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mangocrazy wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 3:48 pm We will both continue to believe what we want to believe.
I don't have to believe anything, I owned the bike, rode the bike, and know how it handled on different tyres, rather than listening to a load of paddock bull shitters.

Just remembered it was more stable at speed with the belly pan removed, but it lost about 5 mph of top speed.
With Dunlop radials it was scary at over 120mph, with Michelins or Metzelers it was fine to an indicated 160 (downhill on the A6 south bound towards Bakewell)
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Skub wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 2:50 pm Image
What's the thing just behind the rear seat? Brandy like a St. Bernard?

S'got a pipe going somewhere, so I assume it's a "something" luber.
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Mr. Dazzle wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 3:57 pm
Skub wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 2:50 pm Image
What's the thing just behind the rear seat? Brandy like a St. Bernard?

S'got a pipe going somewhere, so I assume it's a "something" luber.
Could it be a two stroke oil tank - don't Wankers use two stroke oil to lube their tips?
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The RX8 used engine oil to lube the tips... then the owners wouldn't check the level and run out of oil destroying the engine. There were after market kits to lube them from a separate reservoir iirc.
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Yeah Wankles need to lube their tips :shock:

I don't see why you'd have a little tank perched outside the engine for it though? A 'regular' engine will destroy itself in no seconds flat without oil too, you don't have outside tanks for those?

Well you do sometimes, my Bonnie does, but you know what I mean :D
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Mr. Dazzle wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 4:09 pm Yeah Wankles need to lube their tips :shock:

I don't see why you'd have a little tank perched outside the engine for it though? A 'regular' engine will destroy itself in no seconds flat without oil too, you don't have outside tanks for those?

Well you do sometimes, my Bonnie does, but you know what I mean :D
It's a prototype, either

1. It was easier than doing a proper tank
2. Someone forgot it needed an oil tank and it got added later

And the oil gets burned like a 2 smoke and needs regular topping up.
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In that case they must be feeling semi-OK about the consumption rate. It's not a huge tank. Or maybe they just think something else will blow up first.
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Mr. Dazzle wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 4:15 pm In that case they must be feeling semi-OK about the consumption rate. It's not a huge tank. Or maybe they just think something else will blow up first.
Looks like it's been shoe-horned into a standard (for the time) frame, (Z650 or sommat) so there (probably - I don't know the frame) wouldn't be an external oil-tank fitting already on the frame - hence the lash up on the tail. Also a visible tank like that makes it easy to do a quick assessment on usage.
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The frame looks like Z900, the engine mounts are in the same position
Gearbox also looks like Z900
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I watched them going very well on track :D
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Maybe they just saw that Suzuki put an odd transversely mounted cylindrical object on their rotary and thought they would too.
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ChrisW wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 5:10 pm Maybe they just saw that Suzuki put an odd transversely mounted cylindrical object on their rotary and thought they would too.
Cargo cult?
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Mr. Dazzle wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:02 pm
ChrisW wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 5:10 pm Maybe they just saw that Suzuki put an odd transversely mounted cylindrical object on their rotary and thought they would too.
Cargo cult?
Something like that :)
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It's not that interesting, but I'd love a little 80's stroker trail bike.

Looks pretty good for the money, close to The Cheese, he should buy it and then sell it to me for loads less when he gets bored.



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This bike was imported from Germany and registered in the UK last year. Being imported from Germany means it hasn't been modified, so its very original. I am told the guy who owned it in Germany had owned it from new.

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It's currently running on pre mix, which is always a good idea on these old 2 strokes, although the oil pump is still present as it provides oil to the main bearings.

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It's been considered, there's a nicer one in Stowmarket for a £100 more, but I don't have the room for another bike.
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Nice... Bros in the background.
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KungFooBob wrote: Fri Jun 24, 2022 9:44 pm Nice... Bros in the background.
I can't answer that
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Repurposed one of these for a trailer.

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