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post #1 of 7 Old Dec 28th, 2009, 3:06 pm Thread Starter
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R100/7 owners opinions please

Another option has presented itself. One of our local bike shops has mentioned a late 70's R100/7 might be incoming on trade for a new bike. About 100,000 km's on the clock. I am wondering if any forum members have any experience with this Beemer series of bikes. Reliable? Any notable trouble areas? A good step towards owning a RT while the piggy bank accumulates?
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R100/7 owners opinions please

Another option has presented itself. One of our local bike shops has mentioned a late 70's R100/7 might be incoming on trade for a new bike. About 100,000 km's on the clock. I am wondering if any forum members have any experience with this Beemer series of bikes. Reliable? Any notable trouble areas? A good choice to tide me over till I can afford a new or good used 1200RT? Thanks
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Re: R100/7 owners opinions please

Bought a new 1978 R100/7. Put about 48k miles on it in 3 years, before I traded up to an 84 R100RT. Never a bit of trouble with the /7, with regular maintaince at a good dealership. Took several long trips (4000-5000 miles ) on it & really enjoyed the bike. See if you can access the maintaince records, & have somebody with knowledge of that vintage check it out. Was simple to work on as I remember. Hope it works out for you.
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Re: R100/7 owners opinions please

Savin4aRT,

What is your experience with riding different motorcycles? Can you do your own wrenching?

I ask these questions because if you tried an R1200RT and then wanted to buy one, a 100/7 is quite a different beast.

Having said that, I restored a '84 R100 this past spring and got it on the road in August. With the choice of my '05 R1200RT or the R100, I put about 8000 km on the R100 and the RT sat until the weather got real cold.

The Airheads are built like tractors, tough and easy to work on, as they are very basic. The charging electrics seem to be the weakest part of the bikes. Parts are easy to find. But if you can not do your own work it could be very expensive. Some dealers around here will not work on the older bikes during the summer as they cater to the owners of the newer BMWs.

Sites for more Airhead info,

http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/techindex.htm (Snowbum's site with more than anything you wanted to know about Airheads)

http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=13

http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=35

http://boxerworks.com/phorum5/list.php?3

How much is the dealer asking for the /7? Good
airheads around here fetch a premium, quite often you could find a R1100RT cheaper.

Be warned! If you buy the 100/7 you might not look to buy a newer bike. I know I have a stupid grin on my face when I ride my Airhead.

I live Northwest of London. PM if you want more info.

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Re: R100/7 owners opinions please

I bought my /7 new in 1978. I still love it and would certainly recommend a clean copy as a nice bike to own. Mine has seen some nice rides, including Alaska without serious issues. At that mileage you may be near time for a clutch or valve job if they haven't already been done but if the price is right I'd go for it. It is a nice handling bike for an older model.
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Re: R100/7 owners opinions please

I've never owned a 70s era bike, but I remember looking at them in the showroom and drooliing when I was a teenager. From what I have read and researched, I wanted to get one a few years back with a sidecar, they are great if maintained regularly. I know that the R65s and R75s make great bikes for sidecars. However, I also know that late model RTs are fairly cheap, too. I sold my 2000 R1100RT last year for 4500.00 and it had 48K on it. I just bought a 2002 R1150RS for 3500.00 with 51K on it. So, if you're in that price range, you might just want to step up unless you are really in the market for a vintage beemer. Enjoy the ride.

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Re: R100/7 owners opinions please

I had a '78 100/7, a brown one with a color match Vetter fairing. I rode it around town, short hops and some longer tours, 2000-2500 miles. I am a very basic wrench turner. I changed oil and filter and gear oil. Had a friend who would adjust valves and carbs and set points. I finally sold it, not because there was anything wrong with it, but because it was above my simple mechanical capabilities. But if you can do your own valves and points, and most of those who do enjoy it, then own it. I now own a '94 R100rt which I like very much. Reminds me of the /7. Just a little more modern.
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