Playing with the chair

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Box'a'bits, Aug 29, 2015.

  1. msmckeon

    msmckeon Just ahead of the sweeps

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    They are quite rare, very late in the piece homage to the ISDT winning factory combination of Triumph 500 twin and BSA B50 style rolling chassis. Was originally fitted with a high (chrome) front mudguard to go with the 21"front wheel, but the vibration cracked them. Cracks had started on this one back in 1979 so I am sure it broke many years ago, after it left my hands.

    Some people claim these were an "Adventure" bike ahead of their time. Not so, they were the last gasp of the heavyweight "trail" bike based on a full sized road bike, lasting long after the rest of the dinosaurs died out. The lineage that was rendered extinct by lightweight European and Japanese two stokes in most off road competition from the 1960's, helped by lightweight single four strokes from Japan in the 1970's.

    High vibration and low gearing made even the (then) 80 km/h open road speed limit a literal pain, so in no way a bike to explore long distances on. But full of character. Here is me on the bike above in 1979. Note the helmet and classy riding gear. NB, I would have had a jacket, but lying on the ground behind the camera.
    1979 001.jpg

    Arawhata Road in Paraparaumu. Covered in houses now...............
    Replaced it with a Honda 400/4.
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  2. msmckeon

    msmckeon Just ahead of the sweeps

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    And these beat Eric Buell to an under engine muffler by two decades!
  3. dazzadm

    dazzadm Long timer

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    I like the dissaproving neighbor looking on at the young hooligans doing burnouts in the gravel pit....
  4. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    I love that yellow helmet...........
  5. Muzz67

    Muzz67 Unadventurous

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  6. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    SUNDAY 18TH DEC '16:
    In the absence of interest from other riders saturday, I went on a picnic with my wife. Gorgeous day for it...

    Originally the plan was to look in the Raumati area. Delays because of an accident at Paekakariki put paid to that, so we ended up going thru Moonshine Road & Moonshine Hill Rd. Pretty thru there, but the off camber on Moonshine Hill Rd made that hard work coming out.

    Had a picnic at Harcourt Park, then over the Rimutakas. The ride across was clear, so I was happy. The extra weight in the chair stops that from flying, so we were actually faster thru there this time than I can go with no one in the chair. Only a little sliding...

    Out past Martinborough in search of mushrooms. Didn't get any (they'd closed), but did see a wedding party of acquaintances of Mrs Box'a'bits, so in her mind that totally made up for it...

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    Maintenance 28/12/16:
    31.1k kms
    • Engine oil & filter change
    • Changed the pushrod seals on the left cylinder, as this had been is leaking.
    • Noted that a stud from the timing chest area has moved & has pushed against & marked the skirt of the barrel. Never seen this before. I have carefully dremelled that back
    • Changed the tub wheel bearings - there was play.
    Due for a new tug rear & sidecar tyre

    Maintenance 06/02/17:
    Tightened all of the sidecar linkages, as some slop was developing. The frame is getting rusty from the commute. I'll need to paint at some stage.

    Replaced the clutch lever pivot bush - the old one (on the right) was well & truly munted.

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    Overdue for a WoF. I'll need a new rear tyre for that...
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  7. Muzz67

    Muzz67 Unadventurous

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  8. Zebedee

    Zebedee Been here awhile

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  9. Pete-NZ

    Pete-NZ Long timer

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    Suitable for a Montesa or Bultaco the add says....
    My Montesa Cota 348 has a right side chain ,that chair
    is set up for a left side chain...
    bugger I will have to pass on it...

    ..
  10. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    I am thinking this would be an almost perfect fit here, but ditch the Ural for an Airhead?



    Maybe modify things to allow a better entry & exit angles for the more challenging rides. What would be better than being able to make a quality brew in the middle of the 42nd...
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  11. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Broke Engine Supporter

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    meh.....looks like someones about to get their beans.
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  12. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    Oh God...Dad jokes from the Bay :pep
  13. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Broke Engine Supporter

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    :D the value of Dad jokes is beyond reproach in civilized society
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  14. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Obviously you don't include your children amongst civilized society
  15. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Broke Engine Supporter

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    their mother does and thats what counts
  16. Oscar

    Oscar Master of the Universe! Supporter

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    Holy shit, that looks like my RD400C, right down to the clip ons and carrier.
  17. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    • Dapper clothing - check
    • Sidecar all set to go - check
    • Tea, real coffee, & pea & salmon club sandwiches - check
    • Assorted ballast on board - check (whoops, I didn't really mean Mrs Box.a.bits)

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    Distinguished Gentleman's Ride is Sunday 24th Sept. Give some meaning to Mrs Box.a.bits ultimate sacrifice (her Sunday morning sleep in - it is after all the beginning of daylight saving) by sponsoring us here

    Maintenance Sept 17:
    32,xxx kms.
    • Refitted the carbs back from Gus. Setting appear perfect - running nice tan plugs
    • New K60 rear tyre
    • Flushed the throttle & clutch cables
    • new battery
    • Registration & WoF
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  18. Zebedee

    Zebedee Been here awhile

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    Were it not for a distinct lack of dapper clothing in the spring-loaded wardrobe, and a complete absence of warranted or registered motorcycles in the shed, I might have considered joining in the fun in Auckland this year.

    However, I know we're in for a treat when we get to see your photos next week. Also, I've got my fingers crossed for fine weather for all those participating in this fine and noble event, good luck ... :thumb

    :beer

    John
  19. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    So in the absence of your attendance, I'm sure that you will do the necessary again this year....:rofl:rofl:rofl
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  20. Zebedee

    Zebedee Been here awhile

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    Yup, there's a guy around the corner from me who will be taking his R100R out for a play on Sunday, so I'll make my donation directly ... :thumb
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