First off, thank you for creating/maintaining such an awesome place. Love it. My names Al, from London UK, and I'm very happy to be here.
A month back, after extensive soul and internet searching, I managed to locate a gem of a donor bike for a project I've been planning. The bike is a '84 1200 Aspen and is currently in a box waiting for collection from a dry storage facility. Haven't got any decent pics to share but when it arrives, in a week or two, I shall update.
The reason I purchased it is because, for a very long time, I've wanted to go on a long trek across Europe and beyond
Yes it's that time in life, when you're done with working ridiculous hours, kids are happy and the other half is preoccupied. With the latter consenting to my ludicrous plans - which undoubtedly she will regret, I started hunting down a bike. Initially I was going to get something a wiser person would probably have acquired, like a cheap Africa Twin or something expensive already built for the task, however I've thrown caution to wind and decided to go the "build it yourself" route. Again could have chosen anything, however the GW just feels right in almost
I was going to get a 1000 or even the 1100 however the updates on the 1200 are what drew me in this direction, plus the condition of the bike is amazing. That and the fact that it was a bargain...by the time I'm done undressing it and selling everything I don't need, the frame, running gear and engine will be free.
Now, I've got a whole bunch of questions, but not sure if I should continue and ask here or in another particular part of the forum. Maybe someone can advise?