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09/16/20 at 00:38:26
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Well the DRZ 400 and I have parted company. The blunt truth is that I just didn't like it, I could not get comfortable on it so it wasn't getting used for what I bought it for.

Sold it for what I paid for it so for the small number of miles I did it was a cheap lesson.

Roll forward to this week.

I saw an ad for a 1981 R100RS JPS special on the Airheads downunder page.

It looked fantastic and best of all I know the mechanic who has worked on it for the past little while and not only do I trust his judgment, he gave the seller a glowing character reference.

So.....this happened.

The 1981 Australia only R100RS JPS special was the result of inadequately secured containers on a ship resulting in damage a a fair number of BMW bikes being imported into Australia. This co-incided with a local BMW supported car racing team, sponsored by JPS kicking a few goals and offering a deal to BMW Australia.

30 JPS special R100RS bikes were created, they are entirely a badge engineered thing and offer zero perfomance advantage over a stock BMW.

But they do come with a non BMW standard black paint (has some red in it), gold pin-striping, JPS badges and a number.

I couldn't help myself.


  

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Re: Bought a new Bike
Reply #1 - 09/16/20 at 08:02:52
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What a rare find!!!!    I too, would have empty'd my pockets for that bike. Great find and execution........

Maybe I could make a poor mans JPS out of my black LS, "Where's me gold paint, laddy"

  

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Re: Bought a new Bike
Reply #2 - 09/16/20 at 10:53:29
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Told you the K100RS fairing was made for an R65 Joe.

Looks great!
  

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Reply #3 - 09/16/20 at 11:03:59
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Tony Smith wrote on 09/16/20 at 10:53:29:
Told you the K100RS fairing was made for an R65 Joe.

Looks great!


You were right Sir.
  

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Reply #4 - 09/16/20 at 15:39:42
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Beautiful bike! And that garage is, um, cleaner than my lounge room.  Smiley

I'd seen JPS paint jobs (on a K75S?) but had assumed that they were after market, I had no idea that they came from the factory.
  

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Reply #5 - 09/16/20 at 17:52:24
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It's really well kept by the look of it. Will be waiting for the road test review.

  
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Reply #6 - 09/17/20 at 21:03:04
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Kelvin wrote on 09/16/20 at 15:39:42:
And that garage is, um, cleaner than my lounge room


The word that comes to mind is "Disgusting"......... Oh, how I wish I had some of that neatness in my body, but alas, I'm just the ol' curmudgeon in the corner with his greasy rag.
  

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Re: Bought a new Bike
Reply #7 - 09/17/20 at 21:32:42
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It ain't my workshop. The seller is a fastidious person.

My workshop cleanliness is mediated by my laziness, being semi-open and having a lathe slinging oil and chips in it.o
  

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