The one and only ROADKILL!

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    This is Roadkill, my 1981 Suzuki GS850G. P.O. had left it outside without protection for way too long. It had somewhere between 20k and 120k miles on it (a whole other story!) when I rescued it in 2002, abandoned per a shop lien. She ain't a pretty lady, except to me, lots of corrosion issues, fading paint, scratches, dents & she rarely bathes, much like her geezer owner. Roadkill is a working bike, that is she takes me around shopping, etc. wherever I need to go, never breaks down and keeps me alive without makeup or designer clothes. I pretty much do all my own maintenance work & have managed to turn the wiring into a bowl of spaghetti that even I have trouble understanding. But it works and she keeps on going.

    (An aside, recently replaced my 139db black Nautilus MC horn with a new fire engine red one. Wish it pointed straight ahead but was about 1/3 the cost of the black MC version. Still can skin a cat at 100 yards. Was about $12.95 on eBay.)

    Her hobby is camping and if I fail to take her out on a trip at least twice a year, at least, she gets moody, though she remains fiercely loyal. Fully loaded on the road, that's when she runs best.

    So like the semi drunk old bag lady in shabby clothes, she may not be a pleasant sight to passersby but she is an angel to me. My wife is jealous of our relationship,...with good reason I will say. Someday we will run off & join the circus.

    There are so many gorgeous, shiny and perfect bikes out there. Sometimes the mutt is the best dog at the park though.
     

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    Welcome to the forum. Anyone can ride a shiny bike. The old crusty ones show the character of the bike and the rider.
     
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    I actually do have a lot of crust growing on me.

    DH
     
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    I had that black Nautilus horn but the compressor failed. An exact replacement was about $35 + S&H & I saw this on eBay for about $13.00 delivered. Cheapskate that I am I got it. It was much redder than I thought it would be & I didn't notice the "trumpets" facing downward until I opened the box. It said the compressor should be kept vertical. I was going to try & salvage the old horn's plastic horn assembly but when Roadkill got used to the more assertive look, she told me to leave it as is. I always listen to my bike. My philosophy is anything that makes a motorcycle noticeable, stupid, ugly or whatever is an advantage. Sort of like the HD rider's case for loud pipes providing protection. So they stay as they are. Still 3x louder than any OEM horn & this bike came with a pretty good matched set of large loud traditional ones.

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    Wow, that is a hardcore Vetter touring rig. Looks like travel machine. Thanks for sharing the photos. Totally cool.
     
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    You are kind. I will advise Roadkill she has an admirer out there. Hope it don't go to her head 9or her crank)
    I actually prefer those semi-soft throwover bags to the hard shell Vetter types.

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