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Featured in the "BOX OF FAME" above: Brian Moon's "Sarita" SR500 Yamaha (see Brian's letter below)
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Of Note: For all those who are coming to Vanderpool, Texas for the upcoming Oct. 10th SOS event...
Folks therebouts say that Kerrville is our best bet for rooms, etc. Based on that, I, for no particular reason, have reserved my lodging at the Super 8 Motel in Kerrville. (830-896-1511 is the number I used...) Kerrville is about 50 miles away from Vanderpool, I'm told. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the Museum at 10AM on Saturday...
(Yes, I think there is various lodging closer to the Museum site, generally cabins and/or campgrounds, etc...)
The Friday evening prior to the SOS FSSNOC event, I plan to try some local food fare in Kerrville and if you'd like to join us for your own dinner, give me a call prior (620-663-1869 cell) so I can keep you abreast of our plans ... where, when, etc. Not part of the club event and nothing solid on all that as I write.
The Museum opens at 10AM on Saturday. Coffee, light snacks, and casual beverages will be available during our visit. About noon-thirty, we'll plan to go next door to the Lost Maples Country Store. When I talked with Brytnie, she said they may or may not have BBQ but they always have deli-type sandwiches for lunch. During or shortly after our group lunch, we'll plan to gather for an impromptu club meeting to share some trip stories and/or some bits of sage thumper wizdom; helps to get to know one another a bit better... and as another reminder... time is drawing short (due October 21st!) for those photos of your thumper in front of your best image of what our mythical Thumper Garage might look like ... this is the theme for our 2016 30th Anniversary Calendar so it is important ... don't let me down, Ya' hear? (grin) Send one photo of your choice... (all photos may not be utilized) - #000.
IT'S TIME FOR ANOTHER ... THUMPER GARAGE! ...October 06, 2015
Welcome to the Thumper Garage. And I know, I know ... it's not Thumper Thursday. It's Tuesday and I crossing my "t"s and dottin' my eyes, I ready to get ready to go to Texas and I don't want to forget anything this time. At our event in Arizona, I forgot to take our (choke) club banner!! How that happened, I don't know, but it did... This time, it's on the top of the stack!
I hope to leave at first light in the morning, that be Wednesday (for me "first light" is when my eyes open because the sunshine is rudely shining through the cracks in the blind!). After I get this website updated, I'll begin packing the Honda CBR250R for travel. I think it, the Honda, is ready to go, but sometimes one can get a surprise, like I did on the Arizona trip. Here is how it unfolded...
On the way to AZ, I rode through New Mexico to pick up Chuck, #5312. At some point, my Honda's drive-line started making a weird noise when I would slow down and speed back up. And, the chain needed adjustment when I arrived at Chuck's house. I thought that was strange but I had ridden for about 30 miles in a real toad-strangler of a high desert rain storm earlier that day so I reasoned that perhaps it had ran too long without lubrication. I lubed it and adjusted it, in fact I messed with it the whole trip. Nothing broke, but it sounded like it could. I poured the oil to it and hoped for the best.
After I got back to the house, I ordered a new chain from DID and sprockets from Honda, all through my local Honda dealer. I remember the days when all of that would have been in stock at the dealership. I asked if they were equipped to install a chain, to which the early 20-ish (maybe) shop counter guy said, "uhhh- yeah", but by his expression, I don't know if he knew what I was talking about or not ... I bravely pressed on, "When can I bring it in and do you have the tools to do it?" "Uhhh - yeah, I think so ... it'll be at least three weeks", he added. Not what I wanted to hear, so I asked again. He did get off his stool, raised the page on his calendar, and confirmed his comment with, "We can maybe do it on Oct. 3rd, a Saturday".
My parts arrived in a timely manner so I called the shop guy and cancelled my appointment for Oct. 3rd. I wound up putting on the new DID chain and a new counter sprocket but I used the "old" rear sprocket as I could not see any wear at all. I know, I know ... we never put a new chain on an old sprocket, do we? Well, this time I did, we'll see how it plays...
