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Seriously, a Hi-Rider? #754303
10/28/18 12:02 am
10/28/18 12:02 am
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Paul Sammut Offline OP
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So I now have another pretty complete 1974 Commando which looks like it started life as a Hi-Rider - it has the proper (steel) tank, seat and headlight of that model and looks like it has not had any modification done to it. No handlebars at all. The bike needs (and will get) a complete restoration, but, my question to you all is - stick with what it was, or turn it into a Roadster or Interstate? Personally, I've always thought the Hi-Rider was an awful thing to happen to a nice bike, but I wonder if there is a market for it.
I'll take an opinion poll from you, dear readers - er riders - if I may. What would you do?
Kind regards,
Paul.


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'74 Commando - Interstate
"74 Commando - Hi-Rider, possibly
'65 Atlas, mostly anyway
'15 R1200 GS Adv
'51 Vincent Rapide
'58 Ariel Square Four
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Re: Seriously, a Hi-Rider? [Re: Paul Sammut] #754308
10/28/18 1:21 am
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I'm not one to ask ... I took a perfectly nice black-and-gold Roadster and turned it into a red-and-silver Interstate because that's what I wanted.

If I had a Hi-Rider, I'd do the same thing, but quicker and with fewer twinges of conscience ..... !

Lannis


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Re: Seriously, a Hi-Rider? [Re: Paul Sammut] #754313
10/28/18 2:27 am
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Just to try out the look while you have it, set a Corbin seat on it with the Hi-Rider tank still in place. If you don't care for it, I would like a chance to buy the tank.
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Last edited by franko; 10/28/18 3:29 am.
Re: Seriously, a Hi-Rider? [Re: Paul Sammut] #754326
10/28/18 7:56 am
10/28/18 7:56 am
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Maui Hawaii
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Stock Hi-riders are fetching stupid money. Go figure. They're butt ugly.

Sony Angel's shop in San Diego area made these things before the factory did and sold the beans out them. My neighbor had one. Pretty cool bike, by the standards of the day.

Norton must have stolen the idea......

You can return it to stock and cash it in, then get a Combat. That sounds like a plan.

Cheers,
Bill


Bikes
1974 Commando
1985 Honda Nighthawk 650
1957 Thunderbird/T110 "Flying Tiger"
Antique Fans: Loads of Emersons (Two six wingers) plus gyros and orbiters.
Re: Seriously, a Hi-Rider? [Re: HawaiianTiger] #754412
10/29/18 1:59 am
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Thanks, guys. Sort of confirmed what I thought - SOME people might like the things, but most think they're an abomination. I suppose it is a gamble - I might restore it as a Hi-Rider and never be able to get rid of the thing. On the other hand, all it'll cost to change it out will be a set of 'bars, a tank and a seat.
Paul.


Paul

'74 Commando - Interstate
"74 Commando - Hi-Rider, possibly
'65 Atlas, mostly anyway
'15 R1200 GS Adv
'51 Vincent Rapide
'58 Ariel Square Four
Re: Seriously, a Hi-Rider? [Re: Paul Sammut] #754442
10/29/18 10:03 am
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Fix her up however you like her but keep all the original parts so if somebody likes a butt-ugly Norton they got it!
Have fun!
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Re: Seriously, a Hi-Rider? [Re: Paul Sammut] #754488
10/29/18 5:36 pm
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I would keep it orignal , = Highrider .
You are probably not going to ride it anyway ..

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Re: Seriously, a Hi-Rider? [Re: franko] #754494
10/29/18 6:51 pm
10/29/18 6:51 pm
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Laredo (South) Texas, USA
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Originally Posted by franko
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That bike is still in my garage, at least until Evan Wilcox finishes the new bodywork and I ship it to the new owner (likely next month).

Originally Posted by Paul Sammut
I might restore it as a Hi-Rider and never be able to get rid of the thing. On the other hand, all it'll cost to change it out will be a set of 'bars, a tank and a seat.

I sold a set of original High Rider tank, seat, handlebars, and sissy bar for over $1,000.00 several years ago. I'll bet they'd fetch even more now!

Last edited by GrandPaul; 10/29/18 6:52 pm.

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Re: Seriously, a Hi-Rider? [Re: Paul Sammut] #754525
10/30/18 1:52 am
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There have been a string of HiRiders on fleabay lately, they don't seem to command any premium (or less) over any other model. ?

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Mind you, we are yet to see the feedback for this sale....


Re: Seriously, a Hi-Rider? [Re: Paul Sammut] #754705
10/31/18 9:40 pm
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Maui Hawaii
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Yes, buy it, sell off the seat, handlebars and tank and make a roadster. I had one of those tanks once. You definitely don't pass many gas stations without topping up. I mean, the roadster tank is bad enough. I usually put 2.2 gallons in that when empty. This one is even less than that.

Cheers,
Bill


Bikes
1974 Commando
1985 Honda Nighthawk 650
1957 Thunderbird/T110 "Flying Tiger"
Antique Fans: Loads of Emersons (Two six wingers) plus gyros and orbiters.

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