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Anyone else have this desease?
I have two spare engines and frame for one giro bike, one spare engine and frame for the other, three spare engines for the race bikes, about 8 spare cranks (even though I've never, ever seen a 175 crank fail), five spare heads, multitude of engine covers, cylinders and gear boxes etc.
I'll never use all this stuff...but I also know I'll probably never sell it till I sell the bikes.

Why am I thinking of this....cause I'm moving the 68 GTO in the shop for the winter....guess I'll get it back on the road in a couple of years.
For the winter I'll have two bikes in the house, two in the shop, one in the shed, three in the trailer.
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I have three currently running cb750s, only one is currently registered for the street. I have 5 whole bike from whit to rob parts from, not counting the 2 spare F front ends, 2 spare gold wing front ends, and 6 crates full of misc cb750 parts that I have gathered over the years. Oh yeah and a couple of big bore kits pulled from friend's bikes. To be fair 2 of the "parts bikes" are nice original bikes that need the typical service after 5 year hybernations (carbs cleaned, tires, seals, brakes, etc) to be runners but my policy only allows 4 bikes so they will stay till I sell more stuff.

Kawasaki triples? Have 4 bikes in various states from running to "oops I forgot to fill the oil tank before that 50 mile ride". for these I have 5 spare engines to rob for parts. 6 sets of chambers in addition to the ones on the bikes. I even have a whole H2 750cc two stoke motor for when my drag kh500 was going to blow - they closed the track long before I blew it up (actually the slick blew, the motor is still good). I could build another 3 bikes out of the parts I have. At one point I hat 20 sets (set = 3) of stock h1 mukuni vm carbs. I even have a prostock laydown h2 frame that set an NHRA record in 73.

T500s? 2 Bikes - 4 spare engines. I am fast running out of spares because I have ground up rebuilt one and started to fix the tranny on the other.

I don't even own an fzr600 anymore and I have a spare engine and spare rear bodywork. I keep thinking I am going to buy another one but I never see one for what I would like to pay.

Box of jawa parts I picked up before I even owned a jawa - not I have the bike and luckliy the parts matched.

I love talking about my stuff.
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Hm, just to add to Joe C's desease, do you want to trade stuff for Laverda cafe? e-mail [email protected]. Love to get bikes with massively heavy motors.
Just to let you all know the extent of the disease, I have Honda 175 sloper race bike, Honda 175 vertical race bike, Suzuki TS 50 race bike, BMW R60 1968, Honda CB750K 1978, Suzuki T20 complete. The following bikes in parts for restoration in "retirement" - yeah that is going to happen!!!
2 Norton Commandos, 1 750 combat, 1 850 interstate, 2 Laverda SF1 750's, 3 Triumph Bonnevilles, 1963,1967 and 1970, Suzuki T20, MAtchless G12 CSR,
Other stuff hanging around in parts:- Matchless G9 1960, BSA B25 1970 and 1968, 2 Clymer Indian 50cc, Suzuki T250, Honda SL 350 frame and three motors - abandoned racer project, Suzuki TS50 spare for racebike. Bridgestone 175 twin for a race bike. A basement full of stuff
Most importantly a patient wife who lets me get on with my hobby.
if you want to alleivate your disease and help mine to grow I'll gladly take one of those commandos off your hands (if you are willing to sell). Seriosuly
The stuff for restoration in retirement is not going, the Nortons, Bonnevilles, Laverdas, Suzuki and Matchless. Let's have a sense of decorum here!!!!
Although my wife is very good about my hobby/disease, any empty garage space is immediately filled with her hobby stuff,tables, chairs, draws etc. So one golden rule is don't create enough space for the wife to move into the garage with her stuff. The other is don't leave them alone with your stuff for long - she sold a Lotus Europa while I was working in Europe for a few weeks. She got fed up of pushing it!!
So what's your wife's phone number?....

Ok, just kidding. Decorum? There is no crying in baseball and no decorum on message baords. Rule 3 is: don't tell anybody you have a british bike because they will inevitably offer to do you a favor and buy it from you - espically Nortons.

My father turned 62 this year, and has been pining for a black and gold commando since 1987 - one year after he sold his dunstall nortons (810 commando and domi-racer) to buy a new Ninja 1000R (which he still has in immaculate condition BTW). I would love to get him one for christmas but the pressure to put a rock on the girl's finger plus the fact that most solid riders are $4000 plus in this neck of the woods, is fast making it an impossible dream.

So if anybody wants to take pity on me and sell me their proiject commando I'm all ears.
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Steve Ritzko of M&S Cycle has a Norton project bike that's he's got all apart and I would bet it'll be a long time before it goes back together again. He might part with it. 518 377 7980 He's also got a nice 66' Bonnie that runs good but has been sitting a garage for awhile and needs detailing, cables oiled, that kind of thing. It's actually in pretty nice shape. He'd let that go for somewhere around 4K'ish. If I had the money, it'd be mine.

I call dibs
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