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73 850 for sale $10,250

Discussion in 'For Sale' started by eskasteve, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. eskasteve

    eskasteve VIP MEMBER

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    Selling my 73 850 due to changing life priorities. Very well sorted out as I was preparing to ride it from Phoenix to Michigan for this years rally. Sale includes color matched Interstate tank and seat, stock Roadster and Corbin seats. Boyer, Single Mikuni, Viking headers, CNW billet primary, resleeved MC, Barnett, Mike's XS breather all of the normal stuff. Email or PM me for a complete description. 36,700 miles. The previous owner said that the engine had been completely rebuilt at 29,000 mi by John's British Cycle in Seattle. There wasn't any paperwork available as it was in the possession of his soon to be ex wife. The condition of the motor seemed to be in line with his claim. All take offs included with sale. Bike is in the Phoenix area
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  2. gortnipper

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    John was a good mechanic. A little strange, but a good wrench. Any paperwork from him may have been not very robust, and on old brown 3x5 receipt ledger.
     
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  3. eskasteve

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    Chuckling about John's receipts and overall way of doing business. Bare 100w light bulbs, organized disorder, and cats that seemed to be everywhere. I first met him in 1976 when I bought a motorcycle from him. I liked him immediately and we formed a long relationship. I'm not sure if you were aware that he recently passed away. We lost an interesting dude
     
  4. gortnipper

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    No, I didnt, sorry to hear that. I havent seen him in ages and ages. I moved to NZ about 15 years ago and I mostly used to go to Pokes before they closed, as I lived near them and bought a Mk3 off of them in the mid-80s. Talked to Ross a couple years ago and he sent me some old stickers from the shop.

    Also used to go in to Dewey's when they were on 12th and Steve (EMI) did some welding for me a couple times. I bought a fairly mint X-75 from her that I repatriated to the UK with a bunch of other bikes. Then after they moved and I had moved to W. Seattle, I would go down to Georgetown for some parts they carried. Marcia was hilarious, and dragging her O2 tank around while still chain smoking. She died in 2006.

    But, my mate was good mates with Phil at MSI, and we would often go down at night and wrench our bikes with him with the obligatory 6 packs of Henry Weinhards as shop fee. Both my mate and I were down here when he broke his hip, and would have loved to help him out with the guys who helped him close shop. I think he passed in Burien about 6-7 years ago.

    All gone, now...
     
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  5. eskasteve

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    Steve Giblin from Deweys opened Northwest European Cycle over in Redmond. He was there up until just recently as his property was being lusted after by the Eastside yuppie wineries. I heard from one of his good friends that he was going to snowbird down in the Phoenix area and open a small shop. Summers he'll probably go to his place in Eastern Washington. The bike that I'm selling I purchased through Ross. The owner was hiding it out at Ross' house from his soon to be ex wife. Ross was acting as his selling agent. He confirmed that it more than likely had a rebuilt engine. Ross' brother Mark passed away a couple of years ago . All of the old timers are leaving us. Bob Budschat in 2017, Carman Tom and his son Russ both owners of Downtown Harley Davidson, Tom Hines, all the guys that we used to visit and buy from.
    I have a Pokes Cycle sticker proudly on the rear fender.
     
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  6. gortnipper

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    Sad to hear about Mark. I always got on a bit better with him than Ross, and he was a bit PO'd that my Mk3 pulled harder than his blue stripe. Ross would give him shit about it too, I think because of how he had his clutch pack set up.
     
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    PM sent
     
  8. eskasteve

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    So... I drove myself crazy looking for one of the containers of take off parts for this bike. Let me tell you that rummaging around in an attic in 90 degree temperatures in Arizona is not all that comfortable. I finally gave up figuring that it had inadvertently got tossed when I moved here in 2017. My wife noticed my frustrated look and asked me what was up. I told her and she said. "OH, the box with the Norton take off parts label. You stuck it up with my collectibles when we were moving in." Man, are women ever poor organizers when it comes to motorcycle stuff.
     
  9. Craig

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    You should realize after all these years ,when in search of anything in your home , you just ask your Wife ...
     
  10. Jdub

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    What a fascinating thread. I well remember hitting Kidd Valley across from John's to grab him something to eat while he was working on my bike. Poke's Cycle had a basement full of parts and a stairway down that was hazardous at best. I remember a dumb waiter in the wall probably used to haul bits and pieces to the light. Spoke with Mark a few months back and he filled me in on his exit strategy from Woodinville and how absolutely done he was with the Seattle area life.

    Who remembers Mark Pfenning? He passed away in a tight corner doing what we all love. He was comp'd a pair of tickets to a Jay Leno show on a Friday night at the Paramount. I parked my MG heading downhill to I-5 since the snow was building up and I wanted to be sure I could access the highway heading North. We had backstage privileges, then over to the Sorrento for cold pizza and stories from Jay (really nice guy). We left around 2 a.m. and the snow was deep and fun in a sports car. Good times!

    Hope to meet up with some of you at the Isle of Vashon to raise a beer or similar.
     
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  11. eskasteve

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    The problem with asking the wife is that she usually has the right answer. Even if she's wrong, she's right.
     
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  13. eskasteve

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    An update of sorts on my bike sale. It seems that the Norton marque was much prized by the royal families of Africa. So much so that I have been contacted by a prince from one of the former British colonies. He is offering me almost 4 times over what I'm asking. All that I have to do is give him my bank routing number and he will deposit $50,0000 USD into my account. In turn I will take my bike to a Phoenix shipping agent who will handle that part of the deal and deposit $10,000 of the money that was deposited into my account into the account of the Prince, and Bob's my uncle. It seems that the leftist government currently in power is severely limiting the former royal family's ability to tap into their fortune. This sure as heck seems like a win win for both of us as I guess that he just wants some pocket change to facilitate his shopping trip to Colorado Norton Works. This is not quite as good as when I won $45M in the Trans African, Asian, Pacific Lottery. That all would have been mine if I'd been able to post the $50K earnest money deposit. I guess that it's just my turn now to cash in.
    I may hold off on this sale as I'd hate to think that my bike was going out of country.
     
  14. Tornado

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    That's great news! Can I get his contact as I'm trying to sell a boat and could use the value-added offer.
     
  15. Craig

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    had similar offer on Infinity G35 couple years ago , back then only offering $1000 more than my ask .... of course they wanted bank info for deposit ....
     
  16. eskasteve

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    In what turned out to be my last communication with the African prince I mentioned that I'm a retired government employee. I guess that he doesn't trust anyone from the government. What else could it be?
     
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  17. Fast Eddie

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    You gotta larf eh?!

    Thing is tho, if this never worked they’d have given up trying years ago, so some poor suckers must fall for it from time to time.

    I’d like to think our govenermemts and law enforcers are doing all they can to nail such guys...
     

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