atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#2756: Parts are ordered!

Tires, tubes, rim strips, battery, and rotor removal tool. Everything's ordered, everything's in stock, and everything should be on its way Monday or Tuesday.

I couldn't get matching front and rear tires, damn it, but that's just too bad; I'm not going to pay $80 apiece just so both tires have the same name on them.

I got a battery for the stunning price of $8, but shipping will cost $ I'm paying more for shipping than I am for the battery. The best price I'd seen previously for a battery with acid was $14, so I'm not complaining; it's just that it's kind of amusing.

To save $7 on shipping from the tire place, I bought a $4 "Suzuki" sticker so as to get my order over the "free shipping" threshold. That is also kind of amusing.

I'm considering taking the wheels (once the new tires are on) to the local motorcycle shop for balancing. But--to be honest--that can wait until later, since I won't be riding it that fast on the 4th or anything.

I did all this in between snatches of WoW; to my surprise the client logged out only once, during the longest bit.

Then I spent some time badgering Sailor V about the '83 Suzuki 850 he's got sitting in a storage locker somewhere. The thing leaks gas (we think from one of the carbs) and doesn't run right as a result. I told him to take it to a dealer and just get it fixed. WTF, he didn't pay anything for it because it wasn't running, and it's been just sitting there for five years.

Finally I convinced him to at least call a dealer and ask for a general idea of what they'd charge for a carb rebuild and a tune-up. I reckon it'd cost $50 to rent a U-haul trailer to move the bike to said dealer; sadly my nifty bike carrier can't carry the 850 as it weighs 550 lbs--too much. (The carrier has a weight limit of 400 lbs.)

By now the thing will need a carb rebuild and a tune-up just because it's sat for so long. It's not going to be cheap, but the bike is worth around $1,500 in running condition and there's nothing cosmetically wrong with it as I recall--so even if he had to dump a grand into mechanical work, he'd come out of it with a nice motorcycle.

But, WTF, it's not my problem. Heh.

* * *

I had to go outside and admire the garage again. It's not a lot cleaner but it is cleaner, and the workbench looks mighty nice now.

Once I get the minibike out of the garage I'll have a bit more room to move stuff around, which will help. I've decided that the one cabinet I put up will have to do; I'm getting rid of the others. And the miscellanious Fiero parts are going to be given to whichever Fiero enthusiasts show up first with a trailer for carting them off. Heh.

Anyway, that's about all I've got the energy for; I'm going to bed.

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