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#711398 - 10/13/17 5:40 am What a difference  
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Earlier this year I inherited my Dad's 1960 500 M18 that had been sitting for 3 years. He'd been riding it for 40 years and had really neglected the bike. Difficult to start, performance was flat, it smoked, the plug kept fouling, compression wasn't good, brakes were terrible, it wouldn't charge etc etc etc.

4 months later:
Rebuilt top end: rebore, new +20 piston, new valves, recut valve seats, new valve guides.
Thorspark electronic ignition.
New brakes, front drum skimmed as was 6 thou elliptical so brakes juddered badly.
New clutch
New alternator and solid state rectifier. New Motorbatt high power gel battery.
New tyres

Now done about 300 miles and the difference is enormous. Starts first kick hot or cold. So much more grunt even though I'm still taking it a bit easy. Lights work great. Brakes good.

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#711400 - 10/13/17 6:36 am Re: What a difference [Re: anparkinson]  
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A nice machine. Good on you !

#711512 - 10/14/17 12:14 pm Re: What a difference [Re: anparkinson]  
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Nice that you got to inherit it and give it the attention it deserved.

First bike I ever rode was one of those. At around age 14. Didn't look as nice as that one. But it was when you paid $50 for a bike out of a shed on someone's farm. But, as a kid, I never had $50.

Story of my life ever since. Never quite had enough dosh for the dream bike.

Cheers
Ray


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