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Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« on: May 29, 2012, 08:20:56 pm »
Well, Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING? 

assuming that if
-your location permits riding all year long
-you have all garage/storage space
-you have all tools necessary to do the job
-you have money to spend on your bike
-you have money to spend on gas to ride
-doesn't matter of your marital status.  your wife (if married) lets you do either, or both.  if you're single then things are easier
-so, biking or restoring?
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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2012, 08:30:51 pm »
What about both?? Gotta have at least one rider and a project bike, right?!
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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2012, 08:34:01 pm »
What about both?? Gotta have at least one rider and a project bike, right?!

that's so true, and it slipped through my head.  lol
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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2012, 10:45:50 pm »
I'm definitely with Stev-o on that
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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2012, 01:46:56 am »
 I have a 82 900F that I just finished painting the frame and most of the small bits. I am putting it together now and expect to have it shaken down and ready to ride to Barber this fall.

I have a 67CB450K0 which has the frame hanging, fresh back from powder coating, and almost all the recoverable parts sanded and Painted black or primed. Some parts have experimental paint color on them while I decide on the proper silver color.  The motor sits waiting for me to disassemble & restore.  I expect to be chasing parts for another year.

Riding is most fun with friends but often difficult to co-ordinate, restoring just requires walking into the garage.

I now commute on my 750 or Vulcan most days which has improved my riding ratio considerably.

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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2012, 02:23:32 am »
I worry a little about the "restoring" option, while I've restored several bikes, "restoring" isn't as important to me as just wrenching on my bikes to maintain them, so that my riding experience is all the more enjoyable. I voted for the "Both" option, but I do a lot more wrenching than I do actual restoring, although I suppose, literally, fixing something is "restoring" it back to a servicable condition. Cheers, Terry. ;D
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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2012, 01:54:33 pm »
For me, Biking vs. Restoring is a draw.
Wrenching is wonderful, but comes in 3rd. :)
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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2012, 02:04:59 pm »
Wenching.
Riding.
Restoring.

In that order. ;)
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Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2012, 02:11:00 pm »
Dang it. the "BOTH" option gets all the vote. I should never have put it on. I blame this on Steve-o. :P hahaha
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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2012, 06:17:18 pm »
I tell people I am riding a rolling restoration. Each winter I do something else to improve it. This winter stem bearings and maybe swing arm bushings. Frame touchups I consider normal maintenance.
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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2012, 04:20:46 am »
I call her a "project".

Hmm, my car is a project, my house is a project, my machine is a project - what's wrong with me?  ;D

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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2012, 01:34:07 am »

In the next life I want to be filthy stinking rich and outsource everything I do myself now ;)

Hmmnn, well the first two are easy, it's that last one that stumps me! ;D
I was feeling sorry for myself because I couldn't afford new bike boots, until I met a man with no legs.

So I said, "Hey mate, you haven't got any bike boots you don't need, do you?"

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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2012, 06:52:19 am »
Got to have at least one on the road! Benefit of multiple bikes in the shed! Always got something to restore and ride simaltaneously. Some days I just want to play in the garage, others I want to be out on the road. With winter drawing in, I will be spending more time wrenching and less on riding. It helps to have 2 projects so it never gets boring.  ;D

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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2014, 07:12:33 am »
Well I only have one bike and it's a bit if a basket case (in terms of its looks) but it runs great! So I'm going to go with riding, then wrenching. But then again I'm 26 if that means anything!

Although I live in NYC so winters are definitely spent wrenching.
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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2014, 08:48:44 am »
Up until last year the only thing I didn't like about motorcycles was working on them. I dropped three bills and bought the Harbor Freight lift and it was like getting my first kiss! Now I invite my friends to bring their bikes over for me to work on.
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« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2014, 02:51:12 am »
Geez mate, if you're an RC aircraft pilot, how the hell do you manage to climb up on to the seat of a CB750? ;D
I was feeling sorry for myself because I couldn't afford new bike boots, until I met a man with no legs.

So I said, "Hey mate, you haven't got any bike boots you don't need, do you?"

