Friday, November 13, 2009

Modern 'Bike in Barn' story

We've all heard the proverbial 'Bike in a barn ' story.
Bikers sit up and Pay rapt attention when one is told.
Hell, If it's a real good one we'll even push the chatty naked pole dancer outta the way just to hear it.
You might as well tell her right now...go back to the dressing room....Cos' your gonna love this one.

A 96 FLH in perfect condition found in a 'Barn'..Ok, it was a garage..who cares.
The owners manual and video had not even been opened yet.
Impressive, No?
OK, not really that impressive......You can find low mileage examples if you look hard enough.
Under 3000 that impressive? Quite rare...but not really unheard of.
So how about.......300 miles? Got your attention now don't I?
That's rare for a 13 year old bike....I don't care who you ask.

That's a cool fucking story period.

But...Wait!!!! There's more.

How about...a 96 S&S motored American eagle softail chopper with all the chrome and fancy color shifting paint job done by 5150 Paint and kustoms. [Around a 3500 dollar paint job]
And just for good measure..New Revtech heads and Barrels.
Kustom rims etc.
OH!! Before I forget.....275 actual miles. Yep, you read that right...275.

Now finding these two bikes with a combined mileage of 575...In the same 'barn'
The odds of hearing a story like this is pretty damn rare, Wouldn't you say?

I'll bet your saying 'Holy shit' , Now that's a great goddamn story.

Whoop's...I ain't done yet...;]

How about a 97 Honda Valkrie......The first year edition with the most horsepower.
In showroom condition.....which isn't that amazing....Since it also has only........325 miles.

All three from the same 'Barn' and all three are sitting happily in my shop as I write.
I need to clean the tanks and carb's ...fuel injectors,,oil changes, tires etc...

The current owner wants to ride the FLH and sell the other two
The original owner bought them as 'Investments' back in the day.
Then decided to give them to his son-in-law.
He then contacted a Friend of mine.
I 'm making green to fix em...and I get to ride them.
And I gotta cool post for my readers outta the deal.
Ain't life just grand...;]

PS...I will post pics when I find the damn camera cable to download,


Arizona Harley Dude said...

I gotta get over there and take a look at them. I couldn't have let them sit there and not ridden them.

Ann said...

The softtail is sweet! Total eye candy!

Webster World said...

That is very cool. Not as good but a 98 Tour for under $3000 with a little damage. The old guy ran into with his lawnmower. What a great garage story. Looking forward to the pic's.

FLHX_Dave said...

Pretty damned amazing...I was waiting for the part where you bought them for $100, then I would have been pissed.

I'm green with envy that you are making green working on them. Did I read that right?

As far as the chatty pole dancer? I would rather she keep her mouth shut so it doesn't ruin the fantasy that my dollar bills are paying for. Just give me smiles and a wink once in awhile...I would push her aside to see these picts you are promising...just for a minute or tow. heh

IowaHarleyGirl (Stephanie) said...

Cool story and lucky son in law!

Willy D said...

Crap! I thought I had them hidden pretty well. Guess I’ll have to find a new place for my stash.
Hurry up and find that cable!

"Joker" said...

That is a pretty goddamned good story, and it would be a shocking surprise to me...if it were being told by anyone else.

I'm with Dave...I was waiting for the "and I paid blah-blah short dough for all of them..."

Not that I wouldn't have been secretly happy for you, but you know out of principle I'd have to be publically pissed...

Don't keep looking for that cable. Suck it up and tell Ann you can't find it. You know she'll produce the thing in about 2 minutes and spend the next 20 telling you what a blind dumbass you are...but it's time to take one for the team!

Mr. Motorcycle said...

Cool. Now if you can convince them to give you one.

WooleyBugger said...

Damn Big D, how long does it take for you to find a camera cable? I can't hold my water much longer.

Mister Zip 66 said...

my wife and I was riding through barstow years ago and met this guy at a KOA with a pristine 1950 indian chief. It was so clean I thought it was some kit. I guess when his dad died they went through a storage shed he had and there were 2 of em, still in crates. never even had oil put in them, brand new. He rides one, and the other one is still in a crate. I thought I was lucky I got my Dad's old 30-30.

chessie said...

It's a good's fantastic when we are fortunate to run into such things as this in our lifetimes. Even if we don't own them, but simply know the person who does...and he has hired you to do the restoration work on em...well there ya go...ya get to look at em in the garage, and ya get to ride them a few times to test your don't suck for you!

redbone said...

Holy shit!

Road Captain Jay said...

I never heard of a barn story until MotorBooks Publishing asked me to review The Vincent in the Barn. Interesting. makes me wish I had your skills with a wrench.