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Re: Dilemma [Re: Grumpy2] #679697
24/12/20 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Grumpy2
Local one is 2012, 7000miles, old codger owned like me.

Not starting messing with boats, my pal has one that he calls a hole in the water into which you pour money.

Fair comment on boats!! Good luck with the Bonny.
I quite fancy a bash at a 70s Jap stroker. Of a larger capacity than any of the two strokes I owned... grin2


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Re: Dilemma [Re: Hamwich] #679704
24/12/20 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Hamwich
Originally Posted by Bonesie
I fancy doing van to campervan conversion just dont have the space at the moment. :-(


I've been toying with this idea for years, I love some of the 'stealth camper' ideas that people come up with.


My sister and her husband have a self built ambulance to camper van conversion that they get a lot of fun out of. One of their boys did a basic conversion on a Transit. Henceforward, any camper conversion of a van is known in our family as a TrannyBago.

BTW - worth checking the regs on gas installations.


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Re: Dilemma [Re: Mkiss] #679729
24/12/20 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Mkiss
Just today I came across a section is the fabulous Douglas Adams book "LAST CHANCE TO SEE".

He describes the evolutionary downturn of british motorcycle industry as a metaphor for the way the nearly extinct night parrot - the kakapoe - failed in evolutonary processes.

Until you finish dreaming yourself around the world - winter may be gone...

(just two pages to get an impression...:

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Who'd want to be a Possum in Kakapo country scared

Happy Christmas everyone.


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Re: Dilemma [Re: Grumpy2] #679753
24/12/20 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Grumpy2

As a consequence another itch has emerged, I’ve spotted several motorbikes 🏍 that have taken my fancy. I’ve always fancied a triumph Bonneville and a lightly used, recent and lovely condition bike is available very locally. Although desirable my dilemma is that it would still leave me short of a lockdown 3 project and those nice days when I’d want to ride it would be the same nice days I’d want to drive the Morgan.

Oh dear!


Yes, but no car, however exotic, can match the feel of bend swinging on a good bike.

Re: Dilemma [Re: Grumpy2] #679934
26/12/20 10:43 AM
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You are so right Howard

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Re: Dilemma [Re: Grumpy2] #679953
26/12/20 12:34 PM
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I've just bought myself a slightly easier project two weeks ago. It's a 1978 BMW R80/7, the points ignition and heavy flywheel version. I used to moonlight on my days off at a husband and wife specialist and know my way around them, and despite having the weight of a Tiger tank I love the feel of them and the solidity. It does mean that I'll have to put one of my other workshop fillers up for grabs and I think it will be the T140. I've had some nice rides on it, but I had to come home via a van on the last trip as it blew something electrical and it's sat under the dust sheet ever since. Since I've bought the MG TA, I've not had the time or the opportunity to get the Triumph on the bench as I'm too busy getting under the MG..!!!

Isn't it great to have these mechanical toys to play with, though..?


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Re: Dilemma [Re: howard] #679957
26/12/20 12:58 PM
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T140 love
Mind you, I say the same about the R-series airheads (as they are often, usually affectionately, known across the pond smile ). Have fun with it Steve.
Originally Posted by howard

Yes, but no car, however exotic, can match the feel of bend swinging on a good bike.

Too right thumbs

Last edited by Graham, G4FUJ; 26/12/20 12:59 PM.

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Re: Dilemma [Re: Grumpy2] #679965
26/12/20 01:43 PM
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Steve a good choice. I hope you enjoy the Bayerische Mist Wagen.
santa2 santarudy


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Re: Dilemma [Re: Grumpy2] #679979
26/12/20 02:43 PM
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I once had a Hardly Ableson, a Sportster from the early days with chain drive and the Iron Head engine. Pushed that home in rainy weather several times, thankfully always local. But interestingly the problem was the japanese electricals rather than the Yank bits. Apart from one time when the complete carb vibrated off the engine and was hanging at the side on the control cables.

Re: Dilemma [Re: Grumpy2] #679981
26/12/20 02:56 PM
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Had the same carb thing happen to me on a BSA at a set of traffic lights in Leeds .... fortunately the nuts had lodged on top of the crankcases so it was a quick fix.

If the old Brit bikes were competently maintained they were just as reliable as the contemporary Japanese ones .... the main difference was that the Brits were made to be maintained in your shed with a minimum of tools, so were prey to the incompetent .... even the early Japs were designed to need special tools and in a way that pushed owners to the Dealer workshops and their professional mechanics ... thus they appeared more reliable .... once they slid down the food-chain after a few years and fell into the hands of the impoverished 'hammer and screwdriver' brigade they were to be found expired at the side of the road just like the amateur maintained Brits.

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