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    What is the max cruise speed of R26 before vibration spoils the ride, I am not looking for speed, but my 350 AJS was bad at, and worse still above, 50mph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arsey30 View Post
    What is the max cruise speed of R26 before vibration spoils the ride, I am not looking for speed, but my 350 AJS was bad at, and worse still above, 50mph.

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    Didn't really get it up to what you might call "cruising" speed but it was the very relaxed way that it gathered momentum that I was referring to. It's only a 250 single when all's said and done, but pulling similar weight, transmission etc to the flat twins.

    Mind you, in Greece where I tried one, you used to see a lot tugging Steib chairs around.

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    Sounds like there was something wrong with the AJS, or your standards are a bit high.

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    There may well have been a problem with the AJS, I am sure my 350 Matchless back in 1961 did not vibrate so.
    I had the motor rebuilt by a long term engine builder [ex G and S valves, Spurline and now Hartlen engineering] and it was no better.
    It is true that I notice vibration, prefering v twins and fours to those buzzy in line fours : -(

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    having ridden y 1974 BMW R75/6 as a daily for a little while i must confirm that these are perfectly usable classic - even in these days...
    getting about 50mpg and enough power to keep up with traffic.
    thx Lars

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    Trouble with older BMW boxers now is "scene tax". Any hipster worth his avolatte is buying them and spending a fortune to builders who bang on ace bars, a cafe racer seat from Ebay and wrap the pipes in asbestos bandage for a substantial sum. Shoreditch and Hoxton are full of them.

    A local dealer to me has about 20 Honda RS250's in the showroom. I thought there were just a couple of variations, but there are many, all of which are there (Bridge Street Motorcycles, Witham).

    Surprised no one has mentioned a Morini 350. Fast, light, frugal, narrow, easy to maintain, and very pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whysub View Post
    Trouble with older BMW boxers now is "scene tax". Any hipster worth his avolatte is buying them and spending a fortune to builders who bang on ace bars, a cafe racer seat from Ebay and wrap the pipes in asbestos bandage for a substantial sum. Shoreditch and Hoxton are full of them.

    A local dealer to me has about 20 Honda RS250's in the showroom. I thought there were just a couple of variations, but there are many, all of which are there (Bridge Street Motorcycles, Witham).

    Surprised no one has mentioned a Morini 350. Fast, light, frugal, narrow, easy to maintain, and very pretty.
    Holy thread resurrection Batman!

    Don't disagree about the BMs though (although I've yet to venture up to the Bike Shed to check out the scene....)

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    Bloody hell-this came up on the "new posts" tab so didn't look at the thread date.

    In which case I hope arsey30 bought every BMW boxer he could get his hands on to convert to cafe racers, and is now sitting in his mansion in Bemuda

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    Quote Originally Posted by whysub View Post
    Bloody hell-this came up on the "new posts" tab so didn't look at the thread date.

    In which case I hope arsey30 bought every BMW boxer he could get his hands on to convert to cafe racers, and is now sitting in his mansion in Bemuda
    There was a spammer earlier today.bumped all sorts of old threads

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiceBurner View Post
    Holy thread resurrection Batman!

    Don't disagree about the BMs though (although I've yet to venture up to the Bike Shed to check out the scene....)
    Nearly 9 years - must be a record! I blame ethanol myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantPygmy View Post
    Good call
    And you can a nice little cafe racer out of it once you want something different.
    GP was ahead of the curve back then.

    Hopefully bought shares in a moustache wax business too

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    ZZR1100 C1 With carb tops sorted for full power or a GPZ of some sort

    you did say cruise at 150 all day.... DOH just seen the date

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