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The Sultan of Bling
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Now over in this part of the world where motorcycling and road racing border on being a religion it's long been known that in certain parts of the countryside enthusiastic collectors have all sorts of bikes tucked away in various sheds and workshops some of which make appearances at classic shows and that sort of thing but otherwise mainly for reasons of security you never hear of just where these places are or who owns them.

I was in one last night, had mentioned to a few people that I was interested in a 70's bike, had a list of what I was after many being ones I lusted over since starting riding back in 1975 but The Mammy said no to and you don't cross an Irish Mammy at 17 or you won't see 18, and got a call mid week with contact details for an enthusiast who was trimming his collection and might have something of interest.

Chat on the phone resulted in being told he might let me have a CB 400 /4 F2 a CB 550 if that was what I was after so off I went for a look which resulted in doing a deal on the 400/4, 1978 registered, 3 owners, and restored and in his collection for the last 7 years. Some pictures of it below, he didn't mind me taking those but did not let me do the same for what else he had tucked away, all I can say is some fantastic examples of concourse winning machinery, really into Jap both road and race with a couple of Manx Nortons for balance.

This is the 400, lovely machine I think.

Wonder should I tell The Mammy I finally got one? :D











 

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all i can say is i think i dribbled down my top :???:
 

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that is nice , i know of a guy in NI with a RD350B and a Ducati
 

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The Sultan of Bling
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If I could get it up the stairs to the living room it would be replacing the side board!!!


"will you ridin' it or framing the fekker"


what a beauty
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The Sultan of Bling
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The only shame is, knowing you Thunder, you are still going to strip it and repaint it:D:D
I'm mental John, not daft, it don't need anything doing :p
 

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That is a sweet looking bike, one of my favourite lookers of all time. Just something about the shape of the tank, the upright barrels and those sexy headers......Yum!:thumbup:
 

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Brings back memories of being 16 again, two up with no helmets, off-roading a red one of these, over the local quarry :p

& yes I should be hung, drawn & quartered :(
 

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Loving that! Figure I could even touch the ground. :thumbright::thumbup:
 

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Pretty, pretty girl, I can see why she prised your wallet open!! :) One for the sunny Sunday ride outs.

I have a neighbour (sort of) who used to ride many, many years ago, and he has a shed full of old Brit iron including an early 70's Trident (probably with oil leak underneath) and numerous Beesas and an AJS of some type. I have told hime I am going to liberate a couple and take them for a ride, as they should be treated to a run out in their retirement....
 

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Luurve the header pipes.
Lush.
Tidy bike as well, now tell us you paid fifty quid for it.
looks original as well not restored
 

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Luurve the header pipes.
Lush.
Tidy bike as well, now tell us you paid fifty quid for it.
looks original as well not restored
A gentleman never discusses such things about a lady so I won't tell you that. :D

Restored is maybe the wrong word, refurbished might be better. The guy who let me have her (and I mean that literally, he told me after the "deal" was done if he didn't trust me to look after her she would not leave his place) has a thing about his bikes, so the wheels have been rebuilt with original spokes and rims, the guards front and rear are new as is the complete exhaust system and certain other bits but the bike hangs together, it looks right.

Should have her by the end of the week, as she will be recommissioned and put through the MOT before being delivered to me. Can't wait.
 

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No doubt I am a heathen but it does nothing for me. I can see it is immaculate and all that but as a style of bike it does not move me.

I'd say it was like flares - and you either wore them and hoped they'd come back in fashion or you didn't (and I didn't) - but it's actually not even that because flares was a statement against the mainstream and this bike, to me, is mainstream. It is a great example of one but there were lots of bikes all quite similar.

Thinking about it, Harleys are like flares - a definite statement against mediocrity but embarrassing when you look back on yourself.

Adventure bikes are drainpipes. And dirt bikes are like drainpipe jeans and Doc Martens. When you look back at those fashions you still think "damn that was a cool look".

*Runs and hides*:D
 

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Ooo I like that one, well done.

Not my bike of choice for actual use in any practical sense of the word, but I started my motorcycling life on dads old 500 four, and while that was decidedly a "good from far but far from good" specimen there's something about getting one of those old dears up past 7000 rpm... :mrgreen: I really should find the time to dig that old four out again, it hasn't seen daylight for the best part of a decade.
 

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Pure moto-porn. Look after it, it is beautiful. Nice to see one in such splendid condition. Take no heed of the "Run it" brigade, if you want a hand to put it on your mantelpiece, give me a call. Les
 

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Bike arrived today. just got it out of the van before the heavens opened and it pished down so pictures limited.

Been serviced and MOT'd last night so roll on the weekend to take her for a decent run. Can't believe how small these are or maybe I just got bigger? :grin:



 

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They are tiny indeed!

People who have met me will understand why I don't get on with those old Honda Fours too well. :mrgreen:
 
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