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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Organ Donation

No, I am not talking about what would happen if the bike went down. In fact we will not even mention that. What I am talking about is keeping vintage bikes on the road. For the last two years, I have been slowly parting out an old Suzuki GS on eBay. Yes, I have made some money on some of the parts I have sold, but it's more than that...

I originally paid $400 for the GS that I knew was going to need work. When I bought it, the bike did not run. The "family" that was selling the bike made the comment that they "are good Christian people and would not screw me on this sale". Well it turned out that the engine was trashed due to bad compression. How did a normally indestructable GS engine go bad, maybe it was one of those "good Christian people" riding the bike for years without an air filter on it. In any event, I made the cost of the bike back in selling the parts.

Back to the donation part. My first bike was a 1984 Suzuki GS650E. Wow, did I love that bike. The smuck that I sold it to in Maryland crashed it within the 1st week he had it. The last 10 or 12 bike parts I sold on eBay, I would have liked to have turned a profit, however I didn't. In fact, I have lost money on the eBay sales. Am I bitter about it? No. I liked my Suzuki GS Series bike so much, that my ultimate goal from parting out my GS is to keep as many GSs on the road as possible.

If my dead GS can donate as many organs as possible, it will keep living within the soul of many other great bikes. But, donating bike parts helps in another way as well... It enriches the soul of the owner/rider of that vintage machine as well. Two souls saved for the price of one. Maybe that's what the Good Christain People meant when they screwed me on the purchase of this vintage motorcycle.

It really makes you feel very good inside to keep a bike AND rider on the road.

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