts, & braided brake lines The following year we did a tour of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, & England, including a couple of weeks in the Isle of Man. We were planning a final trip the next year through Africa, but a bankrupt disqualified driver, driving an uninsured van (that belonged to some else) wrecked the RS & injured me, so that was that. The consolation prize was a ride on the now naked RS thru’ Scandinavia, down thru Germany, Switzerland, & France. There was a massive storm in the south of France, we got flooded out, & 50 people were killed. We fled back to the UK, dropped the RS to a Logistic Co to be shipped back to NZ, then flew to Florida in time for Hurricane Andrew, & onto Hawaii, which had had its own Hurricane issues. We called that trip the ‘storm capitals of the world’ tour. Once the RS made it back to NZ it sat in the shed while the R80ST got ridden. Eventually we registered the RS, partially repaired the fairing for a Rusty Nuts 1000 mile challenge & rode it. The flywheel was lightened, I dropped an Enduralast alternator into it so I could boost the lighting for the 1000 milers, & an oil cooler was added, seeking to reduce pinking on hot days (which we don’t really get a lot of in NZ). I sold it to friends for $6.5k in about 1996, bought an XR600 for $2k, traded that on a $3.5k R65k, & finally traded that on the RS (less panniers) back 12 months later. For about a decade (during the 2000’s) the bike was hauled out to do 2-3 rides a year (Cold Kiwi, CDMTC toy run, & a Manfield track day in Jan. It still got a fair wad of cash thrown at it. It got a new driveshaft in 1999 when a vibration indicated a UJ was on its way out. I spent the 2005 bonus twin plugging the head, getting unleaded seats installed, new valves, 1st oversize pistons & rings, & also replacing all of the discs, which were badly worn & had started to crack. I also replaced the headers after putting a big flat in the left side avoiding a slip coming back from the Cold Kiwi. A big rock still managed to bite me… Finally in 2009 the RS was a retired to the side of the garage, pending exploration to find out where a fairly annoying oil leak was coming from. .