Whats Up Fellas? It's Been A Long Time!

Discussion in 'What's left to Talk About?' started by Blackened, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. Blackened

    Blackened Well-Known Member

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    Ask and you shall receive....

    Bike #1:1996 Custom Magnabobber.

    And here's me the first week I got it. Courtesy of the missus:
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    This is one of my all time favorite pics of it:
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    Fun bike. I referred to this as my "Hooligan bike". I reluctantly sold this earlier this year. My shed just isn't big enough for four and as much as I wanted to keep it, this was the least comfortable bike in my arsenal and it didn't make sense for me to have two cruisers. Not to mention it was the bike I was riding the least.

    (BTW You'll see my F-150 is a recurring theme in these pics! )


    So I got the Magna and the wife says "Can I ride it?"
    I say "Sure, as soon as you complete an MSF course and get a license".

    Turns out she had gotten a license about 10 years prior but had the choice between a horse and a bike. She chose the horse. I asked her if she wanted a bike She said "That would be awesome."

    Sooooo A few months later.....

    Bike #2 1998 Kawasaki Vulcan:
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    Now we were riding together! (below is what it looked like when we first got it)
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    That was when I finally broke down and built the 10x12 shed:
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    I apologize, I don't have a finished pic of the shed. If you look in the video though it's there.


    Bike #3: 6's and 7's baby!!!!

    I'd been looking for this one and was worried with the manufacturer closing thier doors it was a lost cause.

    Lo and behold I found one at a completely ridiculous price. Had to drive 9 hours from VA to Upstate NY (Past Albany) to get it but it was totally worth it:

    2013 Victory Vegas 8-ball:

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    I can't tell you enough how much I love this bike. It's a really great ride. If I had to do it all over again. I would do it without hesitation.

    Finally... Bike #4

    This one needed a little love when I got it. All fluids were changed out, I replace the sprockets and chain. Restored the airbox back to factory condition, replaced the open exhaust installed a Speedo healer, and an STS auto cancelling turn signal module... There was a lot involved.

    Anyways: 2002 VFR800
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    This is the one that kicked the Magna out of the stable and is also the one I ride the most right now. "So this is your favorite?" you might be wondering... Not really. I'm just not sure how much longer these old ass hips of mine are going to let me keep climbing on it to ride!

    I got cars too!

    Sneak Peek:
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  2. andrewsrea

    andrewsrea Well-Known Member

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    Nice machines and good to see you here again!
     
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    dearlpitts Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Wow
     
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    rrobbone Well-Known Member

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    So this is what happens to money once you stop blowing it on guitars... I had always wondered...

    Welcome back.
     
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    jam Well-Known Member

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    Strings and wheels. Love it!
     
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    nomadh Well-Known Member

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    The guitar is nice but unfortunately we have changed the name and now are a DIY plumbing and butterfly aficionado forum now.
    Welcome back
     
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    Blackened Well-Known Member

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    Yep. Job advancement helps too.
     
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    rrobbone Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't know. I was promoted to customer.

    Eh. Such is life. Glad things are working out for you!
     
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    nomadh Well-Known Member

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    My mistake, a DIY plumbing, butterfly and motorcycle forum
     
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    nrussell23 Mr. Crown Royal Staff Member

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    Remember that time I stopped by your house so I could see that awesome PS-924 you had in tribal green? Pepperidge Farms remembers. Glad to see you around.
     
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    Yeah man, I totally remember that! You came to Waynesboro to hit the post office here. Every time I go through Spotsylvania I think about you and wonder what you are doing these days.

    I still have the PS-924 and the Reaper. I haven't bought any new guitars since the Reaper. So probably coming up on 10 years.

    In my quest to start playing again I bought a Bugera 333XL a couple of months ago but that's it. J know rondo is still around... Are They still any good or have folks moved on to some new?

    Wow... Just realized after 10 years that is probably a pretty big question.
     
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    Welcome Back!
     
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  13. nomadh

    nomadh Well-Known Member

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    Rondo has shifted to fan fret, long scale, 8 and 9 string shredstrocities for the most part. The cheapo sx arent as cheap. The agile lp s are 1/10th the selection and chasing gibson used prices.
     
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    Blackened Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I see that. The question is, are the costs justified? On second glance here I realize what is different:

    Thier all 3xxx series now. No more 25xx or 28xx guitars. I want to say I paid something like $309 when I bought my 2800, but that was in 2003 or 2004.

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    Yep. I paid $309.95 for my DLX.

    According to https://www.usinflationcalculator.com/ that would be $420 USD today. Their $425 models would equate to $304.80 and the $499 models would be $357.88 in 2003, so I guess it's a fairly reasonable cost in those terms. Coincidentally,I just compared the top end AL series to an AL3000M Prestige... it was $357.88 back then matching the $499 today. My guess they condensed everything to the 3000 series, adjusted for inflation and called it a day. That is just a guess though.

    The selection of the AL's is pretty sparse for sure. They have a newer model I've not seen before. "Chirality"? Interesting look... don't dig how they did the paddle for the headstock though. Nice looking otherwise.
     
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    nomadh Well-Known Member

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    Yea, the low end is now the appropriatly numbered al1900. A bolt on model. The 2k series is mostly gone. Still good reviews for what they are but they didnt seem to set the world on fire.
    I think the big problem is guitar popularity is falling. The demographic is aging. Anyone interested has plenty. Guitars dont wear out are everywhere.
    Rondo was very smart in chasing the growing new styles and not competing so much with it's own and everyone else's old inventory.
     
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    Blackened Well-Known Member

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    Well this went from awesome to suck-tastic quick.

    Went shooting this weekend with some friends. Decided to clean my guns on Monday and long story short put a bullet through my left hand breaking two of my index finger bones in the process. Don't ever let anyone tell you a 9mm isn't enough I can safely assure you it is.

    the good news is that i got to keep the index finger.

    The bad news is that we don't know how much of it will function after healing and PT.

    I was at UVA who has one of the best hand centers in the US so I'm hoping for the best. They currently have it wrapped up so i cant see anything. I guess ill know more when I go back next week to have it re-evaluated. They pinned it all back together, now it is just waiting to see where it goes from here.

    Guess that DLX project is going to be on hold for a while. :(
     
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    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Ouch, I have been lucky enough not to shoot myself yet but I did put one through the fridge. Gun safety is no joke for sure. I sure hope you get full use of the hand back.
     
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    Good to see some of the old members showing back up. I myself was absent for big chunks at a time. Welcome back.
     
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    LookingDownTheCross Well-Known Member

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    Welcome back! I recently made my big return too XD
    Belated congrats on the family, motorcycles and car!!

    Hope you make a swift and complete recovery too!
     
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    Blackened Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the well wishes guys. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't scared about it. 30 years as a gun owner, never had a problem. one careless second is all it took. Seriously, let this be the example for you NOT to follow.
    the reality of it is starting to settle in today and it's not fun.
     

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