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I'm starting 12 hour shifts doing midnites starting Monday nite so I pulled an all-nighter last evening and did my old pastime, dumpster diving.

The local HD shop offered up a stock header which I totally need about 10 inches of to make my new exhaust outlet w/ the bend in it to deflect away from my relocated turn signals. Off to the Honda shop I did a lil' better. The tire recycling rack was full of cooked-to-the-cords phat street tires, and about 7 or 8 knobbies!! The two I kept (both 17 inchers obviously) were about half worn dirt tires with no dryrot. One was a dualsport. I'll spoon 'em on just for giggles when the stocker wears out. Also they get checked THOROUGHLY for defects in the carcass, bead, and cords.
I was becomming famous for this at the HD forum from 2000 to 2005.
Insurance jobs were the best. When some dude dropped his Harley on either side, pairs of everything got replaced. I'd keep the "good" mirror, footpeg, handlebar lever, etc from the highside of the crash. When diving once or twice a week it was only a matter of time before matching pairs of perfect stuff started showing up. At our internet gatherings, I'd give away a whole saddlebag of crap in perfect condition since I was already farkled to the max. Those big chrome primary cases would have scrapes on the bottom where no one could see anyway, and plenty of stock takeoff exhausts to boot. I took my pickup truck to one of the gatherings there was so much stuff!

Things are slow this time of year plus the slow economy so I won't head out again until spring fever hits. This trip was worth the gas n' time spent, tho. Pickin's are usually much better and I have to reject stuff to save time and space. Not last nite. Very little to choose from.

There's no longer any reason to doubt my online name.

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Why the hell didn't I ever think of this. :46:
 

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I remember "decades" ago when "day old" donuts went into the dumpster. If your timing was right....you could get to them before the mice and rats did. :)This was waaay before selling day old donuts at half price was fashionable.
Gross I know but.....what the hey:)
 

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Erik,
There's a fine line there.
Garbage is garbage. The old dudes collecting cans do it every nite at the bars n' restaurants, etc.
The cop I talked with said "If there's not a no trespassing sign to go for it.
If it's posted, and someone calls, I'll have to do my job."

The fine line is get busy when no one's looking. LOLOLOL
Only one shop I visit in the local area of 5 shops I visit has this posting.
And that's the one with the good tires.....I have only hit it twice, each a couple of years apart. Then I can play stoopid and say it's just trash, recycling old tires, didn't see the sign, etc.
I figure there'll be a lecture or warning, but not too many 43 year olds show up in the police column in the paper for raiding trash bins.

As a side note: The grocer down the road slices open ALL the meat packages before tossing them in the hopper but this time of year everything stays frozen and my dogs LOVE me !!!!! (No I'd never eat tossed meat.)
When I was drinking and semi-homeless in the 90's hitting the pizza places right after closing was a sure bet. Clean and fresh food still in a box! We leave it on the counter in our regular lives overnite anyway, why not grab a fresh one? That was the mentality at the time. Never got sick, except from the vodka. LOL

Time for work, got bills to pay, and I ain't going back to homelessness!

Have a good nite,
Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap (and sober)
 

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I knew a guy that started like you, problem was he didnt know where to stop. Within a year you couldnt move in his three car garage, too much "good" stuff. Im in construction and there is always building material being thrown away, I learned a long time ago if I cant use it today or tomorrow dont take it home. Seems you do it right and manage to make good use of the stuff, thats cool.
 

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One man's trash is another man's treasure.


I work for a fab shop that uses a lot of expensive stainless steel. The steel companies usually use a new sheet of 1/2" osb (wafer board) to protect the finish on the sheet steel. Come spring I'll have more than enough to build the KLR a new home....Al
 

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OK, so I wasn't going out until spring, but have one more "job".

I also pulled a couple of very nice fronts even tho I'm nowhere needing them yet.
Still having HD on the brain I took 19's !!
Whoopsie. I remember a PERFECT full knobby that was a 21 incher.
Either the cops here don't know any better,or just don't care, or even notice these
things, but I have to grab my knob tonight, so to speak. LOLOLOL
(Before it's gone. Hauled off to a tire pile in central Wyoming or something.)

