Nice Le Mans?

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by ts, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. ts

    ts Guest

    eBay item 280638441355

    ts, Mar 5, 2011
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  2. It's not the best model to have, and it's not the best colour[1]. And
    there's sod all description and the seller is a newbie and those last
    two alone often spell trouble.

    And at £2450 and not yet on reserve, I think he's probably expecting too
    much for it as well.

    [1] In my biased opinion, that would be a Mark Two in black & gold. The
    original Mark One is The One To Have, but I actually think the Two is a
    better bike. After that they went downhill.
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 5, 2011
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  3. ts

    ts Guest

    That was exactly my impression as well.
    The "value" is opposed to be what someone is willing to pay . . . but I
    wouldn't be surprised if a winning bidder of >3k£ backs out after
    discovering something unexpected, when coming to collect this one.
    The 1st incarnation seems to attact similar money as the BMW R90S (i.e.
    value based more on iconic status than performance); I'd hope the mark 2
    remained to the first as the R100S to the 90S :)
    ts, Mar 5, 2011
  4. The engines were completely unchanged from the Mark One to the Two. The
    Mark Two just got the excellent fairing, the extra clocks, and better
    switchgear, all of which made it a good bike to ride at speed.

    The Mark Three got a not-entirely-successful restyle and the fairing
    lowers were dropped. I think the cylinders were coated, as well, but I
    cba to Google.

    The Mark Four went to 1000cc and got 40mm carbs plus the dreadul 16"
    front wheel. The bigger carbs meant you needed a very strong right
    wrist. The Mark Five was basically the Mark Four with an 18" front

    A few years, one of The Doctor's colleagues was selling a Mark Two, and
    I've always wanted one. "As long as it's not in that dreadful blue
    colour..." I said. It was, and it was a rustbucket from one end to the
    other. He wanted £1500 for it. I left it. It's probably still in the
    same shed.
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 5, 2011
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