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$ surprises

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:33 am
by gnarlyroad
So far everything is going fine with my tear down rebuild on my 77 gl1000, except that when I start what seems to be a farly simple project the small parts that need to be replaced start adding up in cost. ie: timing belt cover gaskets that seem to be in good shape are really siliconed on and tear/rip when removing the covers. The little things are going to drive me nuts( read broke). :shock:
I should have known that the bike was going to surprise me with little tricks that add up. Thank heaven for this site and the internet for locating parts.

Re: $ surprises

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:06 pm
by WingAdmin
What really drives me crazy is when I'm working on something, and want to get it done, and then come across something unexpected like that, which means I can't finish it until I source new gaskets/O-rings/whatever, so my bike sits half-disassembled in my garage for half a week until the new part arrives.

Re: $ surprises

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:57 pm
by WA9FWT
I know just what you mean about cost in getting it all in shape. I bought late in the season a 1982 GW-A and was told it was in A1
shape. well, I guess it was for him but not for me. I stopped counting $$$$ after a Grand ,and still a lot more to go.But I must say, this site and our administrator has been so much help I can't thank him enough.good luck with your new ride.

WA9FWT Phil

Re: $ surprises

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:46 am
by WingAdmin
WA9FWT wrote:I know just what you mean about cost in getting it all in shape. I bought late in the season a 1982 GW-A and was told it was in A1
shape. well, I guess it was for him but not for me. I stopped counting $$$$ after a Grand ,and still a lot more to go.But I must say, this site and our administrator has been so much help I can't thank him enough.good luck with your new ride.
I did the exact same thing - bought my 82 Aspencade, and was told it was in perfect shape - and for the most part, from what I could tell at the time, it was. I had a few small problems crop up that I was able to fix. But the more I started to learn about it, the more I realized I needed (i.e. wanted) to do to it, so the dollars start to creep up. I haven't totaled up how much I've spent on it, because if my wife ever found out, she'd probably kill me, so I'm safer not knowing. :)

Re: $ surprises

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:44 pm
by gnarlyroad
Its too late for me. The wife already knows. I gave her a list of things(prelimenary) and watched her eyes get bigger the farther down the list she read. My saving grace is its mostly safety issue( you want to get home from my ride don't you). Works for me so far. ;) . Still going to cost me apretty penny and at this point I don't care. Going to sell my kids to the highest bidder.

Re: $ surprises

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:51 pm
by WingAdmin
I use the same argument (safety). She rides on back, so she accepts that one. :)

Re: $ surprises

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:43 am
by meantrump2
I'm there with you guys. I am on the other hand blessed some what with the ability to fabricate and design, I am also a certified auto tech, and completed AMI in 2000. So bikes of all sorts are no stranger to my tool box. Late 09 I purchase an 80 GL1100 with Vetter package. $$$$$ are adding up even as I ride the bike. Electrical is chopped up and rigged, fork seals, springs and bushings rear brake caliper rebuild and brakes, Temp, sender for cooling fan,Dash lamps, Corroded fuse block. exhaust, etc. I'm sure I'll find a lot more wrong with it but, I really like the old bike. Rides better than the Harley's I have owned and is more comfortable.
By the time we all are finished with or bikes, we will know the Motorcycle a lot better, have a working knowledge of how it works and become a better operator of the machine. Knowing when something isn't right with the bike, and the know how to repair it right away. All this will help us enjoy the ride and pride a lot more, and make us better people.
I have noticed that the people in this site are more than happy to help out when some one asks for help. I think thats what its about !!!!!
Ride safe,

Re: $ surprises

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 3:44 pm
by bikersmurff
my wife has here licence so she rides what ever is in the garage,which is handy when it time to spend money on bikes as this benifits her and the bikes change an a monthly bases(except for the wing) as i am a motorcycle trader and bike mechanic, though i havent done my trade for a while and still need help with the wing,some makes i can rebuild in my sleep never worked on a goldwing untill i bought one,so its true the dont break down!!!!l :lol: