See photos of Dr. Frazier’s 30-year-old Beemer in Dr. Frazier’s Old BMW Pig in a Poke photo gallery. Read the full account of its sale and journey to a new home in Dr. Frazier’s Old BMW Pig in a Poke.
- 1981 BMW R80G/S was being offered for sale as a “runner,” meaning it started, stopped, and all electrics were working, but there was no guarantee the status would remain beyond the point of transfer.
- Off to the first pit stop, the new and former owner both had high degrees of trepidation in the BMW’s road worthiness, and each had fingers crossed. It would be a 1,200 mile, three-day adventure, filled with stress and risk.
- Two shade tree mechanics spent half a day in a shaded garage prepping the BMW R80G/S for a 1,200 mile ride across some of the most desolate areas on North America where there would be no BMW dealers or parts depot for a safety net.
- The ten year-old knobbie tires had become rock hard, so might have had 1,200 highway miles left on them, or 100, and the inner tubes were a serious unknown.
- Fresh Distanzia Avon tires (www.avonmoto.com) were shipped in to be installed.
- Wisely the new owner chose to install new inner tubes as well as new rim strips.
- For wind and rain protection, a small handlebar mounted windscreen was easily affixed to the handlebars.
- The original BMW solo seat was fine for short distances but the 35 year-old foam and cover had become hard over the years.
- For the 300-550 mile days an Airhawk Seat Pad was easily attached and provided the needed softening for the long miles sitting upright.
- For further wind and rain protection, as well as added carrying capacity, map and GPS holder, a tank bag with magnetic fasteners easily attached to the metal BMW gas tank.