Results 1 to 15 of 23

Thread: Considering another AirHead

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Piedmont area of NC.
    Posts
    723

    Considering another AirHead

    Hi all;

    I finally made a deal to sell my 2012 Burgman ( buyer is flying in on Tuesday )
    So i have been pondering the question ; is it really time to hang up my helmet or just get another airhead .
    Suddenly a 1995 R100RT shows up on my radar and I get all gooey feeling inside again.

    I have owned R80's in the past and always wondered about getting the big brother.
    Any thing in particular to look out for ??
    The bike has 30k + miles and the seller tells me a good story about maintenance and care.
    I believe, if memory serves that 1995 was the last year of airhead production and wondered if they were just thrown together with left over bits when production was ending or can i expect a good old horse like my older R80's

    Thanks for input.

  2. #2
    Registered User toooldtocare's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Lake Saint Louis, MO
    Posts
    1,694
    In 97 I bought a 95 R100RT (actually they called it an LT because it was loaded). The PO had messed with things like jetting, etc., and it ran bad. Once I put back to stock it ran sweet. It gave many happy and trouble free miles and I still regret selling it. From what I understand, in 95 they began putting the circlip back in the transmission. I do not know when they started, if it was at the beginning of the run or middle, but I think you can find that out with a little research. The only weak point in the bike is the starter, but that is true of all airheads that have a Valeo starter instead of Bosch. There are also fixes for this too, just do a bit more research.

    Wayne

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    28
    I have a 1990 R100RT with over 82k miles that had many owners before me each year I had to do some thing to it carbs,coil, starter,clutch,tiers,and repair oil leaks. I enjoyed doing all this myself and the bike has never failed me and does not burn oil.
    Cheers Bob

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Piedmont area of NC.
    Posts
    723
    Quote Originally Posted by toooldtocare View Post
    In 97 I bought a 95 R100RT (actually they called it an LT because it was loaded). The PO had messed with things like jetting, etc., and it ran bad. Once I put back to stock it ran sweet. It gave many happy and trouble free miles and I still regret selling it. From what I understand, in 95 they began putting the circlip back in the transmission. I do not know when they started, if it was at the beginning of the run or middle, but I think you can find that out with a little research. The only weak point in the bike is the starter, but that is true of all airheads that have a Valeo starter instead of Bosch. There are also fixes for this too, just do a bit more research.

    Wayne
    The seller told me he had replaced the starter and a diode board , the bike has had a spline lube not too long ago, and frequent oil changes including the transmission and final drive.
    He is out traveling on the bike now , when he gets back home next week he is sending me some pictures.

  5. #5
    ONE LESS HARLEY 04r1150rs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Bowling Green,KY
    Posts
    335
    If you don't require mind blowing acceleration, then buy it. Airheads require a little more hands on mechanic work than later bikes, but they are so easy to work on there is no need to pay ridiculously expensive dealer hourly wages. I have an R80 G/S and it's my favorite bike, not fast but reliable, but I do tweak it a little more often. Valves, carb sync once or twice a year ( mainly just check), oil changes, 2-3 set of tires per year.
    Richard
    2004 R1150RS
    1984 R80 G/S
    2003 Suzuki DRZ 400S

  6. #6
    Registered User kwb210's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Washington, the state
    Posts
    275

    I like this statement

    I like this statement:

    " He is out traveling on the bike now , when he gets back home next week he is sending me some pictures. "

    Also, remember a week has 7 days, it will just seem longer!

    I purchased an airhead some yrs ago, it felt like the seller was interviewing me! That also was a good sign. Since then I have become hooked to say the least on airheads. I have ridden the new bikes but enjoy the simple airhead ride. And I have found a friendly community.
    Good luck and keep us posted.
    Best regards,
    Kurt
    1977 R100/7 1971.1972.1972.1973 R75/5
    1974 R90/6 multiple boxes
    Airhead Revival
    "Objects in the mirror appear to be losing" unk

  7. #7
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Piedmont area of NC.
    Posts
    723
    I sort of regret selling my last R80 just over a year ago.
    I had developed a severe problem with my left arm that caused my ability to use the clutch almost impossible. The prognosis from two doctors , a sports medicine therapist and an xray made it seem worse than i thought. So I decided to sell it and bought a Burgman.
    I acted too hastily, as i have been able to get some relief of the pain and lack of movement by visiting an acupuncturist, and working with my Chiropractor.

