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1 year 3 weeks ago #4945 by PTMillar
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Hello all. I am 34 yrs old and I just received the first bike I ever rode on as a gift! A family friend who took me for a ride on his 1983 R80RT when I was 17 emailed me out of the blue explaining that he was getting on in years and wondered if I'd like to be the bikes next owner. I said that it would literally be a dream come true and went to pick the bike up and ride it home. He had owned the bike for 18 years and gave me a stack of receipts and records of all the work that had been done and informed me it was tuned up, registered, insured and inspected for the 2019 season. I put the bike in the bed of my friends pick-up truck in the rain and drove north and stayed the night at a hotel. The weather was excellent in the morning so we took the bike down and I rode 100 absolutely glorious miles north. After filling the tank up with gas I pressed the starter button and heard bad sounding metal on metal noise and it was clear that nothing was spinning the engine. I put it back on the truck and brought it home and now I have taken it apart and found that the flywheel spins freely within the clutch assembly. I originally though it might have been a starter problem so when I took the starter off and was inspecting the teeth of the flywheel I realized it wasn't connected to anything. Not sure how it happened but I am determined to fix the problem myself. I have lusted after 1980's airheads since my first ride half my lifetime ago. I was excited to do my own maintenance but I thought I might get more miles in before I had to start with a major repair like this. I will start a post in the Tech section detailing my work. Any advice is much appreciated as I'm new to all of this. My previous bike was a 1981 Honda Cm200T and I replaced a head gasket on that but my wrenching experience is limited. My enthusiasm is high however, and i'm thrilled to be a member of this club


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1 year 3 weeks ago - 1 year 3 weeks ago #4946 by Wobbly
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Welcome Aboard !

Yikes ! You're right.
That's not your typical "Welcome to Airheads" mechanical issue !

Don't hide 'em, Ride 'em !!
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