does this make me a Bad Person?

andy burkard andyburkard at
Tue Jan 16 15:00:53 PST 2007


the '07 GPz1100E is actually going by the name of
ZX-14 this year!

hope you like your new ride!
andy b

--- Bob Sims <bob.sims at> wrote:

> All,
> 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
> components.
> 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?
> Bob
> "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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