Been wanting to share this BMW since I saw it at lunch yesterday

Another BMW came up in Portland that is just gorgeous. Judging by the write-up, it will make someone a very nice ride for a long time to come. It’s a 1980 BMW R100T and the current owner has really done a nice job creating something very special, but don’t take my word for it, read on and see for yourself:

1980 BMW R100T

Resto /Refurb/Rebuild of 1980 R100T, plus period-correct accessories

Model Background:

Made for 1978, 1979, 1980 model years, essantially an unfaired “S” model with a drum rear brake. Rated at 65HP per factory specs, but I have been unable to ascertain anything that differentiates the T engines from those in the S, CS, RS, or RT. 1978 and 1979 had seats with metal cowls like the S, RS, etc. 1980 model had seat identical to /7 models.

This 1980 BMW R100T has under 59K miles since new.The entire bike has had every system gone through and rebuilt in the past 10,000 miles. The engine, trans, and final drive were rebuilt at 50K miles in preparation for an Alaska trip that never took place. As part of the engine rebuild, the carbs were done and the heads rebuilt by Branch Flowmetrics. Also replaced at that time were all fork seals, springs and bushings, heavy duty BMW shocks, steering head bearings, wheel seals and bearings, brake calipers rebuilt, new brake rotors, pads, shoes. It now has San Jose BMW – CC Products rocker arm covers (not pictured) and Sito silencers. Bridgestone Battleaxe BT-45 tires are less than 1000 miles and one year old.

I recently had the bodywork painted and pinstriped, and installed new roundel emblems. I had the frame paint touched up as well. The R100T decals are OEM, and are clearcoated, as are the pinstripes. The Russell seat is a solo and is extremely comfortable (but the cover needs minor repair). The side cases were purchased NEW in 2006. The bike has not spent the night outside since I bought it in 2005.

The fairing is a period correct accessory: a Don Vesco Rabid Transit which is lightweight, provides great wind protection, and is very aerodynamic. I got a few MPG improvement since I installed it. I’m running a sport screen now, but a taller “touring” screen is included. See more info on these fairings at (Cut and paste this into another browser if the hyperlink doesn’t work….CL doesn’t want you to escape ;^) )

It also has dual Fiamm horns and Hyperlites for safety and includes some spares and a shop manual.

Flaws: One seat bracket and seat cover need repair and the turn signal switch knob is missing.

I’m asking $4950, cash. Cosmetically, this is a clean low mile airhead in excellent shape that not only looks nice, but runs very well. It is NOT a trailer queen. Mechanically, it is sorted out with no hidden gremlins or deferred maintenance issues to spoil your ride or vacation, and it’s ready to leave on a four corners tour right now.

Look at what’s on offer on other CL sites around the Northwest (and elsewhere.) This Beemer has been lovingly cared for and maintained, and compares quite favorably with the other R100 bikes available out there.

Please, no flakes, lowballers, tire kickers or time wasters need apply.

But if you’re serious and have any questions at all, feel free to e-mail me at

Thanks for looking

Pretty sweet bike, no? This thing definitely deserves a good home. Too bad I don’t have room in my garage.

Next cool bike showed up on Craigslist in Bend today. I don’t normally go for cruisers, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter from back around 1999/2000. They were made to look like Indian motorcycles and boy did Kawasaki do a nice job. They must’ve been on a retro kick about then because that’s about the same time the W650 (that very cool Triumph Bonneville look clone) came out as well. I think the Drifter stayed in the line up a bit longer than the W650, but neither one is available anymore. Too bad because the retro motorcycle thing seems to be in now.

I saw my first Vulcan Drifter on the Amalafi Coast in Italy (I was stationed in Naples nearby from 1999 to the end of 2001). I remember just staring at the thing, thinking about how cool it looked–about the same as I did when I saw my first Speed Triple. I guess I was just getting bitten by the moto bug then.

Anyway, here’s the bike:

1999 Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter 1500

1999 Kawasaki 1500 Vulcan Drifter. 13,6XX miles. Runs excellent. Indian stylings, maroon colored. Very smooth and comfortable bike to ride. Come see to appreciate. $4850 obo.

Not a bad looking bike–and one I’d love to get a closer look at. I can almost see myself riding down the road on that–it almost has enough retro cool. Almost, anyway.