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Old 03-20-2013, 04:24 AM   #1
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Why do we do it?? torture? Personal satisfaction? What?

I have a lot of bikes, no doubt. It's not about just having things. The majority of these bikes I've fixed up, many brought back from the dead. Including the most current which is a work in progress, my 71 Yamaha RT1B.

Last night as I'm putting the freshly painted swingarm in the freshly painted frame. Greasing up the new bronze bushings in the swignarm, Mounting up the freshlly cleaned and polished shocks, putting in the freshly overhauled motor, I'm just thinking about how increadibly satisfying it is.

How satisfying to take a pile o crap that hasn't run in years, and transform it back to a thing of beauty. That is the ultimate satisfaction. Not to say I have xx bikes, but to admire the 42 year old paint that I spent countless hours touching up and rejuvinating so it looks amazing, to pickup that freshly machined cylinder from the shop, paint it up nice, and slide it down over that brand new piston. To hear that sound of new rings sliding in that freshly honed cylinder. to take a set of forks that were completely frozen and would not budge, and rebuild them to polished working masterpieces. And the ultimate joy, to have it all together and start it back up after it's extended slumber. to ride it and experience all that was good and bad with an old enduro from 42 years ago. And in my case. to relive my youth on the same kind of bike I had when I was in high school.

There is so much personal satisfaction in this hobby. I can spend hours just looking at these old beauties let alone get them out for a ride. I truly think that is what is wrong with so many in our society. Everyone should have a hobby that can provide them with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, to challenge the individual and to develop new skills. Has to be more than just what you do at work, but something you really truly love and enjoy.

That is why I do what I do. and why I'll have to expand my shop before I die since I don't plan on quitting any time soon. I'd go nuts if I couldn't practice my hobby.

I'm sure I can't be the only one.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:55 AM   #2
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I think it is a noble exercise. Keeping great bikes on the road.. Alive and running. Along with that comes the knowledge and expertise that can be shared..
I shudder at the thought of bringing in a 20 year old bike to a shop ie: airhead, and getting blank stares..
I am on a bike "fixin" hiatus... Its more of a time thing... Im lucky enough to still own a bike with family life in full swing, so my bike has to be turn key and go.
However when free time does return, there is nothing like a late night shop session with some amazing tunes, some liquid refreshments and old machine being brought back from the bin...
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:56 PM   #3
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We do it for the babes.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:11 PM   #4
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We give new life to the rusting hulks and other beasts discarded by the careless mob. We see the splendor that could be. We see the beaming child that will roam the highways and backroads of the WORLD! We give LIFE! We are GOD!

Just kidding, we are sadomasochists. The only thing the World gives us is a suspicious stare.
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:16 PM   #5
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Speaking from my personal experience, I gain a great deal of satisfaction knowing that I did it. It does not matter if I知 on the track in my car or on the trails on my motorcycle, or winning the race or just a participant, I知 the guy who build the car or motorcycle and no one to blame but me if something goes wrong. And if everything goes right, I知 the one who made it right. Guess that sounds egocentric but do not make any less true, at least for me.

Guess that is why this fourm has a strong appeal to me, like minded people.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:52 AM   #6
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Speaking from my personal experience, I gain a great deal of satisfaction knowing that I did it. It does not matter if I知 on the track in my car or on the trails on my motorcycle, or winning the race or just a participant, I知 the guy who build the car or motorcycle and no one to blame but me if something goes wrong. And if everything goes right, I知 the one who made it right. Guess that sounds egocentric but do not make any less true, at least for me.

Guess that is why this fourm has a strong appeal to me, like minded people.
+1

Starting with an old bare frame, a rusted engine, a tangle of wires, and boxes of misc. junk, and eventually making it into a "living" entity brings forth a satisfaction like nothing else.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:43 PM   #7
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Starting with an old bare frame, a rusted engine, a tangle of wires, and boxes of misc. junk, and eventually making it into a "living" entity brings forth a satisfaction like nothing else.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:37 AM   #8
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I just can't pass up an orphaned non running vehicle. It's an illness. Unfortunately, my finances dictate to the amount I can put into any of them. I like when you can take a pile of neglected junk and actually use it for it's intended purpose. That is satisfying.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:19 PM   #9
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:33 PM   #10
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And the ultimate joy, to have it all together and start it back up after it's extended slumber. to ride it and experience all that was good and bad with an old enduro from 42 years ago. And in my case. to relive my youth on the same kind of bike I had when I was in high school.

There is so much personal satisfaction in this hobby. I can spend hours just looking at these old beauties let alone get them out for a ride. I truly think that is what is wrong with so many in our society. Everyone should have a hobby that can provide them with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, to challenge the individual and to develop new skills. Has to be more than just what you do at work, but something you really truly love and enjoy.
good post and well put. I'm always amazed at the restorations of old scrap heap bike's to pristine jewels. I wish I could do it. My drug is the camera. Not a picture of me but one I took of some people you described, and I've never even met them.

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Old 03-24-2013, 08:11 PM   #11
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I call it the sense of "garage accomplishment".
I don't need to complete a restoration to get it. Just completion of a mechanical task or two in the garage does it, and it sure feels good!

Very nice post, OP.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:36 PM   #12
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What?
Sometimes a small source of additional income for me.
I'm a seasonal construction worker so have some time off in the Winter months.
I'm constantly "on the hunt" for older, dead bargain bikes. Over the past 20 odd years I've resurrected around 50 motorcycles. Most of them developed fuel system issues from sitting and were fairly simple fixes.
But a guy has to be cautious not to get into a money pit if a profit is to be made.
Get lucky on occasion. This 1979 Suzuki GS850G (18k or so miles) was a $350.00 find. Only had carb. intake manifold vacuum leak issues that the owner couldn't figure it out and he wanted it to go away.
It was a filthy mess but with a day of intense cleaning I think it came out pretty good. It went to a new owner and was a nice runner.




There are at least a dozen cool older bikes, I've got running and passed to new owners, that I wished I could have kept.

Hope to gather up at least two bikes this summer for next winters projects.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:43 PM   #13
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I look at it as more of a disease, I just can't help my self. I see an old bucket of bolts and just have to rescue it. I am currently on a break, my kids college expenses are using up my fun money.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:52 PM   #14
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good post and well put. I'm always amazed at the restorations of old scrap heap bike's to pristine jewels. I wish I could do it. My drug is the camera. Not a picture of me but one I took of some people you described, and I've never even met them.

That is a great pic, love the look in his eyes. Not sure how old that guy is but sure he is older than me and hope I still have that much fire when I'm his age. I'm pushing 50 so I'm on the right track :)
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:23 PM   #15
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In my case I just like fixing old motorcycles up. I find true satisfaction taking an old unwanted bike and breathing new life in it.
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