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RE: New Bikes
- Subject: RE: New Bikes
- From: "Martin Lodahl" <lodahl@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005 11:44:48 -0800
Kent Christensen quipped:
> "GM getting something right"--especially those two dogs--is as funny as
> the notion of collectable Oilheads.
All I'll say about GM is that that it's barely comprehensible to me that the
company that built the '55 Chevy with the small-block V-8 could have fallen
all the way to the Chevette in just 30 years. My real thought, though, is
about the collectability of oilheads. I think Kent has a point. Thirty
years ago I bitched about BSA's, but thanks to simple design and an active
aftermarket, I can still get any part I need for mine easily and relatively
cheaply. If I still had my '55 R50, that too would be quite maintainable.
This morning as I was refitting the silver-colored sparkplug cover on my
Bumblebee, the thought occurred to me of just how difficult it's likely to
be to find these plastic bits in 30 years. And the electronics will be
simply a lost cause! I suspect we'll all be asking, "ou sont les Beemers
d'antan?" Well, parked in garages, awaiting the unobtainable bits to finish
the restoration. It seems somehow unlikely that we'll see many 30-year-old
RT's humming along bylanes on pleasant Sunday afternoons.
Martin Lodahl of Auburn, CA
UNIX Pro, Motorcyclist, Musician, etc.