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John Dickens
Posted on: March 9th, 2008, 06:58:24 Quote Report to Moderator
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I convinced myself that the money I'm earning writing for the magazine was really 'spare' money and not needed for essentials so I could spend it on a toy.
I'm buying myself this.



It's a 1989 Moto Guzzi California III 1000cc Fully Faired.

Wish me luck. I've owned Guzzis before.
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paul harcourt
Posted on: March 10th, 2008, 09:37:47 Quote Report to Moderator
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Nice bike John, surprised your not going for a sports model !
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John Dickens
Posted on: March 10th, 2008, 09:49:37 Quote Report to Moderator
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Quoted from paul harcourt, posted March 10th, 2008, 09:37:47 at here
Nice bike John, surprised your not going for a sports model !



I'd kill myself in a week! I can't reach the bars on a sports bike. Too much stomach and tank interference,

The Cali is to replace our R850RT which we use to tour Europe in the summer. We tend to cover around 4000 miles over 3 weeks so a sports bike is not so useful. Last year we covered the Mille Miglia course and took in the Guzzi museum on Lake Como.
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paul harcourt
Posted on: March 11th, 2008, 08:35:34 Quote Report to Moderator
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I had someone pull out of a petrol station and very nearly kill me (two months in hospital!) and now the wife wont let me ride them.
Never mind, I get my thrills blatting around in the Marcos now !
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paul harcourt
Posted on: April 1st, 2008, 17:51:58 Quote Report to Moderator
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New toy for me too!
I have just agreed to purchase an old Lotus Elite (the hunch back wedge!) for the sum of 250!
The wife was not amused, as it is rather down at heel, and has been standing for at least 15 years.
This should keep me busy for the next year or so!
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Phil Lockett
Posted on: April 2nd, 2008, 15:08:34 Quote Report to Moderator
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I have just agreed to purchase an old Lotus Elite (the hunch back wedge!) for the sum of 250!



It isn't light grey and from Stoke is it????


1983 GTM Coupe. Powered by Toyota 4A-GE.
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paul harcourt
Posted on: April 2nd, 2008, 17:43:45 Quote Report to Moderator
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Hi Phil, Yes and no, it was originally silver but now looks very grey, and it is a local car from near Southampton.
Have you just sold one?
This will be my third one, a very under rated sports car that you can fit the whole family in.
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Peter Bremner
Posted on: April 2nd, 2008, 22:47:45 Quote Report to Moderator
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Gonna get the Box Brownie out for a photo shoot?
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Phil Lockett
Posted on: April 3rd, 2008, 12:58:19 Quote Report to Moderator
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No, a guy I work with just sold a rough one - for 250. I looked at it myself but it needed far too many parts and work to be worth doing.

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paul harcourt
Posted on: April 4th, 2008, 08:08:41 Quote Report to Moderator
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Hi Peter, I will take a few pics when I pick it up in about a weeks time.
It looks very sad but not in the same league as LUR was!
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paul harcourt
Posted on: April 15th, 2008, 20:58:18
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Here is my new toy

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Peter Bremner
Posted on: April 16th, 2008, 19:53:50 Quote Report to Moderator
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That's a lot of car for 250 quid. At least the missus will know where you are for the next five years...
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paul harcourt
Posted on: April 17th, 2008, 08:17:40
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Thats what I thought Peter, interior isnt too bad either.
I had to free the engine up as the alternator and water pump had siezed solid but turns over OK now.

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Joost van Dien
Posted on: April 17th, 2008, 16:40:26 Quote Report to Moderator
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Drive it as much as possible!


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Nice one for 250 pounds. Lotus elite S2 with al bit of work has it the 2.2 lotus engine?

cheers
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paul harcourt
Posted on: April 17th, 2008, 17:12:30 Quote Report to Moderator
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Yes, 2.2 engine and lots of work!
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