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Postby stanthomas » Sun Jun 20, 2021 11:51 pm

At the TT in 1981, BMW were giving test rides from S&S Motors in Castletown. I took an R100RS out to Port Erin then did a lap of the Southern 100 course. I was impressed by what I would describe as "effortless speed". It was fast without feeling like it was trying, smoothed out the bumps and and all was serene behind that fairing. But I found the riding position too situp-and-beg, something of an old man's bike. So I bought another Ducati - slighty less money and quite a bit faster. Followed by a succession of Jap 750 and 600 superbike/supersports.

Forty years on I am that old man and a couple of years ago I bought an '81 R100RS; guess what, the riding position is spot on. It's just like I remember and I'm loving it. 80k miles, a bit loose here and there, but original and complete and has withstood the ravages of time rather well. When I got it, I wrote up two sides of A4 with faults and issues to be sorted. Still a few left to deal with but even the faults and quirks bring a smile to my face.
Bought, or rather rescued, from a guy who didn't seem to have much of a clue about old bikes and had some idea of bastardising it into a bobber/cafe racer but lost interest. Fortunately he hadn't done much more than charge the battery in the year he'd had it. Before that the MOT records show it was used a bit then parked a while then used some more then parked and so on. Does seem to have been reasonably well cared for on the whole.

Do I regret not buying a BMW in '81? No. The Ducati (900 MHR) was really special, the Hondas were excellent and the Suzuki good too. Only the Yamahas were a disapointment. Only regret perhaps is procrastinating a year or two once I'd decided to look for an RS.

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Re: Hello

Postby Tony the Skin » Mon Jun 21, 2021 12:01 am

Welcome from Lancashire. Airhead are superb
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Postby george baker » Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:28 am

welcome, where are you based? If you put your location in your profile you should get local updates

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Postby DEEP DIVER » Mon Jun 21, 2021 11:56 am

Welcome to the forum from Suffolk.
I tried to be normal once, worst two minutes of my life.
Blue belt in Serious tea drinking.

Barry the old goat!!!!
1985 R80ST being rebuilt #-o
1985 R80RT Touring dream sold
2 Harley sportsters being rebuilt #-o
And a VW trike so I don't fall off :shock:

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Postby vmx1200 » Mon Jun 21, 2021 4:00 pm

Welcome from SW Surrey
1978 R100RS owned since 1981
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Re: Hello

Postby P-K » Mon Jun 28, 2021 1:59 pm

Hi Stan,

Welcome to the forum :smile:
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