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1977 BMW R80/7 — Part 1

it leaks a bit of oil, and the front isn’t up to modern traffic, and a bit of a stumble off idle, and that has got to go, and, and… Martin his new BMW R80/7, and true happiness.

It all started in the of 1980, and I blame Eddie’s Alan.

And now Graham W off of the RealClassic board as well.

Eddie’s Alan had been lured into the biking fold call him a Born Again these days but back he was just Eddie’s Uncle after seeing his nephew’s mates turn up on a variety of seventies motorcycles. While mum Rita made us all cups of Uncle Alan would out and look at the bikes on show in the

We’d gone rapidly fifties to two-fifties and by 1980 of us had four hundreds, except for Ted who had a (smart) and Andy with his a (ace). Uncle Alan was enough to end up in a bike shop in that spring. Victor sold Triumphs, Kawasaki and and Alan decided he wanted a like the one he’d had ten years

The zero miles T140 tried to sell him seemed like the one he’d had ten years ago but not as put together, so Uncle Alan a brand new Kawasaki Z750

The Kawasaki caused a bit of stir he turned up outside Eddie’s but really it was just a bigger much newer) version of we were riding ourselves. It wasn’t quite as good as Alan had hoped, and a month he turned up on another new bike Horseman’s; a BMW R80/7. We were impressed the amount of money he was spending, but by the BMW.

Old man’s bike, we Ideal for Uncle Alan; he be at least 35, we muttered.

Round the same time, I picked up my speeding ticket in just a year. Getting caught in the next two years would an instant ban. The obvious was to buy a bike (buying a bike is a good solution to any problem) could be ridden more and sedately than my 400 Yamaha.

was sadly lacking until Alan turned up on his R80/7.

While the rest of the lads I marvelled at the inventiveness of the engineering, the built in pre-load levers on the shocks to the petrol taps of them!) that went when they were to the on position. And then he started it up. It so smooth, so… different to our bikes. It itself like a wet dog when it up, as well.

Everyone else but I marvelled; it was almost alive.

If I had a BMW I ride it like an old man for two years and a ban, and every time I it, it would do that cool shaking thing. Problem

A month or so later I was the proud of a 1977 R60/7. That took me everywhere, from the commute to a two-up three Euro tour, with a thrown in every fortnight or so. It broke down once, and it had the sense to do it outside Z650 house.

I was on my way again quickly; the had closed up for no apparent reason.

I was when it met an untimely end and it was inevitable I’d end up with another BMW funds allowed, this a ’79 R100S. In all, owned BMW twins for nearly the thirty years that been on two wheels.

A year or so ago I started looking for a two-up classic capable of a bit of distance work. There was one choice, really. A Guzzi have been nice one of them for a couple of years), or a Laverda (How much!?) but my always pulled me back to the flat twins.

It would to be an early-ish …-seven; the later had a lot of quality control problems and the of earlier models are creeping up. it would have original and a sprinkling of other BMW accessories to that it had been owned by an rather than a courier. importantly of all, it should be in use. And at the right price…

Graham W, stage left. has just bought a purple and needs to make some by selling off his 1978 R80/7; BMW clock, screen and medium steering damper, otherwise 100k miles, needs a new and rattles a bit…

A remarkably short time I’m getting off a train at and looking for a RealClassic reader a BMW on a trailer. The bike is exactly as and after a quick tour of I’m sitting on it in a lay-by on the about to head off into the Or Stoke, at least.


Some say there’s not much difference.

BMW R80 on eBay.co.uk

Petrol on, choke on, on, press the starter and sure the bike shakes like a wet dog as it into life. Welcome

The next 150 miles pass in a mix of first impressions blurred familiar sensations. Pulling for the first time the rear of the lifts as the drive shaft to crawl round the rear bevel. The gears can’t be but the riding position is almost

Into the first roundabout and was right about that brake; it’s pretty The indicator switch is fantastic This is what I like 70’s BMWs; they their own way. The indicator on the right and the dip switch on the left are under the switchgear housings, where you’re thumbs and they operate in the same as your thumbs; fore and not left to right.

It sounds wrong, but it’s wonderful.

Unlike the screen. At over 55mph a wind Cozy Powell pounds a drum solo on my helmet and at a lowly 35mph the wind every bit of gravel and grit into my eyes if I open my

I bounce my way home across the (the rear suspension is its best) to the accompaniment of the indicator meep-meeping its way round every The proper-sized petrol tank enough fuel to get me home and back again, the sun shines, the avoid me (so that screen be doing some good), is good.

I reach down to the steering after stopping for an ice break and I get one of those weird moments as my hand unconsciously under the bars to put the key in the headlight ignition switch. It’s years since I rode an boxer and it really does like coming home.

it leaks a bit of oil, and the front isn’t up to modern traffic, and a bit of a stumble off idle, and that has got to go, and the neutral light comes on I pull in the clutch, and the speedo wavers a round a bit, and the suspension is pretty shot, and a thousand miles is bound to I’ll find some and drive-train wear and tear… but bike has transported me right to the first time Uncle turned up at Eddie’s house. you Uncle Alan, and thank you W.

If that last paragraph like a list of things to then it probably is. Once the is sorted out. of course…

And of Morini’s, Graham W has one for sale three quarters of the way down the page: rhaglaw-bikes at yahoo.co.uk or 650890


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