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 Post Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:31 am 
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still not got my M-unit!!! got an e mail from German Co saying that there would be a delay in shipping due to a high volume of orders, I e mailed back asking when i could expect it if different to e bay receipt?
didnt get a reply!
so i contacted them via ebay (so it would be recorded by ebay/paypal) still no answer.
whilst i was about it i contacted the UK Company that i had ordered the M-lock off to see what was happening with that order, they were very informative and said that they were waiting for a part of my order to come in (glass key out of stock) from motogadget, I asked them if they had any M-unit Basic's in stock, they said they had just got some of the "blue" ones in stock but could get me a Basic in 2 days, they said that Motogadget were snowed under with orders and were well behind with getting stock out.
so would appear that the ebay seller i had brought mine off didnt have the stock he claimed on his ebay listing, and had put an order into Motogadget when i had ordered from him FFS.
I have sent them another email telling them to cancel my order and refund my payment, as they havent let me know what is happening with the order and also as they haven't yet marked it as "dispatched" how was it going to get to me by the advertised latest of the 30th Nov??
if i get no reply by tonight i will raise a Paypal dispute and demand my money back, then re order through the UK supplier who at least is helpfull and informative.

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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:59 pm 
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Classic case of dropshipping. :Bang

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On eBay there is not a clear rule about drop shipping. According to their policy, this practice should be avoided, as sellers should always own the products before publishing them. This is to prevent bad buyer experiences and to guarantee safe transactions. However, it seems that eBay is tolerating drop shipping as long as the seller can guarantee good service

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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:27 pm 
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richard pitman wrote:
Classic case of dropshipping. :Bang

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On eBay there is not a clear rule about drop shipping. According to their policy, this practice should be avoided, as sellers should always own the products before publishing them. This is to prevent bad buyer experiences and to guarantee safe transactions. However, it seems that eBay is tolerating drop shipping as long as the seller can guarantee good service


yep, i have raised it with Paypal, got to wait till Dec 20th till i can escalate it to a claim :notme
in the mean time i am going to order one from a UK bike shop with a good rep, Moore Speed Racing, who i have dealt with before, will cost me £20 more, but hay hoo :p

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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
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Haha just came across these on the Practical Sportsbikes web sit!!! never did see the article in the mag!!

https://www.practicalsportsbikesmag.co. ... uki-gs1157


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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
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now got all the Moto gadget bits i need to do the harness up grade,  but as its Crimbo, i have e mailed FBM to get a price on a 1216 alloy block and piston kit

for the old girl as i think she is in need of a re bore anyway


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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
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Love the PSB article - bike looks absolutely mint :clap

I'm sure it will turn up in print at some point.


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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
 Post Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:26 pm 
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HOON98 wrote:
Love the PSB article - bike looks absolutely mint :clap

I'm sure it will turn up in print at some point.


Was in the mag exactly one year ago (dec 16)

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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
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Brilliant - it's a great magazine - the only one I bother reading these days.


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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
 Post Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:20 pm 
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I have a sub to Practical Sportsbikes, read Steve's article when it came out. Is it really a year ago, doesn't time fly ?

( Which is where I spotted the uncanny resemblance to this chap.)

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I also have a sub to Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, not quite as good as PSB but still compulsive reading. I also take Classic Bikes, as they often have some interesting stuff in there, no sub for that one, usually pick it up at Tesco.

And a sub to MCN, sometimes wonder why I bother with that one. However, wifes guinea pigs enjoy it ...

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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:01 pm 
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As FBM are not doing the billet big blocks at the moment i have gone ahead and ordered just the 1216cc wiseco piston kit from the US.

seem i can get one from there much cheaper, even after paying import tax and postage!!!

even got a set of plugs thrown in :)


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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
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thinking of getting these Yoshi TMR's,  seem to be a good price from Japan Webike, they are not the MJN variant, but i will be able to up rate to the MJN with no problem, only difference will be that

they wont have red tops and dark bodies like the factory shipped TMR-MJN's, 


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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:36 pm 
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wellllllllllllllllllllll........................ I thought about it, then i did a bit more thinking......................then i changed my mind and went for the full fat TMR-MJN40's

silly not to  but just with the normal stacks, not the flash Duel stacks for now.

see how long they take!!!??

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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
 Post Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:21 am 
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Those do look nice !

I'll be interested in the shipping time as well.

My purchase is in a different league to yours, but I've ordered a 1/6 scale Tamiya monkey bike kit from Japan, at a very good price, with free shipping. Just waiting to see how long it takes to arrive, and whether I'll be stung for customs charges.

