Mission Creep

4w ago


I do not know about you guys, but I seem to find a million reasons why I should put new projects in line before my main projects. As of right now I am fairly down on myself for doing it, but other times I find joy in how my garage seems to ebb and flow. Any of you guys relate? How do you guys justify adding new projects to the mix before old ones are finished?

Personally this has been an issue for me since my first project. MANY years ago I bought a CB750 from what would become a very good friend of mine. The bike could have been a very simple project, but I had grander ideas. I wanted an EPIC CR750 street bike. Right off the bat I started dumping time and money into the project. At some point the project turned from a collection of cool and freshly coated parts into just a pile. It has moved all over NY with me and at this point it has not been actively worked on in years. Every now and again I joke with friends about "finding" a cool project tucked into the back of the garage I forgot I owned.

My rational for taking on the next bike was that I wanted to ride. I had grotesquely underestimated the amount of time this CR would take and was starting to feel stupid for spending all this time and money on something I was not using. The weather was nice out and I wanted to ride, so I bought something else. But me being me I did not go out and buy a running/riding bike....I was to cheap for that so I bought another "project".

This next bike was not only taking time away from my main project, it was also taking much needed funds. Soon there was no work being done on the CR and it was just kind of in the way.

Fast forward a few years and many bikes latter and the story is much the same. The CR is still just in the way, and there are many other projects in my garage idle.

Currently I use a mix of excuses to justify my disease. Some times I just get excited that I found something cool and will bend over backwards to get it. Hoarders some times claim that the time to buy somethings is when you find it. This probably does ring true when talking about rare and interesting old bikes.

When are you ever going to get another chance to by that again?

A man with a problem

Another of my favorite reasons to add more to the mix is value. I just can not pass up a deal. When ever I see a cheap vintage bike I think to myself about how I can probably fix it up without much effort and ride it for a while. One of my favorite things about this hobby is having different bikes and new experiences on them. In my eyes I added a value to the bike and that value is worth something. Also in my head I say that once a bike sells I now have cash in hand to invest in keeping my main projects going.....but in reality I end up with cash burring a hole in my pocket and 28348 Craigslist adds to search through.

Did anyone else notice I just said main projects? As in plural! Yup, now there are more then one projects that are special to me that I want to get done!

I truly do envy people with the focus and drive to just see one project through from start to finish. Really is wonderful to read and/or watch that process without distraction. I just have to come to grips with the fact that I probably will never be able to work that way.

Is there any light at the end of the tunnel? Is this ride ever over?

Would love to read some stories from you guys. Am I the only one with this problem?