Rebuilding a BMW R80 Airhead Transmission

Seven years ago I dragged this 1978 BMW R80 out of a basement in Massachusetts.  I immediately found out it had badly rusted cylinders and the pistons were frozen. I didn’t document what happened next, but the top end got completely rebuilt. The cylinders were sent out to be serviced and to accept R90 pistons,… Continue reading Rebuilding a BMW R80 Airhead Transmission

1976 Kawasaki KH100

I haven’t had a Kawasaki KH100 before and never paid much attention to them. But I just stumbled across this example being sold by a gent in California who used it as a display piece in his dealership. It only has 17 miles on it! A lot of the road going 2 strokes of this… Continue reading 1976 Kawasaki KH100

1978 Yamaha XS1100

Since I’m already on the topic of late 70’s Yamaha bikes and mentioned my sorted history with XS1100’s yesterday, I figure I ought to dispense a little information about how to build one properly into a long distance touring bike. This is my 1978 Yamaha XS1100 that I picked up in Arizona. 1978 is the… Continue reading 1978 Yamaha XS1100

Get a Yamaha SR500

A reader recently wrote in a question addressing my apparent lack of interest in the Yamaha SR500 singles. Just stumbled upon your site, awesome. I just can’t understand with all of the great motorcycles that you’ve chosen, how you don’t own an SR500.  The xs650 is fun, the XS1100 is fast, the XS400 is cute,… Continue reading Get a Yamaha SR500