does this make me a Bad Person?

Bob Sims bob.sims at
Tue Jan 16 14:08:07 PST 2007


As some may recall, my GPZ is now in my garage, stripped of all bodywork,
awaiting my winter maintenance plans.  Mainly, I wanted to get the well-worn
fairing repaired and repainted, the front forks rebuilt, a new-and-improved
horn, and a few corroded metal parts refinished (powder coated or anodized).
This is Phase II of my restoration.  I completed Phase I at the end of last
summer by rebuilding the brakes and replacing some of the critical ignition

However, as I look at the costs involved, both in money and time, I realize
I could easily spend more than half the current value of the bike on this
modest refurbishment alone.  The paint and fork renewal is especially
expensive.  I'm starting to think that the money I'm planning for my winter
maintenance projects could perhaps be better spent towards the cost of a new
motorcycle.  Am I a Bad Person for having these thoughts?

My GPZ is still quite reliable, but it is high mileage and showing its age
from being rode hard and put up wet far too many times.  If Kawasaki made a
'07 GPZ1100E, I'd probably go out and buy one.  But as it is, it seems that
every maintenance chore (and there are a lot with this many all-weather
miles) becomes an expensive, frustrating, and time-consuming ordeal.  Of
course, the GPZ has never been a purely rational or economic choice for me,
but man, it sure is getting harder and harder to justify.

Are there good reasons why I should continue to pour money and time (the
latter increasingly more valuable than the former) into a scarce, 10+ year
old, out-of-production, high mileage GPZ, as opposed to saving for something
new and sexy in the near future?


"I've looked on many women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart
many times. God knows I will do this and forgives me."
		--Jimmy Carter

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