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December 5, 2020 - 10:15 pm
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Hello all.

I've been lurking here for a while and thought I should introduce myself before asking any questions 🙂

So, I'm just the wrong side of 60 and retired on medical grounds. In the past I've owned many bikes, e.g. various mopeds, a Honda C50 that I did 40,000 miles on (!), a CB125S, a Bantam D7, a Honda VT250FD (vastly underrated bike) and a Yamaha RD350F1 YPVS (went like stink!). Then, for 24 years, I had 4 wheeled vehicles only.

Two years ago I bought a Ducati Scrambler Icon 803cc v-twin. I love the scrambler but will be looking to sell it next spring. Riding it is fine but due to COPD and anaemia I struggle with pushing/paddling it's 400lb+ bulk into parking spaces. I am hoping that if I buy a B/D175 which weighs around half as much I'll be OK.

Back to my D7. I had the Bantam for a couple of years as my daily driver and I also rode it to the 1980 IoM TT, which was fun. Eventually the big end went and I had the crank rebuilt by T&G (I think they sent it off somewhere rather than worked on it in-house). When it came back the generator side mainshaft had been put back in 180 degrees out so it was never going to fire. Unfortunately for me I didn't spot it until I had the engine back together. Stripped it down again, took the crankshaft back, picked it up after a week or so, checked that the mainshaft had been pressed in correctly (it had) and then tried to reassemble the engine. Cases wouldn't quite close unless I used considerable brute force, and if I did that the crank was locked solid. Stripped it out again and found that the flywheels weren't parallel. Lost interest and sold the bike to a breakers.

If as hoped I do end up with a B/D175 I will no doubt be asking for guidance regarding reliable and competent engineering shops!

 - Fitz

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Hi Fitz and welcome to the Forum. Lovely part of the world to puddle about on a Bantam. Good luck with your search.

Once you find a bike, of course, you will find just about everything you could ever want on the Forum via the FAQs and technical sections;  ** Please log in to view **

Have a really good nose around the forum and enjoy yourself. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Good Luck!

All the best,

Stewart

 '55 D3 Battery; '58 Square Four (project); '59 D1 direct lighting plunger; '59 Tiger Cub; '60 5TA;  '76 FS1-E; '91 GTR 1000;  '97 Honda Sky SGX50.

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Hello, damn that's a shame about the D7 cry

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Murphy's 4th law of motion states that any small object that is accidentally dropped will immediately hide itself under a larger object.

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Number6 said
Hello, damn that's a shame about the D7 cry  

Yes, it was. Nowadays with the internet I'd likely be able to find a second-hand crank in useable condition without too much difficulty, but there was only Exchange & Mart back in the daywink

That and Bantams are recognised as classic motorcycles nowadays, so it's worth spending time and money keeping them on the road. I only paid £40 for the D7 back in 1979 and it certainly wasn't considered a classic then, so it was hard to justify all the time I was spending on it.

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That's right I started using my D3 in 1975, when it was "a pile of carp"; much later, 1990's, was apparently desirble, in that someone wanted to buy it off me laugh

Mike H --

Murphy's 4th law of motion states that any small object that is accidentally dropped will immediately hide itself under a larger object.

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Number6 said
That's right I started using my D3 in 1975, when it was "a pile of carp"; much later, 1990's, was apparently desirble, in that someone wanted to buy it off me laugh  

In the middle 80s, my contemporaries thought I was insane mucking about with a D1. I even borrowed my sister’s CB100N to do my test on, because the D1 was considered unsuitable. These days I can’t leave it anywhere without returning to find someone wanting to talk about it. 

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GlenAnderson said

In the middle 80s, my contemporaries thought I was insane mucking about with a D1. I even borrowed my sister’s CB100N to do my test on, because the D1 was considered unsuitable. These days I can’t leave it anywhere without returning to find someone wanting to talk about it.   

That's a coincidence. I borrowed my sister's H100A to take my test as the D7 had no indicators (turn signals).

I discovered that her bike was not only faster, it had better brakes too 🙁

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