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post #1 of 24 Old Mar 28th, 2007, 9:23 am Thread Starter
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Smile Praise for older BMWs

After a nice ride last night I just had to post this. I have a 1978 R100/7. I bought it from Nathan at Boxerworks in Ga. with 30k. Since then I have added another 70K. Thats 100K! I have been on several 5-7K trips with no problems what so ever. Many 500-700 mile days and one 1150 mile day from ST. Joseph, Mo. to Charlotte, NC. On one 2K trip with my then SO, bike loaded for 2 weeks camping, I lost 3rd gear about 300 miles from home but made it home anyway. The last time the bike was "tuned" was close to 40K ago. I do change plugs and adjust valves (if needed) every 5K. The bike has NEVER failed to start and go. A joy to ride, has low European bars and hard bags that are very usefull but must be held on with bungee straps. I own several bikes including an LT but if I absolutely had to get somewhere I would take the /7, affectionately called "Old Black". I feel better now. Thanks for reading.
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post #2 of 24 Old Mar 28th, 2007, 10:36 am
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Thanks for sharing, Michael. Good friend here in the 'hood rides the snot out of a '76 slash/sumpthin'; has done a SS1K while riding together with an LT rider; does quite a bit of wrenching (the easy stuff) himself; and keeps the bike looking great. I love those copper/orange-fade-to-silver color schemes.

Glad you're loving yours - keep it in the will!!
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'76 slash/sumpthin'
That would be slash six. From 1973 through 1976. Easily distinguished from the previous slash five by the separate instrument pod, rather than having the speedo and tach mounted in the headlight assembly. Also distinguished from the following slash seven by the very rounded valve cover, as opposed to the flattened valve cover used starting in 1977.

I loves me some old Beemers. Here are some pics of my /7:
http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18247

If you look at the map and don't care where you are, you're not lost.

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post #4 of 24 Old Mar 28th, 2007, 11:17 am
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Older boxers are great bikes. I used to have an R90S, silver smoke. Extremely easy to work on, smooth riding, reasonably fast. Loved it.
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I know what you mean. I sure do miss my old 78 R80. Wish I still had it.

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My 76 900/6 was an easy bike to work on. I could change both tires, tune it up and put the tools away in about an hour. Too bad that can't be said of today's bikes.
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85 R80

Sometimes I think about selling my 1985 R80. Then I start riding it again and absolutely love this bike. It is not real fast but it handles great and hums so smooth. My wife likes riding 2 up on it also. Done 2 up in the Smoky's several times on it and never had any problems. Love the airheads

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Gretchen....my first love
1983 R100RT...............

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post #9 of 24 Old Mar 28th, 2007, 8:06 pm
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Ahh Airheads...

We love them.

In 1971 when I so wanted a BMW all I could afford was a Honda.
In those years, riding all weekend long, camping by the side of the road or under powerlines, I yearned for the maintence free drive shaft of the BMW. The BWM was the "gentleman's motorcycle", the de facto tourer. If you were a long distance rider, an airhead was the only logical choice.

I didn't get a BMW until the R90/6 my future wife and I went cross country on in 1982. (See my avatar, that pic was taken the day we got back Vermont after doing coast to coast and back, 10,000+ miles in less than 30 days leave from the USN.) I never worried about that bike leaving us stranded. A spare spark plug and and extra set of points in the tool tray, tire irons, a patch kit and the on-board tire pump were all that was needed. Everything was bullet proof. We bought a rear tire in Las Vegas at the BMW shop and I mounted in a state park using the picnic table as a work bench.

When I watched that movie "Long Way Round" I wondered why the heck those guys weren't on old air heads. That would have been a well informed choice of bike. They would have had less trouble and easier repairs than their modern high tech BMWs.

I recently parted with a R75/5 "Toaster" to a close friend.
And I should part with another: I have a 1976 R90/6 and a 1974 R90S. Both great bikes. The S has appeal, but in some ways the /6 is a better bike.

But either of them is more reliable, albiet less comfortable, than the 2000 KLT.

