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Re: Best Of British
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2011, 05:34:53 PM »
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ahh the preserved meat company hey !! Pom's love Pork Pies  ;D

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Re: Best Of British
« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2011, 05:41:41 PM »
WTF ......they are obviously BSAs ....not Indians??!!

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« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2011, 07:30:26 PM »
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.....blasphemy..its true British    all UK made 
And still bloody awful ::)
But old Eric Cheney knew the perfect combination of form and function.

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« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2011, 07:41:12 PM »
WTF ......they are obviously BSAs ....not Indians??!!

Indians indeed.... ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D well done EML
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« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2011, 10:06:55 PM »
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That's better Ali.....that's one of the nicest Metisses I've seen. Much nicer than those awful bloody Steve McQueen replicas. Jerry Lisi is milking everything he can out of Derek and Dons (and Pat French's) legacy. Here's one of the last Pat French Metisses....Frank's Manx.

If you think Franks street legal Manx Norton Metisse is cool, wait until you see his new Matchless G80 Harris replica Mojo pre 65 racer. It's a veritible work of art.
         
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Re: Best Of British
« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2011, 12:11:27 AM »

Better.

Although the exhaust lines leave a little to be desired. At least the engine is at the right inclination.

Fuel tank is a little tall though, IMHO.


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Re: Best Of British
« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2011, 07:59:22 AM »
The Manx motor only belongs in one place, sorry but that street Ricky is ugly with the hideous tank, revolting exhaust and $10 tail light and to top it off anodized oil lines

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« Reply #22 on: November 25, 2011, 09:10:05 AM »
The Manx motor only belongs in one place, sorry but that street Ricky is ugly with the hideous tank, revolting exhaust and $10 tail light and to top it off anodized oil lines


Marc to be fair we have seen your taste in swinging arms  ::)

I love the look of Franks Rickman  :) it is even sweeter in the flesh, and you know it was built properly  :)

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« Reply #23 on: November 25, 2011, 10:06:26 AM »
Marc to be fair we have seen your taste in swinging arms  ::)

You right who am I to bag off on another persons bike, maybe it is the photo is squashed and I am jealous of not having that motor.....anyway Swingarm of the Gods bike has gone to another NZ enthusiast. ;D

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Re: Best Of British
« Reply #24 on: November 25, 2011, 10:08:19 AM »
Jeezus mArc.......bet there aint no mirrors in your house. ;D
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Re: Best Of British
« Reply #25 on: November 25, 2011, 04:31:59 PM »
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The Manx motor only belongs in one place, sorry but that street Ricky is ugly with the hideous tank, revolting exhaust and $10 tail light and to top it off anodized oil lines
Jeez Marc, that's more than a bit harsh. I agree that the tank is a tad lumpy but because the Manx engine is a bit thirsty and wanting to take the bike on rallys Frank ordered a larger tank from Pat French. The extra volume is lumped on top giving it the bulbous look. He's got a standard black 'glass item that does look more at home but the alloy job doesn 't look near as bad in real life, as anyone who's seen it will attest. As far as the exhaust goes, I don't know what's so "revolting" about it. I like the little squiggle over the footpeg, which was done to allow the footpeg to be removed without having to remove the pipe. The muffler was fitted to pass noise emissions....remember, this bike has full rego. As far as the $10 tail light, that's the standard street Metisse kit item which cost a fair bit more than 10 bucks.

This bike was originally built as an all out racer for the pre 65 class but a life threatening bout of cancer and being 74 years old convinced him that the bike would be better used on the street. The engineering in the bike is amazing with Frank making the cylinder from billet, the complete gearbox, the rockers, con rod and numerous other parts....all in his little single car sized shed.


And as far as the engine belonging only in a Manx road racer, that's like saying that every Triumph motor should remain in a Bonny or every Chevy still live under the bonnet of some old Impala.....but not to worry, Frank has a genuine ex works 500 sitting proudly in his family room and there's enough parts in the shed to build another if he ever feels the urge. Right at this moment he has a rare magnesium works engine on his bench being rebuilt for the Hinton family collection. The motor in the Metisse was built from an engine that was blown up in the sixties and had been sitting under his bench just waiting for its day.
I'll always go to Franks defence as he's one of the nicest, most knowledgable and enthusiastic blokes I know. He's one of those old school engineering genius's that don't seem to exist any more. Even in his twilight years he builds a new bike per year purely because he loves the challenge, I wonder how many of us will be doing the same at his age?
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Re: Best Of British
« Reply #26 on: November 25, 2011, 06:37:30 PM »
I saw Frank’s project “X” G80 CS last Saturday, it is seriously a work of engineering art, so many parts are handmade like the close ratio gearbox, all handmade gears. Frank is a GENIUS with his hands, so much knowledge and experience. No Photos allowed till its finished ;)
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Re: Best Of British
« Reply #27 on: November 25, 2011, 06:51:47 PM »
Whew maybe I shot from the hip, my apology to Frank et al.... it was green eyed jealousy of not having access to that engine your honor. I would still like to see it with the smaller tank and high side pipe.  :-[
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Re: Best Of British
« Reply #28 on: November 25, 2011, 06:53:46 PM »
There was no better sounding bike at Diamond Dons this year than this one

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Re: Best Of British
« Reply #29 on: November 25, 2011, 07:06:16 PM »
There was no better sounding bike at Diamond Dons this year than this one

Now that what I call an exhaust system.  ;D
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