Well, Iím out. So wonderful people who have been so great helping me Ė Iím now selling my 1964 A65 Rocket. You see, not only does my girfriend dislike it, we honestly cannot ride it in NYC because with no neutral light, and being old, when it stalls, and Iím in the middle of 3 lanes of traffic in Midtown Manhattan, I donít have the time to roll it to the side of the road, then kicking it until it starts again Ė forget it, in NYC itís a deathtrap. Cars honk, people scream and this is supposed to be fun and exciting right? Itís anything but. Remember when I was having trouble kick-starting? It wasnít my technique, the battery was low, thatís all Ė when we charged it, I can kick it in two kicks.
So in addition to the new: pistons, bearings, seals, gaskets, springs and valves (yes I can get the paperwork), I have two brand new tires put one 3 days ago. I bought this bike for $6,000 and Iím not even trying to make a profit, I just want what I paid for it (and I wonít break even because I had it shipped to me). This will go down as a hard lesson learned for me.
Sorry I do not have the time nor patience for this bike. I want a new one, that I can actually ride in NYC without putting myself in genuine danger. I donít want to fiddle with this bike Ė Iím a rider not a bike mechanic. So besides eBay, where is a good *relatively inexpensive* place to sell this bike?
Thanks friends. I wish I had money to keep this bike as a hobby, but it cost me enough as is. Iíd rather have a new bike.
If you like you can email directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (718) 916-9258. I am taking pictures of the bike today (I have some but want to take many so people can see what a great ride this is). Thanks so much. Karen
Why don't you add a neutral light instead, use the Norton Commando 850 MK3 neutral switch setup. You need a hole in the camplate, a tapped hole in the gearbox casing to screw the switch into and wiring etc. Bit cheaper than a new bike, say $150 tops if you get someone else to do it.
It's not the bike for me. Thanks for your advice about the neutral switch - I'm sure it's easy - for you. Just reading your post is too much for me. Who has time to find, order, pay for, find someone to do it, etc. etc. I just paid $100 to have it towed, $200 for tires, forget it. I had a Honda, left it outside constantly - started right up and went on hours long rides. This is just too much work and too much money. I do honestly appreciate you trying to help though.
Karen, i understand where you are coming from. I wouldn't ride a motorcycle of any description in NYC. To much pushing and shoving and yelling. One time I was coming from a doctors appointment at MSK in Manhattan and was trying to get thru the tunnel. My wife had to drive cause I was recovering from surgery. It was terrible. I finally had her stop the car in the middle of traffic and I walked over to a cop to ask directions and the cop, a woman, promptly chewed my butt out. Any way I love NYC and am coming to visit this Christmas but we are taking the train. If you still have the bike, I'll take a look at it but I am in the preocess of trying to get from 4 BSA's to 2.
Careful now, if you sell your bike, you may lose your girlfriend too.....never underestimate the BSA appeal! She may just be watching to see what you will do in the face of this challenge. Maybe the three of you need to move to the country!
Karen! I admire your taste & guts. For riding in that certain spot of an urban jungle in general and on such a bike in particular
Not long ago I read some MC magazine (Classic Bike maybe...) where they wrote about the NYC Norton Commando Club - They had trips out on the countryside (?) on their ancient Nortons
Since I have one of those (cost me 12000 in your currency so far) I kind of thought they seemed to be really nice New Yorkers Why not join that bunch?
The Beezer maybe not the perfect bike though :rolleyes: - not saying that the Norton is. Anyway I still like mine - put on an Interstate tank getting me three four times the range of the original Roadster one. With the Boyer Bransden "electric" ignition the riding is a grown-up experience
Best of luck in your choices, whatever they might be
'73 Commando Basket - new aluminium cyl '93 Ducati 900 SS
"Better lit a light than cursing the darkness" (Confucius)