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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-11-2015, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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This winter is causing me to go broke!

So, besides the cost of snow removal (plowing, earthmover service to remove the mountains of snow, guys to shovel my roof (not doing that myself ever again when I nearly fell off) and tank upon tank of oil to keep my 97 YO father-in-law comfortable at 80 degrees all day and night) I've been going crazy buying parts for the bike. Here's what comes to mind ...

Started with Ohlins #6 for the rear (self-installed)
AlloyArt stabilizer - self-installed
Precision Billet floor boards, passenger boards (required machine work to adapt HD mount), air cleaner, mirrors, brake arm, gear shifter and shifter rod - all self-installed
Engraved MadStad windshield (pick-up today)
Powder coating floorboard supports, jiffy stand, bag latches, etc - done
On order or received but not installed:
V&H HO Carbon-Tipped exhaust
V&H Power Duels/quiet baffles, SERT
Performance Machine contrast-cut lower legs and sliders
Ohlins FKC101s for the front (got a great deal on EBAY - brand new in box from MC dealer in CA)
His and hers Screamin' Eagle leather jackets (wife way over-paid for the ones that came up on EBAY but they are beautiful and in like new condition)
Used enclosed fiberglass trailer so I can get the bike to the dealer once it stops snowing and I can get everything else installed that I don't want to screw up!

Holy cow - perhaps I should not have listed all this - it's complete snow madness and I'm sure there are a few other things like a new helmet and other odds and sods!

Point is - I'm looking for crowd funding so I can pay my mortgage - please send your spare hundred dollar bills to me at snowmadesscantstopbuyingmotorcyclestuffformyrg as soon as possible

To somewhat counter-balance my spending I have sold quite a few parts here on RG.org and CVO.org and my wife has been ebaying on my behalf as well.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Now what's your level of snow madness?


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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-11-2015, 10:55 AM
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Well like any other addiction you first must admit you have a problem, congratulations on the self awareness.

Unfortunately there is no 12 step program that can help you. Mod addiction and PMS (parked motorcycle syndrome) seem to go hand in hand. It sounds to me like you are handling it well though. You are prioritizing needs vs wants (heat vs parts) and making sure that your father in law is well taken care of first, the roof is shoveled off to prevent collapse onto the bike second and the bike third. All other priorities take a back seat to these 3 items

You are doing well by doing most of the mod work yourself on the bike, keeping that roof clear of excess snow does help prevent collapse but it also lessens the insulating factor of keeping the bike warm, it is a trade off and I agree that not having the roof collapse on "precious" is a good thing.

About the snow thing, I saw on the news last night that Boston has received up to 1.95m, over 6 feet of snow, without a melt. Very troubling indeed, I don't want to alarm you and please remain calm but that amount of snow will DELAY your spring even further than what that famous burrowing rat has predicted. You may have to begin sleeping upright on the bike in the garage in late March and continue that for several weeks to get the saddle time that you most suredly deserve after putting up with this most terrible snowmageddon. I find that if I lay a couple of pillows lengthwise on the tank and rest my wrists on the grips with palms on the levers that you can really sleep quite comfortably for long stretches.

Good luck, hang in there and keep your stick on the ice in front of the net and spring should be here for you sometime in late June.

Your friend and fellow Mod addict and PMS sufferer

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Yes, this winter has been hard on the old savings account, for sure.

I have just one more small bike project left and I'm done, DONE I tell you!


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Yes, this winter has been hard on the old savings account, for sure.

I have just one more small bike project left and I'm done, DONE I tell you!
DONE.....DONE..... HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA, you're never done! There will always be something, don't buy any raffle tickets at SW5................., you just know you'll win something and it will start all over again

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Hell, that ain't much. I didn't see cams, heads, wheel change, fork change, Stereo upgrade. Your just at the bottom of a tall mountain. Enjoy the clime.

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I hear ya on that!! So far bars wheels painted inner front end and a bunch of powder coating to round things off


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DONE.....DONE..... HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA, you're never done! There will always be something, don't buy any raffle tickets at SW5................., you just know you'll win something and it will start all over again

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I agree, lol, it's never done, you just take a break sometimes.

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my poor bike has been left alone covered in dust after finding the great kitchen flood of thanksgiving which led to the great kitchen redo

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You guys are a real "hoot" but a bit short in the $100 department apparently! Glad I have fellow madmen to chat with here. Remember, this was the bike I thought I would never change from stock so indeed, a 12 step program will never help. Hand to heart, no more mods (fingers crossed behind back) - no cams, new wheels, turbo or supercharger will ever be on my original bike!

As for the kitchen problems, my friend, sorry to hear you had to spend valuable resources on a room you probably rarely go into to cook. 2011 storms resulted in my having over $30k in water dam damage -what a nightmare!

I have it on good faith that riding weather will begin on April 14, at 10:30am with temps in the lower teens


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yeah the kitchen rates as high as that room with the two big white boxes that make noise, and take up space I could store bike parts.

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