Sometimes, Plans Change
As I mentioned in my last post, I put the big Suzuki on Craigslist thinking that I might buy a Triumph Scrambler to knock around on. I love the Scramblers, because they remind me of the old Honda CL series, which I was much more aware of, back in the day, than the original Triumphs. Triumphs were pretty exotic, where I was living in the early '70s, but there was Honda shop in every second town you passed through.
So, when I saw this, on Craigslist, I went to take a look at it.
The guy I bought it from was very apologetic about how bad the paint looked. Of course, he has three BSA dual-purpose bikes in his garage, which he has restored immaculately. I think his standards are a bit higher than mine. To me, for a 40 year-old bike, this looks pretty darn good.
A bit of the paint is rubbed off of the tail light mount. I might actually take that off and rattlecan it.
Forty years old, with 20,000 miles on it and there are no head gasket leaks, or oil drips. Plus, the electric starter still works!
I think I might get some "trials-universal" tires for it, just because I like the looks of the smallish knobbies. And, as I said, I will probably get some turn signals on it, as well. Those two things, plus tracking down a tool kit, are all I plan on doing to it. It is more of a "rider" than a "project", but it's just enough of a project to make it interesting to me.
One really big plus: The motorcycle came with not only a Clymer repair manual, but I also got the factory Owner's manual with it.
The long-term plan is to teach my nephew, Kyle, how to ride it (he is coming to visit, for Christmas) and then give it to him for his 16th birthday (assuming it's still in good shape, fifteen months from now). I've already cleared that with his mom. As she said, "I'd have taught him to ride mine by now if it was in riding condition."