Sooner Or Later, I May Get It Right...

Discussion in 'Newbies Hangout' started by HuskerVSO, Nov 1, 2019.

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  1. HuskerVSO

    HuskerVSO Member

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    Thanks to all who advised, maybe this is the right way for a "newbie"...;0)

    Good day to all!
    It all started when I was 14 years old, riding a bicycle that had a motor, down a dusty dirt road at sunrise. I still remember the moment as what Heaven must be like. I've been chasing that ever since.

    But I digress. I'm 71 years old, a Vietnam veteran, have lived in 14 states, have most likely made every mistake a man can make, and can thankfully say there is such a thing as "redemption". As a Western Nebraska native, in the 1960's, EVERYone had to have a motorcycle to race on our dirt oval in our one-acre back yard. My beast was an 80cc Yamaha that I dearly loved, but traded straight across for a '49 Chevy that had a working heater during a spectacularly cold Nebraska winter.

    When I became of age, I joined the military. I was an artist and loved my job for 8 1/2 years, the last two of which were with the USAF Aerial Demonstration Team, "The Thunderbirds". What a fantastic tour that was!

    I've always loved old cars and motorcycles. I recently acquired a 2013 Triumph Speedmaster, who has a beautiful profile. I have 4 brothers who simultaneously asked me, "Why the hell do you want another motorcycle?!"
    My answer was quite simple; "Life and my self-sabotaging ways have tried to beat the hell outta me. I'm an alcoholic (34 years sobriety, by the way), have been married and divorced 3 times, have had to start over with nothing but my tools more times than I can count. I'm 71 and can feel myself slowing down, so I'm going to fight it until I can't do it any longer. My happiest of times was on that motorbike on that one dirt road during that one sunrise. That's why."

    My psychology professor said I may be guilty of "premature disclosure", where, on a first date with a woman, you say "I'm an alcoholic who's been diagnosed with severe PTSD and have been married three times, but only had a pistol to my head one time. Shall we order?"
    What the hell does he know??

    Anyway, so happy to be here!!
     
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  2. Bad Billy

    Bad Billy Baddest Member
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    Ah! there you go, now introduced yourself on you very own thread :p, may it be the first of many as you certainly seem to have lived a varied & interesting life, so feel free, we talk about all sorts on here! :cool:
     
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  3. Dartplayer

    Dartplayer First Class Member

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    Hi Husker and welcome again to the forum :cool: looking forward to seeing your ride
     
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  4. dilligaf

    dilligaf GrrrR3Rrrr
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    Hi mate and welcome
     
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  5. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    Hi Mate,

    A very warm welcome to the best vehicle forum on the net! :)

    Great introduction post.
     
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  6. Helmut Visor

    Helmut Visor Put on your big boy pants and man up
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    Howdy HuskerVSO, and welcome in :cool::cool:
     
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  7. HuskerVSO

    HuskerVSO Member

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    Thank you!
    Yes, I've had an interesting life (like the time I had a contract on me in Bangkok, Thailand). But...I like who I am today, so in retrospect, I'd do it all again.
    One of my favorite poetry lines is from Dylan Thomas, "Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
    For so many years I had no opinions and was closed off like a suitcase. After years of therapy, I've found my Voice and have opinions on most everything, to the point of being annoying to most of my family members.
    My job is as a County Veterans Service Officer, an advocate for veterans when they deal with the bureaucratic nightmare of the Veterans Administration. I love my job.

    On to the Speedmaster! Since I can't leave well enough alone, I'm gonna make it "mine". Since I've painted and pin-striped many tanks and fenders, I'm going to do a patriotic theme for the tank. I've got a beautiful full buffalo skin to re-do the seat and make some nice saddlebags. I'm having a hard time with the forward controls as well. Triumph makes a mid-control kit for the later models, but none for the 2013. There's gotta be a way to engineer that...

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  8. Bad Billy

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    A contract on you :eek: sounds "interesting" a story for another time maybe?

    Glad you got therapy & that you are now happy & enjoying your job & your life.

    I agree with you & Mr Thomas, keep on keeping on until you physically can't anymore! :D

    Good luck with the bike & don't forget to post progress pictures as you go. :cool:
     
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  9. stollydriver

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    Welcome from North Wales UK enjoy the bike and the forum 98636c6ee64925a19858f8a491d300d2.gif
     
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  10. HuskerVSO

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    Thanks to all for a warm welcome!!
     
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  11. joe mc donald

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    Welcome to the family. Yes you certainly have had an interesting life. I had a cousin who coming home from Vietnam on his bike when he got killed. The family were overcome. After living through hell he got killed on his bike the one thing he loved. Nice bike by the way and yes do keep us all up with the transformation.
    Regards & Ride Safe
    Joe.
     
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  12. David Cooper

    David Cooper Triumph Rocketeer.
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    Hello and welcome to the forum Husker.

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  13. MadMrB

    MadMrB Senior Member
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    Hi Husker, and welcome in. Motorcycles are good for the soul, and we should ride until we are physically no longer able to do so and I sincerely hope that is a very long time for all of us :)
     
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  14. Damian Taylor

    Damian Taylor New Member

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    Hi there, I've always wanted to try a speedmaster, maybe one day.
     
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  15. Duckadiledundee

    Duckadiledundee Peasant First Class
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    Welcome aboard mate....
    You got me thinking with that poem...
    Not heard it in a long time but have often felt it ...
    Its like an old friend that's been there when no one else as...
    Its helped pull me through....

    Like the speedmaster by the way...
     
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  16. Old phart phred

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    #16 Old phart phred, Nov 1, 2019
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    Go big red (it's a husker thing) and welcome to the forum. The bikes not red won't you be arrested? From a purple cat.
     
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  17. darkman

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    Hi n welcome :)
     
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  18. mpllineman

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    Good morning Husker and welcome aboard!
     
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  19. Timmy Tucker

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    Welcome to the madhouse you should fit right in.
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  20. steve lovatt

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    hi and welcome to the forum :cool:
     
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