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Good buy! SNAP! My Jap import 2003 Solo AC17 is amongst a handful here in the UK. Doesn't look much like how I bought it now though. Fitted meatier tyres, bobbed fenders, cafe bars/risers, converted to hand-shifter, new 'grille' head/tail/indicator lamps, aftermarket exhaust, side-mount license plate, custom 'riveted' paint job on tank. Still running the original 50cc (showing 3137kms) but with a new Lifan 125 semi-auto sat here waiting for me to find the time to swap it out. These are great bikes which I reckon would have been good sellers if they had been available worldwide instead of being limited to the Japanese domestic market - pitched mainly at students - and only then in relative miniscule numbers. You'll enjoy your Solo when you get the chance to ride it.

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Outstanding 'Guzzi cafe racer. No decription, but presumably 850 LeMans 1. ?
Love me a 'Guzzi. Spent 4 years building my Aero Cycle Car kit (Morgan 3-wheeler tribute) using a donor 1000cc motor, rear wheel and bevel drive from a mint '89 'Guzzi LeMans 5. Sold it in 2015. I so miss that V motor's racket.

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Privately imported this '03 Kawa Drifter 800 ('49 Indian tribute) into the UK from Tampa FL last year. Super-low miles (2855). Absolutely pristine on account of spending nearly its whole life in an a/c'd garage. Bargain, at about a quarter the price of a new Indian equivalent - and way more dependable I'm guessing. Despite not being stood over a drip pan, it's never shed a single drip of oil on the carpet during my ownership.
Even without the Covid restrictions, been virtually housebound now for coming up to 8 years, spent as sole carer for my darlin' wife Jen who was diagnosed with dementia back in Oct 2013. Can't imagine life without a few motorized bicycle or motorcycle 'art installations' sharing our living space.

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Privately imported this '03 Kawa Drifter 800 ('49 Indian tribute) into the UK from Tampa FL last year. Super-low miles (2855). Absolutely pristine on account of spending nearly its whole life in an a/c'd garage. Bargain, at about a quarter the price of a new Indian equivalent - and way more dependable I'm guessing. Despite not being stood over a drip pan, it's never shed a single drip of oil on the carpet during my ownership.
Even without the Covid restrictions, been virtually housebound now for coming up to 8 years, spent as sole carer for my darlin' wife Jen who was diagnosed with dementia back in Oct 2013. Can't imagine life without a few motorized bicycle or motorcycle 'art installations' sharing our living space.

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I have the same bike. Love it.
 

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I have the same bike. Love it.
Beautiful photo of your Drifty! These Drifter 800s are super rides. Some nights I don't even bother turning the TV on and just stare at mine instead. Love it! Those aftermarket pipes (Hard Krome?) make a helluva racket compared to the underwhelming sound of the original 2-into-1 system.
Owned a 1500 Drifter for a while back in '09 and I have to say I prefer the 800 in every way. Especially looks wise with its psuedo rigid frame that better suits its vintage tribute vibe.
 
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Monkeybusiness!

I went from 150 Lambretta motor scooter to a Yamaha 180 twin Street bike to a Kawasaki KZ900. Even though I had ridden a friend‘s Honda 750, that was quite an eye-opener!

Over the years I’ve also owned a Honda 350 XL dirtbike and a Honda CM 450 T touring bike.

Currently I’m putting off changing the clutch on this Kawasaki 1500 Nomad. This is a 2003 with 50,000 miles on it and when I was working I rode this back-and-forth every day for five years.
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I don’t have any good photos of it on my phone so I’ll have to post up something better.
 

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Here’s Baggins the Nomad, right after coming out of the shed from winter hibernation.
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I should be fixing the tight clutch instead of building these custom bicycles, but the excitement level has waned.

There wasn’t enough chrome on this motorcycle but I had to go and add more.
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I’ve had 7 motorcycles and this one longest of all. Baggins has been with us since Aug 15 2003. Over 18 years. I have turned every wrench on this bike myself and it has never been inside the Kawasaki shop once after the day I purchased it.
 

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This was my ‘76 KZ 900, the first bike that I ever did a major custom job on. This probably scared the pants off of somebody before me, because I bought it used from the Harley Davidson dealer With a crappy sissy bar and a nice TNT racing exhaust system for $1995 with only 2000 miles.

Changing that exhaust system lightened the bike a lot, but it also affected the handling. If you were brave enough to weather through the very mild 100~105 mph headshake (!) it would turn 135 smoothly. If you hit a pebble on the asphalt at 135 you would be airborne for about 10 yards.
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It’s a little difficult to tell but it’s been raked, goosed, stretched, lowered and extended. It has welded t-bars. HD rear rim and big Chen Shing.

Eventually it also got a HD type steel early style rear fender and a side mount cat’s eye tail light and license plate.

Better photos of Baggins:
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These were taken a while back. Maybe 2010. I was over 200 pounds.
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My little granddaughter is an adult with a job now.
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