    The riding position of the Burgman made my back hurt no matter how i tried to sit up straight.
    Finally got an MRI on my back and it was a mess. Have been going through Spinal Decompression Therapy for several weeks and am amazed at how much better i feel. Still have to go see a surgeon next month to appease SWMBO

    Now that the Burgman is sold , I started to rethink my motorcycling life .
    Not in to big HP or speed ,
    not too comfortable with a lot of high tech stuff, and like a bike that weighs no more than 2.5 times my own weight
    I do enjoy a little maintenance so I thought another airhead might just do the job , especially since I am now an official real old guy /sunshine rider

  8. #8
    Registered User jad01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Houston, TX or Portland, OR
    Posts
    328
    Quote Originally Posted by toooldtocare View Post
    ...and I still regret selling it.
    Ok, Wayne... I think we're gonna have to start charging you for every time you lament having let go of a nice airhead...
    Neat old RSs and RTs... you're starting to make me jealous with all of these lost treasures!
    Jim
    '78 R80/7 and '84 R100RS (Blues Brothers), '86 K75C (Icy Hot)
    '90 and '93 Red Mazda Miatas ("Jelly Bean" and "Red Hot")
    '96 Giant Upland (big Kendas & freshly greased bearings!)

  9. #9
    Registered User toooldtocare's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Lake Saint Louis, MO
    Posts
    1,694
    Quote Originally Posted by jad01 View Post
    Ok, Wayne... I think we're gonna have to start charging you for every time you lament having let go of a nice airhead...
    Neat old RSs and RTs... you're starting to make me jealous with all of these lost treasures!
    I do not want to hijack this thread, but I suffer from the dreaded ?The Grass is Greener? syndrome. It causes me to do dumb things such as sell and buy bikes, only to realize later that I made a mistake. Bad thing, it is about to bite me again. I am thinking of selling my R1200R to get something lighter, easier to handle.

    My list so far over the past 48 years that I have been riding.
    64 Ducati 250 MKIV Scrambler (new)
    67 Honda 305 Scrambler (new)
    73 Yamaha TX 650 (new)
    74 BMW R90S (used)
    75 Moto Guzzi 850T (new)
    78 Honda 750F (new)
    78 BMW R100RS Motorsport (used)
    79 Triumph 750 Bonneville (new)
    86 R80RT BMW (new)
    87 BMW K100LT (new)
    89 BMW R100RS (used)
    95 BMW R100RT (used)
    97 BMW R1100RT (new)
    2001 BMW R1100RT (used)
    2001 Ducati 750 Monster (new)
    2001 Ducati 900 Monster (new)
    2004 BMW R1100S (new)
    2005 Harley 1200 Sportster (new)
    2007 BMW F800S (new)
    2007 Triumph Scrambler (used)
    2012 BMW R1200R (new, still have)

    Wayne

  10. #10
    slow&fast
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    West Texas
    Posts
    4

    Smile

    An impressive list of bikes you owned Wayne! At the least you can say you have ridden them all... And contemplating your next move is not necessary bad, this keeps things interesting...

    As for me, I am suffering the opposite syndrome... I have an R60/6 and a R90S and wouldn't want to miss either one... I cannot let go...I have never ridden a nineties Airheads so no advice here... But my next bike would probably be another airhead... go for it!
    sometimes one goes slow, sometimes one goes fast.

