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Note the seller has 0 feedback...a newbie that thinks he'll get big money for his bike on ebay. You know...cause it's so RARE.
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Note the seller has 0 feedback...a newbie that thinks he'll get big money for his bike on ebay. You know...cause it's so RARE.
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he also has no bids...i don't think anybody is missing anything.

The shame of it is that the owner may have paid that to a local seller because he was a noob and didn't know any better. See it all the time in Brooklyn...to many hipsters making dosh and way over paying on stuff that if you did a little leg work on could find for hella cheap.

When the GF first bought her cj360 I rode it to work (to service it) and was offered $1200 for it by a guy who saw it on the street. Keep in mind she had maybe three days and paid less than half that at a dealer (unfortunatly we have since put that much into is so if she does sell we will need to get $1200 to break even).
 

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The bar I work at is in a town that is home to Skidmore college, decent school ( I married one of it's alumni) but $40+k a year to attend...and a breeding ground for the hipsters you mention. Nice kids, they mean well, but awful niave....all into a kind of hip retro thing.
Don't know where they get their ideas but they want old bikes, old cars, say they want to learn to work on them etc. They don't want corporate jobs, and jabber about "big business" and it's evils, but they'll take some ridiculously high paying job in a small trendy business of some sort, never realizing they are part of the world of greed just on a smaller scale. But..like I said, decent well meaning kids....I feel for them when they finally encounter the real world....or a vintage bike.
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The bar I work at is in a town that is home to Skidmore college, decent school ( I married one of it's alumni) but $40+k a year to attend...and a breeding ground for the hipsters you mention. Nice kids, they mean well, but awful niave....all into a kind of hip retro thing.
Don't know where they get their ideas but they want old bikes, old cars, say they want to learn to work on them etc. They don't want corporate jobs, and jabber about "big business" and it's evils, but they'll take some ridiculously high paying job in a small trendy business of some sort, never realizing they are part of the world of greed just on a smaller scale. But..like I said, decent well meaning kids....I feel for them when they finally encounter the real world....or a vintage bike.
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I have to give it to them though, if it werent for their interests in this old stuff a lot of vintage iron would have gone to the scrapper a long time ago, and a lot of new parts for old bikes would not be made today, so there is a positive.

WIth ever group you will invaribly run into people who wanna lean but never do and people who just get it done. I know plenty of hipsters who ride and wrench, however due to the way society has been shifting away from teaching mechanical skills the majority of people want to do but don't even know where to begin...and there are plenty of people willing to take advantage. Yes they are eager and eager is good, but being eager often takes over and dumb decisions get made. A buddy of mine bought a cb750F off ebay, paid $1500 for it, and got totally taken, where 20 minutes of online research would have shown the bike to be put together out of spare parts and not the original low mileage gem he thought he bought.
 

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my friend chris fits the description of the hipster. spiked short hair. very metro. nice boots. clean shirt. web designer. drives the beemer 3 series wagon. nice house. wife. kid. the guy fucking digs into his bike every weekend. told me how he was out and he and a buddy rerouted his clutch cable on his cb550 wednesday night. he was riding home, clicked into 2nd after stopping at a light, the thing dies. its 1230 in the morning thursday morning. hes four miles from home. he starts diggin into it on the side of the road. checks the fuse box first, then starts looking for loose wires. cant find anything. pushes his bike home 4 fucking miles. it took him 2 hours. he comes out the next morning goes through the fuse box again. main fuse is blown. but it was sooo little he couldnt see it in the dark. popped in a new one, started right up. we guessed his rerouted clutch cable pushed on the wiring harness for the nuetral light and it grounded and popped. he just laughed about it. was happy to learn. he freakin loves his old bike. loves working on it, loves meeting up at the bar on wednesday, loves just learning new stuff. definitely one of the hipsters who isnt afraid to get dirty. he did steering bearings, drag bars, clutch, all new cables, valve adjust, set the points, i mean everything. after spending 800 for service the last time, hes decided to dig in himself. and all this from a guy who doesnt even have a real set of tools. just buys stuff as he needs it. next he wants to do a motor swap into his cb500 frame. a really cool dude. i totally give him props.

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Anybody else getting the lastest Vespa/Lambretta craze? In the past couple of years, the bloody things (and some of their shameless modern clones) are showing up everywhere here in Ohio. They seem to be prized possessions among the emo crowd in particular. Whatever. Least they're riding around on old shit.




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I have mixed feelings about this... I grew up in a motorhead household and owned all kinds of crazy bikes, cars, Vespas, Lambrettas and whatever else came my way. However, I was always kind of a hipster wanna be when I was younger and hung around the emo kids, goth kids & mod kids with a few skins thrown in.

Yeah, there are a lot of "scenesters" as my wife calls them, but there are a few kids who truly want to learn the stuff so that they can be authentic. Authenticity is hugely important to our society right now.

I'm with Joe C that there are a few that are truly interested in getting their hands dirty.

On the other hand, my friend runs a hot rod shop; specializes in 50s-style rat rods and customs. Anyway, he deals with the wanna-be rockabilly kids all day long and has not killed one yet. I don't think I have that kind of patience. Most of them just want "the look" and don't care or don't know that in the past, these rods were self-built for and by gearheads. They want to go and write checks to get cool.

Sad. I hope it isn't a generational thing because that would make me feel old.
 

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Anybody else getting the lastest Vespa/Lambretta craze? In the past couple of years, the bloody things (and some of their shameless modern clones) are showing up everywhere here in Ohio. They seem to be prized possessions among the emo crowd in particular. Whatever. Least they're riding around on old shit.




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Latest?..that shit has been goign on since the 60's. It seems to be one of the onyl continious scenes where peoplke get sick of it and leave and there is always someone there to jump in their spot. I was in it, got out, AD dragged me back in, and now I am out again. The New Orleans scene was one of the cooler ones I was a part of just because it was small and had a real appreciation of the past including the mod lifestyle and the mods vs. rockers scooters vs. cafe racers rivalries, although these days they are just for show.
 
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