Is there any hope for me?

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hondapartsman
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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by hondapartsman » Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:20 am

I'm told it can be fun, being a grandparent, we'll see. Only about two months to go now. I must admit it's been a while since I saw any of the girls from school, one runs a car parts shop in the town I work in but I don't get in there very often. I wonder if I'd ever recognise any others, it's for sure they seldom seem to recognise me. I still see one or two of the guys, only because they come in to buy parts though as one or two carried on riding, one even has his own classic bike business.Times does fly though, sometimes it seems no time at all ago when i was 16 and leaving school, full of optimism, I still tend to optimism, but with more reality mixed in these days.
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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by hondapartsman » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:29 pm

More research, it seems that all the Japanese makers did an economy model for the US. So I have no widened by search, as such, although it's not really going to be a search until I have a shed again and all that. At least I hope one doesn't turn up until I am sorted that way or I'm going to be all mixed up, apart from having to sqaure it with my dear wife who somehow thinks 5 bikes is enough.
My list now, Yamaha XS360/400, Honda CJ360/CB400, Suzuki GS400 and Kawasaki KZ400/440. All those models having been produced with a wire wheel, drum braked version. It's nice to have something to aim for.
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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by scotduke » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:55 pm

How much hope is there for any of us HPM?

Think the Hondas sound like the best of that bunch you've listed. The Suzukis were ok I suppose but the I remember those Yamahas and Kawasakis being deeply unfashionable.

How many bikes is enough? I wish I knew.

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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by hondapartsman » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:36 am

I always like the word unfashionable, that usually means cheap.
As for how many bikes are enough it's a different answer for all, I do ride just about all mine, at some time or another. If I had twice as many I'm not sure how possible that would be, I am limited by finance more than anything else as to how many I have. I think 5 is doing well given that my disposable income is so low. For now this all a pipe dream, likely to stay so, next job on with me is either getting the N over here or getting my other RS back on the road. Whichever becomes possible, we'll see.
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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by scotduke » Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:19 pm

I think five bikes is quite a lot on a restricted budget. While I'd like to have more than the two I do have, I've so many other commitments what with taking the boys to football, doing BMX racing and the various other stuff, I don't think I'd have the time.

Make sure you get a good one, whatever it is.
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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by hondapartsman » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:45 am

Well in the end all budgets are restricted, just some more than others. That's why I like cheap though, and as easy to fix myself as possible. Like I said, pipe dreams, just keeps me interested I guess.
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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by Detour Rd. » Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:49 am

you have 5? Heck I only have 4. I had 5 but sold one. It was just too much storing them and keeping them registered. An old bike is a good cheap way to go. Over here at least is to get historic plates. I've done two so far and the third soon. Old bikes can be real economical. Over here a historic tag is only $44 for 3 years.

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Unread post by Hooli » Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:24 pm

Detour Rd. wrote:you have 5? Heck I only have 4. I had 5 but sold one. It was just too much storing them and keeping them registered. An old bike is a good cheap way to go. Over here at least is to get historic plates. I've done two so far and the third soon. Old bikes can be real economical. Over here a historic tag is only $44 for 3 years.
Over here anything pre '74 is free of road tax. Anything newer & over 600cc is £80 or so annually.
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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by Detour Rd. » Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:49 am

here its a rolling 25 years so my 83 Ascot qualifies. Thats next.

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Re: Is there any hope for me?

Unread post by hondapartsman » Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:25 am

Detour Rd. wrote:you have 5? Heck I only have 4. I had 5 but sold one. It was just too much storing them and keeping them registered. An old bike is a good cheap way to go. Over here at least is to get historic plates. I've done two so far and the third soon. Old bikes can be real economical. Over here a historic tag is only $44 for 3 years.
Yes, i just got so i didn't want to sell and they're all quite old although the newest is 1998 and a slight aberration compared to my 'classic' Honda's, apart from the Ascot they're all pretty well worn though. Two currently not legal for the road, one just needs a little work, the other could be ridden but needs much more work and that has to wait until I can get it here as it's been stored in my parents back yard for years. Nothing exciting or interesting though, just cheap. It might be gathered though that if money and space were not holding me back there would be more.
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I'm like my regular ride, old battered and bit leaky, but still going.
http://notabikeramotorcyclist.weebly.com/

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