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Old 06-11-2011, 11:52 AM
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Some of you will remember this >

I guess it was a mistake. I found this poor little bike sitting outside, rusty and disused. When I asked my nephew what was wrong with it he said, "The chain came off." I asked if he ever adjusted the chain tension. "I don't know how." Why he didn't call me I don't know.

I then discovered that the engine is seized. I pulled the head off and the piston and cylinder walls look like they were worked over with an acetylene torch.

I asked him if he was mixing the fuel the way I showed him. "Sometimes, I think." Great! I drained some fuel from the tank. Yep, straight gasoline, no oil. I asked him why he didn't put oil in the gas. "I just forgot, I guess."

I didn't say a word, just loaded the bike into my truck and took it home. Now I have my work cut out for me. I'm going to rebuild the engine, clean the rust off and try to put the little guy back into shape.

What a shame. It was a beautiful little bike when I gave it to him. I guess I learned a lesson, or confirmed what I already knew. Motorbikes are not for everyone. Especially a kid who doesn't have any appreciation for mechanical things. I'll keep you posted. Oh, and he isn't getting it back. So much for Uncle Santa
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Old 06-11-2011, 12:07 PM
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How old is your nephew. Was wondering if he was getting it back as I read through your post...good call Santa. Yup...MB's are not for everyone. Maybe if he had a hand in building one, and WITH his own money maybe he would of appreciated it. From your story...kind of doubtful.
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Old 06-11-2011, 12:23 PM
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That is a shame. It was a real good looking bike when you gave it to him.

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Old 06-11-2011, 01:54 PM
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:32 PM
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I guess the chain came off after the engine seized.

Nope, never give that kid another vehicle. He'll kill himself on it.
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:35 PM
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For almost 2 years now I kinda been praying someone would get an irresistible urge to give me a motor bike or just a motor, with no such luck.

People these days just don't appreciate gifts, or anything else for that matter. It's all about me, my and mine. They want what they want and don't really care any more when they are done with what ever it was they wanted in the first place.

I'm tellin' ya now, it's only going to get worse.
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Old 06-11-2011, 03:04 PM
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It's a disposable world...look at how we are supposed to change phones every time a new one comes out and how expensive each new generation is.

You will have to wait until Budzo has to buy his own stuff before respect for a thing developes.

...are you supposed to fix it and give it back?
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:03 PM
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My younger brother is 50 years old and I hesitate giving him a 4 stroke/shift kit mountain motor bike for off road trail exploring because the results would be the same or worse, his idea of a motor bike is how far and hard can he push it before it breaks.............I might lend it to him knowing that I will at least get it back at some time in the future for repairs.........Don
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:57 PM
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Some people view these things as just toys. My boss just kinda giggled when I told him my plans for my bike. So I let him look at some of the builds on this site and he was just amazed. Then I went to eBay and let him look at ome of those that sell for $3000.00 to $5000.00 and about died.
Now he let's me park my bike in our meeting room at work, to keep it safe and

But in your case, he was probably just not ready yet, give him time. Let him help rebuild it, so he knows how much work is envolved.
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:58 PM
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Went down a simular road with my oldest son 3 years ago, I gave him a truck that I paid $7000.00 for, he was very happy about it and took it right straight out and ragged the living crap out of it, everytime I saw it, it had a new dent or something wrong, the engine ran perfect and everything but the dome lite worked great, it was a Chevy extended cab PU spray in bed liner, new tires, brakes, fuel pump, B&M Transmission controller, just a solid little truck.

My youngest son told me that he had sold the truck one day and I was a bit upset but thought maybe he just wanted sonething else more economical.......boy was I wrong, he had taken the truck down to a used car lot and told the guy to make him an offer, the fella down there offered him $1300.00 and he took it, and then went and blew the money on junk.......that truck was still on the books for about $5000.00 and was worth at least $3500.00, I could have skinned him alive with a smile on my face that day.............

I said right then "No More" these boys will either work for what they get or they dont get it.....he's a hard working responsible father of two with his wife having another one in the oven now.....and when he was in the armer forces he sent me a letter explaining to me how much he wished he had taken all the advice I had given him and now he said he understood and was sorry for his actions, he has since become a fine upstanding young man.

My youngest bougt his own truck paid $5200.00 cash for it when he was 17 years old and he babied that thing like crazy because he knew if that one got tore up he was on foot, he never tried tearing that things up, and although I'm sure he wished I would have bought it for him I think he also understood i didnt do it for his own good.

These kids now days for the most part have had it way to easy.....and they are not being taught teh right values on many levels in my opinion, and they are gonna be taing care us of someday...........that is a bit scary to me...!

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