The only thing back-ordered, and this is a strange deal, were the gaskets for the oil filter canister and the rubber dampeners that I ordered for the rear hub cushion drive system. They, the dampers, came in a week or so later but so far, no gaskets yet. I have a couple in my own inventory (pretty strange now days, I usually have more stuff for the bike that I'm riding than the dealer does, no matter what the model or brand! Just a sign of the times, I guess, eh?
I did find my weird sound. Anyone got it figured out? When I would stop the bike then begin moving again, I could hear and feel this heavy metal sound, and it wasn't Motly Crue. It would go "c-l-u-n-k" over and over until I began to get some speed then it went away, or at least I thought it did. Of note, the chain was momentarily free of those darn tight links that I've been fighting ever since I purchased this bike. I still contend that it, the OEM chain, is a different chain than a normal DID, yet it says DID on it. The bike is a "world" model and is built in Thailand, I'm told ... though a lady from India who ran the Motel I stopped at in Texas on the way to AZ told me in her excited broken English, ..."That is Honda! (She actually ran outside, pointing at the brightly painted Repsol Honda) Made in India! Made in India! You see? You see? Made in India!" Why had I picked that Motel? It was painted two-tone orange and my Honda, being multiple-toned orange looked really cool parked in front of the 1950's room ... I'm such a romantic!
The first OEM chain and sprockets only went 24,000 miles. The second OEM chain went 23000 miles. This time I stayed with DID but I bought it over the counter, not an OEM version, and I predict that I will not have the stiff link issue that I had with the OEM chain, a condition apparently brought on by a reaction of the rubber o-rings that seal the chain to the oil/grease that I used to lube the chain (90 wt or lithium grease - the same stuff I've used for 100's of thousands of miles). The o-rings get so fat that the links would kink severely, enough to wear the rear sprocket teeth! WD-40 or detergent 20-w 50 oil would un-kink the links. Time will tell...
However, with that said, stiff links weren't the problem, or at least not entirely. Give up? When I ground off the masterlink, which had been professionally installed at a dealership in Wichita who told me that their tool had a spacer and it was impossible get it too tight. Well, it was too tight since day one and was always kinked ever time I looked at it. I could straighten it out with my fingers but it took a lot of effort. I should have gone back and had them do it right, in hindsight.
Long story, short ... it was the culprit! When I removed it from the chain, the connecting link looked normal to my eye but the 108 link chain itself had one round eye on one end ... but ... the eye on the other end was worn dramatically egg-shaped. There appeared to be some lube on the pins of the connector link but not much. So, upon a test ride of several hundreds of miles now, it is quiet as a church mouse ... and no kinks yet!
My route to Vanderpool, which is subject to change at the first dark cloud on the horizon, heads straight south out of ThumperVille, through my old grade school town of Murdock, and on south to Hwy42. I'll go east over to Norwich, snap a photo for our Prairie Pups Motorcycle Club Member Challenge for October (Any town in Kansas that starts with the letter "N" ... of which there are nineteen on the official Kansas map. Take a photo of your motorcycle and a sign that designates the town. Each one is good for one point in our year-long club contest. I'm currently in the top ten which means I'll get my next years dues for free, a $20 value!). Then I'll back-track west to Nashville, do likewise there (another "N"!) , then on southwest to Medicine Lodge where I plan to pick up Hwy 281. At Seiling, Oklahoma, I'll move over to Hwy 183 south to either Vernon, Texas (Super 8 or Astro Motel?) or maybe I'll go on down to Glen and Myra's Lodge and RV in Seymour, Texas for the nights lodging ... only a bit over 300-350 miles.
Next day, Friday, I'll do about that many more and I should be close to Kerrville, Texas. I hope to come into Kerrville on Hwy16 as it goes by the Willow City Loop, a really neat two-track loop that I ride every chance I get ... or I could go by the Enchanted Rock via a farm-to-market road (FM). There is so much good riding in that Hill Country area, we used to go each year between Christmas and New Years. We'd stay a week, ride a 225 mile loop every day, and never run out of somewhere to ride to... lots of history, too and the paved roads are great! They do or did have a major deer population so we always, without fail, attempted to be back to town by sundown. As for those paved roads, there are one lane wide perfectly paved roads that go for miles, and I do mean miles, only to circle a farm-ranch windmill at the far end! LBJ really took care of his voters via good paved roads, or so we were told...