  11. #11
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Reno, NV
    Posts
    1,962
    I say go for it. There weren't all that many Airhead RT's made, and much fewer monoshocks. The RT's are light enough to be an all around everyday do whatever bike - a far cry from the current LT or (gasp) a GoldWing. Since you already had an R80, you are aware of the occasional fiddling these need.
    I have RS's, and RT's, and the RT's are my favorite all around. A naked one around here costs months of riding season

  12. #12
    Registered User jad01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Houston, TX or Portland, OR
    Posts
    328
    Quote Originally Posted by toooldtocare View Post
    I do not want to hijack this thread, but I suffer from the dreaded ?The Grass is Greener? syndrome. It causes me to do dumb things such as sell and buy bikes, only to realize later that I made a mistake. Bad thing, it is about to bite me again. I am thinking of selling my R1200R to get something lighter, easier to handle.

    My list so far over the past 48 years that I have been riding.
    64 Ducati 250 MKIV Scrambler (new)
    67 Honda 305 Scrambler (new)
    73 Yamaha TX 650 (new)
    74 BMW R90S (used)
    75 Moto Guzzi 850T (new)
    78 Honda 750F (new)
    78 BMW R100RS Motorsport (used)
    79 Triumph 750 Bonneville (new)
    86 R80RT BMW (new)
    87 BMW K100LT (new)
    89 BMW R100RS (used)
    95 BMW R100RT (used)
    97 BMW R1100RT (new)
    2001 BMW R1100RT (used)
    2001 Ducati 750 Monster (new)
    2001 Ducati 900 Monster (new)
    2004 BMW R1100S (new)
    2005 Harley 1200 Sportster (new)
    2007 BMW F800S (new)
    2007 Triumph Scrambler (used)
    2012 BMW R1200R (new, still have)

    Wayne
    Yikes- it's worse than I thought! Just kidding, of course- that's a great bunch of bikes you've enjoyed over the years. I have a few regrets of my own, mostly my old Triumph 750 Bonneville (76) and a BMW car ('84 533i? this was a really fun car). I have a few I don't miss so much either, though I'm glad I had them to experience.

    Back on topic, I'd say go for it as well. I'm enjoying my new to me RS.
    Jim
    '78 R80/7 and '84 R100RS (Blues Brothers), '86 K75C (Icy Hot)
    '90 and '93 Red Mazda Miatas ("Jelly Bean" and "Red Hot")
    '96 Giant Upland (big Kendas & freshly greased bearings!)

  13. #13
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Piedmont area of NC.
    Posts
    723
    Thanks for all the encouragement /enabling

    But sadly I have decided it's really time to hang up my helmet and find another hobby to replace motorcycling.
    Truth be told I have been wrestling with this for the last three bikes, I just don't enjoy riding that much anymore and have some real serious back issues. Riding only exacerbates the back problem, I have spent a ton of money going through spinal decompression therapy to hopefully avoid major back surgery.

    So i will be placing an advert in the flea market soon to sell off a bunch of good serviceable gear.

  14. #14
    Registered User RINTY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Calgary, Alberta
    Posts
    4,285
    Quote Originally Posted by toooldtocare View Post
    I do not want to hijack this thread, but I suffer from the dreaded ?The Grass is Greener? syndrome. It causes me to do dumb things such as sell and buy bikes, only to realize later that I made a mistake. Bad thing, it is about to bite me again. I am thinking of selling my R1200R to get something lighter, easier to handle.

    My list so far over the past 48 years that I have been riding.
    64 Ducati 250 MKIV Scrambler (new)
    67 Honda 305 Scrambler (new)
    73 Yamaha TX 650 (new)
    74 BMW R90S (used)
    75 Moto Guzzi 850T (new)
    78 Honda 750F (new)
    78 BMW R100RS Motorsport (used)
    79 Triumph 750 Bonneville (new)
    86 R80RT BMW (new)
    87 BMW K100LT (new)
    89 BMW R100RS (used)
    95 BMW R100RT (used)
    97 BMW R1100RT (new)
    2001 BMW R1100RT (used)
    2001 Ducati 750 Monster (new)
    2001 Ducati 900 Monster (new)
    2004 BMW R1100S (new)
    2005 Harley 1200 Sportster (new)
    2007 BMW F800S (new)
    2007 Triumph Scrambler (used)
    2012 BMW R1200R (new, still have)

    Wayne
    I feel better now.
    Rinty

    "When you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •