Man that was a nice looking bike! Well, in as much as five minutes there was a crowd around this fella, talking and looking and questioning. Mr. "Popular new bike guy" then proceeded to cop an attitude which I didn't care much for at all and besides I needed my roachclips so it was a good time to split before I open my big mouth. But that damn bike has stuck in my mind ever since then. I swore that I day I'd buy me one of those and take it off my "Bikes I Gotta Have" bucket list. Well 31 years later, lady luck turned her friendly smile towards me. Here, "New To Me" is the latest two wheeler of the Chigger collection.
It's an 82 and it's not blue but hey, for only costing me a few hundred dollars I think it'll be fun to ride. Poor thing been sitting in a dude's garage for about four years. He said he started it twice then the battery died about two years ago and he hadn't messed with it since. He just wanted it out of the garage-period. I had taken one of our son's with me down to see the bike so we pushed the bike out in his driveway, (Brakes were all but seized up) grabbed some jumper cables hit the starter twice and she fired up. We could tell she was running on the #1 & 4 cylinders and 2 & 3 weren't firing. Shut it down and gas poured out the overflows on the carbs. So you know how I played up that situation to the seller. We told him, " This bike is only gona be good for parts, there's no way this will ever run" . And on and on we went till the poor fellow grabbed the couple of hundreds I had in my hand and said, "Here, let me help you guys load it up in your truck". That we did and away we went. My son's still trying to figure out how all that went down.
I just keep telling him, "Son, when you get fifty plus years on this earth someday, you'll understand how old men deal with situations like that one. Until then just be quiet, watch and listen. You'll learn a thing or two from us old farts, I guarantee it. So I've got my work cut out for me on this little jewel but I've always enjoyed bringing old neglected things back into their prime. The Ms.says it's too bad the same can't be done for me-Ha!
Have a blessed day my friends!