My old Harley MT350

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My old Harley MT350

Post  MagicJoey on Thu Apr 15 2010, 19:22

Okay... don't laugh... I owned a Harley (well, a "sort of" Harley)!

Few years ago my mate started a business buying bikes from the Ministry of Defence, fixing them up and selling them on. He gets them in various states of repair.

As I am a bit of a bike addict and like to think I'm handy with a spanner I bought one that I could fix up myself. What I got was an engine, a frame, a couple of wheels and a big green box of parts. Great fun to do for a month or so during thye early spring.

I ended up doing a full "nut and bolt" rebuild (pics below). While it was fun to build and really satisfying to complete these bikes are like pigs to ride (imho). I did a bit of touring in the UK fully loaded with large front mounted hard panniers but it's not an exciting ride and can get a bit tiring too. Don't get me wrong, these are good, solid bikes... they had to be for for what they were used for and you can have some fun on them. They're great around town with massive hand guards for knocking off wing mirrors, but that Rotax air-cooled motor does get a little hot in the traffic. The bike spent most of its life in my garage as I much preferred my other rides - until last year when I waved it goodbye and sent it off on a trailer to a buyer in Scotland. He was very excited... not sure how long that excitement lasted after he rode it!

Oh my god... what have I gotten myself into? Where do I start?

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As if by magic...

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I wish it was that easy! Many, many hours spent on my knees...

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The finished result...

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Re: My old Harley MT350

Post  yamahamad on Thu Apr 15 2010, 20:07

Excellent work how long to complete?
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Re: My old Harley MT350

Post  Rosco on Thu Apr 15 2010, 20:14

Fantastic pics and story mate.

Love how the expression and hands in the air were the same for both empty frame and bits as it was for the finished article.

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Re: My old Harley MT350

Post  MagicJoey on Thu Apr 15 2010, 20:23

@yamahamad wrote:Excellent work how long to complete?

Started mid March and had it painted, polished, registered and on the road at the start of May... That was like 12 hour days almost every day! stars

I'd taken voluntary redundancy and had loads of time on my hands.

Hard work, but great fun and it tought me loads about bike engineering.
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Post  MagicJoey on Thu Apr 15 2010, 20:25

@Rosco wrote:Fantastic pics and story mate.

Love how the expression and hands in the air were the same for both empty frame and bits as it was for the finished article.

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Cheers Rosco....

I really wish it had been as easy as that... went home in tears some nights and the skin is only just growing back on my knuckles! Laughing
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Re: My old Harley MT350

Post  andyb on Fri Apr 16 2010, 12:03

@Rosco wrote:Fantastic pics and story mate.


+1 to that comment great

Them things are great off road too, i had so much fun Very Happy
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Re: My old Harley MT350

Post  R2D2 on Fri Apr 16 2010, 12:12

Looks great Cool last time I nosed around my uncle's garage there was an old Armstong ex-MOD bike tucked up the back. No idea if he's still got it though.
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