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Old April 7th, 2018, 06:42 AM   #1
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Sad ads for failed project bikes

As I am watching local ads lately I can't help but to notice how many there are for so called project bikes. Bikes that are not running that the owner was trying to turn into a cafe racer or street bob etc. and then for some inexplicable reason just gave up halfway through. Typically the sellers are asking quite a bit of money for what is essentially a parts bike now and usually without a title.
What bugs me about it is that in many cases the bikes are very nice vintage machines, or were for that matter, and now they might never ride again.

Why do people do this? I think it's sad that so many old bikes are just being ruined by wanna-be bike builder types who get ahold of some nice vintage bike, cut the frame, put on some uncomfortable aftermarket handlebars and a slip-on and then let the bike sit and rot in non-running condition for a long time before listing it for sale at some outrageous price without a title.
For shame.
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Old April 7th, 2018, 10:31 AM   #2
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100% agree. Never been a fan of the cafe racer trend. I think the majority of people underestimate the amount of time, work and money that goes into these projects first hand
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Old April 7th, 2018, 10:39 PM   #3
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Delusional guys like to Tinker and imagine they're smarter than factory designers and engineers. Good luck with that. So, with limited skills and money ... and no doubt family pressures ... it all falls apart. Quite predictable.

I see way more of this folly within the Chopper crowd than Cafe Racer guys.
Around San Fran Bay Area the Cafe Racer guys are quite present, mostly young millennial Hipsters. They buy a lot of Ducati and Triumph scramblers and BMW R9 thingies. But elsewhere throughout the country I we see many.

Some may have seen that Moron on the show "Pickers" uncover so called "treasures". Then the idiot pays 10 times what things are worth. It's all just JUNK and only really works hung up in one of their Fern Bars as decoration.

Dreamers in 3rd world countries seem to have more success. Not everyone can be a Roger Goldammer. (best custom bike builder ... ever, IMHO)
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Old April 8th, 2018, 07:02 AM   #4
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If it's the millennial Hipsters doing this then the prevalence of these ads makes some sense. Those people all expound upon that whole maker ideal but none of them seem to have the attention span required to complete any project.

I like to tinker and to that end I have my Suzuki Savage. Cheap, commonplace and dead simple to work on. I stick to light fabrications I can manage with limited tools and bolt-on stuff. For larger tasks like installing the big bore kit I take it to a qualified mechanic with the skills and tools to do it right. I keep the bike rideable, no major tear downs. And I never bite off more than I can swallow at one time.
I think there's plenty of bikes like the Savage that are commonplace and seemingly designed with modding in mind without having to rip apart nice old vintage bikes which ought to be restored and not converted into something they're not. Or cut up, spray painted and left in pieces never to ride again by people who can't follow through or simply don't have a clue to begin with.
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Old April 8th, 2018, 08:10 AM   #5
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I feel the attraction to do this, it's creative. Since I've become a useless manager I've been building bikes here and there, upgrading and changing a bike you like is rewarding for some of us. I don't think I can own a stock bike. I'm not allowed to change my wife, so something has to give...
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Old April 8th, 2018, 11:27 AM   #6
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I follow the Thailand Hypermotard FB pages too and WOW, they do some crazy cool stuff. I seen a video where one guy was separating hypermotard tail light housings, changing the led's out then putting them back together....in sandals with a dirt floor. He had a stack of ~5 of them. Another that is making a NCG style rear turnsignal but look better(separated into 2 halves) , also with a dirt floor and also had a stack of them.
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