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Re: Automatics
« Reply #105 on: 29 June 2020, 16:46:43 »

Couldn't afford the CB version.Paid 75 for my CD second hand from a bike shop in Sheffield.Can't recall that the CB had an electric start CD certainly didn't but you could "kick it up" by hand anyway so hardly needed one,whereas my second bike-a 1954 Aerial VB 600 side valve single- was a leg breaker if you got the kick starting wrong!
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« Reply #106 on: 29 June 2020, 16:47:29 »

The motorcycxle test stayed the same until some time in the 80,s or possibly early 90,s. Nowadays the examiner follows you around the test course on his bike, communicating via helmet intercom.
Nowhere near as easy as it used to be.

I think the bike test change was about 1985/86.  I just missed it and had to do the 2 parter test and had to have a nancy boy restricted 125 cc crap as Lord Opti puts it.  :(

My mate was a bit older than me and had a CB 250 when he was 17 and oh how he laughed at me with my Yamaha RXS100 when I turned 17. Bastard!  >:(  ;D
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Re: Automatics
« Reply #107 on: 29 June 2020, 16:48:41 »

The motorcycxle test stayed the same until some time in the 80,s or possibly early 90,s. Nowadays the examiner follows you around the test course on his bike, communicating via helmet intercom.
Nowhere near as easy as it used to be.
Remember once that an examiner got hospitalised when he leapt out in front of who he thought was his testee,.... only he wasn't. ;D. Other guy had same make helmet/clothing on. ::)
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Re: Automatics
« Reply #108 on: 29 June 2020, 18:01:16 »

The motorcycxle test stayed the same until some time in the 80,s or possibly early 90,s. Nowadays the examiner follows you around the test course on his bike, communicating via helmet intercom.
Nowhere near as easy as it used to be.


Passed my bike test in 77 on an RD 250.

None of this nancy boy restricted 125cc  crap that came later.

I took (& passed) my bike test in Nov 80 on a mate's borrowed Z250. I had about a half hour before my test to get used it compared to Suzuki GT250  :)
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« Reply #109 on: 29 June 2020, 19:03:42 »

The motorcycxle test stayed the same until some time in the 80,s or possibly early 90,s. Nowadays the examiner follows you around the test course on his bike, communicating via helmet intercom.
Nowhere near as easy as it used to be.


Passed my bike test in 77 on an RD 250.

None of this nancy boy restricted 125cc  crap that came later.

I took (& passed) my bike test in Nov 80 on a mate's borrowed Z250. I had about a half hour before my test to get used it compared to Suzuki GT250  :)

Four stroke twin if memory serves. The 'strokers' were more exciting a lot faster. Kawasaki KH 250 triple......Suzuki GT250.....Yamaha  RD250.

A friend of mine had a bright yellow Honda CJ250T but my RD was much quicker and left him in a haze of 2 stroke smoke*

*before I holed a piston. :-X
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Re: Automatics
« Reply #110 on: 29 June 2020, 22:17:24 »

The motorcycxle test stayed the same until some time in the 80,s or possibly early 90,s. Nowadays the examiner follows you around the test course on his bike, communicating via helmet intercom.
Nowhere near as easy as it used to be.


Passed my bike test in 77 on an RD 250.

None of this nancy boy restricted 125cc  crap that came later.

I took (& passed) my bike test in Nov 80 on a mate's borrowed Z250. I had about a half hour before my test to get used it compared to Suzuki GT250  :)

Four stroke twin if memory serves. The 'strokers' were more exciting a lot faster. Kawasaki KH 250 triple......Suzuki GT250.....Yamaha  RD250.

