An R65 with an R80 motor? I wish I'd thought of that when I had my
I regret not having kept my R80. :-(
On 18 Jun 2017 22:26:01 GMT, "Blue Peeler" <wo...@barque.org
> Diogenes wrote:
> > One more thing: Almost every time I stop somewhere, someone
> > comes up and compliments the bike.
> I spent a bit of time on the weekend working on my wife's bike, nothing
> dramatic, just usual yearly major service and fitting a battery tender
> point and a couple of discretely placed USB outlets to it.
> Sometime between when I started on Friday and when I finished yesterday
> a blasted wasp began to make a nest in the exposed end of the fuel
> hose. Foolishly I cleaned it out by flexing the hose to break the nest
> up and then "whipping" the end of the hose against the frame. As events
> would play out I failed to get all the wasp mud out.
> When I went off for the test ride yesterday afternoon I didn't get very
> far before a carb began to overflow due to wasp dirt under the needle
> and seat - annoying but not a big problem on a BMW, turn fuel off,
> stop, remove float bowl and discard contents, turn fuel back on and
> jiggle the floats until the grit cleared and the needle began sealing
> Unfortunately it took several stops to clear all the dirt out of the
> system. On the last stop I pulled up under a convenient tree
> overhanging the highway and was halfway through the process when a
> couple of twenty-somethings and their girlfriends pulled up on Harleys.
> They very kindly asked if I was OK, I checked to make sure they weren't
> smoking and explained that I was OK and would be back on the road in a
> couple of minutes.
> One of the girls then said, "that is a beautiful bike, what is it?" I
> explained that it is a 1979 BMW R65 (it has had an R80 engine since
> 1987, but that's just fine detail). She then said that I must be very
> proud of it to keep it in such beautiful condition and enquired how
> long I had owned it.
> I explained that it is in fact my wife's bike, she bought it new from
> Orm Snell BMW in Townsville in 1979. The girls in particular were
> really impressed by that.
> We are often complimented on our bikes when we are out and about, for
> "old" bikes I can choose between my own 84 R65 or 78 R100RS. (I do
> also have a 91 Kawasaki KLE500, but the less said about that thing the