January 29, 2011

I've Waited Long Enough!

For those of you who've followed my blog, Thank you from the bottom of my heart!  I'm a much better talker than writer as you can imagine from the nickname.  But anyway, I've been blessed since early on in life to have enjoyed riding all types of bikes. The great ones, the ugly ones, the necessity ones ( no job, limited income) and some pretty cool ones.  And probably, just like many other riders I've run across a bike or two that has just caught my eye.  You know, that super-clean, awsome looking, gota have bike.  Such was the case at Alice's Restaurant one bright sunny morning back in 1979.  A bunch of us had met up at 4-corners in Woodside as we normally did almost every weekend, parked our bikes and commenced partying.  Yea we did the typical seventies stuff, drank some, burnt some, BS'ed some, whatever.  Anyway while coughing one lung out (after a really good you-know-what) a really clean looking Honda pulls in and parks across the street.  Now I knew my bike models pretty good back then and this one I hadn't seen before.  Two tone blue, kinda raked on the front end, four into four pipes, good looking two step seat.  Nice ride!  So like a pot-head to a potatoe chip bag, I went over to investigate.  Turns out to be a brand spanking new Honda CB900 custom.  I think it had like 23 miles on it.   It looked like this one in the photo.

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!

1 comment:

  1. Hell yeah! I just saw one of these (in blue) for sale here in Virginia not too long ago. Couldn't quite justify it with three already in the stable.

    Glad to see you're making dreams come true.

    Behind Bars - Motorcycles and Life