This is my second airhead, and hopefully my last.
Below is a little tale of my first and how I parted with it.
I was lucky to have found it, but I wouldn't understand how lucky till it was gone. Now that I'm shopping for the R90 above, I'm learning more and more how cool my R100S was, It's going to be okay, but It still stings a little to speak of it.
|After selling it, the owner actually tracked me down and ripped me a new ass, he was crazy and though i was flipping it. I kept it for over 2 years, so that was not the case. It was just financial need and I didn't make a dime once the deal was done.|
Money was tight after my masterful flop in the latest real estate market. I had a weak moment, sold it and I bought a newer Ducati, a nice, soul-less, reliable bike. While my fuel leaks and daily transportation problems were solved, i'd regret it quite soon after selling.
|The ride home when I bought the '77 BMW a few years back. Damn I was cool.|
I sold because i needed a non-leaking, affordable short distance commuter. A small Ducati fit the bill. But of course my commute changed just a couple weeks later, and I missed the BMW terribly at that point. To make matters worse, I then moved to Colorado where the open roads and high speed limits made that old R100S seem even more ideal.
Oh and custom paint, and dual plugs, and billet freaking aluminum valve covers. you cannot see the 4 auxiliary gauges or swingarm brace here, but they are there, and mega cool too.
I looked through my email archives and asked the new owner if he'd consider selling it back to me. It couldn't hurt to ask and it had been almost a year at this point. He suggested that I find solace in the fact that the bike had a home with a worthy owner.
Damn you Travis! Thanks for the email though. :)
How often do such opportunities arise to own a classic machine in amazing condition? Apparently twice for me.
Found locally in Craigslist here in Colorado just 30 minutes away.Like so many airheads, the description of the work done to the bike pictured below far exceeded the price, but you can only ask so much for these machines. Opportunity knocked to make things right in my soul. I answered w/out hesitation.
|The owner was retiring from two wheelers and looking to clear out space.|
|Forks are off a later model R100S, which have dual disks.|
The seller purchased the bike in 1977 and had improved and maintained the bike with passion right up until the day I arrived. We agreed on a good price, stipulating we both felt the same way about the bike and it's intrinsic value exceeding the market value. I assured him that I was essentially adopting the bike, like a 2nd son, and it would live a good life since I learned a valuable lesson in my last sale. As sappy as it sounds, that mattered to the seller, and I meant it.
|Engine was recently rebuilt and bored to closer to 1000cc. I need to ask Greg exactly when.|
Perhaps not knowing when, or having proof will make the bike that much harder to sell :)
|You'll notice I've already removed the back rest and the luggage rack.|
This is leaner and more to my taste for the short 1 hour rides that I do.
|The paint was a custom blend by BeeLine Paint in Colorado Springs, but the fairing was painted by FitzGraphics in Broomfield and he used Aztec Gold. I'll be tinking endlessly to make it my own, but the bones are good on this one for sure.|
I'm racking my brain now on how to assure I don't have another momentary lapse of reason and sell this one. For starters I've not asked for a single receipt from the seller, that's a good start. I've heard of some guys intentionally loosing the title, that's a good idea too.
It's exactly 30 days later, I sold the Ducati for $5,000 and spent most on goodies.
I might have gone a little overboard shopping:
Overbuilt swingarm brace. I don't need one, but it makes me happy.
Besides I have a bad u-joint so opportunity knocked for upgrading
Fork brace, an airhead just looks wrong w/out em
Triple clamp, billet aluminum is never a bad idea for anything.
Frame braces. Don't need'em but they look racey.
Lester mags, so i can go tubeless and avoid rust.
A brown side stand because we all need one of them
and factory seat because it just looks better to me.
Stainless bolt kit. Good summer project replacing every bolt
80's bar mounted master cylinders brake far better. (Not my bike)
LEDs, pretty cool extra lighting.
Extra front and rear fenders, to paint black and trim/customize
I'm thinking more tire should show from the sides and rear..
I've sourced a set of Krauser bags, but need to rebuild the locks so no photo yet.
Those billet aluminum valve covers could take a while to find,
see here, in my inspirational photo below.
|They are super cool. Called Cool Covers i believe.|
Current State as of April 2017
|I'm not keen on the R90S clone theme, eventually i'll make it my own.|
Currently thinking a bare aluminum tank, charcoal fenders and no fairing.
The gold paint is new, so I'll box it all up and sell, or keep.