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Caleb Frederick
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Hi, I’m Caleb Frederick in Huntsville, AL.  I was introduced to Airheads when I was young and my Dad bought a new 1980 R100RT Red Smoke.  He later gave that bike to me and I’ve recently completed its restoration after it sat for over 20 years (see photo).  I bought my first Airhead in 2000… a 1973 75/5 LWB.  Since then, I’ve owned other BMWs including Airheads (and a well-known Italian brand).

Over the years, I’ve done most mechanical and electrical work on my bikes and have a well-stocked garage including lift to make this possible.  For ‘specialty’ work, I am fortunate to be semi-local to Rick Jones of Motorrad Elektrik.

If you’re in or passing through the Huntsville area and you’re interested in a coffee, BT, or need assistance, feel free to reach out.

Posted : 11/13/2022 10:46
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David Elkow
Posts: 229
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Hello, and WELCOME from the bottom of Texas. Beautiful RT!  Very cool that it was your Dad’s. I’ve never met Rick, but I’ve had some good phone time with him. Great that he is in your vicinity. Certainly one of the “good guys”. Hope you find your membership to be enjoyable and useful. Lots of good knowledge out there!

Posted : 11/13/2022 12:34
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Richard Whatley
Posts: 2421

Welcome from NE Georgia !

Great looking RT you have there.

[color=blue]Don't hide 'em, Ride 'em !!

Posted : 11/14/2022 05:22
Eric Morales
Posts: 49
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Hi Caleb,

    Welcome and Wow! Very nicely restored. 

V/R Eric

Posted : 11/19/2022 16:02
Peter Miller
Posts: 2
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Well, it's pretty quiet in this "intro" thread, but I'll go ahead and introduce myself anyway.

I'm Peter, living in Hillsdale, NY in beautiful Columbia County.  Been here about 2 1/2 years after retiring from teaching elementary school in Westchester County (Ossining to be specific) for almost 30 years.

I have a 1984 R80ST I bought a couple of months after moving to the country, previous bike was almost 30 years prior, a 1972 R75/5 which I owned for a couple of years.

I attended Greg's tech day down in New Fairfield, CT and had a great time looking at all the old bikes and watching folks work on them.

Here's a picture of my ST...

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Posted : 11/20/2022 12:40
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Greer Rising
Posts: 1
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@peter-miller Wow, It sure is quiet!  Nice ride.  Welcome!

Posted : 01/16/2023 18:10
Doyle Smith
Posts: 10
Active Member

Welcome to the Airheads! We've got great riding here in NW Arkansas. If you can make this way, I'll stake you to lunch and show you some of the good roads. I'm in the Dairectory.

Posted : 03/07/2023 19:42
Joe Hall
Posts: 65
Trusted Member

A hearty welcome from KY, to both Caleb and Peter. You both have very nice looking Airheads. I particularly like smoke red, but also hav long admired the STs. On my current 95 R100RT, I replaced the factory tail trunk with a Pelican, as Peter did. Never thought of painting it gray, as Peter did, to match the bike, but wish I had now that I've seen Peter's. 

Posted : 04/01/2023 05:47
Mark Scott
Posts: 2
New Member
Hello, first post, thanks for the add!
i just bought a ‘78 R100s, its been in non-op for 2 years but the PO drove it home. I plan on getting it running then decide what I’ll do as far as restoring. My question is what should i start out checking. History about myself, im a retired mechanic, restored several Japanese bikes and a few other makes, had motorcycles since a kid. Ive owned a few oilhead BMW’s but no airheads.
I made sure I had brakes before first ride.

Thanks , Mark

Roseville, Ca.

Posted : 04/05/2023 08:19
Richard Whatley
Posts: 2421

Welcome !

► Please check that your RT's front snowflake wheel has the reinforcing webs at the hub. Earlier wheels without reinforcement webs were known to BREAK and injure the rider. There is a permanent recall on the older wheels, and any faulty style wheel can and will be replaced for FREE by BMW North America. Free parts and free labor.

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[color=blue]Don't hide 'em, Ride 'em !!

Posted : 04/07/2023 06:05
Bob Whigham
Posts: 125
Estimable Member

Welcome. After fluids and filter change, I would try to crank. Check timing, brakes then look for any thing obvious and try a short ride.

Unless there is evidence of previous maintenance, a full service will either reveal problems or assure they do not exist. Tire age,steering head bearings, brake wear should be checked. Next find somewhere to ride.





Posted : 04/08/2023 09:48
Mike Buhler
Posts: 150
Estimable Member

Welcome from Newfoundland.

Posted : 07/19/2023 04:53


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