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boxerscott
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Vintage bikes.

Postby boxerscott » Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:25 pm

Have spent a really nice weekend down in South Yorkshire, had a couple of reet good neets with friends in Sheff. We had a day out in Castleton, did a bit of subterranean stuff, water was at a staggering 2 deg c however the sun shone up above and watching the world go by I noted the amount of vintage/classic stuff potting about. Thought how relevant it all was and how these bikes are perfect for such dale/peak roads and how irrelevant the 170bhp plus bikes generally are for our roads. The old British bikes sound just perfect. Do not think this is a nostalgia attack, it aint. I actually believe it and am feeling the itch to go over to the Dark Side. :)

Chris
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SP250
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Re: Vintage bikes.

Postby SP250 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:09 pm

Have a chat with Steve then Chris, they sell Harleys downstairs from his BMW showroom if you really want the Dark Side.
Old Brit iron is just the oily side - usually on the outside, instead of where it is rumoured it does more good on the inside!
John M

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weaselonastick
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Re: Vintage bikes.

Postby weaselonastick » Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:52 am

Chris,
Go for it. Get another vintage bike on the road.
I absolutely love my vintage bikes. And in the right situation, they are the best thing to ride; they make the right sound, get the most attention, and (usually) put a smile on my face.
But it ain't all sunshine and rainbows.
Keeping vintage bikes running is hard work; they require regular fettling to keep them running right.
Old electrics, points, main & pilot jets, cables, chains & sprockets, varying fuel quality, ambient temperature, etc... for me it's always a bit of a lottery which bike will start, depending upon one or several of the above factors.
There's nothing like jumping on the R11S, pressing the button, and riding away.
So I think the best solution is to have one (relatively) modern bike in the shed to be the fallback position, should the others let me down.
Have fun,
Mike
2004 BMW R1100S
1982 Piaggio PX125E
1972 Kawasaki H1B
1970 Yamaha XS1
1970 Yamaha R5
1970 Honda CB750K0
1965 Ducati Sebring

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Re: Vintage bikes.

Postby boxerscott » Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:18 pm

Oily side indeed John! TBQH I was thinking of cheating and getting a modern retro lookie alikeey. There are some Harleys in the range that are resonating with me too. Afraid the cost of modern tech laden new bikes is putting me off also 50mph speed zones, safety cameras fixed or mobile, traffic control humps, poorl