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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-18-2015, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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Saying Goodbye To A Friend

Hey everyone,

It is the end of an era for me. Today, Thunder. my 86 VN 750, went to a new home with an enthusiastic new owner, right off Route 66. She was my first bike and I'd been through so much with her, so I'm feeling unduly emotional about it. I'll still be lurking around the forums, regardless of the next steed that wanders into my stable, but Thunder was a noble steed, indeed.

Goodbye, my dear old friend.

This is my Vulcan. There are many like it, but this one is mine.



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Radiation symbol on tank

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Underglows, light bar
Custom paint
Radiator cover
Pipes
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Horns
Fixing that damn oil leak
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-18-2015, 07:22 AM
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Be strong girl. We all move on over time. Another will hold you one day and you'll be amazed by his touch. When you throw your legs around him you'll fall in love all over and know he's right for you.

Just last Spring I sent my Charlotte to another mans arm. It still hurts in the back of my mine, she'll always be a fund memory. When I throw a leg over Charlene, my 1500 Nomad, I don't look back. Charlotte was my a fun girl but Charlene, boy does she feel good when we hold each other. We could spend the rest of our lives together.
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parting is such sweet sorrow - Juliet

yup, I went through that a few years ago, when I sold my 1980 (great year for Metal \m/) Honda CM400T (The Iron Maiden). yeah, every spring I get a pang of sorrow when I think of her. but I cheer up when I think of who I chose to sell her to. I had many people that wanted to buy her, so it was up to me who I would hand her off to. I chose a very nice young man, I call him Metal Matt. he was just starting out and the Iron Maiden would be his first bike. he loved it that I call her the Iron Maiden, him being a big Metal fan himself. to me, it was just meant to be.

if it goes vroom or boom, I LIKE IT!
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I understand your pain.I just bought back my first bike for the fourth time

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BRING BACK WOLFIE."Peace and Carrots"RIP
"And I'm free...as a bird"John Lennon Free as a Bird
"I only carry when I have my pants on"Joe Robinson RIP aka Old Dog
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Sad to hear!! We never got to put-put around on VNs together. My attitude is the first bike always stays in the stable.

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Thanks, everyone. I really believe she's gone to a better home than I was providing....though I could totally see me buying her back in the future, too.

Love the story about the Iron Maiden. I'm an audiophile with metalhead leanings (well, mostly a metalhead with audiophile leanings, really) and that totally made my day and made me not feel so bad. Obviously, my Thunder was named after the DethKlok song. XD

Well Tanner, would you guys still ride with us, though Doomsday is on a 1500 and my next one is very probably gonna be a Brit bike?

I both hope and suspect you're right, Chuck. The one I'm gunning for is my dream bike!

I referred Thunder's new keeper to this forum, too. I sincerely hope he joins. The information has been almost as invaluable as the friendships I've found here.

This is my Vulcan. There are many like it, but this one is mine.



Thunderhorse 86 VN-750

Single mirror conversion
Cafe bars
New forks, lowered (Thanks Deuce!)
VN-900 seat (Them hips don't lie!)
Vintage bags
Gas mask 'fairing'
Radiation symbol on tank

On the list
Earshave/rejet
Underglows, light bar
Custom paint
Radiator cover
Pipes
Turn Signals
Grips
Horns
Fixing that damn oil leak
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What did you get for yours? I listed mine for $1500 but I think the starter solenoid crapped out.
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hey Madaam, glad to hear from you again...I assume you are all healed up and back to normal now?? sorry you had to let your first bike go, but one door closes and another one opens....such is life!
You don't have to own and ride a VN750 to be welcome here, and if you were on the other coast, I would ride with you guys. It's not what you ride, but the fact that you ride it and not just use it as a showpiece that counts.
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Cowboy: I originally listed mine for $1500 as well. I let it go for $1100, which I thought was more than fair, considering all the hell I put 'er through. It's $100 less than I originally paid, but such is life.

KC: I don't actually own a car, so my bikes are my daily drivers, regardless of weather (though SoCal tends to have pretty good weather, fortunately!)

Who knows? You may just get your chance. Yesterday, I picked up a 99 Triumph Legend TT with all of 10K miles on it. I've been wanting to roadtrip cross country, and this bike is roadworthy enough for the task.



Now, to get Doomsday something equally roadworthy. He sold his Vulcan this morning. It feels almost sacrilegious to no longer have a Kawi of any kind at the house. Our parking spot just doesn't look the same.

Oh, and to answer your question: As normal as I'm ever going to get. I'm back to doing martial arts and power walking, and they seem to help with my mobility and keep the pain to a minimum, which is great...as long as I stick with it. There are some minor things I can no longer do, but it's no big. As long as I can ride, that's what matters! And thank you; though I'm a lurker, I kind of consider this forum my internet bike home, and will still be around. I also agree that it doesn't matter what you ride...so long as you ride!

This is my Vulcan. There are many like it, but this one is mine.



Thunderhorse 86 VN-750

Single mirror conversion
Cafe bars
New forks, lowered (Thanks Deuce!)
VN-900 seat (Them hips don't lie!)
Vintage bags
Gas mask 'fairing'
Radiation symbol on tank

On the list
Earshave/rejet
Underglows, light bar
Custom paint
Radiator cover
Pipes
Turn Signals
Grips
Horns
Fixing that damn oil leak

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-23-2015, 03:08 PM
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Bought mine for $1500, sold it for $1500 but who knows how much I put into it. I'd love to call the kid and see if he still has it or if he's still alive and all. That would be gay though wouldn't it? Not that there is anything wrong with that.,,,

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