Moving to Paris - Keep or sell 900SS, R1, and Honda Cub

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by nick2ny, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. DGraham

    DGraham Been here awhile

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    OP, your question isn't answerable due to incomplete information.
    Will need a picture of girlfriend first...
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  2. klx250sfguy

    klx250sfguy Been here awhile

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    ... and he has good taste in bikes.

    Good on ya man!
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  3. Aj Mick

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    If you can't use them, lose them. Motorcycles are no good to anybody stashed away. They can easily be replaced with something similar.

    Not so a decent partner..... she's the keeper by the sounds of things.
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  4. Schnickelfritz

    Schnickelfritz pick, grin, repeat

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    As the owner of a 94 900SS, I feel I must recuse myself.

    But I've ridden the Provence roads north and east of Marseille from Clermont-Ferrand to Avignon, Aix, and Nice, and they are great! There are surely some decent roads near Paris, but I don't know of them.

    *OK, take the Duc*
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  5. SilkMoneyLove

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    Sell them. Throw them on eBay and set the funds aside. Once you are settled, this can be the beginning of a toy fund.

    Plenty of Ducs and other bikes on eBay. You can always buy another one.

    Why set the funds aside? if you don't and you mix them up with the general funds you will always feel like you sold the bikes to pay for "Shitty house in Paris, dumpy car to drive around in, cruise vacation where we just ate and got fat..." You get the idea, regret.

    Having the funds aside lets you stay loose, but still have the ability to get the dumpy car and not feel bad about it.

    Just my thoughts...
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  6. KustomizingKid

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    Can we trade first world problems... I can't decide if I want to go to the bar tonight :D

    Sell em and start fresh, just my opinion.
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  7. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Brilliantly said. I agree completely.

    Enjoy Paris, and avoid things that tie you to places you may not return to.
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  8. klx250sfguy

    klx250sfguy Been here awhile

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    Whatever you do, keep us posted on ADVrider so we can live vicariously through you.

    I like the suggestion of selling them all and using the cash for something new once you've cross the pond. Once you get there and see all the scooters, you might regret selling the C70. I got one too - I love that thing.
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  9. Aj Mick

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    Is that an original Cub from the 60's or is it a more recent model? I think Honda is still making them, with some updated tech, in Japan. I have also seen a Chinese or Taiwanese made copy of the original on sale here with a 110 cc engine.

    Honda here in Thailand has recently introduced a retro looking 110 cc replacement for the long serving Dream..... and badged it "Cub". It doesn't have the leading link suspension of yours and the original though.

    No I have not regretted selling motorcycles, not that I have had many to sell. I have always owned at least one since 1975. I have owned a total of just seven.

    My daily ride is a 1997 Honda Dream 100. It has done 219,000 km (engine overhaul at 180,000 km) still reliable and doing better than 100 mpg (US). I gave way another, back home in NZ. It is 30 years old, deregistered, and being used off road by some young fellows.

    Two of the others were stolen (both in the UK, c'est la vie). There was one that had the engine seize after an an oil seal failed. I used it as part exchange for the only second-hand bike a repair shop had on hand in the small town nearby, thus was able to get straight on my way rather than waiting for parts to repair the broken down machine. The other two I sold when they were of no more use to me.

    No sentiment, motorcycles are just machines to get around on.
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  10. nick2ny

    nick2ny Been here awhile

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    It's a 1980. Maybe 7k miles on it. 6V electrical system. It has the huge ugly American turn signals on it, and a N-down, 3-up auto clutch transmission.

    I love it!

    Carrying an injured pigeon:

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    Exploring Manhattan during the blackout. It was after 1AM, so the garage was shut and I couldn't take the Ducati. Oh well. the video doesn't make it look much darker than it was. I was blasting into blackness.

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  11. klx250sfguy

    klx250sfguy Been here awhile

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    Some pretty ballsy riding there. You'll fit right in in France. :thumb

    C70's are a blast. You're gonna miss that bike if ya sell it.
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  12. chris a

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    Importing any vehicle is a complete pain in the ass even if it is done within EU borders-from the US you're almost certainly have to do a private homologation for each of them which will take lots of effort, time , patience and money.By that time you will possibly have spent twice the european value ......I'd really check it all out prior to commiting and believe me , French bureaucracy is pretty much what we do best here nowadays !
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  13. Aj Mick

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    That would be near the end of the line for the original Cub. Here in Thailand it was available in 70 and 90 forms. It replaced by the Dream soon after I arrived for my first stint in the early '80s.

    The Cub lived on elsewhere. Here is a link to Honda's special Super Cub website..... if you have not already discovered it.

    http://world.honda.com/SuperCub/

    I think the Wave was supposed to replace the Dream, but customers still wanted the Dream, which has a more robust chassis. They killed it for a while, but soon bought it back with the same 110 FI motor as the Wave. Now they have replaced the Dream with a new Cub, which looks to have the chassis of the Dream, but more retro styling. It has the same motor as the Wave. There is not much info available in English; there is more in various Asian languages, a fair indication of its intended markets. Here is new Cub on facebook

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.483907788349604.1073741829.136719203068466&type=3

    The original Super Cub concept still lives on in the form of a Chinese knock off, sold under various brand names. I have seen a few around here in Phuket (albeit under a different brand to below), and it seems it is available in Europe. I think it is also available in some parts of the US.

    http://www.supermotorcompany.com/?nav=6&intSlideshowId=45

    But back to your original dilemma... I still reckon keeping is not worth the hassle, but then (perhaps having lived in SE Asia for many years) I am into the utility of motorcycles more than the mystique.
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  14. Vertical C

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    The only one I would contemplate keeping is the Cub. Its the hardest to replace, but the least risk if it ends up with rust all through it from sitting.
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  15. klx250sfguy

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    I agree. I got one and will never part with it.

    Mine has the 12V.

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  16. nick2ny

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    Check the flea market :cry
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  17. acejones

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    Sell all and don,t ever look back.
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  18. klx250sfguy

    klx250sfguy Been here awhile

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    ?? Why?
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  19. nick2ny

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  20. High Country Herb

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    Smart move. It is painful in the short term, but your soul will be lighter for it.

    Just think of each bike as awesome pieces of machinery you got to experience. A wad of cash in your pocket just means you will get to experience other cool bikes in France; maybe even some that aren't available here.

    Oh how I would love to ride a Maico 700cc 2-stroke SM through Paris...
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