Those old airheads weren't perfect, but they were (and are) great.... and BMW still enjoys some of the reputation they earned by building those bikes.
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The biggest problem with the old bike s, R90/6 and even the /5, was the anchor was not big enough.

/6 was better than the /5, since it had one disc on the front and the drum in back.

just sold my 74 r90/6 just no room in the garage.
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Gretchen....my first love
1983 R100RT...............
WOw!!!! That's funny. I had a 1984 R100RT named Gretchen. Last year of the 1000cc motor.

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post #12 of 24 Old Mar 29th, 2007, 10:28 am
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WOw!!!! That's funny. I had a 1984 R100RT named Gretchen. Last year of the 1000cc motor.
WOW! That IS funny,,,,Sisters ?
Actually '84 was designated as the "Final Edition" but because of consumer outcry, they continued the 1000cc airhead thru 1995.
I just sold Gretchen a few weeks ago and the new owner (LT owner) is flying in, in May to ride her up to Washington then home to Colorodo...........
Sure am gonna miss that girl.........

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Oh, this is SOOO COOL!
I just bought a R100RT ('83) from Bobs as a project bike because I wanted a bike to wrench on. I didn't wanna wrench on my LT until the extended warranty expires. After a new diode board and some brake work it passed inspection and I'm putting a whole lotta miles on it. I LOVE this bike, and what's really great is that I can run around on the RT and save the LT for when my wife wants to ride (she won't get on the RT).

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Oh, this is SOOO COOL!
I just bought a R100RT ('83) from Bobs as a project bike because I wanted a bike to wrench on. I didn't wanna wrench on my LT until the extended warranty expires. After a new diode board and some brake work it passed inspection and I'm putting a whole lotta miles on it. I LOVE this bike, and what's really great is that I can run around on the RT and save the LT for when my wife wants to ride (she won't get on the RT).

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Are you an Airhead ?
Airheads Beemer Club is THE source for any possible question or advice concerning maintaining these great machines.....
(usually a lot more then you bargain for)
The technical expertise available is fantastic

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Are you an Airhead ?
Airheads Beemer Club is THE source for any possible question or advice concerning maintaining these great machines.....
(usually a lot more then you bargain for)
The technical expertise available is fantastic
Lots of great help out there for airheads: Nathan's boxerworks site, Duane's site, and Snowbum's site. And any airhead enthusiast....
www.boxerworks.com
http://www.w6rec.com/duane/bmw/bmw.html
http://pweb.jps.net/~snowbum/techindex.htm
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WOW!
Sure am gonna miss that girl.........
I sure did miss mine. She had heart failure in 1988. Something about slamming into a car must have scared her to death.

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Smile couldn't resist!

My daily rider is a boxer...currently at Nathan's Boxerworks for a leaky head gasket and stainless brake lines...see below...
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The Phantom sure is one good lookin' bile !!

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If I ever part with my CBX, I will replace it with an older boxer, I'm just a total BMW convert since aquiring my LT.

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The Phantom sure is one good lookin' bile !!
Thanks man! Yep, she is sweet and good lookin! It's kinda like a .357....if you could only have one bike (like having only one gun)...an R100RT would be the best choice. Yea, I know, some of you would pick a .45!
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.....357 Ruger security 6......run over it with a tank, flush it down the toilet,....ohhhh...nevermind.


Guess that's why I want a boxer....or maybe an older K75....

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That sure is a nice looking motorcycle there Mr warden !

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When I went to Bobs to get a project bike I didn't have anything in particular in mind except a 800,900,or 1K ccs. I really lucked out with the R100RT and, Yes, I am an "Airhead". I've printed out just about everything from Snowbum's site so I can take it into the garage and work on the bike with the reference material handy.

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I picked up a rough R100/7 from one of our very own LT.net'ers (Lzyellodog) last year and have been fiddling around with it as I have time. The more I ride it the better it runs, and it sure is a fun bike! It starts right up and purrs, (with over 140k miles on it!). I may have to sell it soon as I am running out of room in the garage and I don't think I can devote the proper attention to the old girl for a while due to a job promotion that is keeping me traveling.
It's a lot of fun to go out and beat the HD's some of the guys I ride with have!
I will have another one someday!

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