Time To Bail Out ?

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Post by VWNate1 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:04 pm

I neglected to mention that after 22 months of PIA reconstruction we're finally moving back into SWMBO's house, one of our Foster boys burned us out almost two years ago .

It's nice but still not done, we can't afford to mortgage and rental both so back we go and will finish it up bit by bit .

I wish my old pickup truck wasn't dead =8-^ .
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Re: Time To Bail Out ?

Post by sagerat » Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:13 pm

Hang in there, Nate. You are the personification of moxie.

Hope all goes well in your next adventures. Take care.
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Post by VWNate1 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:15 pm

I appreciate all the helpful replies here and in PM's .

A lot on my plate of late , this weekend we finally moved back into SWMBO's house after 23 months , whew .

She, her daughter and grand daughter are still seriously stressed out but we're moving forward .

We were taking a cuppa the other day and she looked at me and asked "are you getting ready to leave me now ?" :shock:

?! WTF !? are you kidding me ? a woman like my Sweet is a once in a lifetime find, I wonder why she allows me to hang around.....

The poor Foster boys who've been through life's meat grinder before we get them are all a twitter too.....

Being in so much pain I don't sleep as much as I pass out from it occasionally it's helping either .

I don't think I'll ever heal more than this but I'm ambulatory and able to ride if *much* slower than before .

In the big picture I'm lucky, oh so lucky to even be alive now so on I go, one step at a time .
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Re: Time To Bail Out ?

Post by sKiZo » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:02 am

Reading this thread has me wondering if it's time I hung up my spurs ...

(no, dammit, not ready yet!!)

Pushing 70 here, and the last few springs it's a soul search to ponder whether I've got another season in me. The accident a couple years back hasn't made the decision any easier. A two wheeler is pretty much out of the question now, but sitting on the front porch watching the neighbors roll by was too much for my lil ol' heart to take, so I started looking at options and found the Ural. As is, it sat for a couple weeks after the handicap mods were completed while I got up the courage (or uber dumbness?) to fire it up. I've gone from drop of the hat cross country trips to a few miles around the neighborhood, but at least it's riding. If nothing else, I'm hoping next year to do at least a few Patriot Rides hereabouts. I do know there will be a few huge sighs of relief from friends and relatives when I finally get around to pulling the plug, but my thoughts are, it's not like I can break anything else, eh ... ;-}

Anyway - not to hijack the thread - it's a big decision for anyone, and the hardest part is making it one way or another. Sounds like you made a smart choice there ... press on regardless!

PS - I thought I was the only one who had to dodge a mountain every now and then! Had one jump right out in front of me once. No, really - rock slide. Nothing that a couple rolls of baling wire, duct tape, and a bottle or two of Tylenol couldn't fix at least well enough to be able to limp home.
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Post by VWNate1 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:04 am

Sagerat, I hope that 'Moxie" still means good, it did when I were a lad....

BTW : they still bottle Moxie, two places on the West Coast bottle it, one tastes better than the other .

sKiZo ;

I hope to be able to still ride Tiddlers for a long time yet ~ one fellow in my vintage Japanese Moto Club rode his Yamaha RD400 until he was 84 .

We'll see ~ I've had an interesting and eventful life so I'm pretty beat up apart from the Motocycling, I hate to give it up .

This same mountain rod, in about 1974 nearly killed me when I was driving a 1956 Ford F1 pickup late one night, windows open I heard a deep rumbling and slowed down, suddenly a HUGE boulder the size of the truck crashed into the road way about 15' in front of us ~ had I not slowed down it would have landed directly on the cab of the truck ~ ON not against .

Life goes on .
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Re: Time To Bail Out ?

Post by Mr Wazzock » Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:20 pm

Back in 2004 I met a guy on a campsite, he had his red Kawasaki GT550 with panniers and topbox, and his double compartment tunnel tent and camp chair which can be used inside under cover, and his bedroll. I was so impressed I now use the same kind of kit. He told me he was 86. Which is a frequent reminder to me, if you can still do it, do it. Doubt he's still around now of course. :(
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Re: Time To Bail Out ?

Post by sKiZo » Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:01 pm

The stories some could tell. Even a bit of truth in some of them. ;-}

Few years back I was riding the ridge down on Arkansas 7. Weather was bad enough I think it even had me hallucinating some - could have swore I drove by a giant abandoned amusement park in the middle of nowhere? <G>

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Thinking to myself "I'm getting too old for this sh!t", I pull into a rest stop. Couple minutes later, a matched pair of Kawasaki dressers come rolling it - it's a local pair of twins out celebrating their 76th birthday. Huh. Wouldn't be surprised if they still weren't out and about keeping the knees to the breeze.
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Re: Time To Bail Out ?

Post by GoatTracks » Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:40 am

Happy Trails to you, Nate, however you may make them in the future. We're all gonna have to face it one day.
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Post by VWNate1 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:09 pm

Again, thank you all ! .

At times I get the blues badly .

I've always been very active so this is difficult to deal with .

My current plan is to let The Bike Pimp (an old friend) come and empty out my house of pretty much everything, I have thousands of technical books, tools, parts and crap I accumulated over the decades ~ when I was young I wasn't allowed to have anything, it was taken away or destroyed to punish me preemptively so I became over involved in getting things I wanted .

