Craigslists: "Dumbass of the week" Nominee

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by PBOB, May 22, 2013.

  1. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

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    The infamous suicide "shifter"! The thing that no one seems to have a clue about. Mainly because it is not a thing, but rather things. A particular combination that leads to a dangerous situation in some instances.
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  2. Bluebone

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    Been wondering that myself. It's the only reason I check on this thread, to see the latest in the saga that is Willey.
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  3. rsmith56

    rsmith56 Been here awhile

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    Where can I get some of that POWER COAT ?
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  4. ZappBranigan

    ZappBranigan Still Riding

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    Wait, I see the "suicide shifter" but I don't see a foot clutch or am I missing something? So is the clutch still on the left handlebar grip?

    How in the hell do you shift? Squeeze the clutch with your left hand and then let go of the throttle and reach across with your right hand to pull the shifter back? Is that his definition of "lots of fun to ride?" :rolleyes:
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  5. Mobiker

    Mobiker Long timer

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    He's got the clutch lever mounted to the shift lever. Looks like he eschewed the left grip - bare bar?!
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  6. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    CL listing is gone; must have sold it. :imaposer
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  7. Mobiker

    Mobiker Long timer

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  8. rsmith56

    rsmith56 Been here awhile

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    I'll guess......looked he was having fun on a Husquvarna....in the movies........ did I win anything?
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  9. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    "Inspection good till April 28th"

    Better hurry up and buy it; the inspection runs out in just 8 more days!
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  10. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    At the power ranger store!
    It's a shiny jacket/coat right?

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  11. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen

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    IF that was a bone stock GS850, then about $850 to maybe $1000 would be right, for a bike with the right shifter, right seat, right fuel tank mounting, rear fender, etc, etc. As it is now,....maybe $500.

    Stupid ass "suicide shift", the hacker that butchered that poor GS doesn't even know what that really is, being that it typically means a foot clutch. What a freakin nob.
  12. keninoc

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    I haven't updated Willeys postings lately for fear of boring everyone, but I have been following him. Since the last ad that was somewhere around $9000, Willey has updated his ad at least 5 times, so we are somewhere near the 45th price change. As you can see, he is still figuring that raising the price is the best tact. And you can forget about the Mutang trades or the free leather riding coat. Now your going to have to shell out 15K which I believe was his second price change about 2 years ago, down from 16k. Oh yeah, now he is including the 'blinker engine', whatever the hell that is.

    https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/mcy/5995427138.html

    HONDA 1500 VALKER.. TRADES - $15000 (high DESERT)

    VALKERIE BLACK AND CHROME ....MAKE OFFER FIRM
    PINKS BEEN IN MY NAME FOR 14 YEARS
    I RECOVERED IT WHEN IT WAS NEW........FROM AUCTION
    DMV GAVE ME NEW TITLE
    BIKE IS IN LIKE NEW CONDITION , NEW CARB FUEL O RINGS
    DMV INSPECTED, LIGHTS, BLINKER ENGINE , NUMBERS , BIKE SERIAL##
    . BIKE IS AS CLEAN AS NEW ONE.................ALL OFFERS MAKE OFFER
    . BEST OFFER ............... CLEAR TITLE REGISTRATION CURRENT
    OWNED FOR LAST 15 YEARS.////////IT WAS RECOVERED, NEW.........ALL DMV INSPECTED.......NEW CONSTRUCTION

    ................... ..............................................................................................................................................SALVAGED TITLE.. BIKE HAS BEEN IN MY NAME FOR LAST 14 YEARS ..............STORED INDOORS OUT OF WEATHER.
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    XCELLENT SHAPE, THE ENGINE IS STILL IN LIKE NEW CONDITION OFFERS//////////// l



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  13. flei

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    thank goodness Wiley and his Valker are still kicking. now i will be able to sleep soundly again.
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  14. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    Willy should really have his own thread. Nobody else is in his class of dumbassery.

    Except maybe those builders who post here to defend their creations...

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  15. ddavidv

    ddavidv So money, but doesn't know it.

