/ Good morning!!!! #154,041
- Jan 1, 2011
- Butte County, California
- Kubota M62, Kubota L3240D HST (SOLD!), Kubota RTV900
The R80ST was the street version of the R80 G/S, the bike that started the whole "adventure" riding craze. The ST has a 19" front wheel vs. the 21"er on the G/S, and I think the forks are a bit different, too. I'm hoping for a lower seat height on the ST. The 800cc engine has a reputation for being very smooth. The later 1000cc engines vibrate more than a horizontally opposed twin should because BMW didn't take time to balance the reciprocating mass of the pistons and rods. I've found that modern CNC machined pistons are almost perfectly balanced, and pretty much solve the problem.RNG, find somebody with a Datsun truck, make sure it has working A/C, pay them to take you up there and bring it back. You can ride it some, and haul it some. Make a vacation out of it with a buddy. Use your $600 wisely. Stop and smell the roses. Mind I ask how much those things ballpark for? Is there a reason one would want the 800 over the 1000? I know little about beemers.
Prices are all over the map on the STs, close to $10k for a low mile bike in excellent condition to a high mileage beater that's rusted and faded from sitting outside, which will still bring $3k all day long. The STs haven't reached the stratospheric levels of the G/Ss, which I've seen sold for $20k. This one was a particularly good deal because it looks to be in very good condition with only 44k miles, and it came with a $500 aftermarket seat and the larger 8.75 gallon tank from the Paris Dakar version of the R80 G/S. I paid $1500 for the last one of those I was able to find.
Finally found a shipper that seems reliable and uses a Sprinter van, but my pocket is another $500 lighter. Still less than it would cost me to run up there and back myself, and I don't have to worry about getting home in a truck with nearly 200k miles on it. Just have to be patient and wait another two weeks for it to arrive.