Well ... I better get to my job here. First we hear from Scott from Arizona...
Jack, thanks for the T-shirt, happy to be a member. You mentioned sending some details on my Savage cafe racer; here's a photo and some information. (see Reply to Scott below- #000)
2001 Suzuki Savage ... I've put about 4000 miles on, it runs flawlessly. Cheers ... Scott, #5337 (AZ)
Reply to Scott... Thank You, Scott! I'm gonna save those details and that photo for use in Thumper News. That is one cool ride!
Sorry, FSSNOC members ... you are going to have to wait to see this one in TN but I promise, it is worth the wait!
Another thing of interest here ... now that our FSSNOC membership drive is officially underway, Rex Chaney took our plea for help in TN#120 seriously and jumped into action, signing on Scott as member #5337. Welcome, Scott and Thank You, Rex, #4536 (AZ).
That is the way it works ... every current FSSNOC member is being asked to look about their social circle and sign up one new member to our club. We need to rebuild our numbers and now is the time to make it happen. Not next month or next year...
We need your help, without exception. You, dear member, are our key to success. - #000.
Urgent! We need more (FSSNOC membership application) cards! Ran out pretty quick here. Please and thank you.
Thank you, Chey Chebultz ...The Vintage Spoke - Sales (#5315 - KS.)
Reply... This is an example of how one member can make a difference in our membership drive! "The Vintage Spoke" ... (see our back cover of TN for their ad - they market a huge inventory of parts and goodies for SR-XT-TT500 Yamahas and now I see that they are expanding into vintage Triumph and other models. Check out their website at: www.thevintagespoke.com) Chey (pronounced "shy") ... those cards are on the way, you'll like their bright yellow color! Thanks for your efforts to help our membership drive! --- #000.
Hi, ... Just to let you know that Gary passed away on July 2nd... He loved your publication!! Thanks! Faith Kikuta - Fiance
Reply... Very sorry to hear that news, Faith. Thank you for informing us. (Gary Williams, #4592 - CA. 11-year member) - Jack, #000.
Hi Jack and FSSNOC...
Here is my check for $50 for another year and ten for the FSSNOC kitty. Being in good health and still able to "thump", I look forward to 2016. I am 88 years old this year (1927 vintage) so I have down-sized into a GZ250 Suzuki. Great town bike but not built for the 75-80 mph speeds needed to keep up on the highway. This is the reason I missed the recent AZ. "shindig" near Jerome. Best Regards... Bud, #4983 (AZ)
Reply to Bud... Hey Bud! You can always drive to these things, all we ask is that you park around the corner so that your automobile doesn't show up in the photos of the event. We'd love to have you come for a visit... - #000.
Thank You ... for coming by the THUMPER GARAGE! Stop by next time, probably about October 15th, to see what's thumpin! Don't pass up an opportunity to sign-up a new member ... it's important to us all! - Jack, #000/Director
Last week's report, just in case you missed it:
Here it is Thursday night already. I will write this quickly, and maybe it'll be in time for this week's Thumper Garage. I've been thinking about what to write since getting TN 120 last week. I was immediately taken by the cover photo and the really crisp and clever graphics employed. Very sharp! A far cry from the oldest issue I have, which is #30 from Fall of '93. Pretty primitive, but already it was chock full of good writing and useful info. It's only gotten better. I read the issue #120 cover-to-cover. Very good writing from all concerned. One of my big joys with motorcycles is reading the stories from the guys who ride 'em. Usually humorous and sometimes enlightening.
I was most absorbed by the story on page 21, "Thump Long Enough", which kind of tightened me up inside. No doubt our way of life was changed instantly on 9/11 and will never be the same. I've seen the changes all over the economy. People just don't want to spend like they used too, more accurately they can't spend like they used to. I know that's true in my case. I've got to make the tougher choices. I used to get 8 or 9 motorcycle magazines, maybe 3 now.
