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A sad, sad tale...

Postby BabbitBilly » Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:35 pm

Of a neglected bike. A long time ago I (foolishly) bought a '68 Mecedes 280 se at the urging of my older sister who said that it was a solid investment. I was young and dumb. The seller had cleverly covered up the rust eating away at the underside with newspaper and underbody spray. I drove it for a few years, put money into it, and finally decided I needed to be rid of it.
Enter a buddy riding a '79 R100. He thought the Merc was cool, so I traded the car for the bike. And rode it once. And put it away for about fifteen years. I know, I know, it's a shameful thing to do, and I feel properly guilty about it. I neglected the '78 Harley as well. So there it is in a nutshell. Full confession, no excuses. Got the Harley out three or four years ago, got her going. Got a velorex sidecar for her and have been tooling around town running errands and such on nice days. Even got the dog going along, nose in the wind. If interested, you can see her riding with me here: https://vimeo.com/145013103 . So now it's time to resurrect the BMW. I bought the clymer version shop manual, and I'll probably be bothering thems that want to be bothered here in the near future. So that's it for an intro for me.
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Re: A sad, sad tale...

Postby Lolo » Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:25 pm

Welcome to the forum.

The dog is so cute

Good luck with the restoration sounds like a lot of man cave time
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Re: A sad, sad tale...

Postby BabbitBilly » Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:13 pm

Thanks LoLo. Found the key today, amazingly enough. I have about a million old keys. Mostly locks and door keys. Sometimes it's hard to lay my hands on the one I'm looking for.
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Re: A sad, sad tale...

Postby Nate » Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:48 am

Fifteen years is nothing for one of these bikes - they age like tortoises so a decade for us is the blink of an eye for them, apart from the rubber bits and pieces which turn to dust...

As you guessed, there's experts aplenty here so the hardest part for you is making a start!

Great dog!

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Re: A sad, sad tale...

Postby DEEP DIVER » Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:54 am

Welcome to the forum. Nice old Shovel HD, it's got a good sound.
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And a VW trike so I don't fall off :shock:

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Re: A sad, sad tale...

Postby Memphis Twin » Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:23 pm

Welcome. Beautiful country around there. I used to live at the other end of i64 (in a previous life!) in Virginia Beach, but visited the areas around Lexington and Charlottesville frequently. Miss it.

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Re: A sad, sad tale...

Postby BabbitBilly » Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:45 pm

Thanks for the nice welcome you all. I've started reading in the airhead and sidecar rooms. I was going to attach a photo, but the i pad photo file is too large and the edit doesn't seem to have a resize function. Oh well, she's not much to look at fresh from the barn.
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Re: A sad, sad tale...

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:50 pm

Posting Photos:

METHOD 1:
Using the Forum 'Upload Attachment' method you are limited to uploading a picture of not more than 1200 x 1200 pixels max dimensions, 250Kbytes max file size.
Any problems will be advised when you try it. You can then add up to three pictures/post.

Here's how:
1. Go to 'Full Editor & Preview'.
2. Scroll down and select 'Attachments' tab.
3. Select 'Add files' and browse for your picture (max 1200x1200 pixels and 250Kb filesize).
4. Add any 'File Comments' to be attached to the pic.
5. Place your cursor in the post where you want the pic to be located.
6. Select 'Place Inline'.
7. Repeat from (2) above for up to a total of three pics/post.
8. Select 'Submit'.

If your pics are too big (> 1200x1200 pixels and 250Kb filesize), see the following depending on the device you are using:

Windows: I use Windows Paint (tabs Home/Resize) which allows you to resize a pic and save it under a different filename
e.g. 'existing filename'_ small.

iPad/iPhone: For iPad/iPhone photo resize, go to the App Store and download a free Photo Resize App such as 'Simple Resize':
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/simple- ... 76379?mt=8

Mac: For Mac photo resize go to the Preview application where there is a resize function.
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Re: A sad, sad tale...

Postby BabbitBilly » Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:07 pm

Thanks Ced. Will give it another try.

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Re: A sad, sad tale...

Postby P-K » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:02 pm

Hi There,

Welcome to the Forum :smile:
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