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What's with these old bikes
#528039 02/13/14 11:34 pm
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Another cold and rainy winter day. Couldn't take another day in the house so I turned on the heat in the shop and fiddled around all day with the bikes. Put the Olympics on in the background, and just kept messing around. I can't figure why in the world I should be completely content messing with these old bikes. Likely there is something wrong in between my ears.

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If that's the case, Mike, that makes at least two of us!

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Mr Mike #528048 02/14/14 12:08 am
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I hear ya. It may be just be because at the end of the day feeling like you have accomplished something versus just sitting in front of the tv or computer-.
I've been doing the same thing the last two months out in the garage with a heater on. Rebuilt the gear box and carbs and painted the tank on a Commando. I may not finish that bike for years but at least those bits are now done.


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I spent 7 hours today doing that, hope to again tomorrow. Finally warmed up enough outside for me to get the shop warm. Used my new Caswell plating kit. Painted some black parts. Sanded a gas tank. Played music real loud. Opened a couple packages of new parts. Took my hearing aids out.

Its time where I don't think about anything but bikes.

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Mr Mike #528071 02/14/14 4:27 am
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I hear ya!
If I'm not riding it, or working on it, I'm planning to. Checking the weather forecast, perusing parts catalogs, making lists, cleaning parts, or just hanging out here. :bigt

If I had a modern bike I'd have nothing to do all Winter. laughing


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Mr Mike #528110 02/14/14 11:13 am
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I COULD get into town today in the 4WD, but I can do 80% of my work from here at home with just Email and a telephone and the paper files I brought with me, so I think I'll hang out here and do just that.

You guys really make retirement sound like fun. As always, for me, it's the tradeoff between having a nice paycheck and benefits so I can do what I want with the money, OR quitting and having lots and lots of time (God willing), but having to count dimes to make sure that my old spending habits aren't getting ahead of my ability to pay ... !

But since I'm warm and dry and well-fed in any case, we'll call that a "First World Problem" and see how it goes!!

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Mr Mike #528217 02/14/14 10:56 pm
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Lannis,
A nice paycheck and benefits are like a hot shower....you get used to it. When you think you have enough put away, work another year for a little cushion. I doubt the next 30 years will be as good as the last 30.

Leon,
Why don't you jump on one of those A65's you have lined up in your shop and come to the Three State Ride. There is a bunch of us that would like to meet you.

Mr Mike

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Mike-it's definitely not just you. I just disassembled half of my good, working BMW to do some long term maintenance. I didn't have a heater in the old tobacco barn, and most of the time the temp was in the low 30s-mid 20s. I'll take that any day over sitting in front of the TV. The BSA is on the chopping block next!


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Mr Mike #528342 02/15/14 3:06 pm
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I am majorly due for some quality wrench time. I've been working on the house non-stop and my bikes are suffering. The Royal Star is pretty much the last one standing and it needs some love. Tomorrow it gets a fresh front tire, fluids and some tuning checks (mileage has been a miserable 40 mpg lately). Weather is definitely not the problem here....


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Say Alex...need to think about how to get the motor for Gordon from you. Just so I don't forget in May. This is about these old bikes I guess...

Bill


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Mr Mike #528380 02/15/14 6:51 pm
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Bill,

I can bring it to the rally no prob.

I've removed all of the choice bits so it should be really light. grin


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cant say for sure, I however cant get enough abuse anywhere else..only in my garage... I just have to find what everybody else has missed. Someday the light will come on, or go off...either way; I'll be doing what I am supposed to be doing. ( trying to make it better )... faster, safer, better, etc....well, maybe not safe. Love this forum..

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So, where in Ohio are ye?
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Originally Posted by No Name Man
So, where in Ohio are ye?
Bill

Hay, I'm in Licking co. about an 45min. east of Columbus.

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Mr Mike #528720 02/17/14 12:24 pm
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Good roads in that part of the state, I'm on the left side where all the roads are flat and straight


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Yep...lots of good roads over here on the right hand side.


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Maxx, I have a vague memory of asking you this before. Sorry about that...but it's not because I'm old; I've always had a bad memory.


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Originally Posted by No Name Man
Maxx, I have a vague memory of asking you this before. Sorry about that...but it's not because I'm old; I've always had a bad memory.


You might get someione to believe that line Bill laughing


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Believe what? Oh yeah...but my wife remembers everything I ever said and everything I did wrong.


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Re: What's with these old bikes
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They are like that, aren't they.....


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