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I'm looking forward to a 1949 Motobecane 125 or, even better, a Powell motor scooter. (Love that rear suspension). Of course, a replica 1936 Harley OHV 350cc single with exposed valve springs and total loss oiling would be the ultimate - if they came with clincher tires.
 

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I tried a couple of these 500s when there was a dealer in Goshen, IN. Even when properly "prepared" these things are scary...Amish buggies can run away from them and outSTOP them. On quiet (i.e. no traffic) backroads they still make my 1966 Honda 305 Dream feel hi powered and ultra modern! (it most definately isn't!!!)



Think I'll stick with my modified 1200R Sporty for "ancient" 2 wheeled thrills. DFO
 

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Kinda sounds like the bike that 99% of new riders should own as their first bike. Learn how to start it, learn how to ride it, learn how to fix it, and learn how to modify it to make it faster, handle and stop better. I bet we wouldn't have all the dorks out killing themselves in record numbers if this were the case. Forget progressive licensing. Make em own one of these!
 

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Might be a good refresher course for us long timers, too. Knock the rose coloring right out of our lineless bifocals!



But what a nice way to have fun in the garage after a short ride on a pocket-sized road!
 

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Let's hear it for the mighty Tuckaseegee! Best tubing in WNC.



I went to Western Carolina and worked in Cashiers for many years. Sylva is a neat/odd town, and I've spent many mornings at Grandma's Pancake Barn (RIP).



Great to see an article come out the home country. I hope we see more articles and get a road report on a ride down Cullowhee Mtn Road. Nothing like washboard pavement and strewn gravel to make a ride exciting!



Thanks for the article.
 

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"(I've never heard internal combustion -- or anything except pornography -- described like this. -Ed.) "



Oh! Sorry, that's the intake, compression, power & exhaust strokes to you, newbie. You may have heard of it, it's sometimes called the Otto cycle.



That is, you might've if you were a geek from the Engineering school... ;-)



 

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Very Cool. I'd mangle a Kipling ballad, but nothing rhymes with "Endfield".



Wait a minute...



"What's that that wimpers over 'ead?" said Files on Parade.



"That's the Enfield's piston passin' now," the Color Sergeant said.



For they've done with the old Endfield, you can 'ear the quickstep play.



The regiment's in column, an' they're marchin' us away;



Ho! the young recruits are shakin', an' they'll want their beer to-day,



After ridin' the Enfield 60 in the mornin'.



 

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When you gonna get that 2 smoker fixed so we can get some chili?
 

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I suppose one of these would be fun but I'd rather have a 441 Victor if I wanted to have a plonker, even a 250 Trophy. Since the reliability would be the same it would come down to which was cooler and more fun and both the BSA and the Triumph are miles ahead IMO
 

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You don't want a 250. Those things are stones. Ruined the crank bearings on my Yamaha 180 twin from towing one. 15 hp and 300 lbs.
 

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Doesn't really matter. They're both slow as hell. I don't know about the Urinal, but the Bullet is unreliable. I rode with a Bullet owners group here in Phoenix while we had an Enfield dealer, only I was riding a '94 MZ Country with a 500cc Rotax single that ran off and hid from the Bullets. Not racing, just normal riding. The Enfield dealer went bust, and I've never since seen a Bullet on the street. Not surprising, because the service department was always chock full of bikes needing repair. I think a person wanting to get into biking at the base level might do better refurbishing some old Jap 175.
 

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I had a 250 Trophy. It spent 85% of it's time getting repaired in the basement. The 441 would be cool, but you are already starting with a nearly 30 year old bike. I could see another old Bonnie in my future though. How's the new one working out?
 
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