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Old 12-27-2014, 03:40 PM   #1
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Neglected bikes

Well not neglected, more aesthetically challenged I suppose. Do you own one or do you know of one? Here's mine.

Those of a nervous or OCD disposition should look away now.



I should point out that while it looks grim it's in tip top shape mechanically, I spent over 700 on it in the last couple of months alone, as it has to be safe and reliable. Which it is. Totally.

It's a daily commuter bike and has been used through 7 Glasgow (Scotland) winters (about 5 months of salted roads). The roads are urban stop/start pot holed bike killers and to top it all it lives outside. I've never washed it. Ever.










The bolt holding the chain guard worked loose and disturbed the swingarm's protective layer, spot the new shineyness



I do have some other bikes that are immaculate but as this is more or a tool than a toy the cosmetics are of a secondary concern to reliability.

So are there any more out there?
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Old 12-28-2014, 07:31 AM   #2
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Old 12-29-2014, 02:14 PM   #3
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Not bad Stupot. Bonus points if you never washed it off.
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Old 01-02-2015, 04:18 PM   #4
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Old 01-02-2015, 04:21 PM   #5
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It'll Need a Little Work

This pre-WWII machine was found inside overgrown foliage when the new homeowner decided to clean up the back yard:



Location: Thorsvang Motor Museum, Stege, Denmark (well worth a visit)

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Old 01-02-2015, 04:36 PM   #6
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OP, I'm glad you started this thread! I have been tired of seeing all of the pristine "Adventure bikes" with not a speck of dirt on them. It appears many Inmates spend more time cleaning than riding their bikes. Not sure why it bothers me, but I hate to see unscratched "crash" bars on a bike that is supposed to be ridden off-road. It's good to see bikes that have been ridden hard and put away wet. Can't get a pic of mine right now but it would fit in well on this thread!
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Old 01-02-2015, 05:17 PM   #7
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OP, I'm glad you started this thread! I have been tired of seeing all of the pristine "Adventure bikes" with not a speck of dirt on them. It appears many Inmates spend more time cleaning than riding their bikes. Not sure why it bothers me, but I hate to see unscratched "crash" bars on a bike that is supposed to be ridden off-road. It's good to see bikes that have been ridden hard and put away wet. Can't get a pic of mine right now but it would fit in well on this thread!
On the other hand, neglect is nothing to be proud of.

ALL bikes should be cleaned periodically. It is an important maintenance function.
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Old 01-02-2015, 05:27 PM   #8
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Grungy bikes look cool, but road salt is not good for metal and rubber. It should at least be hosed off.
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Old 01-02-2015, 06:57 PM   #9
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This is an 82 gs750e I picked up with the original thought of restoring it..lol
It has now been raped so many times as a donor to keeping my other GSs alive that it is now officially a parts bike.
It sat outside under a porch for 8 years...see the water in the headlight?











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Old 01-04-2015, 02:21 AM   #10
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Old 01-05-2015, 12:19 PM   #11
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Old 01-05-2015, 12:37 PM   #12
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Blasphemy!

This Thread is going to be hard to watch!
But I'm in!
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Old 01-05-2015, 12:41 PM   #13
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One I had rescued a long time ago,




I did a good deal of work to get it roadworthy. I got the last stock carb parts in the country, and rebuilt the forks and added a custom shock at the rear. Then I rode it for about 15,000 miles or so and sold it. The original plan was to be a trackday toy, but it was no where near as much fun as my old airhead had been.

When it sold,




So, abused then coddled.
I spent nearly $2,000 on parts alone, all my labor, and sold it for about half that. The money saved was by not keeping it and dumping more money into it to do the internal engine work, (valves and guides and rings maybe), then the cosmetics, tank and paint. I swapped the cracked OEM mirrors for mirrors that worked better as well as turnsignals that didn't shatter if somebody passed too near and were not the size of table tennis paddles.
I intentionally kept the carbs and exhaust stock as well as the airbox.
I put stainless overbraided brake lines on the front and tuned up the suspension so it felt balanced and worked pretty well on the roads. When pushed the frame flexed and back in the day the trick was to weld up some bracing under the seat.
More money to spend and I wanted a more modern bike. Got that rode it for 100,000 miles then went off the Adventure deep end.
Still treading water there.
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Old 01-05-2015, 01:31 PM   #14
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That GPz550 was my first bike. I miss that thing especially since I was 19 and times where a lot simpler. Looked great before the sale.
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Old 01-05-2015, 01:35 PM   #15
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that poor v-strom! I felt like I was looking at the pictures of a murder scene! lol
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