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chrisrappl
01-23-2009, 06:10 PM
We've got snow, ice and salt on the roads so all I can do is sit on the bike and make varoom varoom noises. I keep checking for new posts so that I can at least read about the bike and maybe see some cool pictures, but...

I have the shorter replacement bolts sitting at the Dealership. Maybe I should pick them up and perform the canisterectomy? Has anyone written up this procedure?

I have still not been able to find the factory rear mudguard anywhere on either side of the pond. Anyone have any leads?

SAFit07
01-23-2009, 11:05 PM
Any pics of your ride yet? Full shot w/ the cases & screen?

Still gotta get one for ours....

Oh, drove up to AF1 for a recall job on the 'fuel evap check valve'. Had the day off anyhow and it was a great excuse to stop in and see the shop. Was in and out in no time!!!

chrisrappl
01-23-2009, 11:30 PM
Oh yeah. I'll try to do that tomorrow.

chrisrappl
01-24-2009, 10:37 AM
Here is a picture from the front:

http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=324&pictureid=1579

chrisrappl
01-24-2009, 10:38 AM
Here is a picture of the right side:

http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=324&pictureid=1580

chrisrappl
01-24-2009, 10:40 AM
Here is a picture of the left side:

http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=324&pictureid=1581

SAFit07
01-24-2009, 10:31 PM
Thanks for the update! Ours is the same color.

ritchj
01-25-2009, 01:07 PM
You could take it apart and see about cutting 80-100 pounds of excess weight from it. Keep notes and images, because we'd all like to know how to do that...

chrisrappl
01-25-2009, 06:33 PM
Personally the bike doesn't feel heavy to me. The R1200RT was very top heavy compared to the Mana. I have been caught in monsoon rains in the Southwest and tropical storms along the East coast and I appreciate a bike that will plow through standing water and stay in its lane while fighting crosswinds. If I wanted a sportier bike I would have considered a Shiver or DD. For me, I'm hoping that this is a good all around performer so that I don't need multiple bikes in the garage.

jrflanne
01-26-2009, 12:20 PM
Oh that is very nice, indeed. I'm really looking forward to riding a Mana because curiosity is getting the best of me. Is that a R90S in the background? I remember when they came out. I thought the clock was cool. The finish on those were definitely non-BMW for the time (black).

chrisrappl
01-26-2009, 04:21 PM
jrflanne,

In 1974 I was riding a '69 BSA Lightning Special. I went into the local Triumph, Honda, BMW dealer (Imperial Cycle sales in Buffalo, NY) for something, saw an R90S on the showroom floor and had to have one. Never mind that it was $3,695.00 and I was a 1st year apprentice. I sold the BSA for $1,200.00 to a friend, put the money down on a '75 Silver Smoke R90S in a crate in the back and came in every week with whatever I could afford from my paycheck. By spring it was paid for and it was mine. I took my first cross country trip on that bike, over 8,000 miles, two up and the only problem I had was a burnt out headlight and a change of tires in San Diego.
In 1977 I brought the R90S into a small shop in Lockport, NY for routine service and Gene the owner showed me a poster of a Silver/Blue R100RS that looked like a rocketship - the spoked wheels even had blue pinstripes on the rims. He said that there were less than 100 coming into the US and I could have one if I traded in the R90S so I did.
I never really was comfortable with the R100RS so I sold it with less than 5,000 miles for $3,500.00 in '82 and used the money to do volunteer work in Mexico for a couple of years. While in Mexico I picked up a '79 RD400 Daytona Special (holy crap what a bike).
I always missed that R90S and when I had a chance to pick up a '74, I grabbed it, restored it and have been riding it ever since. It now has 34,000 miles on it and is getting a new pair of Dell'Orto carbs for the upcoming season.