The Exile Files

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Street Legal

Posted by Exile on May 16, 2013

The bike’s been inspected, tested and registered. I now have the number plates on and nothing can stop me enjoying riding the bike now. The inspection was a doddle. Having explained the history of the bike, the inspector gave it a quick once over and declared it “as good as new”, which it is, and then declared that he had to take a spin on it. I explained that it would be a bit difficult for him but of course he could try as long as he could get used to having the gear shift on the right of the bike as opposed to all the Japanese machines that he is used to, that have the gear shift on the left. I explained that he would have to use the heel kicker to change down and the toe lever to go up in gear. He looked puzzled. I explained again. He said OK and then we started the bike and off he went. Ten minutes later he came back pushing the bike. “I couldn’t get the hang of it”, he explained. “But don’t worry, it’s a great machine and I reckon it’s passed the roadworthiness test!” I think “Thumper” frightened him off…#1

I bought the new number plates and had him register the bike as mine while I was there. He can do it more easily than I and the fee wasn’t all that bad when I take the hassle of doing it myself into consideration.

So there we are. Street legal and ready to go.

All I need now is some good weather and a day off. That might even happen over the weekend. We’ll see.

Thumper..? Yeah. You should hear the single cylinder. Thump – thump – thump…..


2 Responses to “Street Legal”

  1. highstump said

    Well sir, you have had a little better than 2 months, so how is Thumper doing?


    Hi Jim, he’s doing fine. I’ve been looking at on line manuals and watching youtube videos to get some idea of the mechanical adjustment necessary to keep the bike tip-top. I had to tune the carburetor once I found out that it was still running on the factory compromise. It runs leaner and meaner now and probably more economically too. I had to get a new battery, the old one had not fared well during the 8 year wait. Other than that, I’ve put a few more miles on the odometer and I’m comfortable on the bike now. I’ll wait until I reach the 3000 Km mark before doing the first major service because I did so much before putting the bike on the road (oil, grease, tighten all the nuts and so on..) and by then it will be winter lay-up time.
    All in all, it’s great pastime and I know it’s going to be an enjoyable acquaintance.
    Thanks for asking and I trust that all is well with you.

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