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  1. Blue R80 RT Spotted In Merritt Island, FL

    Didn't see any MOA nor ADV stickers, but spotted a blue R80 RT parked at the Publix grocery on Courtenay Pkwy this afternoon. Hadn't seen it around here before.

    Anyone from on here?
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    Barbara Jean, go with tvrla. He has an excellent...

    Barbara Jean, go with tvrla. He has an excellent reputation over on ADVrider. He has also gone above and beyond when I have bought parts from him sending me extra stuff I needed simply because he...
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    You may be hard pressed to do each way in just...

    You may be hard pressed to do each way in just four days unless you slab it all the way and ride like you're on an Iron Butt ride.

    Last July returning from the MOA in Bloomsburg. PA to central FL...
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    That is a very good example/training aid. In...

    That is a very good example/training aid.

    In the cage I have to work harder to keep the scan going compared to being on the bike. But the bike habits have transferred pretty well. On the bike I...
  5. Thread: Frame labels?

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    Mike, If memory serves correctly, the black lable...

    Mike, If memory serves correctly, the black lable with the circled E is some type of emissions label pertaining to details about carbs, timing, and air injection if that model had it.

    Max BMW...
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    :thumb There are a couple of folks over on...

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    There are a couple of folks over on ADV in the Old's Cool forum whose standard answer to most ills = "It's always the battery."

    But good point - they do go bad sometimes in short order...
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    I bet you threw the old races out already......

    I bet you threw the old races out already... didn't you?

    Just kidding. If you have the old races, or the next time you swap out roller bearings, save the old races. I save them from every type...
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    When checking for secondary spark breakdown "back...

    When checking for secondary spark breakdown "back in the day", it was useful to wait until after dark and fire up the engine. Look for sparks around the coil, along the length of the plug wires and...
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    What bike are you modifying? That may help...

    What bike are you modifying? That may help getting informed answers.

    Not spamming here, but I have a complete set of forks and triple clamps from an R65 LS that I bought for another project that...
  10. And you probably already know this, but the right...

    And you probably already know this, but the right cable should be longer than the left cable to allow that routing down the left side of the frame tube.

    While sorting out my ST, I discovered a PO...
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    And yes, it appears your bike started life as a...

    And yes, it appears your bike started life as a non-USA model.
  12. Until someone chimes in with a definitive answer...

    Until someone chimes in with a definitive answer for that model, I can offer this much - my R80 ST is very thirsty. I have not run enough mileage checks to get a firm answer, but it seems to be...
  13. Thread: Transmissions

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    WRT hard shifting into 1st gear, I read somewhere...

    WRT hard shifting into 1st gear, I read somewhere on an airhead forum/list/site that the gear boxes from that era were designed to "spin down" the gears in approx .8 seconds. Therefore, to...
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    The gussets on my 83 ST where the down tubes...

    The gussets on my 83 ST where the down tubes attach to the steering tube are flat.

    Those are some sturdy gussets on mine (build date 10/82). I can't imagine them getting bowed in a crash...
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    This talk makes me feel better about "investing"...

    This talk makes me feel better about "investing" in an R80 ST on a whim late last year. (Actually, I buy them to ride - not as an investment).

    It will be interesting to watch the interplay...
  16. +1 on the ST being a little overpriced. My first...

    +1 on the ST being a little overpriced. My first airhead is an 83 R80 ST that I bought before Christmas for well under $4K. It came with stock seat, a new Corbin, BMW cases, a good repaint in the...
  17. Thread: sprocket wear

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    I use the ATF regimen Flash referred to. Works...

    I use the ATF regimen Flash referred to. Works well.

    One thing I and another Chain Gang member brought up a couple of days ago while discussing chains and sprockets at a lunch stop - if the...
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