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  1. #241
    Join Date: May 2013

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    I'm Martin.

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    Even tried trials riding for a bit: An old Greeves Scottish with Villiers 197cc 8E engine and a modern (was back then) Armstrong.

    Armstrong & Greeves Scottish trails bikes 1985 by Martin, on Flickr

    Me competing on a Fantic 200.

    Fantic 200 - Bleak Hall 1986 2nd place by Martin, on Flickr
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    What was the engine in the Fantic? Looks like it could be a Montessa or Ossa unit (could also be Bultaco I guess).

  3. #243
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    I thought Fantic made them but it could be badged Fantic and made by A N Other. It was made late 1970s early 1980s.

    They were only about 125cc even though called a Fantic 200. They had a carbon coated bore which meant if the bore was damaged it could not be re-bored.

    http://www.fanticmotor.asso.fr/r02.htm this site gives a range of the models available.

    It was a really good bike to ride for a twin shock and I won quite a few Clubmen events.
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  4. #244
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    My Thruxton was quick, a bugger to start, regularly stripped timing gears ( which I think were Mica), driven hard you could almost burn your leg on the oil tank, mine had a mesh oil tank guard, don't know if this was std.


    Added,, you can see the guard in the photo!


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    Not sure I agree about the Velo Thruxton Marco. I think it's a gorgeous bike. Possibly the quickest all round production 500 single ever sold in the UK. And the best sounding!

    And yes, I do know about the 500 BSA Gold Star, but they were often used with IOM gearing which made them useless off the mark. The Velo seemed more potent through the mid anyway. I saw them at Santa Pod on the drag strip against Goldies and the Velo would always win, beating some of the Bonnevilles too.

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  5. #245
    Join Date: Oct 2015

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    Seeing the lovely old trials bikes reminds me of my old Suzuki SP400, very capable trail bike built to rival Yamaha's XT500. It was much more " British " like than the slightly revy XT and had a lovely thump of bass. My one had seen better days and the engine seized regularly but left to cool down it would rattle back into life with a couple of hefty prods on the kick start. It had huge amounts of character and more grunt than a pig on steroids.

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  6. #246
    Join Date: Oct 2014

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    I'm Simon.

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    Lovely bikes had a sp370 ,never really understood the difference, sprayed it matt black and at the time thought I was very mad max like.

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