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Old 12-31-2010, 05:50 AM   #31
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Sweet van....add a BSA Bantam to to your rig i would think they are plentiful and cheap over your way??
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:56 AM   #32
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Old 12-31-2010, 07:03 AM   #33
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I have been looking at all sorts of small bikes, mopeds, etc for some time, with the intention of using it to go to the shops, and to sling it in the back of the Transit when we go away with the Teardrop trailer.

These things appeal to me because they are a bit different, ugly, naked, and seem to get the "Back to Basics" ethos kind of right.

I have watched them on Ebay, Autotrader and anywhere else they infrequently do pop up. Unusually I saw one advertised on Gumtree, as I kept an eye there too for small cheap Quads and Pitbikes for some time now. We had friends over yesterday, so I only got to speak to the seller at about 7pm last night.
Story was his son is trading up at age 17 now, bike in average condition, no Tax/MOT, I got his price down by 50, which would cover MOT/Tax and then I would have to buy a battery and sort the flat rear tyre.

My neighbour who moved my and Nicola's houses when we moved here said he would help me fetch the Madass if I bought it for 5's worth of Diesel, I gave him 10 in stead, and we were home an hour after leaving with the bike.

With hopefully around 2BHP on tap from the 50cc Honda based engine, it falls a long way short of the 100BHP the 1200GS brings to the party.

I will need to get it MOT'd and Taxed in the new year once I have given it a good going over. The back wheel has a fast leak, which could be anything, I did not investigate fully. The front right indicator has a dodgy connection and works intermittently. The battery needs to be charged, or replaced, and I believe it will then be ready for its test.
For now I have removed the one mirror stalk as it was missing.
I have also washed the whole thing with Cif and Fairy liquid on an old tooth brush, and a bigger brush to get old oily and dust residue off the engine. I then washed and rinsed the whole bike again, as it had been up to the farm to get most of the pics I will post today.

This is a learning curve as always, so info, advice, comments, pisstaking etc greatly appreciated.



Cat Scan just after it got home. Harley was over and on top of it, as previous owners have cats too.










Wanted to get a pic next to the big John Deere Tractor, but it was parked tight between other implements.

JCB will have to do.




Back at home after a wash and clean.

Nicola has seen it and just commented "UGLEEEE ! " and walked away. So not impressed.

Clean enough for now.

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Old 12-31-2010, 07:32 AM   #34
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Nicola has seen it and just commented "UGLEEEE ! " and walked away. So not impressed.


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Well I hope she meant Ugleee in a good way!
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Old 12-31-2010, 07:45 AM   #35
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Looks like a good design to me and if you need more power it's easy to bolt in a much larger engine.
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:38 AM   #36
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Looks like a good design to me and if you need more power it's easy to bolt in a much larger engine.
I think the design is basic, in which lies its strength.

The guys here add in 70cc heads to give a bit more, and the extreme as far as I know are 140cc 3valve engines, basically fast pitbike engines with some magic thrown at them, which it seems go in straight there too.

Brakes are really good, and there are a few parts that look and feel, and probably are cheap and nasty, but one can always replace them.
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:13 AM   #37
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Got really lucky (though it still has to complete)

I got a PM from a guy I never met, on another forum I frequent, saying he has a 110cc and 125cc pitbike engine I could have for nothing.

The headlights on these are also known to be bad, especially the pre-2006 ones, which mine is.

I was looking at upgrading the 15W main beam light, and while dismantling it found the case and reflector to be cracked, and bits broken off it.
It also seems there are no more powerfull bulbs than the one fitted, as it has a special collar.

I posted a wanted add elsewhere, and seem to have come up with a pair of post 2006 lights and a bracket for 30 plus postage. So probably around 40. Replacement lights and bracket from a supplier are around 210, so I am pretty chuffed, even though they are different to the ones fitted, and pull much more power off the battery, at least one can see where you are going.
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:14 AM   #38
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Some of the pit bike engines have alternators that will easily power a 35 watt headlight. Some of the larger ones put out over 90 watts.
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Old 01-12-2011, 02:33 AM   #39
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Some of the pit bike engines have alternators that will easily power a 35 watt headlight. Some of the larger ones put out over 90 watts.

I will look out for that as well.



In other news:


Last night was the Retro Rides Awards night for 2010.

The Grizz-Pod was voted winner of the "Readers other Modifications" forum. Voted by members of www.retrorides.proboards.com

The trailer has passed the 45k views mark recently, it amazes me that people still go there to look at the thread.

I hope it inspires or motivates people to go out and build their own.
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