umm that rider sentiment was somewhat similar to the V-rod Harleys when first launched here....then to compound things further for us non-Americans there's the Indian (as in made in India) Harleys (500/750) that are making their way onto our market...Had a 2013 c600 sport, f%*#[email protected] techs wouldn't even give you the time of day, let alone "real" BMW riders. 2014 BMW f800 gt, "gt"?, sat like a crotch rocket, physically, the hottest bike I've ever owned. GT?, gimme a break, also, not a real BMW. 1993 r100r, MONEY FREAKING PIT, but a real bmw.
I have a 1995 r100rt and absolutely love it. A true mile muncher. Have a 1994 r100gs and absolutely love it. Love exploring the dirt roads! Have a 1982 gl500i and absolutely love it. Stone cold reliable with a lot of personality. Definitely not a mile muncher but still very enjoyable to ride. You’ll find bad apples in any group. I find the airhead club a lot of fun with a wide range of members from all walks of life. A great group of people much like here.
The most active is on the ADVRider site. I don’t visit the actual Airhead club’s site very often but I do receive the AirMail. The Airhead meet ups are always a good time. Hopefully no pandemic next year to put a damper on these meet ups!!What is your air head site(s) of choice Doug?
A friend of mine picked up a '79 Deluxe for cheap. It was OK but not a real beauty. He rode it for a while. It fell over a few times and was a bit banged up. Then one day a lady pulled out in front of him and he t-bones her.I don’t understand why someone over the age of consent would take this well built, designed, and capable bike and turn it into a useless cafe racer.
Note that I said "well built, designed and capable". After being involved in such a crash, it doesn't sound like any of those attributes remained. I still stand by my comment about an adult on a cafe racer however.A friend of mine picked up a '79 Deluxe for cheap. It was OK but not a real beauty. He rode it for a while. It fell over a few times and was a bit banged up. Then one day a lady pulled out in front of him and he t-bones her.
It slid down the road, flipped over and slid on the other side until it hit the curb. His insurance company totaled it. The insurance agent told my friend it had zero value so he could keep it. My friend then gave it to me.
Reading this thread and others, what is never mentioned is bikes like this one. It would have ended up in the scrap yard. I took it and built a very nice ride. It looks nothing like what Honda created. It is probably 100 pounds lighter and handles much better then when it was in original form. I built it with after market parts, not 40 year old hard to get parts. These parts were a fraction of the cost of original parts and I had fun building a one off bike.
So what do you do? There's a '79 Deluxe on the road that's fun to ride.
Or should I have passed on my friends gift and let it go to the scrap yard?
That's an okay design except it needs front and rear fenders, disc brakes, lowered headers with mufflers, raised handlebars, radiator shield, and a bigger tank.