Now, because of the damned 2017 Moto crash I can't begin sorting them and working on them .

I'll still try to be active but I think a large change of pace will be a good thing for me .

Who knows ? maybe my Sweet will actually move in with me, that'd be nice but her house just finished being rebuilt after a massive fire 23 months ago and my place is my little slice of country right here in the city, she might not like it, I'm sure her daughter and grand daughter would be horrified the first time the see inside it .

The abandoned amusement park is interesting, there are lots of them scattered around America and the world .

That spillway is beautiful .

In the 1960's I used to love crawling around the many abandoned buildings all over New England ~ many were businesses that simply locked up one day and that was that . full of interesting things .

With a little bit of effort and luck I plan to keep riding for now, if not on the BMW, on the CT90 .

Over the years I have met many many Elders out riding , both alone and as couples / pairs .
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Post by VWNate1 » Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:50 am

.....About hanging up my spurs .

Every year, on New Year's Eve morning the Vintage Norton Club has a ride up the Angeles Crest Highway, I went again this year astride my R60/6 Beemer, I was doing fine until I came around a corner and encountered ICE :shock: suddenly all I could think about was ambulance rides, hospitals, surgeries and that damn wheel chair again ~ I totally freaked out .

I finished the ride up and back down again but wow, that was no fun at all .

Recently here in Los Angeles was a black 2008 Ural Deco Retro combination rig for sale in my price range, I lusted for it but managed to put off looking at it for almost a month, they day I made arrengemets to go buy it, someone beat me to it, that's prolly the better thing as I have no place to park it with side car ~ if I'da bought it I'da yanked the chair off P.D.Q. but whatever .

A buddy asked me how much for the BMW to - night, as long as I don't lose $ on it I think I'll let it go .

A while back I gave a 1984 Brazilian made Honda CB125S to a friend, he's been tinkering it back to life and let me test ride it, the tank wasn't properly cleaned so it clogged the carby in a few blocks, shifts and stops O.K., I took the gas tank home, w*a*x*e*d it then cleaned and de rusted it properly, took me several days and four passes before it was clean and rust free inside again, I gave it back to him and we're supposed to re assemble it to - morrow at his bi monthly B.Y.O.C., if I like how it ride he says he'll sell it back to me affordably, this bike should be able to go 65 ~ 70 so maybe it'll be what I need to keep riding .

Questione : why is the word I use asterisks in prohibited ? .
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Re: Time To Bail Out ?

Post by snowymonkey » Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:10 am

The Godfather’s sense of humor. I believe anything involving cleaning a rig is Sacrilege to him :lol: :foilhead: :lol:
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Re: Still 'On The Fence'

Post by chaos2 » Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:13 am

VWNate1 wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:50 am

Questione : why is the word I use asterisks in prohibited ? .
words referring to cleaning and shining were frowned upon since Urals are supposed to be mud encrusted and rusty :D
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Re: Still 'On The Fence'

Post by Lofty » Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:40 pm

VWNate1 wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:50 am
A while back I gave a 1984 Brazilian made Honda CB125S to a friend,

...if I like how it ride he says he'll sell it back to me affordably, this bike should be able to go 65 ~ 70 so maybe it'll be what I need to keep riding .
My first motorcycle was a 1984 Honda CB125S. I kept it maintained in very good, original condition.

I'm not a heavy fellow. On a good day and when riding on a smooth level road, the 122cc single was good for 55 mph with the throttle twisted to its stop.

60 mph was possible, sometimes, and only when going down hill on the same smooth road.

Introduce wind, elevation and/or a weighty rider into the equation, and the aforementioned speeds will drop quickly.

Just a bit of reality to assist in your purchase decision.

I hope things work out for you, Nate, irrespective of what you decide to do. :thumbsup:
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Post by VWNate1 » Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:26 pm

For the replies .

I try to keep my Motos shiny and clean, I'm a dedicated pavement rider although the occasional hard pack dirt road is fine too .

Lofty, thank you ~ the newest CB125S I ever had previously was a 1981, it would go 65 with my fat bum on it .

The older, early 1970's ones would easily top 65 MPH .

I doubt I'll be riding it far and wide anyways and to me, it not having the wretched manual disc front brake is a serious plus ~ of all the ones I've worked on, only one was able to lock up the front wheel .

Interestingly there were a couple different versions of the U.S.A. 1984 CB125S, looking at the parts diagrams none quite match the parts on this one making me wonder if maybe the tank was changed when it was new ? .
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Re: Still 'On The Fence'

Post by tgtrotter » Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:34 pm

VWNate1 wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:50 am

Recently here in Los Angeles was a black 2008 Ural Deco Retro combination rig for sale in my price range, I lusted for it but managed to put off looking at it for almost a month, they day I made arrengemets to go buy it, someone beat me to it, that's prolly the better thing as I have no place to park it with side car ~ if I'da bought it I'da yanked the chair off P.D.Q. but whatever .
For some time I too have been lusting an M70 to own. I did check out this one on CL you mention. It was not a garage queen nor a rust bucket. The seller was a motivated enthusiast. It rode well, no noticeable leaks, tires were weather checked. It needed someTLC to bring it up to most standards or you could ride it as is and take it from there.
( Not with them tires though ).
Its hard for some to understand everyone's priorities, space and time. For now, I let it go and told myself "whatever" too.
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