1978 R80 vs 1984 R80 electrical
I am purchasing an airhead after 25 years away from my well loved R60/6. Of course, if money were no object I would just get both and older and newer model!
Hoping the community would offer it's $0.02 on experience with electrical on your '78 versus your mid '80s R80.
From '81 forward BMW introduced a lighter clutch carrier, lighter nikasil cylinders and an electronic ignition. They also introduced cast wheels.
I am wondering if an older machine like a '78 with an updated electronic ignition and an Enduralast charging system becomes as reliable as a mid 80s machine?
My main reason for asking is that i spend a lot of time urban driving where the recharging is an issue and where the lighter clutch is also and issue.
I am practically allergic to cast wheels, so favor the earlier models but have heard that the mono-shock is a noticeable improvement. Not an aggressive driver though so may not matter much. R80ST are very hard to come by at a good price.
Let me know your thoughts!
I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful riding weather.
My response in generalities...
Newer motorcycles have newer wires and parts that may not have deteriorated as much as those on an older motorcycle. I have 2 1977's R100's. I love them both, ride them both. But over the years, wiring will deterioriate from external conditions.
Unless there is some personal reason that you'd prefer an older model, I'd stick with a newer one.
Just my 2 cents, so you know what that's worth.
Alternative - 1990s R100R
Why not consider an early/mid 1990's R100R if wire wheels and reliability are primary concerns? Their wire wheels are "tubeless" so you get the looks and a significant increase in safety. Plus much better braking and handling, and it would be a lot newer, so less ravaged by time.
I have used/use 1985 R65, 1993 R100R and 1994 R100RT with stock charging systems on urban commutes without fuss, but I always plug into a battery tender at home.