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RE: What are you listening to?
And how could i go on without this one.

Whimsical, memory provoking, good.




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23-09-2016 09:08 PM
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RE: What are you listening to?
I may add that my late father was an academic lawyer, professor and dean of the law faculty, then latterly judge.

And everything I know about motorcycle maintenance I learned from him.

And just about everything practical I know I learned from him...

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23-09-2016 09:16 PM
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RE: What are you listening to?
(23-09-2016 09:16 PM)Don Wrote:  I may add that my late father was an academic lawyer, professor and dean of the law faculty, then latterly judge.

And everything I know about motorcycle maintenance I learned from him.

And just about everything practical I know I learned from him...

Don, I know this is in a different thread but do tell - what brands/models did you and your dad work on? Bet you worked on some bikes you wish you had kept....
23-09-2016 09:52 PM
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His last bike was a Sunbeam S8 that he sold to buy my mother's engagement ring.

The next bike he ran was my rather ineptly race tuned (Remove the head gaskets, flatten the barrels and heads on glass with very fine abrasive, open out the ports till the piston rings (just) don't fall out, two cylinder base gaskets, toss the airbox (Which means it won't run in the rain)) Kawaski S1. Throttle was a switch and the back brake and gear change were on opposite sides from British bikes of the 50's. That thing was a hoot, but it did need 100% concentration to drive, ate spark plugs and could melt the middle piston on the overrun. Oh and did 9mpg on a good day - if you went nuts you could empty the tank in under 5 miles.

But a lot of fun riding around in your own personal cloud of pollutants. I never did find out its top speed as the frame was a bit flexible.

Then I bought a Honda 125 whose alternator fell off the crankshaft. That made a mess but it got run with a total loss electrical system till I passed my test (Before that I was driving bikes on a Zambian international licence). I got a few mates to help me and we tossed the thing in a skip the day I passed my test.

A mate and I were in the pub one night and decided we'd build a cafe racer. We had a 1960s Yamaha TZ250 racing frame and a 400cc single cylinder dirt bike engine. Which was way too big to fit. But enough beer and a few cutting disks for our angle grinders followed by quite a bit of bad welding we made the thing fit. We brazed up an exhaust out of coffee cans and the legally required BSI stamp. Nobody said the stamp had to have come from a homemade exhaust so we cut up a blown exhaust and carefully brazed on the stamp. This was perfectly legal, even if the vehicle inspector hated it. Since the frame is what determines the age of a motorcycle, it didn't actually need lights.

It was downright painful to ride as the riding position only worked at speeds about 20mph above the top speed of this thing. And reaching its top speed required putting up with vibration that could (and did) break welds. It was rather under geared - it would wheelie in all gears and ate chains.

I've messed with all sorts of 60s-80s Japanese stuff - the British stuff of the era was just painful - it had been made on worn out machines that should have been replaced in the 50's. It wasn't really till the late 80s when the new Triumphs appeared that any of the non-exotic Brit stuff (Heskeths and the ilk) was worth having.

I once got to sit on, but not ride, a Vincent Black Lightning. That thing would break your leg rather than start if the timing wasn't perfect. And litre V-twins are a pig to start anyway. The owner of that one had bought it from its previous owner as the only way he could start it was to jump off the garage roof with a bag of cement under each arm and hope he hit the kickstart. Big Grin

A pal had a Ducati Desmo 350, till the tank fell apart which then proceeded to burn down the garage. that thing was a joy to ride if it didn't break down so much. It made military aircraft seem easy to maintain.

I think the craziest device I ever came across was a much lightened Honda CBR1000 dirt bike - it was approximately the height of a bus. And geared down for even crazier acceleration.

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24-09-2016 01:29 PM
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Thanks Don, I'm a m/c enthusiast - the S8 was 500cc? Have never seen one in person....have never seen a CBR1000 dirt bike....suspect that may have been a monster chopped victim! if I ever won sufficient money aside from my airplane, I would scout out and find me a few specific motorcycles including an original Royal Enfield Bullet (not the crappy built in India model) as well as a Zundapp....
24-09-2016 01:55 PM
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Yeah - both the S7 and the S8 were 500cc inline twins. With very marginal cooling of the rear cylinder. In fact, I'd have to0 look up the differences now.

I remember hearing a tale of a Zundapp that had fallen victim to artillery that had blown apart one of the cylinders. So a blanking plate was made and the abomination still ran as a single. Just not very well.

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I almost always listen to ANYTHING Peter Gabriel! He has been my favorite singer since 1974 and his voice has "aged" like a Fine Wine. I tell people who do not understand my obsession that I would marry Peter G. just so I could hear his voice until I die!
12-10-2016 04:07 AM
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Went and saw the 20th Anniversary tour of RENT last Friday and I am still singing along in my head. Anyone else here a fan?

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Never seen it, heard it's good though. I've still got "Angel of Music" stuck in my head after watching The Phantom of the Opera with my wife on Saturday. 
12-10-2016 12:57 PM
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(12-10-2016 12:57 PM)Michael Wrote:  Never seen it, heard it's good though. I've still got "Angel of Music" stuck in my head after watching The Phantom of the Opera with my wife on Saturday. 
Haven't seen rent but I'm a musical junkie. I'm currently on a Les Mis kick.

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