A friend of mine had a bright yellow Honda CJ250T but my RD was much quicker and left him in a haze of 2 stroke smoke*

*before I holed a piston. :-X

Correct. And if you shut the throttle off & knock it down two gears on the approach to a roundabout like you could on a 2 stroke GT250 .... you almost go over the handle bars .... apparently  ??? ???  ;D
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« Reply #111 on: 30 June 2020, 00:15:39 »

Or if the road was damp then the back wheel would lock up, which could be fun.  :)
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Re: Automatics
« Reply #112 on: 30 June 2020, 09:45:08 »

The motorcycxle test stayed the same until some time in the 80,s or possibly early 90,s. Nowadays the examiner follows you around the test course on his bike, communicating via helmet intercom.
Nowhere near as easy as it used to be.

I think the bike test change was about 1985/86.  I just missed it and had to do the 2 parter test and had to have a nancy boy restricted 125 cc crap as Lord Opti puts it.  :(

My mate was a bit older than me and had a CB 250 when he was 17 and oh how he laughed at me with my Yamaha RXS100 when I turned 17. Bastard!  >:(  ;D


 Derestricting them wasn't difficult, file top of float, open the reed blocks, raise an widen exhaust port, remove restrictor plate from the exhaust, and change the sprockets...
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Re: Automatics
« Reply #113 on: 30 June 2020, 12:21:24 »

Anyone bothered to check if their first cars are still in existence?

Sadly G318 SNA (1.3L Ford escort - 3dr estate in various shades of red) was bean tins a few decades ago.  :'(

After passing my test in November 1970 in a BSM mini, I bought my first car; 1960 A40 reg. 1721 JW.  The car was scrapped by me when I got my brand new red L reg, 1972, Ford Escort, but the registration now lives on fixed to a 2019 1318cc Honda!! ::) ::) ;D ;)
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What a coincidence Lizzie, my first car Austin A40 5016 VW then a Ford Escort 1100L  brand new ! UYF 340M in Monza blue.

Blimey, that is Rangie!! :o :o ;D ;D ;D :y

Just proves great people like the same things! ;D ;D ;D 8) 8) ;)
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« Reply #114 on: 30 June 2020, 12:34:24 »

Wouldn't think my old A40 exists anywhere now, the floor was pretty rotten so part of it was made up of a welded in Hillman imp bonnet ! 😃


I loved my Farina bodied A40, but the front passenger seat was supported by air and the remains of the body shell as the cross member had rotted away; the whole of the body could be jacked up leaving the chassis - floor, transmission, wheels etc - on the floor as all the sills were gone and been replaced with an aluminium strip over copies of the Sun newspaper, and the body had holes everywhere!! ;D ;D ;D ;D

However, it passed the MOT TWICE, in 1970 and 71 as all the tyres (remoulds for 10) were good, the lights all worked and the brakes were good due to me making sure everything was "legal" for that time, plus the MOT examiner of the garage, SG Smith of Downham, I used all the time for fuel and masses of oil (10/- for a gallon can), liked me :-* :-* :o :o ;D ;D

In truth the elders around me at the time reckoned if I hit another solid object with my A40 it would disintegrate into rusted through body panels.  They were of course right, as close by me I once saw another Austin of the same vintage on the side of the road with all the body panels in pieces around it!! :o :o ;D ;D ;D ;)
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« Reply #115 on: 30 June 2020, 12:43:23 »

Wouldn't think my old A40 exists anywhere now, the floor was pretty rotten so part of it was made up of a welded in Hillman imp bonnet ! 😃


I loved my Farina bodied A40, but the front passenger seat was supported by air and the remains of the body shell as the cross member had rotted away; the whole of the body could be jacked up leaving the chassis - floor, transmission, wheels etc - on the floor as all the sills were gone and been replaced with an aluminium strip over copies of the Sun newspaper, and the body had holes everywhere!! ;D ;D ;D ;D

However, it passed the MOT TWICE, in 1970 and 71 as all the tyres (remoulds for 10) were good, the lights all worked and the brakes were good due to me making sure everything was "legal" for that time, plus the MOT examiner of the garage, SG Smith of Downham, I used all the time for fuel and masses of oil (10/- for a gallon can), liked me :-* :-* :o :o ;D ;D

