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Ethan Sandahl
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Hey Airheads,

Just got my log on but have been enjoying and learning from this forum for almost two years now.  Current ride is an 83 R65 that went through a light resto two winters ago.  I have a Red Smoke 81 R100RT that is going through a nose to tail resto now.

Love riding and finding the backroads of central MA, RI, and Eastern CT.  The RT will be much more comfortable for the longer rides.

 

Happy to be here and hello to all!

Ethan

 
Posted : 10/18/2023 17:39
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Richard W
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Welcome from Georgia !

Owning an old Airhead is easy.
Keeping an old Airhead running great is the true test.

 
Posted : 10/19/2023 04:49
David Elkow
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Welcome, from way down in south Texas.  That 81 RT will be nice. Red Smoke is so classic. 

 
Posted : 10/19/2023 09:32
Steven Rankin
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Welcome from not so sunny this time of year Rochester, NY.  St.

Beware! I do not suffer fools gladly! St.

 
Posted : 10/23/2023 05:44
Ethan Sandahl
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Thank you all!  Looking forward to some nice weather this weekend and adding on some miles.  The Foliage here is really beginning to pop!

 
Posted : 10/26/2023 13:32
Michael Benko
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welcome Ethan! The roads you describe sound beautiful. I hope all is well!

 
Posted : 01/31/2024 12:08
Mike Buhler
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Welcome from Newfoundland Ethan. I too have an '82 R65 LS and an '83 R100 RS. 

 
Posted : 02/01/2024 06:11
Ethan Sandahl
(@18533)
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Thank you!  you are clearly a man of taste!  How is the riding in Newfoundland?  Been thinking of going their this summer

 
Posted : 02/02/2024 06:17
Mike Buhler
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The riding up here is amazing! Lots of twisty roads, no traffic and awesome scenery. Well worth a visit. If you come up be sure to get in touch, I've been hosting wandering moto folks for many years.

Where you coming from?

Of course a couple of airheads aren't my only rides. I also have a '99 R1100 s, an '06 KTM 640 Adventure, KTM 525 XCW and an Aprillia SR50. Also this spring my uncle is giving me a Moto Guzzi V1100 Sport. Vroom!

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Posted : 02/02/2024 07:39
Mike Buhler
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David Elkow above is headed here this summer too.

 
Posted : 02/02/2024 07:51
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Joe Hall
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Welcome, from Kentucky. Agree on RT comfort, and I'd add weather protection. They're may favorite Airhead, and I've owned 3 of them (79, 82 and current 95). Though I also had a 96 R90/6 with a Hannigan fairing that I liked, and an R65 with a Pichler that was nice, and an R100/7 with a Luftmeister that I also liked. Back in the day, I rode 100,000 miles on Harleys, and never even had a windshield, but have never owned an Airhead that did not have a frame mounted fairing. Again, welcome! 

 
Posted : 02/02/2024 18:39
Ethan Sandahl
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Hey Mike, I am in Massachusetts and it should be a great ride from here to Newfoundland!  Maybe take the Cat (if it is running)

 

Joe, I hear you on the fairing advantages for sure.  The R65 (naked) is a handful on the highway (70 +), especially if any loose clothing!

Its been about a 20 year hiatus from biking until I got the R65 a few years back.  Prior there was an 85 Kawasaki LTD700, full fairing and that thing could move!  Before that was a Honda 400 a friend bought and I got running!

I ride much differently now and happy to have survived so far, really enjoy the journey and the moment when I ride!

 
Posted : 02/05/2024 14:38
Mike Buhler
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Mass isn't too far away, I need to make another trip down to Boston to visit Sam Adams! No idea if the cat will be running but I found it a fun little option vs through New Brunswick. As you can imagine I've done that run many many times! 

Super easy to get to my house, it's only 3 turns! 

Take I95 to Bangor, turn right onto the Airline which I think is route 9. drive straight, cross the border and drive straight until you hit North Sydney. Take the boat across to Port Aux Basques. Get off the boat and drive straight to Whitbourne and turn left onto route 80. Drive to Hearts Content and turn left at the T. Keep going for another 30 km's on route 80 and you will be at my house. How easy is that? 😜 

 
Posted : 02/07/2024 10:06
David Elkow
(@4949)
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@16813 ok, I’m curious, what is “the cat”?

 
Posted : 02/09/2024 16:37
Eric Zwicky
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@4949 snowmobile?

 
Posted : 02/11/2024 08:15
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