David Edwards BMW, which if you are a studious reader of his columns, he inherited from his late brother. Then he completely restored the entire bike. It ran great for a 20 year old motorcycle.
Bike: 1982 BMW R80G/S
Purchase Price: $0
On the Road: $1340
Info: I got my bike for nothing, but I can’t recommend the method of acquisition. When my brother Kevin passed away last year, I inherited his favorite ride, a 100,000-mile salvage-title G/S that he’d fixed up. In my possession, it needed a tune-up, a carb rebuild and some parts–throttle cables, gaskets, rubber boots, etc.–carried out by the local BMW shop, Irv Seaver’s, at a cost of $890 (or $274 for parts, $616 for labor). Even farming the work out, I’d have still been under our mythical $1000 limit if the stock, non-rebuildable shock hadn’t given up the ghost. Progressive Suspension to the rescue with one of its Series 420s; a trifle expensive at $450 but the Damper of the Gods out on Pacific Coast Highway. Airhead aficionados tell me the older G/S is something of a cult machine, going for as much as $3000. Doesn’t really matter to me–this one’s not for sale.
The Chinese bike, the 2004 Morgen’s M/C Trail Master 200, that Brian Catterson was riding. This is a brand new 2005 bike just imported into the United States. The Cycle World decided to test it out. It didn't fair so well. More on that later....