One I will keep on getting till the bitter end is Thumper News. Like I said, I've got issues of TN from before I was a member and I've read 'em all. I've always been a Thumper-type since the get-go. My earliest exposure to motorcycles was, oddly enough, through British motorcycle magazines, which meant loads of pictures of Big Singles. Gold Star BSAs and the like. Harleys, in those days, were service vehicles for car dealerships,etc, so in my mind a proper sporting motorcycle was a Thumper. When I discovered there was a national organization concerned with nothing but Thumpers, I was in. And I'll stay in. For whatever it's worth, Jack, I'm in for the duration. Mark me in the "Lifer" column.
And I will keep trying to recruit new members. It's always been a tough sell. For one thing, who buys single cylinder motorcycles anymore? Not many, and those that do don't really understand the necessity of a club just for Thumpers.
But I do, so I will keep my hand in, and also spread the word, however I can. And there will be small victories and bits of hope for the future. I finally got my friend James in the club, no easy task. But he really loves his SR, and has a lot of enthusiasm, and, he's only 56, young in my estimation. Let's hope he sticks around, and maybe he'll rope someone else in.
Meanwhile, keep up the good work, Jack. I have renewed my vows to write some pieces for submission to Thumper News. It will happen! Sooner than later! I'm including a picture of my Thumper, Sarita. Because you can never have enough pictures of SRs. I'll send loads more See ya up the road. Brian Moon, #3792 (CO)
Reply to Brian and to the membership at large... Thank you, Brian! I really appreciate your loyalty to our club! Also I am thrilled to finally read that someone noticed the front page of TN#120 (grin). In my humble judgement, this just might be the "single" most impressive cover in our, soon to be, thirty years ... a big statement, eh?
Marc's photo is simply "over the top". I love the setting, I love the bike, and I love the colors ... well done, Marc! It was great fun to mess with the license tag and Marc's helmet, as well. Note the "TN120 and Fall 2015" on the tag (if you haven't noticed yet) and the "FSSNOC" on the helmet. A car guy once told me that the sign of a really good custom car is when it doesn't appear to be customized ... making the custom features appear to "belong" to the car, not something added later.
Actually I can't take all of the credit for that cover, except for the idea, as printing technology as evolved a great deal since those early days of Thumper News and the end product is, as you said, Brian ... a much better piece.
If I may, I'd like to make a point here: This whole thing is an illustration of just one thing ... member involvement.
Marc, member #2166 (C0) was on the road either riding to or from our FSSNOC S.O.S. event in July in beautiful Centennial, Wyoming. He took the time to stop and take a photo, probably stopping multiple times and taking multiple photos. After attending our event, he returned home and made the effort to write an account of his impressions of the KTM390 Duke that he had recently purchased. He then shared it with us via an e-mail to FSSNOC. Marc's efforts put the ball in motion for this magnificent cover on TN#120, the excellent article on the KTM on page 3 of TN#120, and this resultant conversation. If Marc would have gone fishing that weekend, we wouldn't have had any of this to enjoy ... Thank You, Marc!
Think one member can't make a difference? Think again ... we all, individually and collectively, can make a difference.
Thanks, Brian ... for the difference you make in our club. Thank you for the new member that you signed-up in July. Thank you for coming to FSSNOC events when you can. Thank you for being such an enthusiastic supporter of our favorite motorcycle, the Four-Stroke Single Cylinder and the national club that represents the proud owners of the most historic motorcycle in the world, the Four-Stroke Singles National Owners Club (FSSNOC). - #000.
I want to help recruit some new members. I will be attending two motorcycle events in October. The first will be the Annual Griffith Park Sidecar Rally and second is a fund raiser for our firefighters at the rose Bowl. If you can send me more membership cards, I'll promote our club as best I can at the two events.
I give out the ones you send with each renewal every year and sing the group's praises to any Thumper owner I meet.
You can mail them to my home. Thanks for your good work, Joe Piotrowski #4591 (CA)
Reply to Joe... Hi Joe! Thought of you just last night ... as I filled out your invitation to renew again in November (grin)! I always get a mental image of your BSA sidecar rig when I see your name, it never fails! That is a striking "combo"! As for those cards, I'll get them right out. I'm discovering that when I hand a card to someone, I get the best response when, instead of breathlessly exclaiming "what they are missing" by not being a FSSNOC member, I inquire about them; their riding, if they have a Thumper, if they've ever had a Thumper (many have and most have fond memories of the experience), and I try to find something that we have in common ... I'm guessing it might be called "bonding", whatever it is, it seems to work. Some might think this is corny, but there are few greater "grins" than having someone hand you two crisp $20 bills and say those three magic words "Sign me up!"... and you know why? Because we have just shared something we enjoy with someone else, and that, my friends, is one of life's primary joys! - #000.
