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JonathanS
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hahahaha. in my case, i think the bike is just very rare. so rare that you can't even find parts for it no matter where you are. i burnt out the alternator on in last year and it took almost 9 months to find a replacement. personally ive never been fond of hondas but when i came across this one, it just becamse one of those things that just grab ya!

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Topic starter Posted : January 1, 2011 3:38 pm
Lizard
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JonathanS
Back in the early 60's I would rebuild motorcycles from parts and sell them. Didn't make a lot of money but it kept me busy and out of trouble. I bought a crate of motorcycle parts thinking it was an older Harley Davidson. On the gas tank the letters HRD made me think a different model. I couldn't find parts for it and nobody ever heard of HRD. I Put it together as best I could and sold it for $75.00 as is. That same Motorcycle Today is in Ohio and was sold in a Private sale in New York. The Price was $250,000. The Bike was completely restored. The Letters on the Tank HRD (Howard Raymond Davis). The Bike was The Vincent HRD 998 or as the the motorcycle population know it as (The Vincent Black Shadow). So you never know what you have.:$)

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Posted : January 1, 2011 5:26 pm
JonathanS
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hmmmmmm.... my silverwing is a gl650 and in pretty great condition (other than the alternator). but i want to keep it that way so i think that i'll leave it on the mainland. anyway, it's a highway bike and it doesn't like to putter around under 70mph. from what i hear by the time you get to 70mph on the island it's time to slow down for the other end.... IF you make it to the other end. but correct me, i may be wrong.

still doing my research on the move tho. making a little progress. maybe i could go to work as a cremationist there. i wonder: how dead is that business? (sorry... couldn't resist.)

keep the comments coming... i appreciate any and all!

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Topic starter Posted : January 1, 2011 11:47 pm
JonathanS
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and lizard, that's very true. i got this bike from a junk yard about 5 years ago. it had spent the winter under several feet of snow and it had been wrecked. someone hit a curb really hard with it, so i replaced the front rim and tired, the brakes, replaced the front fork seals, cleaned it up and gave it a paint job... all just to ride around town on. lo and behold! a collector approached me at a service station and told me that the bike (after I had restored it) was worth about 8 grand! hell, i gave 250 bucks for it! yep you're right... ya never know what you got till you sell it for a hundred more than you paid for it! lol. (glad i still have mine tho!)

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Topic starter Posted : January 1, 2011 11:52 pm
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