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I have pondered a trials bike..... something light appeals to me. I wouldn't want an engine bigger than 500cc, 4 stroke of course, any other suggestions? At least I wouldn't feel guilty butchering and abusing it! Watching Ewen and Charlie definitely put the point home that light is good! It was funny when they were dropping their big bikes struggling to get them up and Claudio was skipping along on the little red devil bike!
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I got worried when you talked about left foot shifting. I'm glad to know the Enfield is still right foot. If I blow up the Duc again, it's an Enfield 350 for me. I thought I'd have to start riding my SR500 again to get used to left foot shifting.

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I got worried when you talked about left foot shifting. I'm glad to know the Enfield is still right foot. If I blow up the Duc again, it's an Enfield 350 for me. I thought I'd have to start riding my SR500 again to get used to left foot shifting.

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If you do go for an Enfield you might want to try and get a British one. Despite the fact that they are newer the Indian Enfields have appaling metal so don't last well....
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If you do go for an Enfield you might want to try and get a British one. Despite the fact that they are newer the Indian Enfields have appaling metal so don't last well....
Well that is yet to be determined. I'll meet you back here in 30 years and we can argue over that one.
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Injun Enfields have a rather chequered history. Some are much better than others. Recent ones are quite good.

Out of interest, DSJ, you were saying you've got a few cars you don't pay tax on. What have you got? (Realise this is off topic!)

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Injun Enfields have a rather chequered history. Some are much better than others. Recent ones are quite good.

Out of interest, DSJ, you were saying you've got a few cars you don't pay tax on. What have you got? (Realise this is off topic!)

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1972 Vauxhall Firenza 2300 with del 48's - fun!
1972 Land Rover 109
1972 Land Rover 88
1954 Austin A30
1962 Trojan Tro-bike
An old Austin Healey 3000 in need of serious restoration which I'm importing from the States.

My everyday car is a 2002 peugeot 206 1.4 diesel, that's £35 a year tax, going down to £20 a year tax next year due to good emissions!

Therefore, the thing I pay most tax on is my Ducati 996! I can't remember the price off hand.
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That's a nice collection of vehicles!

The Austin Healey 3000 is my dream car, pref. in the cream and light blue colour scheme!

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That's a nice collection of vehicles!

The Austin Healey 3000 is my dream car, pref. in the cream and light blue colour scheme!

Matt
Same here!

I'm not a fan of red cars but I saw a red and cream Healey which just looked stunning (not sure what colour red it was), so I'll probably go for that in the end. Prior to seeing this red car I always love the cream and light blue!
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Although, it has to be said, the 100 is a bloody lovely car too. When I have inexplicably accumulated vast wealth I might have one of each!

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