By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2008-11-22 20:15 Edited 2008-11-26 03:56
Hmmm, I know the season drew to a close up here in the northeast and I'm sure its a lot colder no matter where you live, but there has to be something going on somewhere buggy related!
It stinks to come to the DBA and not have anything new to read /look at/or help with.
Hopefully someone out there is starting a resto or build and wants to document it with pictures here on the DBA for us all to get our fix.
If you've got anything going on, help us out here! LOL
(I wonder if this is what addiction feels like)
By yellermanx y 25 Date 2008-11-22 21:26
I should have some new golf cart pictures to post soon. Then I'll get back on the old blue buggy project. Just haven't been in a buggy mood lately. I'm sure I'll get over it.
BTW, How many here ride motorcycles? I have been lobbying the CEO for one. Just waiting for the right deal to come along. Really right.
By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2008-11-23 02:27 Edited 2008-11-23 02:38
I ride. I've had mostly Honda's and a Yamaha over the years. I finally broke down and bought the bike of my dreams not 3 years ago. a Ducati Monster S2R Always loved the looks of the Monsters.... clean lines, trussed frame, arched tank... Looks like a piece of art sitting still.
By manxcraig Date 2008-11-23 02:33
Well, I'm collecting parts more than working on the Manx, anyone selling anything for a big stroker motor? I also have some little projects and if I break down and buy a camera I'll be able to post some pics. Also I have a gas heater that maybe ........
Chuck, I've ridden for over 35 years, I currently have a 2007 Harley FLHTC Electraglide Clasic, and a 1975 Harley XLH Sportster custom.
By manxcraig Date 2008-11-23 02:41
But Jay, its not red!!
By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2008-11-23 02:59
I know! Funny story with that. One of the guys I work with got the red one with the white stripe. It's beautiful, but it also has white wheels which I just couldn't do. I enjoy riding it too much to polish and clean the wheels after each ride like he has to do! ARGH. Glad I got the yellow with black stripe. I'll reserve red for the buggy.
Craig, post up some pics of your bikes when you get a chance.
By yellermanx y 25 Date 2008-11-23 14:36 Edited 2008-11-23 14:38
Cool, I grew up riding dirt bikes and haven't had too much in the way of street bikes. What is really comfortable to me is a BMW R1200RT (has dirt bike feel to me), but they are expensive and plagued with expensive problems from what I have read, therefore I'm semi-looking for a Honda ST1300. I'm a little too fat, old and have back problems to lean over as far as Jay. But evidently not as old as Craig yet.
Nice bikes guys.
By manxcraig Date 2008-11-23 16:06
Hey, I resemble that remark!
Yeah I started out on dirt bikes too, first was a Yamaha DT-2 250, but it hurts too much to fall down now. And if I was to ride a sport bike the only place I could ride it to is the chropractors office. Ducks are very nice thoe.
So I guess the Gezzer-Glide fits me well, at least it only has 2 wheels!
Guys, a few of the projects I've got in mind for the winter are....
1. Converting a super pan to a beam front end. (I have the pan and its worthless as a super to me)
2. Installing a gas heater in a glass buggy.
3. Building a rear seat support with seat belt mounts.
4. Building a BIG turbo engine on a budget.
5. Disc brake swap.
By Sandsurfer Date 2008-11-23 19:05
Over the years I had quite a few bikes and put tons of miles on them. I put 39,000 miles on my 69 Honda CB-350 in on Summer. I used to race one of the first Honda 250 Elsinores in the area.
I really enjoyed my 1983 Ducati 900SS. Had a 78 BMW R80/7 and a R100RS at the same time. I thought I wanted a BMW but my feet couldn't take the heat from the cylinders.
I have owned my 2 favorite bikes since 1976. My 1972 1/2 Triumph Trident w/dunstall exhaust, rearsets, clip on bars and 1/4 fairing (I was riding a crotch rocket before people knew what they were) and my 72 BSA Thunderbolt with 2000 original miles. I don't ride much anymore but I did have the BSA out last Summer for a little while.
By manxcraig Date 2008-11-23 19:15
Bastard Stoped Again ! I forgot about that one! I also have a 1966 BSA 650 Lightning around here in a bunch of boxes! It still has the light switch marked " off- dim - flicker" !
By yellermanx y 25 Date 2008-11-23 20:01
Very nice Jerry, I have seen pictures of your bikes before. While I like the old bikes I just want something to get on and cruise in comfort with all the modern conveniences. ABS, shaft, FI, etc.
When I was a kid I had a pretty mean Yamaha 100. A guy showed up on a brand new Elsinore 125? when they first came out and I thought I would blow him away, boy was I wrong. That thing was fast.
