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Discussion in 'Australia' started by GhostRiderFromHell, Jan 20, 2010.
Looks cheap ?
For anyone over 6 foot, this is much better buying than a 790. I've ridden both. The 790 is built for midgets! A few dollars firming up the suspension and a decent bash plate and your set.
They offer about half the power of the V85TT and have "limited" suspension travel; not Guzzi's finest hour.
Comes with a custom centre stand retention system.
Let's dissect this bit of wishful thinking by a cynical dealer:
"This is an incredibly rare find - a fully stock BSA Firebird Scrambler in almost perfect condition!"
Because the POS broke down so often from brand-new, the owner lost the will to live and parked his embarrassment out of sight, then underwent hypnotherapy to forget he ever paid real money for it. He soon realised the Japanese built faster, cheaper, reliable bikes.... and lived happily ever after. (What? You read this advert and don't believe in fairy stories?)
"Built to satisfy the need for the performance and look of scramblers on the street, the Firebird was made in limited quantities in the late 60s and early 70s becoming extremely popular in the USA."
Limited numbers because sentient humans shied away from unreliable leaky and slow, obsolete British iron when the Japanese built faster, cheaper, reliable bikes.
"Popular in the USA"?
Yeah, okay: see reference to "sentient humans" They also like Harleys, and only race in a very short straight line or just by turning left. Even they eventually realised the Japanese built faster, cheaper, reliable bikes....
"Only in production for a few years, there's not many left and definitely not many in this good condition!"
There's a reason for that: most riders knew a POS when they saw one, even back then and avoided them like a pile of poo on a pole. Any unfortunate owners went to extraordinary lengths to stop the flood of oil, cobble together the smoking electrics and fix the appalling brakes until they too, eventually realised the Japanese built faster, cheaper, reliable bikes....
"Featuring everything you need from a scrambler - high pipes, skid plate, performance suspension, gaitered forks and a twin-cylinder 650cc engine pumping out 55hp - which is great for a machine that only weighs 180kg."
Yay! Just what you need - bolt-on custom parts to make your slow, leaky, unreliable, ugly roadbike into a slow, leaky, unreliable, ugly "scrambler". But look on the bright side - if you can get it started and keep it running, the further you go, the lighter it gets as non-essential parts crack and fall off from vibration: mudguards, lights, covers, mufflers, mirrors - even that non-essential skid plate.
"Pumping?" Now there's a good idea: use the hunk of junk as a pump - so long as you don't need a regular flow of water and don't mind a lethal percentage of oil in your water...
Anyone who buys this thing will be someone who prefers wrenching to riding, has severe long-term memory loss and rose-tinted glasses like telescopes. And is a certified masochist.
Oh, and PS: that 20,000km is miles - so about 35,000km - which in itself is a miracle; given the speedo runs off the back wheel, it's fair to guess this thing spent a long time being towed....
Cruel but fair
Made from " Genuine Bedouin Tribesman Ball Sweat'.
Just saw this on Facebook
For the man that's had every blue two wheeler ever made, a blue four wheeler... @BygDaddee
Must've drowned it in all that water...
Bonanza for the KLR owners!
Curse this lockdown when so many incredible bargains are out there to be had.
Put a rope around it, and tow to the next rally
They're barely stable when pushing by hand.