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Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by The Older Gentleman, Oct 22, 2003.

  1. It's maroon, and it's in superb order. 19,000 miles, all original, runs
    like silk, rack and top box fitted, taxed and tested until July.

    There's hardly a mark on it. rear mudguard is *just* beginning to go.
    Front mudguard is just beginning to go, too, around the bridge, but Dave
    Silver does brand new ones for ukp39+VAT.

    The rest of the chrome is brilliant.

    The Doctor has been cooing over it. Trouble is, I haven't got enough
    room in the garage. And I fancy hanging onto the GN for the winter.
    Decisions, decisions. If I shift all my autojumble boxes into her garden
    shed, d'you think she'll notice?
     
    The Older Gentleman, Oct 22, 2003
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  2. OK. So you have *two* "main" bikes. Can't say I blame you, they are very
    different beasts. But she only has one. This is probably not a good
    argument to put forward.

    Then you have a SOB each. Do you really need one each? Yes, you probably
    do, it pisses down on both of you at the same time.

    Plus you have the ST70. I assume you have other plans for this. For the
    kids?

    So there doesn't seem to be any disposable fat there. I can't see any
    option but shifting the boxes into the shed. Who looks into sheds at
    this time of year?

    You probably don't want to buy another MZ just now. Or a Gold Wing.

    Regards, Ian
     
    Ian Northeast, Oct 22, 2003
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    sweller Guest

    He does. Just doesn't know it.
     
    sweller, Oct 22, 2003
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  4. Probably. The bloke who sold us the CD200 wanted to buy it, mind.
    Good thinking. I like that.
    Um, I do, actually.

    <fx: lightbulb>

    Get a bigger garage!!!!
     
    The Older Gentleman, Oct 22, 2003
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  5. That, of course, is something you need to consider when buying the
    house. Have you ever been round here? I can't remember. I have a triple
    garage, which was a major consideration. It's three times the length and
    the same width as the average one, which isn't as good as a triple width
    one would be, but we have 8 bikes in there and the workbench is still
    accessible.

    Regards, Ian
     
    Ian Northeast, Oct 22, 2003
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  6. If that's your gaff on the Epsom by-pass next to the church, yes, I
    remember it.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Oct 23, 2003
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    Tim Guest

    Aha, you got it at last. Good to hear it's not a heap.
    --
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    Due to the limitations of current email, the lip movements may be
    out of synchronisation as you move your finger under the text while reading.

    tim dot ukrm at dsl dot pipex dot com
     
    Tim, Oct 25, 2003
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  8. I've spent this morning fettling it. I've ordered new mudguards front
    and rear from Dave Silver because the ones on it are just beginning to
    go, and the rest of it is *so* damn good and I got it so cheap, that
    it's worth doing.

    Close inspection of the exhausts reveals some tell-tale bulging that
    means they're going to blow sooner or later, so I'll order a new pair of
    exhausts too. Genuine OE ones are ukp47+VAT each side - bargain. Pattern
    ones are ukp29.95 - even more of a bargain. Pattern silencers alone are
    ukp28 - not really worth it given the price of complete systems.

    The old exhausts and guards can go on Ebay - they'll make a few quid.

    It was running very quietly when I got it, so I took it out the next
    evening to cart Jamie to his RAF Cadets thingy[1]. That little ride
    revealed that there was something awry with the pilot jetting (revs took
    a while to drop, and it sometimes needed choke to start even when hot),
    and that the chain was as tight as a bowstring.

    It went well if held WFO, but the mid-range was hesitant.

    A full service today revealed the following:

    1. Pilot screw on the wrong setting. Re-set.

    2. Needle clip set in the wrong groove. Re-set.

    3. Ignition timing (he said it had just had new points and the old ones
    were in the top box) set to the tappet TDC mark, not the ignition timing
    "F" mark.

    4. Chain indeed over-tight and a bit nadgered.

    5. Air filter element so knackered that it crumbled in my hands. New one
    fashioned from some K&N foam sheets I had knocking around.

    6. Oil level low. Changed.

    7. Spark plugs wrongly gapped. Re-gapped.

    8. Vamve clearances out on two out of four valves. Adjusted. One tappet
    locknut rounded off (I mean, how? They're effing hard steel) and
    earmarked for replacement.

    9. No spare fuses in the spare fuse clip. Put a couple in.

    10. Both brakes badly adjusted. Re-adjusted.

    11. Tyre pressures both near-atmospheric. Pumped up.

    In addition to that, I dug out a working top box lock to replace the
    keyless one in the box on it (you'd be amazed at what I've got in the
    garage) and gave it a cursory polish.

    Out on the road after that little lot, and it was a different bike.
    Sweet, smooth, responsive, carb behaving perfectly, indicated 65mph
    heading uphill along Banstead's Mad Mile and 75mph heading downhill,
    which means it's sorted.

    I'm just amazed, yet again, at how people can manage to **** up even as
    idiot-proof a bike as a CD200 Benly. God knows who'd maintained it, but
    they'd botched *everything*.

    Anyway, The Doctor is in seventh heaven, because it's what she wanted,
    so it'll be pressed into service. The GN250 goes on ebay tomorrow
    (Sunday).


    [1] He seems to be loving this. Spent the other night running around
    some woods, face plastered in cam cream like a skinny Rambo. If he
    passes his tests, he's allowed to start shooting after Xmas, and flying
    in gliders in february. I'm going to alert the local Red Cross.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Oct 25, 2003
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    Mike Fleming Guest

    Not from carpet underlay? I thought that was the performance-enhancing
    mod...
     
    Mike Fleming, Oct 25, 2003
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    Timo Geusch Guest

    Mike Fleming was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    Only on ShiteOldSuzuki Two-Smokes.
     
    Timo Geusch, Oct 25, 2003
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    sweller Guest

    Are they going to have to send him parcels? He'll be building gingham
    gliders in the attic next.
     
    sweller, Oct 27, 2003
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    Platypus Guest

    #I saw the fireworks
    I believed that I was dreaming
    Till the neighbours came out screaming...

    --
    Platypus - Faster Than Champ
    VN800 Drifter, R80RT
    DIAABTCOD#2 GPOTHUF#19
    BOTAFOS#6 BOTAFOT#89 FTB#11
    BOB#1 SBS#35 ANORAK#18 TWA#15
     
    Platypus, Oct 27, 2003
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