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Hello mate! Newbie from London

Post #1 by killswitch » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:26 pm

First off, thank you for creating/maintaining such an awesome place. Love it. My names Al, from London UK, and I'm very happy to be here.

A month back, after extensive soul and internet searching, I managed to locate a gem of a donor bike for a project I've been planning. The bike is a '84 1200 Aspen and is currently in a box waiting for collection from a dry storage facility. Haven't got any decent pics to share but when it arrives, in a week or two, I shall update.

The reason I purchased it is because, for a very long time, I've wanted to go on a long trek across Europe and beyond :crosso Yes it's that time in life, when you're done with working ridiculous hours, kids are happy and the other half is preoccupied. With the latter consenting to my ludicrous plans - which undoubtedly she will regret, I started hunting down a bike. Initially I was going to get something a wiser person would probably have acquired, like a cheap Africa Twin or something expensive already built for the task, however I've thrown caution to wind and decided to go the "build it yourself" route. Again could have chosen anything, however the GW just feels right in almost every way.

I was going to get a 1000 or even the 1100 however the updates on the 1200 are what drew me in this direction, plus the condition of the bike is amazing. That and the fact that it was a bargain...by the time I'm done undressing it and selling everything I don't need, the frame, running gear and engine will be free.

Now, I've got a whole bunch of questions, but not sure if I should continue and ask here or in another particular part of the forum. Maybe someone can advise?

Thank you,
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Re: Hello mate! Newbie from London

Post #2 by 5speed » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:34 pm

Welcome to the site Al.
I would start a thread in the members restorations and project forum.
Oh..we love pictures here. lol
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Re: Hello mate! Newbie from London

Post #3 by Rat » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:56 pm

Welcome to the 'Wingdom.

Yes .... start your own build thread and we’ll all follow along.

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Re: Hello mate! Newbie from London

Post #4 by Track T 2411 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:04 pm

Welcome from Wisconsin, USA... Sounds like you've got yourself a plan! Enjoy the ride!
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Re: Hello mate! Newbie from London

Post #5 by desertrefugee » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:14 pm

Welcome! Never heard anyone complain about a well sorted 1200. Often described as the best of the four-cylinder wings, and rightly so. Enjoy the project and time on the road after. Sounds like fun.
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Re: Hello mate! Newbie from London

Post #6 by killswitch » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:54 pm

Thank you all. Looking forward to getting started.

I've taken your advice and made a post in the relevant section: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=70471

Please chime in. Any and all advice is highly appreciated

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Re: Hello mate! Newbie from London

Post #7 by rcmatt007 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:34 pm

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Re: Hello mate! Newbie from London

Post #8 by chewy999 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:36 am

Hi Al, welcome to the club from a fellow Brit, from near Cambridge. All the help you'll need can be found hear, just ask away. Good luck with your project when it arrives. As a matter of interest, are you happy to say how much it cost to ship it to the Motherland!

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1985 GL650 Silverwing another mistake, horrible bike
1986 CBX550 Good commuter
1989 Suzuki GS750 (1976) cheap and cheerful until a dog ran out in front of me on Xmas Eve, 1991
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Re: Hello mate! Newbie from London

Post #9 by sparkyrasmus » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:00 am

Welcome to the United Wingdom! I love that this is an international group.
Keep it running

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Re: Hello mate! Newbie from London

Post #10 by killswitch » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:23 pm

crossy.gif Thanks to you both. Love it here. So much to learn and so many wonderful people.

I actually had it all done for me by a reputable company and paid an all inclusive price. Can try finding out the individual costs but it's going to be difficult to measure since I know they bring them in by the container load.

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