Never had one

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Never had one

Postby shifter » Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:33 am

Never had one but I bought this Model 8 off the site ads and unseen a Cpl of weeks ago it was in good condition being rebuilt in 1999 & needing a little work, as described in the ad and a Cpl of phone calls, I have since done the electrics all working fine now had a little discharging problem, stripped cleaned & re jetted carb,timing checked & reset as it was spitting back through the exhaust a little, full service engine/oil/filter gearbox oil changed points/plug, valve clearance's reset, along with a little paint & other small items of tinkering including a good spit and polish. Today is its first distance run out we were out at 05:45 am & back at 10:20 and the bike performed very well chuffed to bits with it. Its nice to get a bike that needs just a little work (dosent often happen) and that has been described by the seller to the letter Thank you
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Re: Never had one

Postby 1957M30 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:10 am

Great looking 🏍
Bet you had a huge grin 😀 On your first ride out.
It makes you feel good to have a fettle and then enjoy the fruits of your labours 👍

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Re: Never had one

Postby clanger9 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:28 pm

That looks like an absolute cracker of a bike. Well done! :beer:
Lightweights are lovely bikes and it's a delight to see one in such great condition.
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Re: Never had one

Postby shifter » Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:32 pm

Thanks but the bike was good to start with I have just made it a little better I hope, the chap that did it in the late 90s did a cracking job of it
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Re: Never had one

Postby Rob Harknett » Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:50 pm

A very smart little bike to enjoy riding just for pleasure. It even gets up, goes out and gets back home again, before mine even come out the garage.

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Re: Never had one

Postby shifter » Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:01 pm

Best time of the day love going up the coast then back down through the hills and little b roads stopping for a brew from the flask and a nice sandwich to view the wildlife and scenery
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Re: Never had one

Postby Ozmadman » Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:37 pm

Very, very nice looking example, especially the paint colour and gold tank lining which is pretty much as original.. They are nice bikes and well underestimated in my opinion.. Just checked the high resolution picture in the photos section.. Dazzling!! what kind of spit and polish is that??
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Re: Never had one

Postby shifter » Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:01 am

Ozmadman. Thanks its called very hard work spit and polish, with elbow grease g3 a little paint touch up here and there and othe good products but once its like this its easy to keep up
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Re: Never had one

Postby ajscomboman » Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:27 pm

Pleased my handiwork still looks good after all these years. At one time I had a very nice trick piston in it which was a modified 59 650 twin one. 2 up it was recorded at 70 + and still accelerating!!! It was a very nippy trick bike back then but when I sold it it was put back to standard spec with a fresh +20 piston. What it has now I don't know.

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Re: Never had one

Postby shifter » Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:44 pm

Yes you did a grand job on it as can be seen in the photograph 18 years on and still on the road
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