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Request for "once-overing" a bike: acceptable? #797887 02/08/20 7:45 pm
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Hi folks, a quick question. I would like to know if it's considered OK to ask on the forum if anyone (why lives nearby obviously) would be prepared to give a bike a once over in another country ?

I've been put in touch with a T150 in the South East UK but living in the continent currently, I can't easily check it out. Sort of a first pass judgement of "stay away" or a "it seems OK to come out for a look".

Or would this be a no-no?

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Re: Request for "once-overing" a bike: acceptable? [Re: BrettF] #797891 02/08/20 8:28 pm
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It's totally acceptable, and even a vote of confidence toward the one you approach. If you had your sights set on a Trident close to me, I'd be happy to do it for you.

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Re: Request for "once-overing" a bike: acceptable? [Re: BrettF] #797895 02/08/20 9:10 pm
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+1 with Stein Roger.
Perfectly acceptable.
I have offered the same to various people in the past.
Part of the Brit bike brotherhood!

Re: Request for "once-overing" a bike: acceptable? [Re: BrettF] #797916 02/09/20 2:01 am
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Absolutely. I've done it for others, and had others do it for me. It's a pleasure to help someone else spend their money on a motorcycle!

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Re: Request for "once-overing" a bike: acceptable? [Re: BrettF] #798293 02/14/20 2:39 pm
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Thanks Guys! Wasn't sure.

If anyone lives near Norwich, don't hesitate to PM me 😉


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Les?--- L.A.B.?

Re: Request for "once-overing" a bike: acceptable? [Re: Tridentman] #798313 02/14/20 7:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Tridentman
Les?--- L.A.B.?


Sorry, no.

Re: Request for "once-overing" a bike: acceptable? [Re: BrettF] #798338 02/15/20 12:32 am
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there is a limited amount of people on this board. you make the same request up in the pub.


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Re: Request for "once-overing" a bike: acceptable? [Re: BrettF] #798562 02/17/20 7:12 pm
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Thanks folks, and certainly no.problem in not feeling comfortable .

Cheers!


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Re: Request for "once-overing" a bike: acceptable? [Re: BrettF] #798646 02/18/20 2:44 pm
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I thought laterally and called an independent bike shop in the area, he said he could go out and check it for a small fee. He might buy it out from under me if a good deal but I guess that could happen with anyone and is a risk I should be prepared for.


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Re: Request for "once-overing" a bike: acceptable? [Re: BrettF] #798649 02/18/20 2:56 pm
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Might be a bit late for this case, but I recently made a private purchase of a 1970 bike located 3000 miles away.
I used a classic vehicle appraiser local to the seller.
Cost $200, but I was assured of both the legitimacy of the seller and the true condition of the bike.
Even got a nice color picture report and a long form work-up of the inspection procedure.
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Re: Request for "once-overing" a bike: acceptable? [Re: BrettF] #798651 02/18/20 5:27 pm
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Frankly I am very surprised that no one has offered to look at this bike for Brett.
Maybe repost the request on the General board or in the Garage Sale board?
I would certainly have a look for a BB member at any bike reasonably local to me.
I would be honor bound not to buy it from under the interested members nose.
Remember guys--what goes around comes around!
Incidentally if you go to the extent of engaging an appraiser for a couple of hundred dollars for not much more than that surely you could get a cheap flight from Switzerland to UK and have a look for yourself?
Particularly if you could tie the trip in with some personal or business things.
Just a thought.
I once bought a BSA from just outside Bath in UK and flew over from Newark NJ to see it.
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Re: Request for "once-overing" a bike: acceptable? [Re: Tridentman] #798659 02/18/20 7:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Tridentman
Frankly I am very surprised that no one has offered to look at this bike for Brett.



I don't understand.

EVERYONE has offered to look at this bike for Brett.

He's acknowledged that he won't hesitate to ask. But he's probably not ready yet.

And until he DOES ask, "South East UK" is sort of a broad target in which to find a T150 in someone's shed. Could take a while .... ?

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Re: Request for "once-overing" a bike: acceptable? [Re: BrettF] #798664 02/18/20 8:49 pm
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Lannis---Brett said that he has engaged the services of a local bike shop---so I assumed (maybe wrongly) that he had not received any offers to look from a nearby BB guy.

Re: Request for "once-overing" a bike: acceptable? [Re: BrettF] #798665 02/18/20 8:50 pm
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P.S. he said "near Norwich" which is pretty specific.

Re: Request for "once-overing" a bike: acceptable? [Re: BrettF] #798701 02/19/20 8:56 am
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Hi Folks,

No I posted on the two forums and no takers. I must have an untrustworthy name confused ;-). I thought about posting on triples online but I'm brand new there and that *would* set off alarm bells.

I was thinking of possible flying over and renting a car etc. Might be better in the summer and ride it straight back, the best way to get to know a bike is to take it on a 700 mile ride, right?........... ;-)

(Re the flight my wife was very unhappy about the CO2 footprint, but thats another story ;-))

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Re: Request for "once-overing" a bike: acceptable? [Re: BrettF] #798704 02/19/20 10:50 am
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Hi Brett,

Originally Posted by BrettF
thought about posting on triples online but I'm brand new there and that *would* set off alarm bells.

confused Don't see why - if anyone did query, several regulars both here and on TriumphRat who 'know' you online; certainly I'd be more than happy to 'speak up' ('post up'?) or simply link to here or TR? If you see a bike on, say, Fleabay, by definition the seller must expect complete strangers wanting to see the bike?

Originally Posted by BrettF
was thinking of possible flying over and renting a car etc. Might be better in the summer and ride it straight back, the best way to get to know a bike is to take it on a 700 mile ride, right?........... ;-)

Mmmm ... I believe 'one way rentals' - e.g. pick up at airport, drop off in, say, Norwich - are more expensive in GB than the US or Canada? Aiui, UK vehicle rental companies don't like 'em and price accordingly?

Also, I rode my allegedly fully-rebuilt T150 for 500 miles before connecting an o.p. gauge and discovering all wasn't as it should be ... cry the land around Norwich is somewhat flatter than the land around Geneva ...?

Hth.

Regards,


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