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 Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years

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katsd
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PostSubject: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:42 am

Hi y'all.

I've been running an '83 Katana 1100 which I bought in '86.  Recently, I've been thinking that it's maybe time for a change.  My mind was made up when the Kat went up in flames a couple of months back.  She's going to be off the road till next year, so this was the perfect excuse to look around.  

The idea was to find a cruiser to bob & I picked up a lovely 2001, black/white Volusia with 16,000 miles on the clock, for the right price.  When I got it home & started to look at what was staying & what was going to be junked, I decided that for the time being, I liked it just as it was (minus the horrible engine bars & pillion seat).  So a good clean up later - (those horrible tank badges just had to go as well ) - a couple of hundred "getting used to it" miles, & I'm loving biking again for the first time in a few years.  Hardest part is remembering that I don't need to try & overtake everything in front of me, but to sit back & enjoy the ride.

I've decided that it's staying as it is - apart from a pair of Whitewalls, maybe get the wheels powder coated (they're a bit tatty), relocate the number plate to the side, re-jet the carbs (it has straight thru pipes, fantastic sound - need setting up), remove the PAIR valve set-up, replace the standard bars with flat/drag bars in black - but apart from that, it's staying as it is! 

All the bets to you all - Dave
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:15 pm

 

Sounds like a good plan - although I am doing the opposite with the bars in mu case. I want to be sitting a tad more upright - so looking for a decent bars with a better pull back....

If you have a pic - would be nice to do a before and after.....

G
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:33 pm

Welcome to the site! Shame about the Katana - I think they were such awesome looking bikes.
I'm sure you will love working on the intruder though!
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:11 pm

Hi Dave   Sounds like you've got a good vision for the bike 
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:35 pm

 Dave
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:04 pm

Hi Dave, I'm not far from you in Ilkeston mate, and I also have just purchased a 2001 in black and white !!! mine has all the extra's though i.e screen, spots crome covers etc etc.....thinking of white walls too !!

Jim.
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:55 pm

Hi - well I've just tried to post a couple of photos as a "before & after" but apparently I can't post external links for seven days - so I'll have another go next week.

Jim - probably closer than you realise.  I'm at the top of Toton Lane in Stapleford.  Have to meet up sometime & compare chrome!!
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:29 pm

Sound like a plan mate, I was thinking of popping over to stabbo tonight as there's a good band playing at the Pavillion.

Jim.
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:53 pm

 katsd .... If you're dumping the engine bars and they're any good, I'm after a set  Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:18 pm

Welcome my friend sounds like you have a bit of good visioin
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:43 pm

Hi Jim - is The Pavillion still standing - don't think I've been in there since '90, usually head for Horse & Jokey.  Give us a shout & we'll meet up.

Twojobmick - the bars are off & look OK to me.  If you want, I can send you a snap of them.

Soon as I can, I'll post a snap - any suggestions welcome.
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:13 am

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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:19 am

Hi Katsd,

 

Keep it shiney side up
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:54 pm

katsd I'm in Derby myself if thats near you also for advice or such plus I'm an ex honda rider & have a Velo also. Been riding since before i was born mate lol! 
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:57 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:54 pm

Hi Peter 

Thanks for the offer - I'm going to be picking everybodies collectiove brains over the next few weeks.  The 800 is so different from everything I've had before & I'm a bit unsure at the mo.  So please be patient with a newbie!!
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:46 am

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Twojobmick - the bars are off & look OK to me. If you want, I can send you a snap of them.
 Yes please mate ..... what are you after for them ?
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:46 pm

Hiya Twobob, not sure what the protocol is for this sort of thing - I assume that using a private message is the correct way?  At the moment, I don't have access to that facility, so unless anyone can tell me what I should do without breaking forum rules, I'm a bit stuck.

The bars are two separate pieces instead of one loop.

No idea on price, I'll have a good look later as I'm off work for a couple of days now
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:44 am

katsd wrote:
Hiya Twobob, not sure what the protocol is for this sort of thing - I assume that using a private message is the correct way?
You can either PM me ( when you're enabled ) or my phone number is 07506 042799 if you want to text / photo message me mate. Your choice
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:26 pm

OK - I'm going to run them through the bench polisher tomorrow & see how they come out.  Then I'll try & send photo to your phone.
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:50 am

 Sounds awesome! I also would like to see some before and after pics, Good luck!
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:39 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:03 pm

Tine to get some pics up me reckons katsd !!!!

Jim.
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:50 pm

Hi Jim - pics have been posted but Mr Intruder moved them over to the gallery page.  Mines going in the opposite direction to yours - just deciding what's coming off next.  Disabled the PAIR valve last week which has killed the backfire on over-run, just ordered the full removal kei from Mocc.  Discussing with my tool man about cutting the pipes level, probably around the axle line & then slash cutting them.  Still toying with losing the big fenders & going for the full stripped-down look.  I'll have to take a ride over & have a look at yours sometime - I came back from Alfreton through the top of Ilkeston yesterday, you'll have to let me know where you are
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:01 am

Hi mate,
Just catching up with this post again, yeah defo on a meet up mate, be a nice comparison with mine as the bad cop bike and yours with the strip down look !!!

Jim.
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:51 pm

Hi Jim

Sorry for not getting back to you sooner - things have been a bit hectic.  Concerts, bike show, my 50th birthday party etc.  Starting work on the back end soon, finished early next year, we'll make a date then.  All the best
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PostSubject: Re: Hi from Nottingham - time for a change after 27 years   Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:20 am

Glad you have re surfaced mate, no worries mate we will catch up at some point.

Cheers,

Jim.
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