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 Post subject: 1982 Yamaha Exciter 250
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:35 pm 
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My moms old bike.. the one she taught me to ride on.... After sitting up for over 11 years, she asked me to get it running again. I took it back to Florida with me (from Alabama) and started working on it secretly, while telling her it was a waste of time, and I couldn't do anything. Chopped the frame, relocated rear fender, custom seat, new paint, miscellaneous parts, new taillight, etc... Then flew her to Florida and surprised her with it at Bike Week. Total spent? Around $500.... Look on her face? Fucking PRICELESS.

She passed away a couple years later, and I went to her home to look around. Found the bike in a shed. Wasn't worth bringing back the bike, but I did take the custom seat I had made because it had the woodstock from snoopy tooled in it. She loved the woodstock. Never had a great relationship with her, parents divorced when I was less than one, dad got custody. Only saw my mom once or twice a year... Doing this bike for her was a wonderful bond. Too bad she didn't live long enough for us to continue the new found relationship.


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