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Old 04-24-2005, 03:08 AM   #11
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I'd love indulging myself but it gets me in trouble. Actually, the W-30 Kaw would be more up my ally. Okay, it ain't the real thing; but as a painless commuter and short tourer it would be fine. It might be one of the few bikes that I could climb on and still keep my promise, not to go over 100-mph. Personally, I think it looks more like a mid-sixties Triumph than the Hinkley Bonneville.



What's cool is that the W-30 didn't sell worth beans and, anymore, that's pretty close to the asking price.
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Old 04-24-2005, 06:51 PM   #12
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LOL..I mean jeez, how many whitworth screws are left on this planet? How much towrope? Isn't zeiner (Znr2) an outlawed substance?



And they shut down the babbet mines long ago...



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Old 04-25-2005, 05:43 AM   #13
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I actually have an old double box end whitworth wrench in a dark dank musty recess of my rollaway. It's a handmedown from some relative who worked in a coal mine in the 1800s. It's a simply amazing tool. Neither end will fit any nut be it SAE or metric. Simply fantastic. I should have it bronzed. I keep it next to my old ducati 250 piston with the head of the exhaust valve buried in the crown.
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Old 04-25-2005, 06:06 AM   #14
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I've got 3 whitworth box-open end combos that read XXX, 9, and 1/8 ( the 1/8th is about the size of a 19mm wrench).



They don't fit anything either, but are fun to lend to people when they want to borrow tools. Always seem to get 'em back, btw.

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Old 04-25-2005, 06:18 AM   #15
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I think there's some sort of joke in here about how many mototcycle geeks it takes to make up a full set of whitworth tools.
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Old 04-25-2005, 07:08 AM   #16
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Had a '58 T110 with the six pack rack & Smiths ammeter in the headlight shell. Green with white stripes and a Cobra seat. Lucas mag. That was back when I could shift on the right with no problem.



A buddy of mine has it sitting in his garage. Won't sell it back. Bummer.

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Old 04-25-2005, 12:20 PM   #17
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On a completely unrelated topic, this last Saturday I went riding with a buddy who forsake his Â’91 KX500 for a 1 year old KTM EXC 525. Paid big $$$ for it.



This is a guy IÂ’ve been riding with for about 20 years. He always rode open class two strokes. No slouch. One weekend IÂ’d smoke him; next weekend it was the other way around.



So after a few easy rides he goads me into a drag race on the dry lake (El Mirage). I tried to change the subject (knowing this guyÂ’s the ultimate competitive big-bore desert rider, and how heÂ’d feel about getting smoked) but he persisted.



Anyway, my ratty 18-year-old CR500 beat that new 4 striker by 10-15 bike lengths at least. Not even close. Even on top end where you figure a 4 stroke has the advantage.



Later, I rode the Katoom, and it reminded me of a Bucyrus Erie 795. Not impressive. In fact, if that was an example of the "four stroke revolution" IÂ’ll keep my antiquated 500cc 2 stroke, thank you.



It was kind of quite on the ride back homeÂ…

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Old 04-25-2005, 07:39 PM   #18
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Oh yeah. My IT175 is quite competitive powerwise against the latest "hot" 4-stroke 250s. There's a lot of self-deception going on because people don't want to admit what a huge step backwards competiton 4strokes are on both track and dirt.
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Old 05-16-2005, 06:44 AM   #19
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Love the drily humorous event description and knowledgeable tidbits of bike lore. Sounds like a wonderful event--I hope I can come this year. Please ask David to report on it for those of us who may not make it, though.
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