In truth the elders around me at the time reckoned if I hit another solid object with my A40 it would disintegrate into rusted through body panels.  They were of course right, as close by me I once saw another Austin of the same vintage on the side of the road with all the body panels in pieces around it!! :o :o ;D ;D ;D ;)


Ha yes that's true , I liked the A40 as well mine was Royal blue with a black roof & cream steel wheels with lovely shiny chrome hub caps it looked great..😎
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« Reply #116 on: 30 June 2020, 12:58:33 »

Wouldn't think my old A40 exists anywhere now, the floor was pretty rotten so part of it was made up of a welded in Hillman imp bonnet ! 😃


I loved my Farina bodied A40, but the front passenger seat was supported by air and the remains of the body shell as the cross member had rotted away; the whole of the body could be jacked up leaving the chassis - floor, transmission, wheels etc - on the floor as all the sills were gone and been replaced with an aluminium strip over copies of the Sun newspaper, and the body had holes everywhere!! ;D ;D ;D ;D

However, it passed the MOT TWICE, in 1970 and 71 as all the tyres (remoulds for 10) were good, the lights all worked and the brakes were good due to me making sure everything was "legal" for that time, plus the MOT examiner of the garage, SG Smith of Downham, I used all the time for fuel and masses of oil (10/- for a gallon can), liked me :-* :-* :o :o ;D ;D

In truth the elders around me at the time reckoned if I hit another solid object with my A40 it would disintegrate into rusted through body panels.  They were of course right, as close by me I once saw another Austin of the same vintage on the side of the road with all the body panels in pieces around it!! :o :o ;D ;D ;D ;)


Ha yes that's true , I liked the A40 as well mine was Royal blue with a black roof & cream steel wheels with lovely shiny chrome hub caps it looked great..😎

Oh yes, the classic black roof! :D :D   The rest of the body of mine was the classic Austin light blue, and the ONLY thing that was shiny was the chrome hub caps!   Even the chrome bumpers had rust showing through! ::) ::) ::)

Yours sounds as though it was a great example.  I cannot remember seeing many in that Royal blue, but that was a good strong colour for that car 8) 8) :-* :-* :y

I would certainly love a restored A40 now ;)
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« Reply #117 on: 30 June 2020, 13:06:43 »

Wouldn't think my old A40 exists anywhere now, the floor was pretty rotten so part of it was made up of a welded in Hillman imp bonnet ! 😃


I loved my Farina bodied A40, but the front passenger seat was supported by air and the remains of the body shell as the cross member had rotted away; the whole of the body could be jacked up leaving the chassis - floor, transmission, wheels etc - on the floor as all the sills were gone and been replaced with an aluminium strip over copies of the Sun newspaper, and the body had holes everywhere!! ;D ;D ;D ;D

However, it passed the MOT TWICE, in 1970 and 71 as all the tyres (remoulds for 10) were good, the lights all worked and the brakes were good due to me making sure everything was "legal" for that time, plus the MOT examiner of the garage, SG Smith of Downham, I used all the time for fuel and masses of oil (10/- for a gallon can), liked me :-* :-* :o :o ;D ;D

In truth the elders around me at the time reckoned if I hit another solid object with my A40 it would disintegrate into rusted through body panels.  They were of course right, as close by me I once saw another Austin of the same vintage on the side of the road with all the body panels in pieces around it!! :o :o ;D ;D ;D ;)


Ha yes that's true , I liked the A40 as well mine was Royal blue with a black roof & cream steel wheels with lovely shiny chrome hub caps it looked great..😎

Oh yes, the classic black roof! :D :D   The rest of the body of mine was the classic Austin light blue, and the ONLY thing that was shiny was the chrome hub caps!   Even the chrome bumpers had rust showing through! ::) ::) ::)

Yours sounds as though it was a great example.  I cannot remember seeing many in that Royal blue, but that was a good strong colour for that car 8) 8) :-* :-* :y

I would certainly love a restored A40 now ;)

Nah......you are a Humber girl at heart, Lizzie.

As mentioned before a nice pair of Bristol's would also suit you. :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
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