My bike for today, April 17th, 2017 is one of my dream bikes. I've posted the familial line here before, but not this specific bike.
Yes, a 996. This one though, this one is now mine. I found it listed on Bay Area Craigslist for a mere $4500. I contacted the seller, and I felt he was up front and honest with me. We agreed on a day to view the bike and I rented a box truck with a lift gate for the occasion due to a forecast filled with rain.
The Friday before, I texted the seller to ensure we were indeed still on for the following day and he asked if I could come down that night. I didn't even hesitate. Got my wife and threw my gear in the car. We drove down to Santa Clara through Friday traffic and still managed to get there in less than an hour.
We met the seller at his house, the bike checked out for me. No nonsense, exactly as depicted in the ad. Looked as splendid in the light of his garage as it does in the picture above.
As it stands, I've already spent a great deal of time and money getting it right, and there is still a ton of both to go to get it there. Hence my previous reasoning for not really wanting a 996. It is however, quite easy to work on.
So, my continued absence is not due to abate in the near future as I have a dozen or so other "irons in the fire" and time is now far more difficult to find and drop by here. I will be back in the future as I have several projects to share besides the one above. Later folks............sean