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Post by Smilodon on Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:43 pm

Well, been gone the last couple of weeks on vacation in the mountains. Due to being a techie type as a job, I kind of stayed away from most of that stuff while gone, so no posts here.

It was a great trip, and we were lucky weather-wise as well. I haven't been up there purely to ride for quite a while, so enjoyed riding the old routes as well as a few new ones Dad discovered.

Dad was also nice enough to sell the ol' Honda for me on E-Bay. I hauled it up there and he took care of the rest.

I'm a horrible salesman, so have been dragging my feet. Philosophically, it was not a joy to be rid of it, as it was a great bike that we had a lot of good times on. But the reality was that I was hard pressed to find a case to ride it over the BMW, and was spending a bunch to keep it in good running order.

Somebody got probably the best 1990 CBR 1000F in the country.

Been kind of tough times around here otherwise, so the trip was a welcome relief. Nothing like the issues Tim has been having, though!
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Post by Steady Eddy on Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:43 am

Know what you mean about not liking selling bikes or cars ,I hate it , have bean going to sell my Honda XL 200r for two years now but it's still sat there in the garage MOT'ed and started up every few weeks but never ridden
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Post by Beesa on Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:46 am

Selling your bikes is can be gut wrenching, its like selling you kids!!!!

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Post by j.p. on Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:21 am

Can't honestly think of even one bike I've sold that I did not regret selling about 5 minutes later. I wonder where myCB400F is now? Or the IT175? Or the XL100 even? Or the 90S!?

All dead and buried i suppose, but I'd want them ALL back!
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Post by Smilodon on Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:09 am

So, now I need another bike to replace it. Smile

Something a bit different in the bike line up. Maybe a classic, classic clone or some other lightweight that can carry two people.

But I'm going to wait until my job situation stabilizes a bit. Might be moving, might be broke, so wait and see.
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Post by j.p. on Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:26 am

Funny you mention a 'classic'... I've been babbling about building a CB350 cafe racer or something similar. Then I thought about the amount of free time I've had in the last few years and decided against that idea. Shopping for a KLX or TT250 or something dual purpose again. Better to spend the free time riding instead of tinkering...
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Post by Steady Eddy on Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:10 am

I must admit JP I do like the dual purpose bikes , and do prefer to have bum on seat instead of spanner in hand , but some times needs must and all that
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Post by j.p. on Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:28 pm

Hey Eddy! It's funny looking through the 'For Sale' pages looking for a used bike. You'd think sellers would use spell check before they lie to me about their "Yomaha XYZ bike in purfekt condesion, needs notheing, just a little oil leek around the spark plug and breaks dont work" And the boys usually are only asking 80% of the value when new 8 years ago... Found a clean XT250 last week for $3500 and it was gone before the end of day. I'll have to be fast if I want a good used one. It is simpler to buy brand new ($4800)... Not sure what SheWhoMustBeObeyed will have to say about that though...
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Post by Smilodon on Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:54 am

Thanks to the Cafe Racer craze (at least here in the states), and the bikes a lot of younger folks seem to be going toward (old Japanese standards), the price of old Hondas is out of sight...

Mine was too "new" to fall into that category, of course, but any "CB", particularly the twins, has leaped in value. Old XR Yamaha twins as well.
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Post by Steady Eddy on Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:35 pm

So does that mean that the trade in cheap imported US bikes is going to dry up ?? not that they have been that cheap over the last few years any way
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Post by Smilodon on Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:58 am

Steady Eddy wrote:So does that mean that the trade  in cheap imported US bikes is going to dry up ?? not that they have been that cheap over the last few years any way  
Depends on what they are. "Classic", air-cooled motors of all stripes are in the cross-hairs, but Honda twins and small early 4's (never really that cheap), are taking the big jump.

There's plenty of other stuff you can take off of our hands cheap!
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Post by j.p. on Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:40 pm

While I was contemplating what I wanted to 'build' to go get a cafe... I reminded myself of one I'd 'built' many years ago... 37 years ago to be exact Shocked !!

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This was a picture of the 'sport-touring' mode of my old 400F. Lots of miles on that thing.
It was lithe and agile and responsive and all the other terms you use for saying lightweight. But it wouldn't pull the skin off custard. Sounded great, but no good getting into a drag race with an RD350!
I decided that I wouldn't want to spend a whole pile of time or money rebuilding something like this. I'd much rather have a KTM or DRZ400 single cylinder super moto thing.

Something silly and irresponsible, you know?

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