Welcome back, glad you made it back to family (yes, I include the dog in that ) I hope your wife's doing well, her spirits should be lifted quite a bit now.
Thanks Marauder. Look in the background of the last photo. There is a Corbin Dual Tour sitting on the counter! In the past two weeks I also bought the Mustang seat, a Kawasaki (?) solo seat, TFI and four different sets of pipes. I put the TFI on four days after I bought the bike. Put the two into one on last Tuesday. Haven't switch any of the seats yet. Still enjoying being able to ride the way it is. BTW once I get the Marauder sorted out, I'll be selling off what I'm not using.Dang fine history "Fullon627" Love the Norton, I had a 75 Triumph Trident back in the day. Riding a Marauder now.
If I might suggest, look into a Corbin or Mustang seat Your back will totally appreciate it. I ride a corbin Dual Tour, but I'm short and narrow, Bigger guys say they like the Mustang seat better.
Welcome aboard , Shaun. Great story of your life. Sounds as though you have come full circle, glad you have ended up here.My name is Shaun, I am 44 and I live in a little rural town called Stanthorpe. It is located on the range in Queensland , Australia. We have the unique feature of having four seasons and being the coldest place in the Sunshine State. Most places in Queensland have two seasons, hot and dry (Winter) hot and wet (Summer) and rarely a temp below 10 degrees celcius. Where we are has all of the seasons, mild Summers and cold ( for us..) winters. I am a motor Mechanic by trade who then spent 15 years in sales and management , with a two year stint in Papua New Guinea before going out on my own and starting a small earthmoving business. Best move I ever made, who would have thought drilling holes in the dirt would be so entertaining......
In 2008, we sold up everything pooled all of our money , with my parents and my Brother and his wife, and purchased a 80 acre property which had a small farm and farm stay cottages ( bed & Breakfast) , this went so well that we bought a Motel and a restuarant. Married to my lovely wife Shannonin 2003, Our first child was born in 08, the second in 2011. Running a motel doesn't give you much time off , and weekends and holidays are busy times, It has however given me time to get back into bikes. I rode a lot when I was younger but as women , alcohol and partying became more the norm I had less money for toys. I have a really small workshop but I have knocked out 5 rebuilds in the last 2.5 years and this led me to the purchase of the meanie.
My other passion is my mighty MOPAR.... I have an Aussie built 1974 VJ ranger , running a 420hp 360 small block. The other thing that got me back into the bike scene was a deal gone wrong with an Engine builder in the US. He was contracted to build my 360 in February 2012 and in November 2014 I got half a motor , no aluminium heads , rusty bores blah blah blah .... If anyone is near Coal Centre PA , I will buy you a few beers to go slash his tyres. Anyway , that is behind me and onwards and upwards.
Just have to say a big thanks to all on this forum who make you feel welcome and for all of the awesome deals I have done
Me on a chopped up GS550 I built before bobbers were the norm.....See why I needed a bigger bike
The kids ( few years back ... ) on a road trip in the Valiant
No problem on my end. We love all kinds of go fast bad *** rides. The paint looks very nice indeed on your marauder. Good old slant 6 in the boat, those engines will run forever.I hope I don't get in trouble, it is a bike site after all , but here you go 04Marauder
This is not long after I got it. The Ranger was the base model but he original owner got all the extras, was powered by the 245ci straight six Hemi motor
It remained with original paint until 2010 when I had it redone , similar colour just more pearl to make it pop
So MOPAR mad that even my old ski boat is powered by a 225 Slant six
Dude, I can relate to your solitude. I was director over two of my babies. They were two unique college programs I developed from scratch- Polysomnography and Electroneurodiagnostics. From an idea to seeing students graduate. Pretty damn awesome. Unfortunately a pair of strokes in 2009 took that away from me. Been at home since. I was suddenly unplugged from the world. Couldn't have asked for better from my wife, though.I'm Justin. I'm depressed. Hardly rode this year or last. Married for 16 years to my high school girlfriend who's become an abusive alcoholic. I wanted kids but she decided after we got married that she didn't want kids. So guess my only real life goal/dream (being a family man) is gone. A couple years ago we got really close with a female acquaintance of the wife. I fell in love for the first time in my life. But she skipped town so I've lost the person that means the most to me. She never even said goodbye so I guess I meant nothing to her. Now I'm just empty. I think about dying all the time as a really have no purpose for being here anymore except to appease others. This isn't a cry for help. Just my reality. I thank u all for being part of this forum. It's helped me take my mind off of my problems many times. Peace