Well, I'll see all you guys in Kerrville on the 9th (Friday evening) - assuming it doesn't snow! When I looked at the map (in this case Butler Motorcycle Maps Texas Hill Country map) I said to my self: "Self, I'll bet ole Triple Zero will be spending the night in Kerrville before the SOS event", and so it be. Anyway, I have a reservation at the Super 8. I'll be spending the night before in Junction, TX and there are some fine roads that wend their way to Kerrville, if one is inclined to go out of one's way. Which I am.
At the ThumperCafé in Rimrock, I mentioned that I thought I'd been to about 20 such events. Turns out Rimrock was number 21. A total of 40,262.5 miles traveled. And one S.O.S event - Centennial, WY - for 544 miles. My first ThumperCafé was, I believe the first such event, in Fort Collins, CO in 2004. My first out-of-state event was Tortilla Flat, AZ. - 9/17/2005. Interesting because, even though Tortilla Flat is further from here than Rimrock, I traveled 1544 miles for the former and 1559 for the latter. Plus, I took only three days to Tortilla Flat and back, vs. five for Rimrock - that is attributable to trying to only burn one day of vacation time for the former event as opposed to being retired for the latter.
Keep thumpin', see you soon! Kerry #4543, CO
Reply to Kerry... Wow, that is an impressive recap. Well done, Lad, well done! Kerry is referencing our upcoming event in Texas, Vanderpool, Texas to be exact. Check out the related copy (above) just prior to this edition of Thumper Garage for all the late braking stuff. Hop we can have an overflow bunch of Thumper enthusiasts in attendance at the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum on Oct. 10th, Saturday 10AM.
Looking forward to seeing you, Kerry ... and all the other FSSNOC guys and gals, as well! I think I will leave on Wednesday as this is the "Last Hurrah" FSSNOC-wise for this year and I want to make the most of it!! I plan to drop down to the Texas Hill Country via Hwy281 through Oklahoma into Texas, then on the way back to the house, I hope to swing around to the east up to the Talimena Drive - hwy 1, riding it's fifty mile route (the only inbound national scenic route in the USA?) over into Arkansas, then up into Missouri, then into Kansas ... anyone curious about this or perhaps wanting to take part, give me a call at 620-663-1869. - #000.
Dear #000, Please change my mailing address, effective immediately. Previous address (May- Sept) was Estes Park, CO .
Thanks, Mike #5244
Yo Mike... Will do. Thanks for the heads-up. Hope you enjoyed your summer... #000.
P.S. from Kerry, (C0) ... Well, Jack, the November issue of Rider magazine just arrived and it has an article on the Texas hill country. It also published my letter so FSSNOC and ThumperCafes got a little free advertising! See ya in Kerrville!!
Kerry, #4543 (CO)
Reply to Kerry... Ya' beat me to the punch! We've received lots of calls and comments on that Rider letter written by you ... Thank You so much! This is a prime example of what I was talking about in the paragraphs above about how one member can make a difference. I am inspired by these examples of member involvement and member appreciation of our club. Awesome!!
Of note, our club and one of our 2015 events was the topic of an extensive article in City Bike newspaper ( go to CityBike.com ) by member #1196, Maynard Hershon, also of Colorado, by the way. Maynard was in attendance at our SOS event in Wyoming in July and published his article in the September issue of City Bike, starts on page 25. Thank You, Maynard!! (Maynard is a ongoing contributor to City Bike and Motorcycle Sport and Leisure magazine).
And lastly, a big Thank You to Motorcycle Consumer Magazine! Editor Dave Searle added our website address to the bottom line of his article that compared the Kawasaki KLR650 to the Suzuki DR650. A good read and you'll find it in Issue Vol.#46, #9 Sept. 2015.
www.MCNews.com is their website address...