I've had some JIS screwdrivers from Japan in the past, these just turned up in the normal post, no problems or extra fees.

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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
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Gorgeous carburetors :love

Seems a shame to have to fit them to the bike! I'd be tempted to put them in a display cabinet and just admire them :angel


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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:44 pm 
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richard pitman wrote:
I'll be interested in the shipping time as well.



Richard, i dont think your screwdrivers will be as long as my carbs :( i have been told by webike Japan that my
carbs will be dispached some time after Mar 08th next year :help
it will then take a week of two for them to get to the UK, then they will have to clear customs (after paying import tax :ill )
so wont be a quick thing!!!

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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:41 am 
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370steve wrote:
As FBM are not doing the billet big blocks at the moment i have gone ahead and ordered just the 1216cc wiseco piston kit from the US.

seem i can get one from there much cheaper, even after paying import tax and postage!!!

even got a set of plugs thrown in :)


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just received this........

"We are writing to inform you that your recent GSP item has cleared customs and is now out for delivery with the carrier.

You should receive additional automated updates regarding delivery status."

wont be long now :)

but carbs wont be half as quick!!!

"Thank you very much for shopping at Webike Japan.

Your order will be shipped from us around March 09, 2018.
We will inform you of the tracking number by e-mail after it has been shipped.

We will be looking forward to serving you again at http://japan.webike.net/" :O

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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
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My purchase is in a different league to yours, but I've ordered a 1/6 scale Tamiya monkey bike kit from Japan, at a very good price, with free shipping. Just waiting to see how long it takes to arrive, and whether I'll be stung for customs charges.


I'm somewhat gobsmacked. Above was purchased on Ebay on Dec 17th. Just found parcel from Osaka (Japan) sitting in my front porch. No extra taxes or duties. Less than a fortnight, including Christmas break, can't complain at that !

Sender had marked package as a gift, and worth less than 10 dollars :Bad , which I guess helped smooth the way.

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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
 Post Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:10 pm 
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I'm somewhat gobsmacked.


I know what you mean - I've been purchasing a lot of stuff from the far east via Ebay during my resto and I have been astonished how quickly some items have arrived - leaving me scratching my head and wondering how they dispatch it door to door so fast and for so little money?

It also felt a bit strange recently when I bought a decent set of replacement header pipes for my CBR from a breakers in Texas for half the price (including transit) of a rusty old set in the UK (the dry desert air preserves mild steel pipes superbly). I'm more used to sourcing my used bike parts from places like Doncaster!


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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
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Agree about the US stuff, it's usually much cheaper and in better condition than the tat that some UK breakers knock out. It's the shipping costs that are the killer on larger items. That said, I got a mint condition CB175 seat from the States cheaper than a rusted POS from a UK breaker, including shipping and taxes.

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 Post Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:37 pm 
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Wiseco forged piston kit! :love I'm loving all of this mechanical bling Steve, hope you get your carbs soon.

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Agree about the US stuff, it's usually much cheaper and in better condition than the tat that some UK breakers knock out. It's the shipping costs that are the killer on larger items. That said, I got a mint condition CB175 seat from the States cheaper than a rusted POS from a UK breaker, including shipping and taxes.


Yes, if the US seller uses the global shipping programme then transit costs can be very economical - I think it works on a brokerage system where bidding takes place on spare transit capacity. As an aside California/Mid-West was a good place to source good condition classic 1970's Alphas and Lancias - as most UK cars had rusted away by the late 90's.


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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
 Post Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:09 pm 
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370steve wrote:
wellllllllllllllllllllll........................ I thought about it, then i did a bit more thinking......................then i changed my mind and went for the full fat TMR-MJN40's

silly not to  but just with the normal stacks, not the flash Duel stacks for now.

see how long they take!!!??

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well thought about it a bit more,....................................... and then went and purchased the Duel stack kit from Webike Japan :)

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to make them this sexy 

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Bloody Internet makes it just toooo bloody easy to have nice things at a nice price!!!! 

having seen this I just had to get one in black for the 1157  i blame the Chinese

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found these hose clamps, just wondering if i could get the correct size to work as carb rubber clamps

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post got here today all the way from America,  just like a late crimbo

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 Post subject: Re: project RETRO
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This came today all the way from Japan  gave me wood!!!!

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talked to Amac Engineering of Northallerton ( recommended by Stu at the Dyno Centre Northallerton) about getting my block bored,
going to take block and pistons in to them as soon as i have engine apart :)

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This project just gets more and more interesting - can't wait to see/hear about the engine work/mods. :D


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