My What Am I Getting Myself Into Combat Build Thread

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I know, i shouldn't kick it on the stand

My What Am I Getting Myself Into Combat Build Thread


Luckily, the bike fell on my son 👍
 

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You know when a rebuild is more or less done and you've just gotta ride? Jan 12, 2023 and TomU came for a visit on his rebuilt bike late this afternoon - 50F.

He's not the only thing confused. The Forsyithia started blooming on Monday. I also noticed today that the buds on some hardwoods are about to pop. Why am I talking plants in a rebuild forum? Just to prove that Tom's not crazy and it is acceptable riding weather :)

The question is, when I finish the Trident I'm working on, will I ride? Probably not, maybe I can get Tom to test ride for me!
 

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Forsythia buds popping here too in central NJ. Thought I was crazy when I saw it the other day.
 

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The question is, when I finish the Trident I'm working on, will I ride? Probably not, maybe I can get Tom to test ride for me!
Be happy to Greg. I'm still relearning how to ride. I left my blinkers on for most of my ride yesterday LOL

And gotta love global warming. Think it's going to be up near 60F next week
 
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What an excellent and inspirational thread! I have been working on my '72 Combat on and off (a lot more off than on!) for years, literally. I knew the rebuild would stretch out over a good part of a lifetime so I opted not to open a rebuild thread until it was done and would then use my pictures and notes to make a retroactive one. 2023 is starting to look like the year when I can finish this thing. The motor and trans are both done and sitting patiently, with the exception that I don't have the head on the motor. The frame and larger associated parts are cleaned up and painted and I've got the swingarm installed on the transmission cradle, ready to work on the isolastics. Of course, we are out of the country once again right now and have a couple of medical things to get out of the road but it looks like I'll be back on it in late February. This thread brought back some memories of the struggles and triumphs experienced so far, and it's a pretty good review of what's ahead for me. THANKS for the top notch write-up and pictures, and especially your willingness to share the miscues that we all make (and sometimes don't talk about).
I might be in a position to start publishing by late March if my plans hold up.....
 

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You forgot "perseverance "
+1 on that. It's a matter of priorities. I spent many a cold night in the garage working on it. You just have to press through. All told, think it took over two years to get it to a ride-able state, and that's with putting it aside for the better part of one summer. The worst was all the cleaning and polishing :mad:

And it's not yet "done". Will post pics when i finally get there.
 
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