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Was ist dieses?........

..........Der Propeller war eine Fabel! Warum, jene Söhne der Schweine!
 

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...yes, in the immortal words of Sgt. Sefton from Stalag 17: "He's a Nazi, Price is. For all I know his name is Preissinger or Preishoffer. Oh, sure, he lived in Cleveland. But when the war broke out, he came back to the Fatherland like a good little Bundist. He spoke our lingo, so they sent him to spy school and fixed him up with phony dog tags."

And let's not forget, Marko the Mailman: "Remember, just because the krauts are dumb doesn't mean that they're stupid."
 

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ickitstay upya ourya uttbay.
Dam* furriners, cain't unnerstan' a fricken word they say......

HEY ! HEY MISTER! YOU NO PAR-LAY DE ONGLAISE???? ..sheeyt!

I like Beemers myself, in the late 80's my dad had an R100RT and I had a K100RS, we used to go beemer riding quite a bit. It's a nice memory,

Of the new ones I like the K1200GT, If I had an extra $22k laying around I'd probably get one. One of my riding buds is a BMW salesman and just bought a K1200R which is pretty much raw sex on wheels if you ask me, totally cool bike. I plan on adding an R80RT or R100RT to the fleet at some point for a winter bike. I don't care for the oilheads too much but I wouldn't turn an older one down. One of the beauties of the airheads is the same as my Dyna and Bandit, you don't need an electronics degree to maintain them.
 

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If I wasn't....

Dam* furriners, cain't unnerstan' a fricken word they say......

HEY ! HEY MISTER! YOU NO PAR-LAY DE ONGLAISE???? ..sheeyt!

I like Beemers myself, in the late 80's my dad had an R100RT and I had a K100RS, we used to go beemer riding quite a bit. It's a nice memory,

Of the new ones I like the K1200GT, If I had an extra $22k laying around I'd probably get one. One of my riding buds is a BMW salesman and just bought a K1200R which is pretty much raw sex on wheels if you ask me, totally cool bike. I plan on adding an R80RT or R100RT to the fleet at some point for a winter bike. I don't care for the oilheads too much but I wouldn't turn an older one down. One of the beauties of the airheads is the same as my Dyna and Bandit, you don't need an electronics degree to maintain them.
....jonesing for a Tiger the R1100RS would be in the running. My buddy with 6 BMWs has one and I like it better then the R1150s. The R1200 prices are ridiculous. Airhead prices are rising too so better find yers now. The R80s especially. Last I checked the prices they sell for more than the R100s.
 

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..... Airhead prices are rising too so better find yers now. The R80s especially. Last I checked the prices they sell for more than the R100s.
Yeah, they're not totally unreasonable yet, probably what I'll do is Craigslist the Bandit this spring an see what's out there in Airhead land. Trouble is every time I ride the Bandit I fall in love all over again.

'Course there's the ol' Range Rover driveway ornement sitting there...........

Nah, it was my dad's, I couldn't sell it......Guess the Bandit will be on the block (maybe)
 

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>If I'm not mistaken, the HD logo is either #1
>or #2 most recognizable anywhere in the world.

I zink ze deutch will win ze vorthless amerikan schwein on zis one. Ze nazi logo ist nummer ein.

- cruiz-euro
 

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Seru has a point - the R80's are a bit smoother than the R100's. I also prefer the late monolever models myself - with airheads, later is better. But I'd still take a 1000 over an 800...

I road the Triumph Tiger. Loved it. But as I expected, the pillion area was just not right for us. Ended up with an R12RT - expensive but so what...

No final drive failures (drive failures are real but not as frequent as the MO peanut gallery claims), 50 mpg, fine handling, lighter than the FJR, etc., which is important for my creaky, sports damaged knee. The only downside is the normal for these days excessive seat height.

In newest issue of ON, nice article on BMW Mobile Traditions. The propeller crowd is making an effort to make parts for older models more available, offering training to dealers on older models (airheads rejoice!). Max BMW up in frosty land is the only (I think) murrican dealer to join the "old is the new new" party so far - others to follow soon - though there are some great independent folks out there who are ready to lend a knowledgeable helping hand to puzzled airheads.

As for airheads legendary "ease of maintenance", hee, hee. Depends on what you want to do. Buy one and join the in the know group. Hee Hee.

Must run...I'm just rambling anyway.
 

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I got my dads R100RT when he quit riding, never had to do anything but change a flasher. It all seemed fairly simple. I know it's a job getting the clutch out but routine maintanance seemed easy enough. Same as the K100, valve adjustments and filter changes were pretty straight forward. Greasing the clutch splines was best left to a shop, at least while the bike was under warranty but the rest of it was pretty much bolt on-bolt off.

The new ones are nice but with 50 million sensors and can/bus everything it's so far out of my skill set I wouldn't even bother trying. I guess that's what I like about the Airheads and my Bandit. Screw and locknut valve adjustments and carbs. With the Dyna it's no valve adjustments and a carb, I can usually keep those running with needing to haul it to the shop if it breaks.
 

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No final drive failures (drive failures are real but not as frequent as the MO peanut gallery claims),
Oh, Man. I smell Doom in the air.........
 
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