From:Dave Hennessey Electronic:dave -A-
Subject:RE: RE: 1948 Harley 125 Date:Fri Dec 23 18:57:40 2011
Response to:16709

Q. Does your bike turn heads as you drive down the street?
A. Yes.

Q. Will you win a trophy at the local bike show or county fair?
A. Yes.

Q. Does this make you happy?
A. _____

Q. Is your bike absolutely 100% the way it came off the factory assembly line 63 years ago?
A. No.

Q. Do you care?
A. _____

There are very few bikes given 100 points by the AMCA. My 1955 Hummer got close, but didn't quite hit the 100% mark. I guess I could spend many years and hundreds/thousands of dollars to try and get that last 1/4 point, but I don't care - I'm happy with what I've got.

If you're like most of us, you'd like to make your bike as close as possible to original. So you want us to give you a list of the things you should fix. OK, we can give that to you.

But you have to set realistic goals - 1 year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years. If you're on Jay Leno budget, you can get it done in 1 year. The rest of us usually take 5 years to find that really-hard-to-find-part X.

So take our criticism as constructive - we've spent years following the same path you're now starting upon...