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Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by crn, Apr 18, 2011.

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    crn Guest

    Selling the GS500 resulted in some vacant garage floorspace and some
    cash burning a hole in my pocket.

    In a moment of weakness I bid for a pile of crap otherwise known as
    eBay item 220766700748 which may or may not have enough good bits
    to make a working Superdream 400.

    I did not expect to win but now it is mine. I foresee much tinkering
    and fettling to occupy my retirement for the next few months.
    Or possibly a visit to the tip. Time will tell.
    crn, Apr 18, 2011
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    SteveH Guest


    You twat.
    SteveH, Apr 18, 2011
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    Ace Guest

    FFS. You can't half pick 'em.

    Have you ever actually owned, or even ridden, a decent or even
    half-decent motorcycle?
    Ace, Apr 19, 2011
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    Mark Olson Guest

    The seller should be paying crn to haul that lot of shit away.

    The Capitalization Of Every Word In The Auction Description Is
    A Dead Giveaway The Seller Is A Mong And Should Be Avoided At
    All Costs.

    Birds of a feather, I suppose.
    Mark Olson, Apr 19, 2011
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    crn Guest

    Cheeky ****.

    More than I care to remember. See sig for the current stable, the
    CBR in particular is a minter.

    You are missing the point - fixing up sad old piles of shite is a
    hobby which keeps me out of trouble in my retirement. Sometimes I
    make a few quid, sometimes not, but the fettling is the objective.
    crn, Apr 19, 2011
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    Dan L Guest

    That looks like a Craven top box on the remains of the bloo one.

    You should ebay that; I understand they're quite collectable.
    Dan L, Apr 19, 2011
  7. Yes, it does.
    Indeed. I sold one for over £100. It went to Norway. I recently sold a
    three-piece set for well over £300 - that went to Greece.
    The Older Gentleman, Apr 19, 2011
  8. You utter mong.

    Flog the topbox and any bits that look vaguely serviceable - there must
    be some - and get rid of the rest.
    The Older Gentleman, Apr 19, 2011
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    Krusty Guest

    "No V5 For Either Bike And I Will Not Be Attempting To Get One.
    Five Weeks And Still Waiting For Previous Vehicle Registration

    You've obviously got far too much time on your hands if you're prepared
    to try & sort that out.
    Krusty, Apr 19, 2011
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    A.Clews Guest

    Thus spake SteveH () unto the assembled multitudes:
    I'll not hear a word said against Superdreams. Well, not many anyway. I had
    one for 3 years. It was pretty reliable. So what if the exhausts and front
    mudguard rotted away before my eyes. So what if the rear hub virtually
    self-destructed. So what if the steering head bearings wore out in
    doublequick time. So what if the camchain tensioner never worked. So what if
    the Comstar wheels were lethal in crosswinds. So what if the cambox cover studs
    stripped the first time I took them off. So what if the bottom end went
    and I ended up having to fit a Dream engine from a scrappie. Er....

    Come to think of it... god what a pile of utter crap that bike was :)
    A.Clews, Apr 19, 2011
  11. Got to say that Number One Child's 250 Super Dream performed
    absolutely flawlessly through a year and a half of teenager abuse.
    True, it was ultra-low mileage when bought (13k) but it was still 30
    years old and had the tits thrashed off it up and down the M40, to
    Oxford and back.

    I changed the oil and filter religiously, and every so often checked
    the tappets, adjusted the tensioner once (there was a work-around for
    a seized unit) and that was about it. Those cam cover studs were
    notorious for stripping, but that was only because people didn't
    realise they only had to be nipped up - there was no oil pressure
    under there, and as long as the rubber gasket was in decent nick, it
    wouldn't leak.

    It rather changed my perception of the 250, that bike. It was
    definitely a tad dull, and it needed lots of revs to get anywhere, but
    it did the job.

    Bought for £225, IIRC, and £150 spent on new pattern silencers, air
    filter, oil filter and a new chain. Only other thing that needed
    replacement was the speedo drive and cable after the presence of the
    disc lock was forgotten :-/ And those were replaced by used Honda 400
    Four items I had knocking around, which were exactly the same parts.
    Rear tyre was replaced by a nearly-new one off the back wheel of
    another 400 Four, too. Ultra-cheap motorcycling.

    Sold it for £475 on eBay when the replacement Kawasaki GT550 came
    along, and the bod who bought it reckoned it was the sweetest he'd
    heard in a long time.

    Now I think of it, neighbour had one until recently, as a hack., That
    had done nearly 60k miles when he sold it, and still plodded along.

    The trouble with the 400 - yes, I had one, once - is the engine is
    certainly pokier, but it vibrates a lot more, and the bottom end is a
    shade weak.
    [email protected], Apr 19, 2011
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    A.Clews Guest

    Thus spake [email protected] () unto the assembled multitudes:
    Took mine (also a 250) from Brighton to Shrewsbury a few times to visit my
    mum & dad before I acquired a wife and a car, and it too performed flawlessly
    each time, apart from, get this, suffering a rear puncture (a slow one which
    was only discovered the next morning) *on each visit*. This was before the
    M40 opened, and I used to ride across to Gloucester, then across to
    Ross-on-Wye and then up the A49 to Shrewsbury. Lovely ride it was too.
    A.Clews, Apr 19, 2011
  13. Coincidentally, this week's More Crap Than News pitches a modern Honda
    CBF250 single against a concours-restored[1] 250 Super Dream, and the
    gap isn't that wide. Can't help thinking that a CB250RS would have
    been a better comparison - now tht really was a great bike.

    [1] Cost the owner £2500, which is more than I'd pay for a Super
    Dream, but then as MCN pointed out, that's still a grand less than the
    new 250.
    [email protected], Apr 20, 2011
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