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MrE

Member since Apr 2012 • Last active Feb 2016
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10 years coal mining, 25 years teaching, 10 years Head of Faculty, now retired...

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    Not London, but gives a quote online, and I thought very good when you ring them.
    peterjamesinsurance.co.uk/
    £82 TPFT named rider only for two 'classic' mopeds - might be worth a few minutes online to find out?

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    • and don't immediately trust the advice of someone who can't work out which 'Reply' button to use. My earlier suggestion applies to the mouse, not Dammit's cat.
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    It's not a guy.
    It will eat your food.
    It will eat your clothes and furnishings.
    It will crap indiscriminately.
    It will chew your wiring.
    It will make your home smell of urine.
    It will attract more vermin.
    It will breed with others and multiply the problems.
    The health of you and your girlfriend may be at risk - research Weil's disease.

    Humane traps don't work.
    Poison will only give it the opportunity to die somewhere inaccessible and smell even more.
    Buy a Little Nipper, polish the release arm, oil the pivots, and dispose of the insanitary vermin when girlfriend is not watching. The bags sold to dog owners are good for this. Then set the trap again in case there are more.

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    Winter version...

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    By way of possible motivation: £14 Raleigh Twenty plus £30 spend, recovered by selling 'chopper era' parts such as pedals, safety bracket, stem, brake levers etc. bringing net spend down to £12.
    Strip, clean, re-spray, re-assemble with new tyres, cables, 14T sprocket, stem from e-bay, parts bin saddle.
    Try your Triumph without the upgrades first? Photo is summer use, current (winter) use has original guards and rack, and I doubt I'll change them for anything lighter.

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    With the engine being so low it looks a more stable proposition than my 1952 Trojan. It might be the frame flexing, or just top heavy, but corners at speed get exciting very quickly...

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    Any idea of the age? Pre 1975 would be exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty, pre 1960 would be eligible for MOT exemption...
    thebuzzingclub.net/
    might be worth joining if you want to use it on the road: help with dating certificates, vehicle registration, reduced insurance for club members etc.

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    Superglue will melt the foam unless it is specifically a 'foam friendly' type.
    Araldite probably won't.
    UHU por (effectively a foam friendly contact adhesive) might be better if there is a reasonable area to glue to, otherwise you want a model shop or better still an aeromodeller who will give you the few drops you need and probably have the correct accelerator.
    I'd offer, but I suspect Shropshire is too far away to be convenient.

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    Sorrento, although it is very much a seasonal destination- I've been a week or so before Easter and quite a few of the shops bars and restaurants were either closed or being repainted.
    The Circumvesuviana would get you to Pompeii and Herculaneum - worth the best part of a day each - or Naples if you're feeling adventurous. Ischia and Capri might be possible, but probably only from Naples at this time of year.
    I've never had trouble in Naples, but have been deliberately low key - no camera, expensive watch, handbag (MrsE, not me) and stick to the main streets. Not sure I'd want to stay there though.

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    Pre-mix issues with older bikes include a build up of gunge in the carb from not draining down - petrol evaporates off leaving oil based residue - I turn the tap off and let mine idle until the float bowl empties at the end of each day.
    Also with much older machines - not necessarily modern engines / synthetic oils - how clear is the silencer? Coking might be the next thing to look for if it turns out you have fuel and a good spark but poor maintenance by the previous owner?

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