This is what I have in mind. Too old for a crotch rocket, but not old enough for a Goldwing yet.
Shouldn't post this, but oh well. Wish I was still that skinny.
My mean Yamaha.
Quit laughing now.
By Kustoms Date 2008-11-24 00:48 Edited 2008-11-24 00:51
Chuck, what year is that? I used to race in the late 70's down there in Florida. I grew up in Tarpon Springs. I will post a photo tomorrow. Now I am trying to rebuild a 1979 KZ 650B cafe racer like the one I used to have.
By yellermanx y 25 Date 2008-11-24 02:07
I'm going to say 74 plus or minus a year. I never did race, but rode every day. The bike had belonged to a Yamaha sponsored rider previously. Believe it or not it was super fast, well for the day anyway.
By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2008-11-24 03:31
"I'm going to say 74" Hmm, I was 2 then.
You've got the experience on me though!
By Jeffrey P 655 Date 2008-11-24 15:29
When my son was less than a year old I was laying in bed with the wife (waiting for him to get up) and said: "Hon..I think I want to get a bike". I was thinking she was just going to get up and walk out. Instead she says: "OK...just be careful". So I went out and bought a 1 year old Suzuki Katana 600 (hey...I was only 30!) for $2000. It had 1400 miles on it. 13 years later I still have the bike. It now has 8000 miles on it. I get to ride it 3 or 4 times a year, but for the $200 a year in insurance it costs me, its well worth it.
I took it to work 1 time this year (50 miles each way on the Mass Pike) and realized I am a little too old for long commutes. Its still nice to take out for a nice 30 minute ride on the twisty roads. Maybe I will sell it when I finish the Deserter and that will be my fun toy. Maybe I will keep it and sell the Deserter...who knows! Its just nice to have it when I need it to relax.
By Kustoms Date 2008-11-24 17:54 Edited 2008-11-24 18:24
This is the only photo I could find that is scanned 1977, 15 years old. Me unloading my bike from my van. Notice I have no shoes on and long pants. The no shoe thing was normal the pants where not. "Flip flops and shorts" what a life. I drove my dad insane. The flash backs are starting to hurt my brain.
By Jeff GS Date 2008-11-26 21:15
I'll add my 2c:
My old Honda Hawk GT. Sold it to finance a basket case Deserter buggy!
Loved that bike (did lots of customizing!) - but around here is was a dice roll whether I'd have a close call with the loony drivers whenever I rode! In the end, decided my luck may be running a little thin. I also grew up with a dirt bikes, a Suzuki 90 with chrome fenders and dual range transmission. Those were the days....
By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2008-11-27 00:47
Nice ride Jeff! Those rear wheels are very similar to the ones my buddy cleans after each ride on his red/white Ducati monster. Did you have brake dust issues to contend with on those wheels?
By BigTonkaKid Date 2008-11-27 01:37
Because I don't use them, I've sold the following with in the last few months
1986 BW 200 ES Big Wheel bought for $800 sold for way more
1985 BW 200 Big Wheel bought for $100 sold for way more
Here is the restoration link for this bike
1975 Honda XL100 paid $40 bucks sold for way more
By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2008-11-28 04:05
Where do you buy these bikes so cheaply?
By John S 2 Date 2008-11-28 05:31
This was my bike during college at WVU in Morgantown. It was a 1979 Yamaha XS500. It was exactly like this pic with the black and gold and had the mag wheels. I always love the lines of this bike because back then everything else seems to look round and chopperish.
I had two idiots racing pass me on a 2 lane Cheat Rd one on each side nearly forcing me to run off the road over a drop off. They were probably headed to Cheat Lake just like but, had started drinking early.
I sold the bike not too long after that and have not ridden one since. I felt like no matter how cautious I was it didn't matter if there were people like that on the road. I do miss that bike sometimes.
I used to keep it in the living room of the house we rented on Stewartstown Road.
It looked sharp on the shined up hard wood floor.
John Shepard the DBA DuneBuggyArchives.com
By Sandsurfer Date 2008-11-28 13:10
Did I mention I also have 4 of these?
I bought my first one in 1969 for $420.00 from the dealer when I was 12 years old. Now you can hardly find a junk one for under $500.00.
By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2008-11-28 21:16
Jerry, that reminds me of a ROCON. Anyone got or had one of those? I love those things... seen them, but never ridden one (yet).
