Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Newark, DE, USA
At least you're going about it the right way. You score a deal you can't go wrong on, then you have fun working on the old beast. I love finding an old bike cheap and bringing her back to life.
Nearly all the K owners I know around here, they blow twenty grand on a new one, then they are out a fortune toting it to the dealer every time it needs an oil change. Come valve adjustment time they blow a grand. They seem to think a grown man can't squeeze a pair of pliers unless he gets a note from his mother. Half the fun of a bike is fooling in the garage. I'm heading out there now. Best wrenching season is coming up, too. Football on the tube, beer in the coolie, steel in hand, neighbors walking over to drool, wife inside making a sandwich, parts on order off Ebay, manual beside the throne, geese honking, shit coming together...
You got a hell of a deal. Now you get to have a hell of a good time wrenching.
Unmitigated risk aversion is the new Puritanism, complete with witch hunts, funny outfits, and solemn preachers thundering doom. The name of God is changed to Safety; the name of Satan is changed to Lawyer; but the object remains the same: to suck all the life out of life and make you live on the husk.