Dougy....was just down your way to buy a brake lathe. Called on Sunday...went down on Monday at noon...f'er was already sold...(night before he said) freakin bastard probably thought I was calling from the Want Ad Digest and told me it was still for sale so he wouldn't have to pay the commission.
Craig, JB's right, I won't part the bike out, yet. No, I'll keep it together, HOWEVER....I have got an original set of SR pipes, almost like new, that I paid $400 for and at this point, I probably won't be using them.
I've had a bit of bad luck. Three weeks ago, I bent down early in the AM to pick up a fairly light box and felt my back go. This is not that unusual, especially when my bod' isn't loosened up yet and takes about a week for the soreness to go away. But this felt worse than usual. Two days later my left foot went numb. The doctor prescribed anti-inflamatories and told me to make another appt if I didn't get better. I didn't, and to make a long story short, the MRI shows a herniated disc between L4 and L5 on the left side. I meet with the neuro-surgeon next Monday. This on top of my wife about to have our child anytime this month, and I am self-employed. I can't imagine I won't go under the knife and if so, I will have to find somebody to run the route for a month or so.
After I get through all this, it will probably be wise for me to only ride cushy bikes, as in modern bikes. So, I'm going to be selling off all my vintage stuff, and yes that will include my B'stone 175 Hurricane Scrambler. Also, my Van Tech S90 project, my other Van Tech frame and gas tank, the B'stone 200 project with the NOS barrels and pistons, all my B'stone rebuilt cranks, pistons and what-have-you, all my H1 stuff<2 good engines and spares>, etc. I'll have two little kids pretty soon, and although I've always kept myself in pretty good shape, apparently I need to be more careful of my back. Anybody who'd care to make reasonable offers on any of this stuff is quite welcome to it as I think my vintage days are over. Otherwise, it's ebay, baby! Oh, and I was just starting a Triumph 500 bobber as I had procured a Tricor rigid rear section to go on a 500 frame that I have, so that's definitely something I won't be riding.
My Dad had three verts fused in his back after a similar incident. Best thing he ever did....after some healing time his back gave him much fewer problems. Still had to be cautious but he's 70+ years old now and still logs his property and does all kinds of manual labor. You may end up in less pain in the long run than you've had in the past. Good luck with it.
Seriously, I would love to buy it. I just have to figure out what to do with the CB175 i've been pouring all my spare "hidden from the wife" cash into. Anyone?? I've always been more of a 2stroke guy anyway.. How about some pics? Trade for an RD?
Matt, I'll send Scott pics on that also (thanks Scott). For those not acquainted with the Grant Van Tech frames, these were special made frames for light weight donor engines, such as the Honda S90's, as there were no light weight special factory made bikes available for racing, just street bikes that you tried to modify to make work.
This is a frame, tank, and seat setup which I was mocking up. I had to make the footpegs, brake pedal, and exhaust, and fabricate a battery box. Most of the mockup work is done, a little welding left to go, and a few tabs needed here and there. The motor mounts are complete as there were some parts missing. The engine has had new rings and I have a new clutch for it which needs to go in, but the motor runs very well. The wheels were rebuilt with shouldered alloy rims and SS spokes and are set to go, new tires. All the donor S90 parts are included and the nice thing is that I have the paper work for this bike so it could easily be made road legal. I've got $600 in the Van Tech frame, seat and tank alone. The wheels were another $600 by the time I bought the rims, spokes and had Pete Talabach lace them for me. I had $300 in the donor bike. All my labors don't get counted in the deal, so I guess a fair price would be $1150 (?)
Yeah, anything like this is money, but the upside is that it generally brings pretty good money when it's done. My buddy did a Van Tech/Yami twin-jet 100, high chambers (had them made according to old patterns), Earles type front end and all. But it sold on ebay when he got tired of it for $2850, so he came out ahead. I'll probably end up finishing the S90, but I might try it on ebay at a reserve and see if it moves.