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This is a discussion on The Patina Flip Special - 1975 CB750F within the Project Builds forums, part of the Caferacer.net Forums category; Originally Posted by knappyfeet Wow.....I don't think I could go that long but I bet I could pay the bills on Ebay sales for at ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by knappyfeet View Post
    Wow.....I don't think I could go that long but I bet I could pay the bills on Ebay sales for at least 6 months.
    My e-bay sales included a dozen motorcycles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaguar View Post
    I am not talking about how long a project takes. I am talking about hoarding parts. And some times that parts hoarding is actually what gets in the way of getting ANYTHING done.
    When I started out, it wasn't about hoarding, it was about having a dirt bike, street bike, cafe racer, and highway bike. Then I was in the right place at the right time and ended up with all of those plus a big stash of parts. It grew from there. Since I had lots of space in my warehouse, and two boys that I knew would grow up to love bikes, I figured it was a good track. Most of the time after that, I only bought parts for bikes I already had, and started focusing on classic Triumph big twins. So, at least I was somewhat focused. That, and I've always concentrated on buying absolute CHEAP stuff, never e-bay or Vegas auction bikes.

    When the time came to "hang out my shingle", I was able to take advantage of my collection by selling off "from the bottom" some donor bikes for client projects. Sending a bunch of rusty crusty old parts to powdercoaters, platers and painters saved me a bundle on new parts, so I was able to get past the first year of no other income, and still survive on a half-handful of clients.

    Much later when the economy took a dive, I was able to continue to pay bills on liquidation income alone.

    Here I am, basically "out the other end", and the result is a collection of mostly classic British iron (nice, complete and/or restored by me), with a few rare and/or VERY nice customs, only two really scruffy rollers, and very few leftover parts. Plus, we're "this close" to being debt free.

    So, at times I suppose I WAS "hoarding", but it certainly paid off and kept the debt collectors away from my doorstep.

    For what it's worth, I don't begrudge ANY collector OR "hoarder". Eventually an estate will be liquidating the collection or stash, and several people will drive away with full trailers and big smiles. Believing it "hurts the market" doesn't take the big picture into consideration with appropriate relative weight. It's still a very big world, and with a VERY few exceptions, there are MANY of good deals out there on almost any bike you could name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Witworth View Post
    In an ideal world you would have as many motorcycles as you can ride at one time, and a spare spark plug.
    In your supposedly "ideal" world, your dirt bike would SUCK at highway riding, and vice-versa.

    ...and if it needs a spare spark plug, your mechanical skills are lacking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grandpaul View Post
    In your supposedly "ideal" world, your dirt bike would SUCK at highway riding, and vice-versa.

    ...and if it needs a spare spark plug, your mechanical skills are lacking.
    I can think of at least five bikes that are just as good on the road, around a road race track or on dirt.

    Go start start a ' duelling duelie bike ' thread.

    what happens when they stop making spark plugs, huh?

    Ask a guy who rides a CR500 about sparkplugs. ( Like me, for example .)

    Danger, is my business."

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    That Fairing looks like a welding mask! Any pics of one on a bike? Morbidly curious here....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoyBoySigh View Post
    That Fairing looks like a welding mask! Any pics of one on a bike? Morbidly curious here....
    Don't egg him on,.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoyBoySigh View Post
    That Fairing looks like a welding mask! Any pics of one on a bike? Morbidly curious here....
    no pics of it on a bike, but I imagine it won't be long before temptation gets the better of me and i mount it to something just to test fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaguar View Post
    only better story I know of was when Gordon Murray trolled a Ducati forum.
    Hey Jag - any details or a link on this one? Sounds interesting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaguar View Post
    Don't egg him on,.
    I can see Ichiban jumping in here. How to make a fairing from a dead welding mask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondj View Post
    Hey Jag - any details or a link on this one? Sounds interesting!
    I'm surprised jag is referencing one incident, Gordon Murray is notorious as a huge online internet troll.

    Gordon Murray reveals: "The new 916 Ducati asked me to design" | MCN

    but I think Jag may be thinking of Frank Stephenson not Gordon Murray:
    McLaren's chief designer is a master Internet troll

    Something about Mclaren and their design professionals being awesome trolls. FS has one of my favorite internets quotes of all time:

    Please warn us what is the name of your aeroplane so that we never run the risk of being driven in it by you. Life is short enough as it is without guys like you around to scare the crap out of us with your aerodynamic incompetence and disregard for precision work. Now go drive your aeroplane and try not to fukall the innocent passenger's lifes.
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