As long as they are free, tread life and wear aren't an issue and
the Cheapster will be running block-tread tires henceforth.

Plus, I have my "doo" to doo and have the tools on loan so tech-day is
approaching real fast. If the weather doesn't break into the 40's for
a day REAL soon, I'm running a droplite and space heater into the shed.

Cabin fever's getting really bad here for the whole fam. My 8 year old's
out in the shoveled driveway shooting baskets in 22 degree weather, the
two teenager's are wearing only hoodies to the bus stop, twin daughters
on the swingset, etc. It's getting nutty 'round here!
 

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I had this buddy back at Motorola in the '80's that was an engineer like me but had a bizarre "hobby". Maybe it was because he was front the "upper P", a "uupper" if you know what that means (trivia there). Anyway each Spring was "ROAD WRENCH" season! He would watch the edges of the roads for craftsman or whatever brand tools that people left on the engine block after doing oil changes, air filter, tune ups, etc. and forgot. Then the said tool would become a "road wrench", let the games begin! He was always so proud to bring said tool into the office to show it off. He specifically wanted Craftsman tools as no matter how beat up they were from being run over numerous times, he'd take them down to Sears for a new version. The ultimate dumpster diver....

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Got 'em.
There's a Vee Rubber GNCC V-140 90/100-21,
K771 F Kenda Millville Sticky 80/100-21 51M,
and a Brigestone Motocross M23 80/100 51M


All in very good shape. I just don't know the compounds
or hardness of the tread in comparison to each other.

The Kenda has more and smaller blocks than the others so it'll go on first. It looks the most stock.
 

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On another chapter......One of which I went thru nearly identically.......

Kendude, a neighbor was being evicted after nasty divorce. Stopped paying all
bills to dedicate himself fully to the drink.
I'm motoring past taking my sons to school and saw the deal, and stopped on the way back
from the drop off. Two guys are dragging stuff or chucking stuff onto the porch. A
man and a woman (the homeowners) are dragging stuff to the street. I spy
immediately in a clear bag a huge assortment of Hot Wheels crap. I stops and asks:
Hey,can I grab this for my 8 year old? They said "Have at it. This SOB hasn't paid
us in three months and he moved yesterday with just a car fulla stuff."
(I did the same. Left a fully furnished and semi stocked house and just left saying fuggit,
this part of my life is over, so I know the pain and depression he was feeling.
I even left some tools and a lot of Harley parts.

Well, Kendude was a pseudo biker the same size as me and left a riding jacket,
riding boots in perfect condition, and a fair amount of clothing, most with tags, or
still in very great condition. There was junk,and lots of it but many things shone
thru the rubble of a crumbled life.

I grabbed the boots, a pair of Lugz shoes, three pak of unopened white tees, 6 pakka
sox, Winter coats for two of my kids who went to school with his up to last year
when mom left, a backpack/ book bag, 4 jeans, two hoodies, three hats, and a
dvd player/monitor for cars with the lighter plug. The riding jacket and boots
have already been tested as Cheapster approved, my kid merged his and the missing
kids' Hotwheel sets into a massive playset, mama loved the picnic set and candles,
and my oldest loves the XL Florida Gators new condition hoodie. I kept the other flat
-gray one. Two winter coats also left behind.
(Pickuptruck guy was getting the futon and recliner while I was sorting out keeper stuff.)

Looked up some stuff online and the boots are 129.95 retail, Lugz 50 bucks, and educated
guessing made the total haul 5 to 6 hundred retail.

It was a blast in one way, but I never stopped feeling Ken's pain having been there/ done that. My Harley crap alone had to Ebay over a thousand. I walked away a broken man at the time and so did this guy.
Hope he finds happiness and sobriety the way I have. Till then I found some really nice
stuff for nearly the whole family who pressed this stuff into immediate service.

I was just taking a break threadin'. Back to changing my front KLR tire to a free knobby
from the Honda shoppe.

 
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