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Offline stigg

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« on: June 05, 2018, 05:40:48 PM »
Hi all just joined the forum and hope your all well, have just sold my Triumph Street Triple so will be looking to get a RD250 and was looking for some general advice on the best one to try and get, is it a case of the newer the better or are the early ones the best. Also are spares ok to get hold of. Had a S2 Kawasaki 350 years ago and loved it but always fancied a Yam!!!!!
Thanks in advance for any replies.
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2018, 06:30:10 PM »
Welcome to the forum :)

The RD was made between 1972 and 1979 and basically came in two forms, round tank and coffin tank which one appeals to you.
I standard, matching numbers bike goes for most money, but some of us aren't rivet counters and are happy to run around on non standard bikes.
Parts are still available, although original exhausts and some tinware is NLA

Let us know what you pick
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2018, 06:59:58 PM »
Thanks Motty, think i will go for a coffin tank and will try and go for a 1978/79 if possible. Is there anything i should look out for?
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2018, 10:20:26 PM »
 Just the standard things, these bikes are 40+ years old and whilst they are cherished now, they were thrashed, crashed and bodged back in the day.
Check the seat base, mudguards, tank and exhaust as these are difficult to replace. Listen to any nasty noises from the engine and listen to what the seller is saying
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2018, 11:13:06 PM »
Cheers just got to find one now and hopefully not in the other end of the country!!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2018, 02:29:51 PM »
Mine is an RD250D and doesn't have matching numbers and has the wrong, but good paint job, and later front brake and wheels fitted and SS bolts all over as would have been done in the day. It's great to ride and goes well, fun, fun, fun!!

Get what you fancy and ride it, but listen to the owner and make sure it starts and runs well otherwise you'll be chasing "his" probably very old demons.
Just keep riding.

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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2018, 04:58:10 PM »
Cheers ggreen1959, seen a 350 in Crawley that looks like it's worth a look but just waiting for the Triple to be collected first!
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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2018, 02:40:04 PM »
Hi, just seen a 250E 1979 on eBay up in Manchester that looks about what I'm after in Speedwell Motorcycles, anyone had any dealings with them by any chance?
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2018, 07:34:35 PM »
Hi, just seen a 250E 1979 on eBay up in Manchester that looks about what I'm after in Speedwell Motorcycles, anyone had any dealings with them by any chance?
It's probably worthwhile starting a new topic with that query, not everyone will look in here :(
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2018, 10:47:19 PM »
Thanks Motty will do.
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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2018, 01:37:56 AM »
Welcome Stigg.

It would perhaps be worth taking up full membership if you haven’t already done so, as you can then access the for sale and wanted sections of the forum. If you can buy a bike from another member, you are likely to get a better deal on a number of levels imo.

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