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More streamlined Italian greatness. This one was not made by a motorbike manufacturer, but by the aircraft subsidiary of FIAT - Aeritalia. It was designed in a wind tunnel, used aeronautical influences and was the second time that FIAT considered entering the two wheeled market.

This is the Moto Major, from 1948 -

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FIAT's  first  two wheeled project? 1938, they built a scooter, but the project didn't go anywhere. However, after the war Piaggio's Paperino scooter bore a strong resemblance to it...

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More details on the Moto Major here - https://thevintagent.com/2019/11/19/moto-major-italy-reinvents-the-motorcycle/

 

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And sticking to a streamlined theme, over in Germany -

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Werner Haas on the NSU 1954 Ultra light . He was Germany's first motorcycle world champion to win, in 1953, the  FIM 125 and 250 world championships riding for NSU. Werner died, aged 29,  in a plane accident.

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This MV Agusta Mini Bike Racing was an official model offered by the MV in the mid-1970s. A one-off special was made for Phil Read’s son in 1973 to celebrate his 500cc World Championship victory. Here is Phil Read sitting on the bike playfully begging two officers let him off with no ticket.

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An R6, that has been tracked? I'd be very careful, they have chocolate gearboxes and can feel very tired very quickly, looks nice enough but it will fail noise testing with the stubby can the PC is mapped for, which means it'll probably be running lean on the standard can, they are great to ride though and I have done many a lap on one.

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Its from a chap I know locally and was adamant its all ok gearbox wise . Hes done about 5 novice days on it and bought it as a standard road bike so im hoping all is ok . Certainly a bit sharper to ride than the old 'cat i would imagine.

The micron thats on it passes 102 db tests . Im quite tempted to take the pc off and put the std pipe back on though as I cant be arsed with noise test hassle.

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On 7/31/2021 at 1:10 AM, Barry Cade said:

Sold the V Strom and now elbow deep into this.. its been a long day..

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The most bodged and unloved vehicle I've ever had the misfortune to be involved in. 11 previous owners who shouldn't have been allowed near tools of any kind..

 

BUT.. all back together, running beautifully and a years ticket 

Never before has an input shaft seal requires me to replace a complete exhaust and a cylinder head..😟

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The BMW I bought "only needed a clutch pushrod bearing".  The clutch was noisy till you pulled the clutch in. I stripped it down and replaced it. As well as the pushrod which was in 2 bits. All parts cheap enough. Put it all back together and the noise was still there. Stripped it all back down and opened up the gearbox, lots of ball bearings and teeth fell out. Bought a replacement gearbox. Put it all back together and the noise was away. Went to road test it and it would not rev over 2000 revs. Bought replacement injectors and that fixed that. Sick to death of it by this time went to put it on Gumtree and the advert was rejected as it was registered as stolen.  Oh how we laughed.

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8 hours ago, Barry Cade said:

The most bodged and unloved vehicle I've ever had the misfortune to be involved in. 11 previous owners who shouldn't have been allowed near tools of any kind..

 

BUT.. all back together, running beautifully and a years ticket 

Never before has an input shaft seal requires me to replace a complete exhaust and a cylinder head..😟

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It looks fab, they have aged really well, despite all the known problems with them I quite fancy one when my pcp ends and I buy (not rent) another bike.

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On 7/30/2021 at 5:27 PM, martc said:

And sticking to a streamlined theme, over in Germany -

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Werner Haas on the NSU 1954 Ultra light . He was Germany's first motorcycle world champion to win, in 1953, the  FIM 125 and 250 world championships riding for NSU. Werner died, aged 29,  in a plane accident.

First thing that came to my mind was Jack Shit. Maybe he was based on this. Ha

10 Jack Shit - Andy Sparrow ideas | sparrow, joes bar, andy

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I could not resist.

After having sold last bike last year , moving back from Italy and now skint. My sister works for BMW, they have a short lease system for family . 5 month contract 4000 miles. I can't say the price but we are talking very cheap tax & insurance included. After living in Italy I have become a fan !

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BMW c400 X 

At least I have fully legal transport now.

Heated seat ! Underseat storage is not great, uses Flexi system which drops down when parked. Not great for carrying stuff on move, ok for crash helmets when parked. Needs a top box, shame I can't get one on the scheme.

Goes well ( 350 cc 34hp) for UK speed limits. 80 mpg at 70mph.

Brakes very good, twin front disks.

0 to 50 plenty quick enough. Cruises at 75 no problem.

Main problem is, tomorrow want to go to London for a visit, how long  will it last parked in Islington ?

 

 

 

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Well....after consideration I felt the Enfield would be something she would grow out of fairly quickly. As a second bike just for me I'm sure it would be grand, but I'd probably wish I'd bought a second hand bullet for a more authentic experience.

So I've went and bought a bike we both like, but she doesn't know yet.

It's a bike I fancied when it was launched, but wouldn't have bought just for me. It has a low seat height and she loves the looks.

All will be revealed next week when I collect it....



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Dawned on me I never did update this post on here, so without further ado:

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I've been putting some miles on it since I collected it, and have to say it's bloody good fun.

If it was down to me I'd have a louder pipe and a smaller plate pronto. But Mrs thinks it sounds fine as is. Shame as that OEM exhaust isn't pretty.....

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