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I’d spent various evenings in the week stripping off the exhaust of the V7 Sport. Sent downpipes, crossover and a few bits to the chromers. Prepped and painted the bottom rails. All good but it’s clearly meant that it’s unrideable! Had a nice distraction this pm when I finally managed to collect my ‘67 Norton P11 that’s just had a full rebuild and nearly broke me! Was all worth it when i finally rode it for the first time today. Has the torque and exhaust bark to rival the Guzzi but totally different. Still grinning!
Apologies, hope that’s allowed but I needed a distraction whilst the Guzzi was out of action! Embarrassed
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Ah, the Norton-Matchless. I remember them.
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Originally posted by V7Chris V7Chris wrote:

Went for a chilly run over to DK Motorcycles in Newcastle Under Lyme. Can't believe what they want for some of the Japanese 70's rusting wrecks they have imported. Judging by the many sold stickers, there are plenty who are prepared to part with their cash though.Confused 
Never underestimate the pull of nostalgia. I used to have a LM1 when i was 23 years old. I used to change my bike each year in those days. Always regretted swapping it for a T140V bonneville;always wanted to recapture what it once had, which was inextricably linked to my twenties. So I bought one this time last year to mess about with. A blatant attempt to get back some tangible part of my youth. Not that I regret buying it, but i recognise it for what it is
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Originally posted by TheWrongTrousers TheWrongTrousers wrote:

A blatant attempt to get back some tangible part of my youth. 

To do that I would have to find a 1934 BSA Blue star Junior.

No, I'm not THAT old. It was almost 30 years old when I started rebuilding it.
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Originally posted by Brian UK Brian UK wrote:

Originally posted by TheWrongTrousers TheWrongTrousers wrote:

A blatant attempt to get back some tangible part of my youth. 

To do that I would have to find a 1934 BSA Blue star Junior.

No, I'm not THAT old. It was almost 30 years old when I started rebuilding it.

Spent my 1960s youth riding British motorcycles as I could not afford Italian. 
I will never want to go back to that again.Time has not made me forget how they were.
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My first bike was a 1976 Suzuki AP50 that I paid £25 for when I was 10/11 on 50p per week pocket money! In the early 80s that was a lot of money on those wages! I went through the sports bike thing as I got older but now I’m just more drawn to classics. With 2 young boys it just seems slightly safer! All but one of my bikes are older than me. I’d love a blat on a modern superbike but just worried I’d enjoy it too much! At least with the oldies I can have my fun at drum brake speeds! 
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HJB, i too had an AP50 that bought in 1978. That was my first bike and it cost £200 that i saved up from my window cleaning round. I recall that it had a black cylinder barrel and a silver cylinder head. The black barrel needed smartening up in my view so i went out and bought a tin of black paint with which i painted the barrel. Nice and smart it looked so i let it dry overnight. Next day I set off to see my moped riding mates to proudly show off my handiwork. Imagine how they all laughed when I pulled up outside the Wimpy Bar and my tiny little engine was steaming and dripping paint everywhere because i had used black gloss paint !
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LOL Brilliant! I remember it well! Mine was just a field bike so not that tidy!

I did a very similar thing on a GSX600 I bought when I was 20. I made a lovely job of spraying the exhaust, then creating smoke out of every hole in the fairing when it warmed up!
We live and learn, hopefully! Embarrassed
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My first venture onto 2 wheels was a Lambretta LD150..  Having seen what they fetch now..
Followed by a Lambretta TV175Mk2, then a Triumph T100A ( a truly dreadful thing really..) followed by various bikes over the years from various countries.

Never went back to scooters but often look at them nowadays and wonder how they would feel to ride  now .. Probably a case of " Nostalgia ain't wot it used to be..... " !!

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Me too Adrian,  I wasn't allowed a motorbike, but got a Lambretta as a concession, 40 quid in Lancaster, eventually stolen in Morecambe while I was in the cinema.
I had the hots for a Morecambe girl, and froze my passion on the trip too and from.

Funny thing is, now in my dotage here in Lanjaron, scooters are very popular, much advanced from the Lambretta days, and I'm quite tempted by one of these two wheeled shopping trolleys. 
May prove a useful stage between a proper motorcycle and eating with a spoon.
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Sold an old favourite today, I used it as a road bike in England, and stripped it here for exploring the mountain. A 650 single with more poke than my 750 V Twin, it stood a good chance of blurting me into the canyon if I messed up.
And I do mess up.


The new owner arrived with three friends, and they all had a blast up the mountain, with varying degrees of bravery. It was good to hear the DR's bark as it hurtled past the end of the drive,  open inlet and straight through exhaust making it sound like a cross between the London Philharmonic and a road drill.
I hope he survives it, and I'm glad I did.
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What's that in the plastic bottle on the right in the concrete cubby hole Ben ? - reckon it could either be your home made olive oil, or possibly its some sump oil you are going to chuck out. Hard to tell from this distance. 
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Purging of the Guzzi's final drive is ongoing TWT, that is some of the result.
Said cubby hole is now full of logs, as Winter is upon us.

If I picked my olives and took them to the press, they would get mixed in with a wide variety of produce, so I hope to avoid the usual 'cocktail oil' and trade with someone who has a large enough crop to have it pressed separately.

Buying olive oil, the sell by date is the only infomation you usually get.
The shelf life is three years, so if the date is this year you are looking at old oil.
From many different countries.

I'll be looking up Donkey Mark, from Torviscon,  hopefully I'll be able to trade some of my marijuana crop for a few bottles of his excellent olive oil.
I'm sure it will be exquisitely itemised on our tax returns.


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Today I made a new Fill Plug for the CARC on my Stelvio.
I've been curious about how hot it gets, decided to find out.
TrailTech Temp Gauge, 6mm Sensor goes in the Cap.



As Temps here are going to be in single figures (°C) for a couple of months, I thought it would be a good baseline to start from.
I'll keep it fitted until the temps (hopefully) get back to the mid 30s we saw this Summer.

At the end of Summer, I'll move the Sensor to the Gearbox Drain Plug, again, just out of interest.
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They do get quite warm.
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