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Rob, what happend with your green panhead, I know you sold the tank. Did you sell the pan or are you getting it fixed?

caffeine said:
i like the guys that are all......"F.T.F all the way bro!! but stil think its not cool unless its a original 48 pan. god forbid ya put std heads and maybe some aftermarket rocker covers on it."
 

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merg54 said:
I agree fully on the soul of older bikes.

Buying pre-built is fine, but it is just like buying a new harley. Yes it looks unique, and ques in on classic lines. Yet you are still riding something that is powered by a new evo based motor, all be it rev-tec. It is put together by someone elses hands, even thought they are nice people. So you get looks from people, but you cant take the joy in knowing everytime you sit your happy ass on that seat, that you turned almost every bolt, and busted and bloody your knuckles on it.

If you park your new built bike next to a generator pan, or shovel...what you think is going to get the nods from the people?

ok I am climbing down off my soapbox now, I have to true the flywheels on my pan/shovel build.

one more thing, if you buy a new bike, no matter how hard its rode, pieces should not fall off. Thats why your paying all the labor costs, to have it done by pros. I think for that extra cash, locktite should be able to be afforded...but fuck what do I know.
for those of us who dont have the mechanical knowledge to build our own buying is fine with me. When i bought mine i had no idea what it took to build a bike and liked what flyrite had to offer. Now i know what the hell is going on and will build the next one.

As for pieces falling off, they had nothing to do with loctitie being applied or not. I have had only one bolt come lose and it was trivial. the rest was from stress and vibration.
 

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mcotie said:
I agree with you on the feeling of pride knowing you built your own bike. But history has proven with me that if I've never done something before I don't dive into it full tits out. (a certain old failed Mustang project of mine comes to mind, ask my wife he he). I have to ease into it. I've never built a bike from the ground up before. So I figured the best option for me is to buy a bike that has been "built" by a pro and learn a few things about it. It's just a smarter thing for ME to do.
Its a smarter thing for MOST folks to do.
Like Conder said...there are only a handful of people...
If every fucking idiot and their mother was out there building bikes from the ground up then the "builders" wouldn't be as cool as they are. They wouldn't be part of that handful and they wouldn't bask in the glory because every jackass with a welder would be fucking everything up for them.

The whole mentality of "real bikes are built, not bought" is the mentality of the elitist. They're akin to the proud fathers who sport the "my kid can kick your kids ass" mentality. They can weld and they can wrench and they can do no wrong. This is their life. Unfortunatley, they sometimes forget to realize that other people are good at other things. For most of us, motorcycles are but a part of our life, not the reason we live it. They fail to understand that when the asphalt is flying by, the wind is ripping through your ears, and the bugs are smackin your face, we all still share the same feeling.

That being said, I also understand the value and pleasure of making something with your own hands and seeing it through to the finish. i wish i could be an expert motorcycle builder/welder/mechanic, but my skills as a gay porn fluff-boy and competitive masterbater would suffer terribly.

That is my lot in life.
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i build my own shit or rebuild my own shit...but SPS and FR both offer nice bikes that are more affordable ,seem to be good quality & and have more style then the competition.and that ive seen or heard up close.
 

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Ryno said:
Its a smarter thing for MOST folks to do.
Like Conder said...there are only a handful of people...
If every fucking idiot and their mother was out there building bikes from the ground up then the "builders" wouldn't be as cool as they are. They wouldn't be part of that handful and they wouldn't bask in the glory because every jackass with a welder would be fucking everything up for them.

The whole mentality of "real bikes are built, not bought" is the mentality of the elitist. They're akin to the proud fathers who sport the "my kid can kick your kids ass" mentality. They can weld and they can wrench and they can do no wrong. This is their life. Unfortunatley, they sometimes forget to realize that other people are good at other things. For most of us, motorcycles are but a part of our life, not the reason we live it. They fail to understand that when the asphalt is flying by, the wind is ripping through your ears, and the bugs are smackin your face, we all still share the same feeling.

That being said, I also understand the value and pleasure of making something with your own hands and seeing it through to the finish. i wish i could be an expert motorcycle builder/welder/mechanic, but my skills as a gay porn fluff-boy and competitive masterbater would suffer terribly.

That is my lot in life.
;)
Thank you for adding fluffer....

Fluffers are too often overlooked these days.

-Jason
 

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Ryno said:
Its a smarter thing for MOST folks to do.
Like Conder said...there are only a handful of people... ;)
... plus the digital gaming industry would suffer horribly if we were to quit and start making bikes, right? :)

mitch
 

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Don't know about the gay porn fluffing,so just count me out on that one.What Ryno said got me thinking,though.My idol is that guy from one of those Cheech and Chong movies.The five time World Masturbating Champion,Harry Palm.I have been training for years and looking to get into it competitively.I have mastered the "over the shoulder boulder holder" and tried the one that Harry Palm claims that he beat it against his forehead.I don't think it's possible,but we'll leave that to the final rounds.Why does his hand always shake?Is it Parkinsons?Is that an advantage or disadvantage?

All the bikes mentioned here are affordable and kick ass----plus you can trade out parts/modify yourself to get what you want.Rigids break shit,plain and simple.If you don't want to replace a bulb in 2 weeks,buy a Honda.The SPS guys have always treated me good everytime I talked to them,even though I don't even own anything they sell.Same with FRC,good guys and killer bikes.I wouldn't hesitate to buy any of their stuff for my next project----especially that Trump motor I have waiting for the right frame.

Jimmy Diesel
 
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