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 Post subject: New Project
 Post Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:56 pm 
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Off to collect a 1970 CB175K4 on Thursday. :D

Just back from the van hire place, now to work out how to use a ratchet strap. I can make them tighten, but buggered if I can get them loose again. Must remember my Stanley knife. :evil

Quick chorus of ' I like trucking' etc. Few years since I've driven a Transit, can't wait. :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9lmCpIzhFo

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 Post subject: Re: New Project
 Post Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:10 am 
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Excellent - post up plenty of pics of the restoration please :D

I used to drive one of those large, long Iveco diesel vans for a while years ago in another life - I got used to the size and had no trouble maneuvering it around, driving in heavy traffic etc - but I've been riding bikes exclusively for the last 20 years - so I was surpised recently when I had to drive a medium sized car and found that even that actually felt quite big! I'm so used to having just a wheel in front of me and behind me that the extra dimensions actually felt quite intimidating! Bizarre - as years ago my car felt like a small go-kart after stepping out of the van.


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 Post subject: Re: New Project
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Best to avoid trying to filter whilst driving the car :lol

After riding the bike, I do find myself sometimes doing questionable overtakes in the car. :eek

I also tow a caravan once or twice a year. After the first few miles towing, you tend to get quite blasé about what is potentially quite a risky proposition. Really, it's mad that more or less anyone can hook one of these things to the back of their car and set off on the highway. I did the Caravan Club two day course, but still managed to knock the side out of the van manoeuvring it at the storage site. Fitted a motor mover soon after that debacle.

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 Post subject: Re: New Project
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Best to avoid trying to filter whilst driving the car :lol

After riding the bike, I do find myself sometimes doing questionable overtakes in the car. :eek


Yeah me too - found myself the other day positioning the car to drive down the centre line of the road until I remembered what I was driving - also tried to wedge myself into totally inappropriate gaps in the traffic.

Silliest thing I did when driving the car was nod at a biker coming the other way :angel

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I also tow a caravan once or twice a year. After the first few miles towing, you tend to get quite blasé about what is potentially quite a risky proposition.


Yeah - I've heard that caravans and trailers can be prone to developing dangerous weaves which can end up crashing the towing vehicle. :eek


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 Post subject: Re: New Project
 Post Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:45 pm 
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HOON98 wrote:
Silliest thing I did when driving the car was nod at a biker coming the other way :angel

I tend to do this everytime I'm in the car!


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 Post subject: Re: New Project
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lol :angel


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 Post subject: Re: New Project
 Post Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:29 pm 
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I really must find another image hosting site. If this works, this is the bike.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/322650888873

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 Post subject: Re: New Project
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The van trip worked out OK. Wife and dog came along for the ride. After recent events in Spain, glad I got the van hire sorted when I did, since I have no photo ID or passport, just my old paper driving licence and some utility bills.

Vendor is a nice chap, garage full of classic bikes, Yam XS1, Suzuki T250, Kawa Z400 twin, etc etc.

I've just had the 175 running this morning, but carbs clearly not as clean as advert stated, idle circuits seem inoperative, just screams its head on part throttle, not good for an old cold engine.

Fitted some David Silvers silencers to original excellent down pipes, then just needs usual bits like chain and tyres to get it MOT worthy. That said, I expect it'll get stripped down, powder coated etc etc, just won't need to do an engine rebuild on this one. Chrome of wheels and rear mudguard as new.

Paint is a mixed bag. He's given me some NOS tin ware from the front forks, so they are sorted. Fuel tank has had a home respray, as has one side panel, other side panel NOS.

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