By yellermanx y 25 Date 2008-11-28 22:47
When I was a kid they rented CT 70s on the beach here. They were pretty much wasted after two or three years due to the salt then they sold them cheap. We bought a couple of the best ones we could find. Then a few years later a friend and I bought about ten of them and pieced together as many as we could. They are what I and many others learned to ride on. In 1995 I learned that they had been making them again and because of the childhood memories I had to have one or two. I THINK the last year was 94. I found a couple of 94s at a dealership and bought them. Rode them around for a while, but somehow they weren't as much fun as when I was a kid. They still don't get ridden much I think they have about 600 miles each. When gas prices were real high and everyone was riding scooters I got them out and cleaned them up and tagged one. I rode it some but felt like I was going to get ran over on the street. I checked the gas mileage twice and it was 105 mpg both times. Everywhere I went people wanted to talk about them or had a story about one. I thought that was cool. Everyone asked if it was new and where to get one.
Picture before I cleaned them up. They look like new, however I don't think they are worth as much as the old ones but still fun. BTW Jerry, for comparison they were about $1600 each.
By Sandsurfer Date 2008-11-29 01:53
I was offered $3300 for mine last summer but I just couldn't let it go. I could have paid for my 105mm Nikkie cylinders for my Siggy Manx engine with the money...oh well.
By Kustoms Date 2008-11-29 05:18 Edited 2008-11-29 05:21
I stole one of these once. I had to get home.
By GreenManx Date 2008-11-29 14:04
"Hmmm, I know the season drew to a close up here in the northeast and I'm sure its a lot colder no matter where you live, but there has to be something going on somewhere buggy related"
Jay Stay Tuned!!!
By yellermanx y 25 Date 2008-11-29 14:30
I'll probably drive mine today. In shorts and short sleeve shirt. Supposed to be 79 today.
By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2008-11-30 00:02
I'm tuned in Green Manx!~
By GreenManx Date 2008-11-30 00:04
Jay The fun has started yesterday very early stages.
By yellermanx y 25 Date 2008-12-01 23:49
Lookie what followed me home today. I wanted one with ABS, but when you find a deal you have to take it. It's an 07 with 4300 miles. Oh yea it will do a wheelie even if you aren't trying.
By Kustoms Date 2008-12-02 00:12
Thats kool. It almost makes up for the cooterkart.
By domorr Date 2008-12-02 13:32
Is the buggy now going to be parked outside to make room for the bike? Looks good by the way!
By yellermanx y 25 Date 2008-12-02 15:53
The radiator is right behind the front tire. Do you think there will be any cooling issues?
By Kustoms Date 2008-12-02 17:06 Edited 2008-12-02 17:28
LOL, Maybe we should ask "Coolrydes." He seems to have all the answers. He's just so smart. I get a chill up my leg when I think about him. Maybe we can get him to Dyno it as well.
Update, The thread was pulled.
By domorr Date 2008-12-02 19:02
I don't think there should be any problems with the cooling system until March when your stuck in all that Bike Week traffic over on Main st. Serious, it should be fine.
By Kustoms Date 2008-12-02 20:20
"I don't think there should be any problems with the cooling system until March when your stuck in all that Bike Week traffic over on Main st. Serious, it should be fine."
Don, It was a joke. You had to be there.
By domorr Date 2008-12-03 12:23
That one went way over my head.
By Morgan T 619 Date 2009-01-11 21:20 Edited 2009-01-11 21:33
A 63 pan project I'm undertaking.
Mini chopper I built for a friend.
My father's 45, learned how to ride on this when I was 8 or 9.
My father's Triumph Rocket III.
My father's 69 XLCH, recently rebuilt by my shop.
My 99 Honda XR650L.
My partner's 48 FLH in progress.
My 04 Ducati Multistrada.
My 63 XLCH.
Yes, it's a sickness..
By HotTub Date 2010-01-31 07:38 Edited 2010-01-31 07:51
Old post...new guy. I've been bikes my whole life. First dirt bike= '80 Honda XR80, first street bike='87 Yamaha YSR50...bought it in '94 and I still own it! Currently I have the YSR, a '66 Yamaha YDS-3 basket case, and a '06 Yamaha R6. Between dirtbikes and street race bikes, I've owned over 15 bikes. If I can't ride them, I have to look at them. They get parked in the living room for the long, crappy winters.
Big TonkaKid...I would have sold my sister for that BW when they came out!
By Hank M 950 Date 2010-01-31 17:37
My ride is sitting behind the buggy. been into bikes since I saw the Great Escape on the big screen. Previously owned bikes include Honda '66 sport 65, Honda, 302 Hawk, Yamaha R5, Yamaha RD250B, Honda 700 Magna, BMW K1200LTand now the BMW R1200GS. Also have a basket case KTM EXC250
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