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Surfin’ the Net


Last night, I was surfing the Internet. There was nothing that I really wanted to watch on the idiot box and I wasn’t in the mood to read, so I was checking out used bikes on Craigslist and then I was looking at bikes on Cycle Trader.

I had added a couple of small black pieces to replace their shiny counterparts on the Roadster and I was pleased with the result, so I was looking at other bikes to see what I might also want to trade black for shiny. One item led me to the Official Harley-Davidson website and I discovered that the MoFoCo has decided to revive the Superlow T. That led me to consider whether I should get a Roadster and change the fenders, gas tank, handlebars, etc., or whether it would be better to get a T and make changes to it.

The T comes with the right gas tank and rear fender. It has the conventional forks, but I could get a lower leg and put dual discs on the front. I could also put a full front fender on that front end that would do a better job of keeping the road spray down. I’d have to change the “Mini-footboards” for the equivalent footpegs and brake linkage, etc. from a Roadster, and I’d still have to change the bars. I also think I’d be changing the seat on either model. The T comes with bags, but I don’t know if they’re big enough. I suspect not.

There are other differences, as well. The wheels are different sizes. The Roadster has 19 inch front and 18 inch rear and the T has 18 inch front and 17 inch rear. I looked at tires for a while and discovered that I could get Pirelli Angel GTs for the T. I really liked the Pirellis on both my Buell Ulysses and my Moto Guzzi Norge, though I don’t know how they’d be on a Superlow.

There were a lot of other things to consider, but in the end, I decided to stay with my original plan and go with a Roadster. I don’t really care for Chrome and I prefer the blacked out cosmetics of the CX to the shiny of the T.

I guess Harley agrees with my choice. This morning, I can’t find any mention of a 2019 Superlow T on their website. That’s really bizarre. Last night, I had both the T and the CX side by side for comparison on Harley’s site. Today, that isn’t possible. Maybe I was looking at a Harley site for another country? I don’t know. It definitely said 2019 models.

I do know what I want to have for my next bike. Harley doesn’t make it, but if I play mix ‘n’ match with various Sportster models, I think I can build it. It will be a true Gentleman’s Express.
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There was a new T in my local Harley shop but as you say not listed on Harley's web page. I noticed though, that when i use my local Harley shops own web pages to view new bikes it takes me direct to Harley's official page.
Should be straightforward to change the out all the parts you want (and you will have some mint bits to sell) apart from the front fender. What are you planning on using to fit the USD forks?
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There was a new T in my local Harley shop but as you say not listed on Harley's web page. I noticed though, that when i use my local Harley shops own web pages to view new bikes it takes me direct to Harley's official page.
Should be straightforward to change the out all the parts you want (and you will have some mint bits to sell) apart from the front fender. What are you planning on using to fit the USD forks?

The fender from an XR 1200 is a little bit longer on the backside than the stock Roadster fender. I don't know for certain that it will fit, but I'm pretty sure it will. With a fender extender, it will be much better in wet weather.

I probably will keep all the take off parts. I still have most of the original parts from my present Roadster. I just hate to sell something that I might need some day. And, who knows? I might just return it to stock after I get the new Roadster.
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I just need to whine a little bit. I just got off the phone with a nice gentleman from the greater Cincinnati Water Works. They’re going to be working through my neighborhood replacing lead water pipes. According to the official records, my house has lead pipe bringing in the water. The GCWW is responsible to replace the pipe up to the edge of my property, but from the sidewalk to the house is on my nickel.

God; I’m tired of these unexpected expenses. First, my sewer drain pipe was clogged with roots. That cost me a chunk of change. Then, the furnace took a dump and I got it replaced, along with the A/C unit. I’ll be paying for that for another two years. Then, I had to get the tree in the back taken down before it came down on its own (and it was about to!). There went the rest of my savings. In January, the water heater shit the bed. I thought that was going to be the last major expense for a while. Now, I have to have the water pipe replaced.

I’m so broke I’m having trouble paying attention. I’ve been living on a very thin shoestring since I retired and all these unexpected expenses are getting really old. I don’t go out to eat because it’s a lot cheaper to eat at home and it’s a big deal if I spend six bucks to see a movie (The first show of the day at 10:15 is only six bucks. The price goes up after that).

I don’t know what I’m going to do, but something will materialize. I hope. I filled out the request a quote form on the GCWW site. They subsidize 40% of the cost up to $1500. Once a contractor comes out here, I’ll know just how bad it’s going to hurt. I suspect that it’s going to be pretty painful.

Well; I guess all I can do is take it one step at a time and do the next right thing. One way or another, I’ll survive this and maybe I’ll even grow a bit from it. I just hope that there aren’t any more expensive surprises waiting in the shadows for their opportunity to wreak havoc on my life.

I think I feel a little better, now.
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John, F.W.I.W., “Roebic ”sp?, makes a product of copper sulfate nuggets. A great product to dump down your drain pipe to remove and prevent root infestation. They recommend monthly use, sells more product, but that may not be the frequency needed. I suspect less would be good.
Oh, and this hundred year old farmhouse is full of those surprises. Welcome to the club.
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Plus one on the copper sulfate, My father-in-law was a plumber, that's what he always told folks to use.

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I've been using Root X on the recommendation of the plumber who cleared out the drain line. On his recommendation, I use it twice a year; early Spring and late Summer.
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You ever check out that "Reverse Home Mortgage"? It always sounded to me like they give you payments on your house or a lump sum and they take possession of it when you die or go into a nursing home. I've thought about it , but it doesn't cover a Modular home that's parked in a manufactured home court (trailer court).
Don't take offense to this suggestion, just something to ponder.
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