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  1. That was always one of my favourite castings tbh. I preferred it in the Esso wrecker guise, but the tipper and also this yellow pipe truck were all great. Much prefer the pre-Superfast wheels as well.
  2. they're a bit overlooked as well, and tend to be pretty affordable - and yeah, they're solid. I've thrown everything at this bar track days - I live in the middle of the yorkshire wolds and thousands of those 91k miles have been on back lanes with grass growing up the middle, and not hanging around either. Does want headstock bearings every 20k mind you. And that's not just mine - they've got a rep for it. But everything else about them is properly strong.
  3. me 9 rolled around to 91k this month and it's started ailing slightly - an intermittent clacking noise when lugging around in second. Is it a CCT? A piece of clutch getting flicked around? Or something yet more sinister? Whatever it is, the bike sounds lovely at idle, suggesting it's a gearbox and/or clutch thing. I bought it in 2017 for £1800 w/ 18k on it. It did need a bit of work inc. a re-shimming, fork oil, some replaced perished pipes and hoses (which saw me stranded in South Dalton one night). But it was soon sorted and I set about piling the miles on in earnest. Lovely bikes. Fast, handle okay (esp. on fresh tyres), and they're roomy, comfy and with a decent suspension set up can be pretty damn plush. Going to have to retire it though, I reckon. Ps those six pot tokicos went this spring (the photo's from last year), and got replaced w/ 4 pot nissins (Bandit 12 callipers bolt straight on!!) - improved the anchorage by about 80% - should've done it much earlier
  4. or now that i think about it, maybe that was the single butcher baby or monkey suit or whatever it was
  5. lol i remember my mate Greg buying that in ooh, 1980 thereabouts - i think it was billed as being on "puke splattered vinyl," which was yellow w/ red blotches or something similar - we marvelled at it in awe and wonder
  6. i nearly fell offal my chair laughing at the one ............. Guys - I said I nearly fell...ah bloody sod yer then
  7. Great. My mother in law had one and I used to drive it regularly - ace but bloody hell, annoying because the petrol gauge didn't work.
  8. Fwiw my faves from those are the merc (4th row, 3rd from right) - gold. A great '70s superfast casting imo. I also like the corgi juniors volvo, at least I think that's what it is - second row, second from left. What's the black one, fourth row, fifth from left?
  9. nerd alert but i wish these manufacturers wouldn't bother with opening doors, boots, bonnets etc. - i appreciate kids might prefer 'em, but for the sake of the casting's precision, they make the toy look crap and just in case you think i'm being a grumpy old man i even thought this when I was a kid so nerrr
  10. mki focus saloons I appreciate they were always a bit lesser-spotted, but they seem to have vanished
  11. what's going on on that door? looks like mould
  12. I had the 650 of it - w/ carbs and a kick start. iirc it was on an '04 plate. The only reason it didn't sell more in the UK is because it didn't have a triumph badge on the tank. Pitiful. It was a better bike in every way than the triumph bonnies of the same years. But the reason I got rid of it was because erm I was never riding it. I was out on my '90s cb500 way more often. So that gives you some idea of how dull a lot of these retro parallel twins are - regardless of where they're made and who by.
  13. I need to try and suss out if I can get the sign in my mki focus. I'm down from york and in the north west midlands on saturday so chester's within striking distance, assuming you can be around on that day. So this could work. But 173cm is pretty big, as you said. Other possibility is that I drive the mrs's mkii focus estate - which would do it with ease. Need to speak her but she's not in - gone off somewhere at 6 this morning. Will ring her later this morning.
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