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    Default Vintage Lester Mags.. What are they worth?

    After years of trying i finally got the '65 panhead my father raised me on the back of, the bike hadnt ran in years and frankly looked like shit.. It has some whale dick 5 gallon fat bob tanks, a front fender that could house a medium size family and a front brake large enough to fucking stop gravity. But this bike is the same one this man brought me home from the hospital on, 3 days old and wrapped in a leather jacket, so this pig means stuff to me. As much as id like to keep it like this, i just cant bring myself to do it..

    It has a pair of numbered Lester 7 spoke mags on it, 18 front 16 rear.. I want to know if anyone has any idea what they are worth? I know they are pretty rare, and the fact that i have not found a single pair for sale anywhere makes me wonder if its the fact that they are super fucking rare, or if the rest of the world agrees that they are fucking ugly and hasnt bothered trying to sell them?

    Ill post a pic in a few.

    Thanks!

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    On the right bike those would be wicked, reminds me of the old American Mags Torque Thurst rims

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    Looks like somethin' here, but for Z-1:

    Brand New NOS Genuine Lester Mag Rim Wheel Assembly Kawasaki H1 25214 18 X 2.15
    US $578.00
    Approximately EUR 500.95
    https://www.ebay.ie/itm/Brand-New-NO...item41e8430308


    Vintage Lester mag rear wheel 16 x 3...
    KAWASAKI Z1 900 LESTER MAG WHEEL SET
    Attachment 87860
    but several pages of sifting:
    https://www.ebay.ie/sch/sis.html?_it...D&_mPrRngCbx=1

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    Man! Being brought home from the ward on a bike, wrapped in a jacket is quite something!
    And people are concerned that I take my two year old on short rides..

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    Quote Originally Posted by andri View Post
    Man! Being brought home from the ward on a bike, wrapped in a jacket is quite something!
    And people are concerned that I take my two year old on short rides..
    Different times bro.. You can't even yell at your kids anymore. My father had no car until I was 6 years old, we rode everywhere on the back of this bike. It's sad I'll never have the connection with my kids that I had with my father simply due to the fact that he was a broke ass biker.. Sleeping in a drawer in his dresser because he couldn't afford a crib.. Times have changed, and not for the better.

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    Nostalgia for one's own youth should not be confused with general good times, and plenty of people yell (appropriately or otherwise) at their kids. Stop thinking the world is the internet. The "news" you see today is mostly what was once called "yellow journalism". Media changed for the better because today we have far more access to information. Ignore the bullshit and use the internet to expand what you know. A mental bullshit filter requires education. The uneducated have to build theirs the long and hard way.

    It's sad I'll never have the connection with my kids that I had with my father simply due to the fact that he was a broke ass biker.
    So become a broke ass biker! Clearly we need more poverty and I recommend everyone else ship me their liquid and material wealth postpaid. Eye of the needle and all that.

    Being poor isn't what builds connections. Most poor people are fucking losers wallowing in loserdom whose kids never know anything but examples of loserdom. They identify with their environment and the cycle perpetuates itself.. You got lucky. I recommend evaluating society and social changes in terms of the WHOLE picture.

    Blessed are the poor for most of them are chumps who are easy to manipulate. Payday loan outfits, balloon mortgages, rent-to-own outfits and pawn shops don't make billions of dollars every year by accident. They make it due to their clients POOR DECISION MAKING SKILLS begat by poverty and the lack of education which goes with it and reinforced by the ignorant cherishing their ignorance and wallowing in self-destructive poor folk shit culture.

    Have a different real-world and much more common example of poverty:
    My mother (born 1924) grew up poor in rural Oregon and her dumbass hick father thought reading glasses were a waste of money. She never made it to college because she couldn't do well in school. She lucked out later thanks to WWII (the most powerful economic boost the US ever had) and got a gig inspecting PBY Catalina flying boats. If left to her family she'd have gone nowhere like so many rural Americans then and now. Fighting over the last oxy in the pill bottle ain't exactly positive bonding.

    Fathers who WANT to bond with their kids don't make economic excuses in EITHER direction for that not happening. Just do it. Other men do from all walks of life. Don't blame externalities.

    If you think I'm kidding and my views aren't based on evidence as well as experience, search "poverty decision making" for some of the many studies on the subject. Be glad you had an atypical experience!

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    Now back to mag wheels
    . Lesters are worth what someone will bid for them. One set I recognized because I have a match was at previous Barber Vintage and he didn't sell them because no one cared, me included, I wouldn't pay much for another set and I bought mine new, because they really are just generic mags before mags became common. They aren't unusual like the rare (nowadays) Kimtab snowflake mags which look like ass on a chop.

    Brand New NOS Genuine Lester Mag Rim Wheel Assembly Kawasaki H1 25214 18 X 2.15
    US $578.00
    Approximately EUR 500.95
    https://www.ebay.ie/itm/Brand-New-NO...item41e8430308


    Vintage Lester mag rear wheel 16 x 3...
    KAWASAKI Z1 900 LESTER MAG WHEEL SET
    Attachment 87860
    but several pages of sifting:
    https://www.ebay.ie/sch/sis.html?_it...D&_mPrRngCbx=1
    The ask prices are high because of what they fit especially the EU price because everything is insanely expensive there. Right now those Kawis are $$$. I just got back from Barber Vintage and utter shit triples were going for LARGE money. I suspect the people paying high dollar were not those who rode the triples when they were new because they weren't exactly long lived. 900 Kawis (which have been high for a while because most got blown up due to gross abuse) often came with spoked wheels but rusted spokes look like ass and it's easy to restore mags.
    Last edited by farmall; 10-07-2018 at 5:06 PM.

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