FALL IS COMING ... need a fresh Sweatshirt? Of course, you do! Here's a little poem for ya'...
Scroll up to the masthead,
click on the "more",
a drop-box comes down,
click on the Club Store ... and see all the goodies.
Make your order soon... Wearing a club shirt or cap makes you a silent salesman for the club even when you don't know it AND it adds volumes of credibility to your presentation to a non-member. We all know how important it is to dress the part ... ask a UPS guy.
An open letter to FSSNOC...
Sorry ... but I gotta leave the FSSNOC club after 20 years because the big "C" has run me down and I'm finished riding now. I've been enjoying the FSSNOC Thumper News for years with all the stories of other members. I have done many Thumper miles of my own, too. A good one of those ... I wish everyone! Larry, #2582 BYE...........
Reply to Larry...
Wow, Larry. Words fail me. Thank you for your many years of loyal membership! Our prayers are with you. - #000.
FSSNOC FAST FRIDAY ... Are you hungry??? Find Exit 14 at Gypsum, Kansas ... If you'd like to visit with some other FSSNOC folk over a plate or two of chow, be there for Lunch at 11:45AM ... October 2nd, that be tomorrow if'n it ain't rainin'. Exit 14!
Also, if you live near ThumperVille or are traveling through, there is a major car show type event coming to town this weekend, Oct. 2-3-4th. They block off some downtown streets and bring in the cars and bikes. Spectators are FREE ... so take home as many as you like (grin). On Saturday only, all day, our local club, the Prairie Pups Motorcycle Club, is planning to have a display in a parking lot just south of Avenue A ... be sure to stop by and say "Hello", okay? We'll be celebrating our 75th year on two wheels. I've been a member since 1968. FYI - ThumperVille was called Puckerbrush then.
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Info from The Vintage Spoke... (See the ad on the backcover of Thumper News)
To use the coupon code found on the back side of the FSSNOC Newsletter Pamphlet follow these steps:
Shop for your products (clicking "Add to Cart" as necessary") On the right hand side of the screen, you will see a box, showing your items you have added to your cart. BEFORE CLICKING "Proceed to Checkout" there are two links above it, that read, "Enter Coupon" and "Edit Cart". To enter your FSSNOC discount code for 10% off, click "Enter Coupon". The screen will prompt you to enter the code found on the back of your FSSNOC Newsletter.Then you may review your cart, see your discount amount, and click "Proceed to Checkout".
Thank you all again for joining FSSNOC and again, call us anytime MON-THURS 9-5 and FRI 9-4 at 785-263-1948 (for parts, accessories, and goodies for your SR-XT-TT500 Yamaha and the new to the USA SR400 as well!)
Thank you, Chey Chebultz The Vintage Spoke Sales
“Bike for Sale” ... This one is a real gem, and may be the only one in North America. I’d like to make sure it goes to a true four stroke singles aficionado. (See photo in masthead 09-23-15)
Extremely rare 3SX version of the cult classic Four-Stroke Single Yamaha SRX motorcycle. SRXs were imported into the US only in 1986, but continued to be produced in Japan until the late 1990s. This is the final version with electric start, 17" wheels, mono-shock suspension and 38mm forks. This bike was grey market imported from Japan in 1997. Only 2000 3SX models were manufactured, and sold only in Japan.
This bike was completely rebuilt in 2008. Chassis work included all new bearings, new FZR brake calipers, new petal front brake rotor, Nissin master cylinder, stainless steel brake lines, new mirrors, Buell turn signals, new throttle and choke cables, Race Tech fork emulators, progressive springs and Ohlins shock.
The motor, identical to Yamaha's XT-600e, was completely rebuilt also. Work included crank balancing, all new bearings and seals, hotter camshaft, dual EX250 carburetors with K&N filter tuned by Wheelsmith Racing, 1mm overbore piston, new chain and sprockets, new petcock and fuel lines, and Yoshimura "Thumper" belly pan exhaust system.
This bike is mechanically superb but was intentionally left to appear in original condition. The paint is original, and there is some rust on various fasteners and oil lines. It was rebuilt to be ridden in SF, not for Concours showing.
