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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Will someone in Nashville please buy me this?

It is a rare and not really valuable Triumph 250.
I've been looking at "dual-sport" motorcycles. I want to do some exploring of back roads with my daughter. But, I really don't want to spend $4,000 on a newer motorcycle. Honda XL500's seem to be a bit spendy and parts for a 20 year-old Japanese motorcycle are as hard to find as parts for a 1970 Triumph 250.
But a Triumph fits into my obsession with obsolete technology.
And I also think my daughter needs to learn to make the evaluation on what point you attempt to make a repair or when you need to walk and to always have tools and chewing gum wrappers.

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  1. Chewing gum wrapper? I was always told it's duct tape and baler twine!

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  2. That would look good in the back of my 1210 IH!

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    1. It is quite possible it would end up in the back your IH as I doubt the reliability of a 40 year old motorcycle.

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  3. When I was your age and my children were young I knew I needed to stay alive so I gave up my motorcycle. I swore I would get another one when they were old enough for me to die. Now I find that the ground looks much harder and I heal slower.

    Think twice, maybe three times. But off road is a different world and great fun.

    I thought it was baling wire and chewing gum. Times change.

    Grace and peace.

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  4. I said chewing gum because once the rotor on my brother's pickup came apart in the middle of the night going over Mt. Shasta and we repaired it with a chewing gum wrapper. I don't think they come wrapped in aluminum foil any longer so I suppose we are back to duct tape and baling wire.
    I suppose it is all a touch on the dangerous side. Street riding makes me a little nervous. My goal is back roads and out of the way places.

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    1. Dropped the little tension clip out & couldn't find it when you took it off to clean the points? I've shimmed one up too for that reason!

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