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Sparklehorse's 1000S
« on: June 08, 2018, 10:13:53 PM »
Brought this home..been sitting inside a dusty garage but looks like it will clean up pretty good...belonged to Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse.  I had no idea who he was until getting the bike. 




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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2018, 10:21:16 PM »
Congratulations! That is a great bike, enjoy it.
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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2018, 10:40:30 PM »
 That's pretty cool Mike .

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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2018, 11:02:26 PM »
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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2018, 11:09:52 PM »
The person I got the bike said he actually liked riding his Eldorado more....I brought it home also..



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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2018, 11:22:17 PM »
The 1000S would be my choice but regardless a bike with a story is a nice thing, I've always enjoyed the history of used vehicles that I've bought.




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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2018, 12:04:09 AM »
You da man, Mike!   :thumb:



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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2018, 02:07:41 AM »
Wow, congrats.   I'm green with envy!    I really, really like (and want) the 1000S!
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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2018, 02:38:54 AM »
Well now. I hadn't heard about Sparklehorse before.
Hope there's no bad ju-ju with the bikes.
Beautiful 1000 S!
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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2018, 07:54:25 AM »
Here's a video of Mark and some of his collection back in 1998. It appears that the Eldo was his wife's bike at the time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpae8Nn3_iw


I found out about Mark Linkuos through this video, and then I found out how he worked with Daniel Johnston (another eclectic musician) through listening to a cover of one of those songs by Beck Hansen.

So Sparklehorse has connections to a few of the musical circles I follow. They don't have a lot of songs I remember, I'll admit, but one song called "Saturday" is a favorite of mine and I learned a simple cover of it on guitar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cEcGJY_iiA

I'm always sad thinking of what happened to Mark.  :cry: I'm happy to see his bikes live on! Thanks for sharing your story, when I found a musician who played a bit like me, and who loved Guzzis... I just felt a bit of a kinship.
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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2018, 08:11:57 AM »
Here's a video of Mark and some of his collection back in 1998. It appears that the Eldo was his wife's bike at the time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpae8Nn3_iw


I found out about Mark Linkuos through this video, and then I found out how he worked with Daniel Johnston (another eclectic musician) through listening to a cover of one of those songs by Beck Hansen.

So Sparklehorse has connections to a few of the musical circles I follow. They don't have a lot of songs I remember, I'll admit, but one song called "Saturday" is a favorite of mine and I learned a simple cover of it on guitar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cEcGJY_iiA

I'm always sad thinking of what happened to Mark.  :cry: I'm happy to see his bikes live on! Thanks for sharing your story, when I found a musician who played a bit like me, and who loved Guzzis... I just felt a bit of a kinship.

Thanks for the post...amazing talent

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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2018, 08:57:53 AM »
Thanks for the post...amazing talent

Very cool.  He was from central VA.  Where did you buy the bikes from?
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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2018, 09:36:57 AM »
Very cool.  He was from central VA.  Where did you buy the bikes from?

They were left to a longtime childhood friend who also passed away...I bought them from is wife who was also a longtime friend of Mark...they lived in Atlanta and NC

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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2018, 10:46:32 AM »
Great find with a special history.   I know you will give the bikes their proper respect. 
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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2018, 11:23:01 AM »
The Eldo has this complete exhaust system...it is stainless..anybody know the maker?



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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2018, 11:25:21 AM »
They were left to a longtime childhood friend who also passed away...I bought them from is wife who was also a longtime friend of Mark...they lived in Atlanta and NC

Great story.  Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2018, 11:26:58 AM »
Wow, What a score.  How many Guzzi's came home with you????
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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #17 on: June 09, 2018, 11:41:07 AM »
Wow, What a score.  How many Guzzi's came home with you????

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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #18 on: June 09, 2018, 12:10:50 PM »
The Eldo has this complete exhaust system...it is stainless..anybody know the maker?



Those look like Mistral's, MG Cycle used to sell a set like that. You may want to check w/them.
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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2019, 04:50:27 PM »
My absolute dream bike! If you ever want to sell it!  :drool:

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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #20 on: May 27, 2019, 11:05:40 AM »
Brought this home..been sitting inside a dusty garage but looks like it will clean up pretty good...belonged to Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse.  I had no idea who he was until getting the bike. 




For some reason the 1000S photos don’t show up for me.   Gimme another fix Mike!
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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #21 on: May 27, 2019, 11:32:21 AM »
Cam,  I bought this 1000S from Mike last summer and have been working on it.  I have a thread over in the rebuild section.



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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2019, 11:35:06 AM »
Dave did a fantastic job on it... Check it out

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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #23 on: May 27, 2019, 11:36:17 AM »
Dave did a fantastic job on it... Check it out

Thanks Mike!

I have quite a ways to go, but should be on the road by end of summer.
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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #24 on: May 27, 2019, 11:49:04 AM »
I’m a dumbass.  Didn’t even notice the thread was a year old.  But thanks for the pic Dave!
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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #25 on: May 31, 2019, 05:44:42 PM »
I found an interesting picture of a Sparklehorse performance or a photo shoot with the 1000S in the background.



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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #26 on: July 06, 2019, 09:10:12 AM »
Here is a not so good picture of the Sparklehorse 1000S when it was kept in one of the band mates basement. 

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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #27 on: July 14, 2019, 07:47:49 PM »
I have always wondered what the back story was regarding the light road rash on the left side of the bike.



I have been in touch with Mark Linkous' old riding buddy and he told me the story.   Around 2003 they were riding when it started to rain hard.  They rode to an overpass to park under.  Just before Mark was completely stopped he dumped the bike in the gravel.  Mystery solved!   
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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #28 on: July 23, 2019, 10:01:35 PM »
The 1000S is on the road and running great!  I spent some quality time with it and my Carbtune Pro tonight and went out for a ride.  What a machine!  It pulls hard!  Love the motor!

From a year ago when EldoMike dragged it home.



To this.  The only tasks left are some fiberglass repairs to the shroud for the clocks and having the trim ring for the headlight chromed.  Stoked!!





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Re: Sparklehorse's 1000S
« Reply #29 on: July 24, 2019, 03:45:29 AM »
Looks great ! almost factory fresh.

 

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