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Old 03-11-2005, 02:25 AM   #11
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Really nice article. Yup, that guy really should run AND ride the Goose....



For MOrons who give a rats rear about heritage, check out "The Superior Sound of Classic Racing Bikes" Red Loft Records, 1997. Methinks -and I may be remembering wrong - but these recordings mostly took place at a Historic Bike Race at Assen in the mid 90's. Stereophiles take note: pretty ok recording, but nowhere near state of the art.



Narrated by Phil Read - hey, you get to hear Phil Read interview Phil Read, nudge nudge.



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Pretty cool stuff. Worth a listen if the CD is still current and available.
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Old 03-11-2005, 02:38 AM   #12
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The guy is talking about "passion" and then refuses even to start the engine. Passion my a$$. Its like marrying Nicole Kidman and then refusing to... well you know.



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Old 03-11-2005, 02:46 AM   #13
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The boy is going to Sea World tomrorow with his buddies so I get to take a nice long ride on the Geezer. I'm just making sure I have the proper attitude and grimace.



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Old 03-11-2005, 03:05 AM   #14
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I have to agree with the others that say this thing needs to be ridden. There is an old Ducati/Norton dealership near me that has some really rare stuff. One of two John Player Norton's that raced the Isle of Mann (forget the year) as well as a Wankel Norton racer. Unfortunatley, these just get dusted as well. I suspect the cost (and downright ability) to replace is the driving force, but it is still a shame.



Oh, not to be overly technical but 500cc Divided by 8 cylinders = 62.5cc per cylinder, not 50cc.
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Old 03-11-2005, 03:46 AM   #15
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One of the top 5 beautiful motorcycles of all time. Which leads to a question.



What would be a good choice for a retro racer with a similar dustbin fairing? It doesn't have to be exotic, just affordable and capable.
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Old 03-11-2005, 03:56 AM   #16
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The guy should have done some wheelies and stoppies, that would have been impressive.



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Old 03-11-2005, 03:59 AM   #17
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I can't quite put a finger on it etiher...but you are right about the master machinest thing....actually I think that there are a couple of them. One in England has build a Honda 6 - I think it was in Motorcyclist a few yrs ago. The Britbike Mags such as Classic Bike write about these occasionally....



I also vaguely remember that Sammy Miller has more than a few of the various replicas.



Methinks I'd go mad trying to assemble a Guzzi 8 or Honda RC 148 - a 5 cyl 125 cc!!



I'd go even MADDER trying to shim a 14 speed gearbox from a Suzuki 50 cc twin...the mind boggles!
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Old 03-11-2005, 04:01 AM   #18
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But do these replicas really run? Why wouldn´t the owner start the engine? Maybe its all die-cast alloy crankshafts and stuff. You start it and it turns ectoplasma in five seconds. So this guy forked 300k for this?



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Old 03-11-2005, 04:20 AM   #19
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Yeah- who does this guy think he is... Tom Cruise?
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Old 03-11-2005, 04:25 AM   #20
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Why a Honda CB160 of course.
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