Lovingly restoring the worst bike I've ever ridden.

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Mullet5, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    I had no problems with the website.there's quite a few nice small beginner bikes on there.I'd buy if there was a dealer import that could get repair parts and was reliable.
  2. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    In my experience, former East-bloc stuff reaches a point of charming decrepitude fairly rapidly and then soldiers on in a sort of painful half-life for a very long time afterward. It's like owning post-war British iron, only more frustrating and more difficult to get parts for. At least with the Brits, you know when the company is bankrupt. . . I've never owned a Russian bike, but a buddy ran a Lada Niva that would go almost anywhere if you could keep it in one piece long enough. I've spent some time in Russia.

    And yes, the East Bloc nations are very trick web designers.

    If I had to choose an Eastern European bike, I'd go with Jawa. The Czechs drink beer, are better machinists, and not quite so hung-over as a general thing.

    But I digress. About this Minsk, Tovarich?
  3. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    You know that R250 or the R250RS could be fun.

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  4. Twin-shocker

    Twin-shocker Long timer

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    In this case the OPs frame had a badly damaged head stock. The correct way to deal with this is to make a new head stock and fit it to the frame.

    The lash up of a job that was carried out with the aid of CAD drawings, is just about the worst example of someone being ripped off I have seen for a very long while!

    Even if the work was done for free whoever did it seems very irresponsible, in that even though when working on something which is safety critical, they seem to have no interest whatsoever in carrying out a job which is safe.

    Why anyone would want to support the idea of ripping people off with poor quality and expensive work is beyond me, but that it seems to be the case here!
  5. OaklandStrom

    OaklandStrom Long timer

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    I'm not defending anybody's shitty work. I'm defending the OP doing what he wants.

    The owner of the bike didn't want to make a new head tube.
    End. Of. Discussion.

    He's not doing how you would. Actually, he's not doing it how I would, but I'm shutting my fucking mouth and not telling him how "wrong" he is. I'm sitting back, and watching a guy who wants to work on a weird bike.

    There's thousands of bike building threads here, how about you go into all of them and tell the owner that they are doing it wrong? Do we all need your approval? Do you need to approve everything I do on my Thin-Strom project?

    The short version: The OP doesn't care about your opinion.

  6. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    When he looses the head tube,he also looses the VIN number.
  7. Treadless

    Treadless seeking adventure

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    How about we all not derail this thread any farther and just ignore the :asshat and maybe he will just get bored and go away and Mullet can continue his story for our entertainment. mmk.





    can someone pass me a beer? :slurp

    :lurk
  8. Twin-shocker

    Twin-shocker Long timer

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    You seem to be getting awfully angry...........There is a right and a wrong way to do things, and in my view anyone who charges a lot of money to do a job the wrong way is neither professional or honest!
  9. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    You're missing the point. You've made your opinion very clear. You are entitled to your opinion but now, please, just let it go.
  10. Rockcat

    Rockcat LDA

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    Just ignore the guy. The ignore list is a great tool.
  11. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    This thread is about to be sent to jo momma,so please drop this.
  12. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    And also a felony in all states I believe. Dont get caught!
  13. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    It is a Minsk which aren't imported to the US so that's out.


    It's federal offence if I'm not mistaken.
  14. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    I rebuilt a 76 R75/6. Never felt more foolish as when I finally rode the thing.
    I still laugh about it.
  15. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Hoh Jeeze,450 for a Minsk? ......Then Shipping?
    Best. Thread. Ever!
  16. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    That looks like the bike the "Long Way Around" guys bought in Kazackastan when their GS crapped out.
    Very nice bike! Borat would approve.
  17. Marco Moto

    Marco Moto Voyager

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    The Red Devil! :clap

    Very niiice, how much?
  18. OaklandStrom

    OaklandStrom Long timer

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    Angry? No, I'm just typing slowly so you can understand what I'm saying. I'll try one last time. Even slower.

    His. Bike.
    Not. Your. Bike.

    Your other option is to sue the guy who did the unprofessional dishonest work.
  19. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    just keep at it. it was my advice to just cut and weld on a new head, but hell, what is the fun in that? in any case, if you are ever feeling on the edge of -whatever- give me a pm. ill deliver you some beer. i'm serious. well worth it for this post and hell id love to see the beast!
  20. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    The Christless thing got him through four countries with an ovaled steering head and a piece of soda can for a shim. It's not a frikkin' race bike. It's a piece of antiquated, indifferently constructed technology that was crude in the extreme when it was spankin' new. It's a pig. A cow. If it was a 1909 Pope, and he managed to do the same thing on it, you'd be singing his praises. HOW MUCH HARM CAN HE DO TO IT?

    It's not how the bear dances. It's that the bear dances at all. Anyone can make it on the latest tech with a support crew. This is real adventure.

    Now can we quit the sh!t and get back to this wonderful thread, which has restored my faith in the sublime?