7 replies [Last post]
BMWDavid
BMWDavid's picture
 Offline
Joined: 05/18/2015
Posts: 4

I'm looking at a 1981 R100RS. Its been repainted in a two tone dark blue over silver. Low miles (26,000) the selling dealer (commission sale) has serviced the bike so he knows it for the past 25 years. It appears all there...bags, tool kit, tire pump. Super clean. I've not ridden it yet (too cold out) but hope to do so shortly.

Other than paint its stock and unmodified. $5500.00... is this somewhat reasonable?

__________________

'02 Moto Guzzi V11 LeMans, '03 Moto Guzzi V11 LeMans
'05 Honda XR 650L, '07 Buell XB12Ss
'14 Yamaha FJR1300 es

schrader7032
schrader7032's picture
 Offline
VBMWMO #7032
San Antonio, TX
Joined: 10/27/2006
Posts: 6427
Sounds pretty reasonable.

Sounds pretty reasonable. One thing that will come up over time will be the need to replace the valves and seats. The '81-84 models had wrong seats installed (didn't conduct heat very well) so the valves ended up deforming over time. Typically it's something that takes years to show up, although it might be more pronounced on the fairing models like the RS and RT because more heat on the 1000cc bikes and the reduction of cooling flow. Then again, my Dad's '81 R100RT went 65K miles before he traded it in...he had no problems. It's not something that will suddenly show up...you will notice the decrease in valve clearance over time...that will be the signal.

__________________

Kurt in S.A.
'78 R100/7 '69 R69S '52 R25/2

Twocams
Twocams's picture
 Offline
VBMWMO #8750
Joined: 03/16/2014
Posts: 669
This last summer I rode 600

This last summer I rode 600 miles round trip to look at a 82 RT low 18000 miles in Mt Lassen Calif. area. He wanted $5900 for it, but was in immaculate condition stored for years in Alaska. I took it for a ride but it seemed to have that old,rattle,bang-bang.
Two weeks later there was a 92 R100RT mono shock for sell 100 miles away for $4900. What a difference, just those few yrs. made a big difference. So I bought it. The none Mono shock bikes seem to have a higher price tag according to Kelly blue and others.

twocams

  • r100rt_001_7.jpg
__________________

Twocams
69 R69S 03 K1200GT
92 R100RT

mark_weiss
mark_weiss's picture
 Offline
Arizona
Joined: 11/17/2013
Posts: 171
I have an '82. $5500 sounds

I have an '82. $5500 sounds pretty reasonable, especially if it runs well and rides well. Valve seats may be an issue some day, experiences vary. I had an '84 that needed valves and seats at about 50k miles. My '82 is at around 120k and has no problems.

As for cooling, my oil temperature gauge tells me that my bike runs cooler with the lowers installed, than with them removed. I remove the lowers in the summer anyway because the lowers duct the hot air directly onto my feet. OK in the winter, not OK when it's 100F plus outside.

__________________

Mark
qualitycycleservice.com

khittner
khittner's picture
 Offline
VBMWMO #8223
Joined: 02/15/2012
Posts: 367
At that mileage, it'll

At that mileage, it'll probably be fine for awhile. The RS fairing design is undeniably beautiful, even 40 years after it rolled off the line, but if this is your first RS, the bigger question is probably whether your body fit will be a good match for the riding position. Slick as they look, they aren't for everyone.

__________________

Konrad

BMWDavid
BMWDavid's picture
 Offline
Joined: 05/18/2015
Posts: 4
I sat on the bike yesterday.

I sat on the bike yesterday. Its actually much more relaxed feeling than my V11 LeMans. So I'm not anticipating any fitment issues should I buy it.

__________________

'02 Moto Guzzi V11 LeMans, '03 Moto Guzzi V11 LeMans
'05 Honda XR 650L, '07 Buell XB12Ss
'14 Yamaha FJR1300 es

khittner
khittner's picture
 Offline
VBMWMO #8223
Joined: 02/15/2012
Posts: 367
I hadn't noticed your "bike

I hadn't noticed your "bike vitae"; if you like a Guzzi LeMans enough to have two of them, an airhead RS will be fine.

__________________

Konrad

swampyankee
swampyankee's picture
 Offline
New England
Joined: 08/21/2013
Posts: 9
I just sold my '79 R100RS

I just sold my '79 R100RS last summer. 31,000 miles, only about 300 miles since a major service, all period accessories - Cibie driving lights on engine guards, upgraded swing arm, dual fork braces, Corbin seat, Fiamm horns, etc. and non-original fiesta red and silver paint, all for the princely sum of $3500.

Apparently, I gave it away....

  • r100rs15.jpg
__________________

76 BMW R75/6
65 Benelli Sprite

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.