New member intro...

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New member intro...

Postby jeffcosmo » Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:17 pm

I've been on bikes what seems like forever, started when I was 19 with a OIF Triumph chopper which I changed over a couple years to a TT-style. Then it was bikes, bikes, bikes. I've been through over 100 bikes, mostly European, with a smattering of Japanese and a few American. Touring bikes (defined as those I've toured upon) have been: '75 Moto Guzzi 850T/Spirit Eagle; '75 Ducati 860GT w/Vetter Phantom and Hondaline detacheables; '87 Harley FLHS POS (t'was new, too); '82 BMW R65LS; '82 Honda 650 NightHawk; '96 Triumph 900 Trophy and '06 955i Tiger (the last totaled 26 July this year).

Now, I've never had a large Japanese bike, though I've ridden a few GW's, resuscitated a 1000 a few years back, I've never had one as a daily. Now, after the tragic murder of my Tigger by Pontiac, with which the insurance was generous, I've an '83 Aspencade, a well-cared for 57K mile example. I may have a few enquiries from time to time, as these Japanese bikes are not familiar ground to me, and they ARE decidedly different from my usual fare. The search function has had good effect so far, however, and its ready to go, as soon as I get the cast removed.

My avocation is creation and repair, and I do not tend towards the usual. My wife's car is a Ford Falcon, from it's first year (an early '61, built Oct. '60). I do not own a car. I build Art and Crafts furniture as a hobby, create metal sculpture as well, and maintain a reasonably capable metal working and woodworking shop at home. I weld using O/A and TIG, and can make fair impressive sawdust. I have built three cars from the ground up (street rods all), and have resuscitated many, many motorcycles. Not good at restoration per se, as I get sidetracked by my artistic leanings, and tend to change things.

I'm not opposed to assisting others, within my talent range, and look forward to learning much on this board from those who feel the same way.

That's me,


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Re: New member intro...

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:38 pm

Welcome to the site Cosmo.... :D

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Re: New member intro...

Postby bjatwood » Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:08 pm

Welcome aboard Cosmo, we like pics. Lets see that new WIng!!!!!!!!!

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Postby HALBUDD » Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:14 pm

Yes welcome and as stated we love pics. and just ask away we love a good challenge.
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Re: New member intro...

Postby Mag » Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:19 pm

I do not think anyone is opposed to giving their 2 cents (I been looking for the "cent" sign, can't find it on my keyboard...when did they get rid of that thing???).....welcome in from the mighty NW.

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Re: New member intro...

Postby redial » Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:22 pm

Hi there Cosmo,
I love photos, and you can start with one for your id that sits to the right of all of the messages, and it doesnt have to be of you, just something to identify you. Of course, pictures of GW are always welcome, and it doesnt matter at what stage of (re-) development they are at, they still look good.

Enjoy the site, and many happy miles from the Great South Land - see! you didnt even have to stand on your head to read this :D
Len in Kapunda

The world is not going to finish today, as it is already tomorrow in Australia and New Zealand, and other islands of foreign nations such as Guam and Samoa.

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Re: New member intro...

Postby jeffcosmo » Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:01 am

OK, pics. A bit different, this board, so lets see...
This is the new (to me) 'Wing

And the new Bunkhouse (wanted one ever since I met Coop.)

The old (sniff, wipes a tear)

And the last two projects, before I was hobbled


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Re: New member intro...

Postby themainviking » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:22 am

I love the color and the seat on the Wing. Gorgeous Cosmo. Thanks for showing us.
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Re: New member intro...

Postby bustedwing » Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:34 pm

Hello Cosmo and welcome to the website from the U.P. of Michigan. I am interested in your creative side, I do some wood work at times but more like trellis and such. Your new ride is beautiful, I hope sheggives you many miles and many smiles.

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