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    I can't believe anybody local hasn't met up with him. Aren't we all dying to see a photo of this legend?
  16. JagLite

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    I think that would be interesting to see.
    Anybody local to him willing to go and check out the bike and take pictures?
    Be great to act super excited about it, can't believe it is in such good condition at such a good price too!
    "I need to check on getting a loan but that should be no problem... I'll call tomorrow"

    :hung
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  17. PapaDontPreach

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    2007 kawasaki ninja 250 - $999 (ne heights)

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    VIN: jkaexmf137da42784
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    engine displacement (CC): 250
    fuel: gas
    odometer: 6800
    paint color: red
    title status: clean
    transmission: manual

    Bought used as my first vehicle. Good fun bike, I learned how to do everything on this motorcycle. too much oil caused the engine to cease, the diagnostic given to me was to dry the air box and change the spark plugs. they wanted to charge $4-500... I did. not want to put money into the bike but rather want another bigger bike! Now I have a Ducati848 thats giving me problems and need to fix, looking for extra cash to fix the Duc, or buy a Desert ... make me a offer on the bike! I paid 2000 put few miles.. if the fix concerns you i can work out a deal contact me at 50599999 eight3 all fairings are avalible I have the off to avoid extra fees if i need to take it somewhere.

    So I read through this 4 or 5 times ... now my neck is starting to hurt from all of the head shaking.
  18. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Seems to be a young lad, with a whole lifetime of fucking bikes up ahead of him. :fpalm
  19. MotoChuck250

    MotoChuck250 Not older than dirt

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    Hopefully he has not done to the 848 the kind of things he did to the 250 Ninja! :fpalm
  20. Kiba

    Kiba Dances With Huskies

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    I actually rigged that exact system up once, on a GZ250 I got for $200 and made run. It had been laid over in such a way as to ruin the threads that hold on the left forward controls, essentially making it an extensive repair job worth more than the bike. So in order to test the motor/trans, and for fun, I rigged up a straight shift lever that was (naturally) on the left side, forcing me to ride it just as you describe.

    It was by far the most awkward thing I had ever ridden. I can see how hand shifting might be kind of fun, albeit not in traffic, if there was a standard hand clutch on the left, and the shifter was on the right. But having to reach across the tank... :puke1

    And why in Dog's name anyone would *choose* to remove a perfectly good shifter to do that.... :loco

    That's the most common way to run a jockey shift in the chop scene. I find them tremendously ungainly. The only hand shift setup I don't mind is left hand clutch/right side shift, and even that is inferior to the standard layout.

    Also, all these people calling that setup a "suicide" are wrong. Suicide clutch/suicide shift refers to one specific setup, that makes the bike essentially uncontrollable in certain situations (smart eh?): Foot clutch, foot rear brake, hand shift, and no front brake.

    A foot clutch, hand shift bike with a rear foot brake only and no front brake is essentially impossible to control if stopped going uphill. Think about the logistics of simultaneously:

    1- holding the bike in place with the foot brake
    2- stopping the bike while in gear (ie using your other foot for the clutch- remember, no front hand brake to fall back on)

    Putting it in neutral while slowing down allows you to stop, but prevents you from putting it back in gear to get going again without (a) rolling backwards or (b) attempting to shift clutchless into gear from a standing stop.

    Basically it's a very, very stupid way to set up controls on a bike- hence, suicide shift.

    What most of these people are referring to is a "jockey shift"- far more common, an attempt to partially replicate old pre-war and wartime bikes with factory hand shifters or to accomplish a custom "look". The definition of jockey is more general and includes both hand clutches and foot clutches, as well as inexplicable setups like the ones that force you to reach across the tank to change gear. The most common (cheapest) type are basically a stick where the shifter lever was, with the clutch lever mounted on the stick/pole so you control it and the gear changes with your left hand. It's also IMO fairly uncomfortable.

    A factory right-side shift bike with a left hand clutch can be a pleasant, albeit it weird, handshift bike. But since right-side shift has gone away and clutches are universally on the left, we have either the clutch-lever-on-a-broomstick setup or the reach-across-the-tank setup.

    I missed Willey's rants.

    "Bike is clean as a new one"... yeah, and about as expensive too. :lol3