Dilemma(s), What would you do?

  • Regarding bumping ads in the classifed forums, we've just installed a new (customized) add-on that will change the way ads are bumped to the top. Please refer to the post "Bumping Classifed Ads" for details.
Most Recent BUY IT NOW Items Listed on eBay
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
eBay Auction Picture
These ads go away when you register for an account!

all riders

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jun 11, 2020
44
56
Austin, Tx
This is a very recent find and a bit of a puzzle for me. As you can see this bike has the wrong color tank on it. But it is the right year(1960 bug eyes with metal lids) and it is a difficult tank to find. The bike itself is in really nice survivor shape.

Do you: mask off the white portion of the tank and paint the rest black with appropriate patina? Or, pass the tank onto someone with the red version who has been looking a long time thus preserving the original paint on the tank.
Like I said, the bike itself is quite nice with both correct racks and in general pretty darned
original, but without the tank it's kind of just another middleweight cantilever.

Second dilemma. This bike has two feature that are among my least favorite on heavy-middleweight bikes--wire racks, and cables(no offense to anyone, just my preferences), I could remove the racks, rear wheel, and shifter and store them to go back someday. again tough thing to do to a bike that has held onto its general showroom appearance.

Ultimately, I think I'll let it be someone else's decision( by passing this bike along),not because I can't make the call but because the bike doesn't matter to enough. Its cool(probably one of the better middleweights) but not really my thing.
What would you do?

DSCN0060.JPG


DSCN0058.JPG


DSCN0062.JPG
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
19,569
Evans, GA
Sounds like you already made your decision. I’m not a middleweight guy either so this is a no-brainer. Put a price on it and list it in the for sale section. V/r Shawn
 

all riders

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jun 11, 2020
44
56
Austin, Tx
yeah, I sort of meant to start a bit of a collector's ethics discussion, and get a general sense of what others might do
 

piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 27, 2015
2,307
59
Sanger, TX
looks great the way it is.

I would never paint that tank, looks right with the grips and pedals.

They are cool bikes, albeit, tiny feeling when I ride them. I prefer a 28" wheel set.
 

Jeff54

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 11, 2013
2,388
Ft Myers, Florida
Tank looks good on that bike to me and Had I mind for a black one, at some point, in a life time search, to change it out, I'd keep riding the red and pawn off it to somebody with red, (maybe trade to somebody with black but has red bike) moreover, when the time comes. trade up, not paint it down.
 
  • Like
Reactions: phantom
This ad goes away when you register for an account!

Superman1984

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 28, 2019
415
36
Pageland South Carolina
Leave the contrast and sell up if it's not floating your boat. May be original and only once
 

phantom

I live for the CABE
Nov 14, 2010
1,466
MI
I know when you listed it last week or so you were asking $350 but would not ship. I like MW's especially with the 2 speed manual. Is that still where you are at?
 

all riders

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jun 11, 2020
44
56
Austin, Tx
I know when you listed it last week or so you were asking $350 but would not ship. I like MW's especially with the 2 speed manual. Is that still where you are at?
Just this morning, I updated the for-sale listing--reduced to $600 for both (evenly split). I'm still at no shipping at least until I have the chance to bump the listing and let it stew.
 
This ad goes away when you register for an account!