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« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2014, 06:20:45 am »
Laughed so damn hard I blew Cheerios into the living room! Not so unusual, expect they came out my nostrils to get there-
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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2014, 08:02:44 am »
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Geez mate, if you're an RC aircraft pilot, how the hell do you manage to climb up on to the seat of a CB750? ;D

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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2014, 06:06:13 am »
For me, Biking vs. Restoring is a draw.
Wrenching is wonderful, but comes in 3rd. :)

Bingo same sentiments ;D
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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2014, 10:07:55 am »
BIKING! can't restore anything because i can't leave anything stock.i have to change somethings to make it mine not the PO bike
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« Reply #20 on: July 28, 2014, 03:05:36 pm »
Wrenching is all right and restoring can be great fun as it all comes together and you have something to show for your time and effort. But riding is what it is all about. It gives purpose to what otherwise would be an inanimate object.
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« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2014, 10:03:31 pm »
I hear you Greg, I'll have the last of my bikes registered on Monday (my CB750, ironically) so all 5 of my bikes will be legally registered and insured. If a bike is just parked and not ridden, it may as well be a statue. Cheers, Terry. ;D
I was feeling sorry for myself because I couldn't afford new bike boots, until I met a man with no legs.

So I said, "Hey mate, you haven't got any bike boots you don't need, do you?"

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« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2014, 10:05:40 pm »

If a bike is just parked and not ridden, it may as well be a statue. Cheers, Terry. ;D

I guess I have a few statues in my backyard ;D
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« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2014, 10:07:59 pm »
Well I guess they're "Yard Art" mate, so give yourself a pat on the back for owning an art museum............ ;D
I was feeling sorry for myself because I couldn't afford new bike boots, until I met a man with no legs.

So I said, "Hey mate, you haven't got any bike boots you don't need, do you?"

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« Reply #24 on: July 31, 2014, 11:22:24 pm »

Well I guess they're "Yard Art" mate, so give yourself a pat on the back for owning an art museum............ ;D

These yard art keeps growing faster than mushroom mate and can't keep the wrench turning fast enough
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« Reply #25 on: August 01, 2014, 02:46:49 am »
Well I can see that you're a serious art collector Goldy, I wish I had access to cheap yard art like you lucky buggers in the US. ;D
I was feeling sorry for myself because I couldn't afford new bike boots, until I met a man with no legs.

So I said, "Hey mate, you haven't got any bike boots you don't need, do you?"

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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
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   Arkansas doesn't have year round, decent riding weather, at least not for me. So I would say Both and be active doing something with motorcycles.  ;)
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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2018, 09:44:34 pm »
Iā€™m with Steve O
I have 3 riders and 9 projects
This year very little riding, mostly wrenching

Both are fun for some and just riding at times gets boring. If nothing at least changing oil or retiming is satisfying IMHO


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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #28 on: October 28, 2018, 07:22:14 am »
On sunny days , I want to ride
On rain days, I want to wrench more than ride

On summer days , I like  to wrench and ride
On winter days, I I wish I could ride and force myself to wrench
 
On spring days I want to wrench to prep for a ride,  and feel like a thief if I ride before the bike is ready
On  fall days,  I  ride even when I shouldn't,  prepping for storage holds little interest .
                  I look forward to my next warm ride , remembering the best of rides in years past......as the snows fall.
                                                          For the next 6 months.

  How can we sustain ourselves!!!! What kind of question is this?!!! I can't provide an answer,  both are  important , depending on the day and month... and none is important should there be no opportunity to do either, it's impossible to know the answer...must we choose?........MUST WE ?!!!
                       

     
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Re: Would you rather be BIKING or RESTORING?
« Reply #29 on: October 28, 2018, 07:10:57 pm »
Well this IS an old thread, only a few posts ago I had 5 bikes and was struggling with them, fast forward to today and I've got 13 complete bikes, two of which are "projects" that I need to get done ASAP.

In the last couple of months I've had major surgery and have been in and out of hospital due to complications, (nothing serious) and a prostate issue (in hospital as I write this) and as much as I like sitting on my arse doing nothing, I'd gladly trade it for doing some wrenching and some riding.

Back in hospital again for minor surgery on Friday, but all going well I'll get my Kawasaki ZZR1100 (ZX11) back together next weekend, and kick off on my 1977 Kawa Z1000 "Street Beast" build, where I'm turning a 140 BHP Moriwaki 1100cc drag bike back into some semblance of its road bike roots. I'm getting excited! ;D
I was feeling sorry for myself because I couldn't afford new bike boots, until I met a man with no legs.

So I said, "Hey mate, you haven't got any bike boots you don't need, do you?"

 

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