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It's hard to believe that is has been almost 3 years since I gave the 1000S it's rejuvenation. It is overdue for brake fluid flush and a general going over. The bike will also receive a brand new Staintune exhaust system and correct Ariete grips. 2 years ago I was able to purchase one of the last exhaust systems from the original Staintune folks. They found all the old 1000S tooling and made a complete new system. Not long after the exhaust system was shipped they closed the doors. Staintune is open again under new ownership, but they are not getting involved in one off orders anymore. I feel very lucky to have had the chance to buy the exhaust from them. It was expensive but as you will see a bit later - worth it. The current system is also a Staintune, but has a number of bumps and bruises. For those that aren't familiar with the story of the Sparklehorse 1000S, it belonged to Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse until his untimely demise. Sparklehorse was an indie rock band led by Mark Linkous. Mark was a big motorcycle fan and in particular Moto Guzzi. The story goes that Sparklehorse was a play on words for motorcycle that Mark came up with. I think it is fair to say that Sparklehorse music could be an acquired taste for some, as it was for me. I am now a big fan. Whenever I wrench on Mark's 1000S it is a must to have Sparklehorse playing. I definitely feel a connection to Mark when I have these wrenching and listening sessions, although I never came close to meeting him.Mark during happier days on his 1000S
Dave you are the perfect care taker of his bike....
Looking forward to the shots with new plumbing. Beautiful machine.
Very nice, sorry I didn't buy I set when it was possible.
Well, they said they wouldn't do 'one offs'. Perhaps we organize a group buy?
I have been a big fan of his music for years. I think he also owned a loop.
I love it everytime you post this thing up Dave. I have long been a fan of his music, grew up with Sparklehorse and Pavement and Silver Jews and SMOG - a whole constellation of depressed young men pining for better days, be they past and future... He was a tragic figure who couldnt get out his own way long enough to get a clear view of how wonderful life actually is... it's awesome to see something that brought him such joy lovingly maintained and restored and cared for.
Yes, those are correct. Common on other Guzzi’s of that time period.
When I was an undergrad at UGA there was a green-frame 1000S parked at the library in the staff lot often as not. I would walk out of my way to see if it was parked there. I recall it having ~80K miles (k's?) on the clock, and it definitely wasn't as pretty as your work, Dave. It wasn't an old bike at the time--maybe 5 or 6 years old. I often wonder what happened to it, and who the rider was who enjoyed it so much. You knowing Mark and the bike's story and being able to incorporate the Sparklehorse music into the ownership experience now must be a treat.
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