How many bikes are too many?

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Re: How many bikes are too many?

Post #31 by JamesPal » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:52 am

Pony Ruiz wrote:
Not one of us, not one, has answered the question.


:lol: :lol:

I feel bad I only have one.

didn't mention......
I have enough spare parts to build another one dancr

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One is not a bad number. It keeps life simple. The right answer is based on what you want to do. I like to build bikes, it is a hobby I've been doing for the last 10 years. I like to ride too, the 1200 Interstate is great for eating miles. I like to load the tent and leave for a week of eastern Oregon. The CB450 is a hoot to ride. It draws a crowd almost everywhere, but after about 200 miles in a day it really makes my old butt hurt. So the right answer is something in between. That is what the 1100 Standard is for. It will be naked as the day it came off the assembly line. There isn't much room between the 1100 and 1200 so I think there needs to be something between the 450 and 1100. So a 73-74 CB750 sounds about right. Those four bikes should give a good spread. This plan leaves my wondering if I need to come out of the 70-80s. Maybe a move to a VFR fuelie would be in order... hmm, just thinking.
Buddy Pony, I think you need to turn some of those parts into a bike. It will be a contribution to the collective. The only way to pass on the NGW to the next generation is to have bikes for them. Your 1000 is perfect. A rider is needed to round it out.
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Re: How many bikes are too many?

Post #32 by Track T 2411 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:18 am

wingrider wrote:It does say how many you own + one more, so to me, that says it is almost infinite! :-D

The only problem I can see with this formula is that it suggests you can only buy one at a time... lolol lolol lolol
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Re: How many bikes are too many?

Post #33 by 77Gowing » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:20 am

wingrider wrote:It does say how many you own + one more, so to me, that says it is almost infinite! :-D

I agree N is a variable by definition and thus so is B.
Anyway I like his mathematical creativity.
Must be a physicist, they all do calcs on the the ideal.
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Re: How many bikes are too many?

Post #34 by CYBORG » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:27 am

To many is one more then you can maintain comfortably, have time to ride and enjoy, and can afford to store properly. In my case, that is one sport type, and one touring type. They do everything I want to do, and fit into the size of my budget, and the size of my shop, and ability to keep in shape.
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Re: How many bikes are too many?

Post #35 by Goldwingologist » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:16 pm

It's like guns or guitars - if you are really going to enjoy every aspect of the activity then you need more than one. You at least need a rifle and a pistol or an electric and an acoustic, right? As much as the manufacturers would like us to believe they have one bike for every kind of riding, that is never really the case. But at some point you can absolutely have too many. Where is the limit? It is different for everyone and you never know how far you can go until you have gone too far. This sport is all about pushing the limits. So go ahead and add another bike to the collection!!
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Re: How many bikes are too many?

Post #36 by rcmatt007 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:26 pm

are we counting running?

Just needing to be finished up to run?

Real projects?

Piles of parts potential projects?

running: 3 (two HD's and the 1200/sidecar), unless you add the M3W, then 4

Just needing to finish: add two (my '78 and the Ltd)

Potential projects: well I still have that chopped KWenterprizes 75

Piles of parts: 4 frames and all the fix'ns
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Re: How many bikes are too many?

Post #37 by rcmatt007 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:26 pm

opps, add the 79 blue/green as running... BTW it is for sale
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The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
"One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation." Fred Rodgers
"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
78 constantly modified/customized since 1978, BOTM June 2015 de-evolving this very moment viewtopic.php?f=30&t=65511
76 Ltd "cookies bike" not ready for prime time,
79 project, finished,
'86 1200 (Beth's) with motorvation sidecar, July 2017 BOTM
'17 HD Road king and 08 HD Heritage softail (Beth's). I guess you can say we have MBS

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Re: How many bikes are too many?

Post #38 by 77Gowing » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:15 am

Imagine If you had Jay Leno's garage and his money. How many bikes then?
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Re: How many bikes are too many?

Post #39 by CYBORG » Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:08 am

77Gowing wrote:Imagine If you had Jay Leno's garage and his money. How many bikes then?

he also has full time employees that maintain and take care of them. Whole different level
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Re: How many bikes are too many?

Post #40 by rcmatt007 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:15 am

CYBORG wrote:
77Gowing wrote:Imagine If you had Jay Leno's garage and his money. How many bikes then?

he also has full time employees that maintain and take care of them. Whole different level


exactly the reason I have a large pile of parts.....

did I mention, also a 79 for sale

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all it takes for evil to prosper is the want of a few good men to do nothing-Edmund Burke
The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
"One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation." Fred Rodgers
"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
78 constantly modified/customized since 1978, BOTM June 2015 de-evolving this very moment viewtopic.php?f=30&t=65511
76 Ltd "cookies bike" not ready for prime time,
79 project, finished,
'86 1200 (Beth's) with motorvation sidecar, July 2017 BOTM
'17 HD Road king and 08 HD Heritage softail (Beth's). I guess you can say we have MBS

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Re: How many bikes are too many?

Post #41 by tomk1960 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:58 pm

I presently have 5 bikes, with 4 registered and my VFR750F undergoing my usual resurrection procedure. I just sold my 6th bike, which was a stock 1983 CB1100F. I found myself riding it less and less after I finished my first CB1123 resto-mod, then even less after I finished the second one. Those are my two favorite bikes and get ridden often. So there was no point in keeping the stocker around any more if it was going to sit. My GL rests in the shed down at the beach cottage and is my vacation/long weekend ride.

It was fun having a collection for a while, but the constant maintenance, the need to winterize every year, and the ongoing "issues" that can crop with these bikes got old for me. I see myself selling the VFR750F when it's done if I don't love it.

There's no magic number. Do what works for you, based on time, space, and your abilities.
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Re: How many bikes are too many?

Post #42 by 77Gowing » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:15 pm

CYBORG wrote:
77Gowing wrote:Imagine If you had Jay Leno's garage and his money. How many bikes then?

he also has full time employees that maintain and take care of them. Whole different level

Yes, but wouldn't it be neat.
Ride a little, wrench a little or a lot.
But yes flying without a net is probably more exciting.
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Re: How many bikes are too many?

Post #43 by pidjones » Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:42 pm

I understand that Billy Joel does some of his own wrenching. But he sends his GL1000 carbs to Pistol Pete.
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Re: How many bikes are too many?

Post #44 by 77Gowing » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:27 pm

I think those carbs are what separates the Men...from the boys.
Pistol Pete did mine...I'm just a boy. lolol
A wise man has many counselors, NGW is one of mine
"Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please." :drunk Mark Twain shakehands
I believe in the Scientific Method...you screw up and then learn from it. anim-cheers1
Yes you have a right to do most anything you want, but the consequences are all your own. :oops:
It costs nothing to be nice or respectful.
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Re: How many bikes are too many?

Post #45 by detdrbuzzard » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:48 pm

2005 sunL 70
1970 CT 70
1974 XL 70
1985 CB 450
1975 CB 750 k
1979 CB 750F
1979 Super-K
1993 GL 1500 SE
1999 ST 1100
2006 ST 1300a
2011 BMW R 1200 GSA
are all the bikes I have in the stable
'75cb750, '79cb750 super K, '79cb750f,
'99 ST1100,'93gl1500se 85cb450sc, '05sunL70
'06 ST1300a
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