The speedo is marked in kilometers. Original mileage is 66,544 kms, which converts to 41,348 miles. Approximately 7,000 miles have been put on the bike since the rebuild. Recently work included replacement of the head gasket and petcock, and installation of a Lithium battery. Photos available upon request. Please contact Jay Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-987-9360.
Bike is located in San Francisco. ....Jay Adams
Hi Jack... Can you please inform everyone that I have a 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650 in excellent condition with over $2,000 in extras for sale? I've lowered it, improved the performance, put a centerstand kit on it, plus a bunch of stuff from Happy Trails etc etc etc
Anyone interested can email me at email@example.com and I'll send them all the details plus a few pics.
$3,595.00 ... I bought the bike new in early 2010. Reason for selling? I have 6 other Thumpers & this one isn't being ridden much.
Thanks! Joe, #661 (MD) P.S. Help with delivery may be possible---depends on when & where.
Sadly, I sold my '82 FT500 last winter. There will be another large FSS in the future. One thing I got for that bike and never installed is a set of RaceTech Gold Valves. They are new in the package, ready to go. I think they commonly sell for $169. For $100, shipping included, I'll send them anywhere in the Continental US. I've used Gold Valves and Ricor Intiminators in other bikes in the past and have always been happy with the improvement in fork damping. Carl, #5106 Ohio. (Note: we failed to get contact info from Carl so if you read this, Carl - send us your e-mail and/or phone, okay? Thanks, - #000. Or, members can drop FSSNOC a note and we can forward it to Carl... )
FOR SALE: 1978 YAMAHA SR500 Mint condition w/ 8765 miles. Heated storage, many upgrades to suspension and other components on this bike, too many to list. Nicest 500 single made! New seat, tank and side covers. All original parts included plus crate with factory new parts. A rare museum quality bike! $4500.00 - OBO.
Call Cal, #5028 (ME) at: 207-460-9757.
FOR SALE: 1996 ENFIELD Bullet -- Black Classic, 500cc
There are no cosmetic issues and it is all original except for right-side shift conversion. This is an early (pre-Classic Motorworks) import and as such is lacking some features of new production examples that some might consider as improvements. Unlike current deliveries, it is fitted with a 4- (instead of 5-) speed gearbox, with a finicky 2nd gear, and has no electric start but does have both kick and center stands. Current mileage is 3293 and that will, of course, increase as it continues to be ridden. It is a really fun ride and I think it is worth $2400.
…Jack, FSSNOC#2511 (WA) 253-857-6584
FOR SALE: 2010 Buell Blast. 500cc power and four-stroke single torque! Only 2500 miles and no abuse. I'm done messing around ... first $2200.00 buys it. We can talk about meeting you part way for delivery. This bike has never even been rained on! Call Mark at 419-344-6816. (Ohio) Thank You, jack ... for running this ad for me.
FOR SALE: 2008 Kawasaki KLR650... Contact Ron, FSSNOC #2485 at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 618-567-0782 (near St. Louis, MO.)
2008 KLR650 w/685cc kit, 42,324 miles, 19" front wheel, Wide rim (rear wheel), Ricor suspension (front and rear),
Cee Bailey Windscreens (summer and winter), Sargent low seat, Aluminum hand guards, HID Headlights,
LED running lights, LED accent lights, LED turn indicators, LED flashing brake light, Mikuni carburetor (VM38),
Fuel pump, High output charging system (stator and regulator/rectifier), Automatic Chain oiler, Heated grips,
Crash bars SW Motech, Center stand, Doohickey w/ torsion spring, ROX Handlebar risers, Odyssey battery,
Stainless steel brake lines, 320mm front disc brake conversion, Fork brace, Wired for GPS, Voltmeter, Folding mirrors,
Skid plate, White Brothers Exhaust, ThermoBob, 16T front sprocket. (E-mail pictures available) $4000.00 to a club member.
For Sale ... for FREE plus the shipping! I found some KLR stuff from when I had my KLR. I have a OME side stand, shift lever and a tall windshield and I think there is a OME seat in the attic. These items are free to any one (FSSNOC members or not) just for the shipping charges. My email is: email@example.com ...Joe (MD) #4686
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