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themoudie

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Duke
« on: October 23, 2019, 10:34:27 PM »
Finally, having been carted to Stafford, completed on the Wednesday before the show after 18 years off the road and a complete rebuild with over 75,000 miles on the original piston; still running the original con rod, with a new big end and piston, the 'family friend' fired up and went for a 20 mile shake down.

5 miles down the road and the bends started to flow  ;D  I had to remind myself that the tyres weren't scrubbed in, the brakes needed bedding in and the motor needed running in.  ;D  Very different from the 600cc SRX's, with ~40bhp pushing ~120Kg along and without the balance weights in the motor. Drum brakes felt very different from Japanese disc setups; softer might be one way of describing their effect. As for the shims! So far I seem to have the right ones in the right places. Time will tell!

Now where is that 350 motor that's in big bits?  ::)

Regards, Bill

manxie

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Re: Duke
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2019, 10:37:46 PM »
That`s a little stunner Bill, nice one  8) 8)
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Re: Duke
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2019, 05:42:38 AM »
Gorgeous Duke!  8) 8) 8)

Moto63

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Re: Duke
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2019, 06:31:40 AM »
Yes a true classic without a doubt Bill... lovely 👍👍
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Re: Duke
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2019, 05:21:25 PM »
Lovely motorcycle :)

spooky

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Re: Duke
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2019, 05:28:12 PM »
Nice !!  looks like a contender for Aske Hall Sprint next year..
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Re: Duke
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2019, 10:12:32 PM »
Looks great Bill - hard to beat the Italians when it comes to style. I particularly love the looks of their-mid 1950s 175cc machines.

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Tony 

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Re: Duke
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2019, 11:06:55 AM »
Cracking bike, very jealous...
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Re: Duke
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2019, 09:43:42 PM »
It looked very appealing to a lot of folk at Stafford....well done Bill. I wish you many miles of happy motoring.
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themoudie

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Re: Duke
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2019, 10:29:42 AM »
Thank you one and all for your compliments.

In 1976 I let my heart rule my head and fortunately circumstances have turned out that I still have the beastie 43 years later.

Whilst I like the look of it and thoroughly enjoy riding it the shakedown runs have not been trouble free.  :o  ;)  There is an oil leak from the timing chest cover and the carburation is not right, as it won't idle below 1,500rpm! ::)

So, once I've dealt with a goose and 3 brace of pheasants for the freezer that were going to be thrown away, because the shooters couldn't be a***d to clean them!  >:( >:( >:(  I shall be installing a Boyer Induction Discharge module, seeking the oil leak and trying out an Amal MKII that was in the stock cupboard.

Then there is the K2, etc, etc, etc.  :-X ;) ;) ;)

Keep twisting the throttle.

My regards, Bill

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Re: Duke
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2019, 10:57:59 PM »
Currently for sale on Donedeal in Ireland for £2500. I think this is third time it's been advertised in the past 3 years. I'd leave it looking just as it is - another fine example of a 1950s Italian 175cc mini-thumper.

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themoudie

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Re: Duke
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2019, 11:33:59 AM »
Aye Tony,

You know you would use it.   ;D ;D ;D

Needs to be ridden and kept mechanically sound. You don't need anything bigger down those grass lined single track roads!  ;)

My regards, Bill

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Re: Duke
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2019, 12:15:42 PM »
Personally I'd flat tracker it...................ok, ok I was joking 😉👍
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Re: Duke
« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2019, 03:38:18 PM »
lovely bike Bill .... 
'bout time you let it go, make room for all the other projects ?? .... i might have room for it :-)

themoudie

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Re: Duke
« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2019, 10:24:42 PM »
Aye Steve,

Yew've got nuf anyway!  ;D  Morini Riders at Stafford were a bit dour, but managed to make them smile, even though the 125H causes confusion!  :-\ looks like the electrics need some revision. Bl**dy Italian electrics!  :-X

Good health, Bill