I got a quote from another racer shock builder but it gave me heart palpitations
I am looking for more comfort than high speed handling.
Crikey if i wanted to go fast it certainly would not be on this old nail . LOL
Well we have our first major issue with the build. Josh had a feeling that the silver color of the Liquid Coating did not appear the same as the Metal Swatch that I signed off on. We are trying to match the K45-286 Silver of the Porsche as closely as possible and have the durability of this coating. Well he had a hunch and I think him being a photographer and working with shades and colors every day helped him identify the issue. So I sent the swatch that I was provided some months ago that I accepted and he has matched it up to the bike and it is not even close. So back to the Liquid Coaters all the parts will go tomorrow. It is his feeling that they did not put the clear coat on the bike as they were suppose to and we will find out if that is the issue. Below is a picture of the swatch up next to the newing coated frame and as you see, it is not going to do. Bound to happen with any restoration, issues like this, but the guys who did the coating said if it does not match the original swatch they would take care of it, all it means in some delays.
Don't take this wrong, but I find it totally humorous that you're throwing this kind of money at a motorcycle. At the same time, I totally get it. In regards to the swatch, the damn thing looks kinda beige in your photo. It just seems a damn shame to send the bits back but hey, it's your prerogative. Yeah, I said "prerogative"...
Living on the trailing edge of technology...
As far as throwing money at a motorcycle, my brother bought a new Harley for over $20K, I will be well under that price when it is all said and done and I will have a sister bike to my car and it is will vintage, it will be German and it will be exactly how I want it. Small price to pay if you ask me, but money really is not the object, because like the Porsche, I never expect to part with it unless I need to sell them to feed my family or something, so they will be mine for decades to come and I do not even think twice about resale value when it comes to these two projects. I can think of a million worse ways of spending a little expendable income, but then I am a romantic when it comes to these restorations, thinking about saving two vehicles and putting them back on the road is just very powerful for me and to know they will be passed down to my kids makes me smile even more. They may inherit them with dents, scratches and rock chips, but at least they will know who put the dents, scratches and rock chips there.
To get the product you want it will be worth the wait and extra time. At least it sounds like the folks doing the finishes understand what you want and are trying to deliver.
As for cost, well i know plenty of folks who have spent a lot of money on things I don't really understand , but it makes them happy and they are certainly not missing any meals over the expense.
I say you should be commended for taking on this project and keeping your goals clear as problems arise.
I think it was Jay Leno who said something to the effect;
all 100 point restorations should be used /driven or ridden all the way back to zero and then brought back again.
I'm not a fan of trailer /garage queens.
If I can't ride it , drive it , or sail it I don't want it.
And what else are you going to spend your money on?...this kind of money...Geoff
As any developer will tell you, it's difficult to get men into malls....
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"When you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."
as "too philosophical," Shane. Of course, it helps that you actually have something insightful to share. You and Josh have lots of (deserved) FANS on this site, and the "numbers don't lie." You may have noticed that some (happily, only some) posters seem to want to take little digs at those of us engaged in thoughtful sharing and those having F-U-N while the lights are still on. I guess "axe grinders" are always with us, eh?
Just returned from a 2500-mile trip on my '78 Motosport, and every mile was pure joy. Somehow, there's always that little baseline frisson when riding an old machine, perhaps having to do with is this thing taking me all the way home? or will I be tinkering beside the road for a few hours . .?? Gotta love it. The Airheads hold a special place for those fortunate enough to explore the fascinating world of LuftKopfs.
GREAT looking hubs, by the way.
Shane ; at least you sound like a mench and not some guy with money and an attitude.
Believe me there are enough of those types around and not enough like you . Willing to share your experiences and love of older things.
Class act IMHO.