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John, I've got two 2012 Customs for sale for you to ponder and at a darn good price! Speaking of radio stations in Cinti, I remember one of my favorite TV shows was WKRP in Cincinnati. Oh Loni!
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My Brain Hurts



In my last Snippet, I wrote about rust on my fender and trying to decide whether to get all the sheet metal painted Soul Red, or whether to buy a new fender and have it painted black to match the paint on the Roadster. I e-mailed the Snippet out and posted it on both the XL Forum and BadWeB. Then, Joe posted a link to a wrecked bike that’s for sale cheap with the admonition, Don't look at this unless your prepared to send your brain off in another direction. It could be perfect with as much as you want to change anyway…

Of course, I looked, and it did send my brain off in another direction. Kind of like riding a mental roller coaster at really high speed. While the Buy It Now price is a very reasonable $3200, it’s still more than I can afford. But it’s up for auction similar to eBay, and I decided to figure out how much cash I can come up with. I registered with the site and I called a friend in Massachusetts to see if he would be willing to go pick it up. The bike’s in Vermont. It’s a 2016 Roadster with 5,000 miles on it. I don’t expect that I’m going to win it, but it might happen. In the book, The Richest Man in Babylon, one of the rules for making money was, the goddess of Good Luck favors men of action. If I let this opportunity go by without trying, I have zero chance of getting that bike. If I make a serious attempt, they might just accept my offer. In other words, I have nothing to lose by trying.

The auction is running until Wednesday. I’m hoping that my information will clear before then. I had to give them my name, address and other details and send them a copy of my Driver’s License so they can check me out, before I’m allowed to bid. Some of the vehicles can only be sold to validated businesses, but some can be sold to individuals.
I enjoy building a bike and this would be one that I can ride to the Beaufort Sea (Arctic Ocean). I know what I want to do to it to make it right for my needs. It would be similar to what I’ve done for the Roadster, but it would be better. Better suspension, better wheel sizes so I would have a better choice of tires and the engine is fuel injected. With the other changes I plan to make, it would be a great Exploration ride and mile eater.

So, I’m really hoping that it all falls into place. The probability is that I won’t get it, but there’s a chance I will. If it’s meant to happen, it will.
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Like you said,”nothing ventured, nothing gained”, am guessing time will tell and fingers crossed for you!
Oh, and Jim,”Stairman”, and myself are booked for the Mile.
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Crusty, I really hope this works out for you!
I wouldn't worry too much about the buy it now, most of these cars and bikes are bought by salvage yards and turned into parts, the auction is where the insurance companys send their write-offs to try to recoup some $$$.
If this does happen, let me know anyway I can help.
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Use mine, it is currently unoccupied.
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Hard to believe that bike got written off with so little damage.
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Hard to believe that bike got written off with so little damage.
This was my first thought too. Lots of unknown there. My current Sporty was bought from my brother who hit a guardrail with it. Forks were twisted, fender and handlebars bent, but I rode it like that and it wasn't too bad.

It went to a dealer for repair who promptly declared it was totaled and the frame was bent. Insurance company paid out, bought the bike back. I replaced the bent parts and have been riding it for 18 years.

The dealership took nothing apart. I think it was easier to say it was totaled than spend any time looking at it.
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I was reading a thread about wheels for cars, and Zack posted a picture of an old MG with Knock-off wheel spinners and spoke wheels and it brought up an old memory.

It was the summer of 1968; a magical time in my life. I had graduated High School and was enrolled in a local Community College. I had a job pumping gas that my friend, John Annal had set me up with. Life was looking pretty good.

One evening, John and I had taken the bus into Harvard Square. The electric bus terminal was just outside the Square and it was about a three minute walk to the Subway station. We stopped in a little gas station and bought a couple of bottles of Coke from the vending machine and were just sitting there on the curb, when a lady in an MG pulled up.
She had a tire that was going flat and asked us to change the wheel for the spare. It was one of those wire spoked wheels that had Knock-off spinners holding it to the axle. I had never seen one before and I don’t think John had, either.

Anyway, the lady stood there and instructed us on how to change the tire. She knew all the details of the tire change, from how and where to use the unfamiliar jack to using the brass hammer to loosen and tighten the spinner and putting everything back into its place when we were finished.

John and I got the job done, then she asked us how much it was going to cost. She thought we were employees of that gas station. We told her, “No charge”, but she couldn’t comprehend that we had done the job for free. Finally, she went inside to straighten it out with our “Boss”. John and I walked away to the subway and never saw that lady again. We chuckled a bit that she couldn’t accept the fact that we had helped her out for free.

Nowadays, I occasionally see bumper stickers that say Practice Random Acts of Kindness. Back then, it was natural and normal. And it was fun. But it isn’t a lost art. I keep encountering it with Motorcycle People.

I’ve met more good hearted and helpful people who are involved with motorcycles than I can count. The people on BadWeB and the folks on the XL forum (as well as many others) are all very helpful and caring. It’s an honor to be associated with such folk.

I just thought I’d share that.
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Well; it ain't gonna happen. I need to be a licensed broker to bid on that particular bike. I just got the e-mail. I could contact one of their brokers, but then it would cost me another couple of hundred bucks, or maybe more; depending on Terms and Conditions. It's getting too crazy, so I'm just going to take it as a sign that I should wait. Oh, well.

So, now I'm back to my original Whirling Dervish question; should I paint the Roadster red now, or wait until I get a new Roadster and paint that one red? The Roadster does look good in black, and it would be easier and faster to just paint the new front fender black for now.

On a more positive note; the snow has stopped. It'll probably start back up; but so far, we've gotten a massive 2 inches - I think. Maybe less.

If you had your fingers crossed for me, thank you; but you can uncross them now.

I think I'll have a can of Hormel Chili with NO Beans! for lunch.
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Well, it sounds like they have made the whole process a pain in the A$$ to keep individuals from buying the bikes that the salvage dealers want. I'm sorry this one isn't going to work, but like you have said, the right bike will come along at the right time.

On to painting your current Roadster, that's totally up to you. But I will add that I have a new hood to paint for my winter beater car, it just happens to be black, so if you were to get a fender to me, it would be no big deal to paint it when I do the hood.

Also, I too am honored to be associated with the good people I have meet through this forum!
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