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How about a "look what I found" thread?? (Motorcycling Related for Sale or ADV use)

Discussion in 'Australia' started by GhostRiderFromHell, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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  2. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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  3. Blakduk

    Blakduk Don’t be too practical.

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  4. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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  5. Simosez

    Simosez go ride your bike.

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  6. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

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  7. SaAdvRider99

    SaAdvRider99 Been here awhile

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  8. Wodger63

    Wodger63 Long timer

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  9. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

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    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....
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  10. dirtsurfer

    dirtsurfer Adventourer

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    Cruel but fair
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  11. Wodger63

    Wodger63 Long timer

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  12. Uncle Crumpet

    Uncle Crumpet Long timer

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  13. KTM_Paul

    KTM_Paul Sans KTM

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    Just saw this on Facebook
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  14. flinders_72

    flinders_72 Long timer

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  15. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

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  16. Gadget678

    Gadget678 Long timer

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  17. buckscreek

    buckscreek AUTODIDACTIC

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    Bonanza for the KLR owners!

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    nevgriff64 .

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    Curse this lockdown when so many incredible bargains are out there to be had. :2cry
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  19. bikeymikey70

    bikeymikey70 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Put a rope around it, and tow to the next rally
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    tomo8r Long timer

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    They're barely stable when pushing by hand.