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THAT TIME O' THE YEAR ONCE AGAIN....

-Dec 21 Winter solstice...........check
-Dec 25 Christmas..........check
-Jan 1 New Years Day..........check
-January 17 Martin Luther King birthday.........check
-Jan 29-30 Rolex 24/IMSA series at Daytona (opens the US racing season)........check
-February 20 Daytona 500 NASCAR........check
-February 21 Washingtons B'day/Presidents Day.........check
-March 12 Daytona 200 sanctioned by MOTOAMERICA......check

Open comments welcome as we progress....checkin' em off one by one.

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a '22 bump up here, i'm amped up, ready to ride

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After a short 3-day vacation from work, I really need to go for a good ride. Here in northern Mexico, the season does not close, unless the temperature is below 10°C (50°F), which occurs intermittently between January and February. Although I really prefer to ride when we are above 18C (65F).

Things I need to do to my little 150cc before this happens:

  • Valve setting
  • Brake caliper service
  • Changing and bleeding brake fluid
  • Fork seals replacement
  • Battery change (optional)
  • Replacement of rear turn signals
 

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It's a Chinese parts Mexico assembled custom stile bike. Italika RC150.

I have not a recent picture of mine but it's like this one:
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piece o' cake to work on, no?
 

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Seattle area rain shortage: not currently on the schedule.
 

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piece o' cake to work on, no?
Yeah, pretty easy. To adjust valves I just need to take out 3 bolts from the head cover. No gas tank remove, no seat remove, no fairings to take out... But I'd be lying if I said I don't miss my EX500
 
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I must bow to the simple accessibility of the unfaired , air-cooled single cylinder. Are parts readily available?
 

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Having sold my EX500 a while back, I'm mulling going over to the dark side and buying myself a brand new Yamaha R3. Never in my life have I been the first owner of any vehicle and just once in a lifetime it might be a cool thing. (What's the point of leaving a big estate to a bunch of undeserving bums? Just kidding but some of them probably wouldn't mind inheriting a cool motorcycle, anyway.)

Even though I'm lucky healthwise, due to advancing age its likely to be my last motorcycle so I might as well make it a really good one. Compared to an EX500, the R3 looks more modern, is roughly 30 pounds lighter, has way better suspension, fuel injection, 40000 km valve adjustment intervals, and great aftermarket support. What's not to like? (I have been looking at the Ninja 400 as well, but I have to say the R3 looks to me to be the better motorcycle.)

Who knows if I'll actually pull the trigger (i.e. paying retail goes against my nature!) but its sure a nice fantasy to help get me through the winter months.
 

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I'd encourage your purchase, whatever the choice. Owning 3, I'm done shopping. The '19 CBR650 Honda was brand new, my last bike fo' sure. No regrets!

DO IT @[email protected] !!
 

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I must bow to the simple accessibility of the unfaired , air-cooled single cylinder. Are parts readily available?
Tons of them. May be it is because here in Mexico we have 4 or 5 motorcycle brands that share the same characteristics: Chinese parts, assembled in Mexico, low cylinder capacity (up to 250cc, single cylinder) and accessible through chain store credits.

In most cases, the engine is the same between brands, only the clutch and flywheel covers change, with the brand of the assembler engraved.

Not to mention all the compatible Chinese aftermarket parts.
 

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Still working on it. The problem is that COVID and other factors (remember the Ever Given stuck in the Suez canal?) have totally disrupted Yamaha's powersports supply chain. No 2022 models are available anywhere in Canada yet and out here in the boonies where I live we'll be the last to see them if and when they do start shipping. I did find a new old stock R3 (2020 model) sitting in a dealer showroom about 2 hours away so I drove over to take a look and at least sit on one. All that did was whet my appetite even more.

I'd settle for that particular bike except its one of those Monster Energy Rossi/Vinales tribute editions and completely plastered with energy drink advertising. I suspect that's why its been sitting unloved in the showroom for a couple of years. Seems a bit silly to buy a brand new machine and then start peeling all of the graphics off it but who knows, if I get desperate enough it might come to that. (Now if Monster Energy would just agree to send me a check every month, I suppose I'd be OK with leaving the stickers and getting paid to put their name out there, LOL! )

There's still roughly 2 months until the local riding season begins so I'm trying to be patient and hoping that Yamaha gets their problems sorted out. Seems a bit ironic that I've got the money burning a hole in my account but there's nothing out there to buy.
 

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riding season comin' up, yet can't get here soon enough!

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I'd settle for that particular bike except its one of those Monster Energy Rossi/Vinales tribute editions and completely plastered with energy drink advertising. I suspect that's why its been sitting unloved in the showroom for a couple of years. Seems a bit silly to buy a brand new machine and then start peeling all of the graphics off it but who knows, if I get desperate enough it might come to that. (Now if Monster Energy would just agree to send me a check every month, I suppose I'd be OK with leaving the stickers and getting paid to put their name out there, LOL! )
Get it!!! Pull the bodywork off and box it up carefully. Get some “pre-crashed” bodywork for cheap and ride.

One day, that original bodywork will be worth a small fortune. Okay, that day might be 30 years away but it will happen! 😁

Just looks at how much an original undamaged set of 1985 GSXR body work is worth these days….or really, any 1980s GSXR bodywork.
 

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Get it!!! Pull the bodywork off and box it up carefully. Get some “pre-crashed” bodywork for cheap and ride.

One day, that original bodywork will be worth a small fortune. Okay, that day might be 30 years away but it will happen! 😁

Just looks at how much an original undamaged set of 1985 GSXR body work is worth these days….or really, any 1980s GSXR bodywork.
Its obvious I shouldn't rely on you guys for support, at least with respect to exercising common sense, LOL!

I've researched a similar idea....buying new un-stickered bodywork to substitute for the pieces I pull off. There actually aren't that many parts with the Monster graphics; just the 2 bottom half fairings, 2 upper half fairings, and the headlight surround. New body parts (sans graphics) are remarkably cheap at online suppliers like Revzilla, but international shipping would pose a problem. Or maybe just buy an extra set of graphics while they are cheap and available, go ahead and peel the stickers, and voila', a nice, gloss black R3 (never offered as an option) that could be returned to original at some future date.

The easiest thing would be to not worry about it, peel 'em off, and ride. Once I own it I can do anything I want to make it my motorcycle, right? Arguably, if I was really worried about depreciation and resale value, I shouldn't be buying something brand new. A 30 year timeline means nothing to me considering my present age, so who cares? Anyway, still working on it and there's at least a month and a half until decent riding weather. Meanwhile, all this scheming keeps me from going nuts while the snow is knee deep outside. Thanks for the encouragement, guys.
 

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approx 2 weeks I'll be riding again (weather allowing)! Wooo Hooo

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Unfortunately, with the amount of snow we got in this neck of the woods, 2 weeks won't do the trick. Minimum of 4 and realistically more like 6 weeks to go. Not only do we need to wait until the roads are clear, we need to give the highway crews a chance to sweep the gravel and rain to wash away the salt.
 

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I finally pulled the trigger yesterday. A 2019 R3 with only 800 kilometers on the clock and picture perfect. This one isn't mine because I haven't yet got mine home, but is exactly the same.

I saved about $1500 versus a new 2022 (which are still not available and no one knows when they will be) so what's not to like?

Now I'm seriously counting!
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