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    Default For old motorcycle buffers..

    Or should that be "For buffers of old motorcycles"? Or "For old buffers of old motorcycles"? Whatever, there seems to be quite a few of them around here, and you may be interested in a new book in our local library.

    It is called "The Vincent in the Barn - Great Stories of Motorcycle Archaeology" by Tom Cotter. The book features stories of the finding and rehabilitation of old motorcycles, and Vincents feature quite a lot, as do HD's and Indians. There is a story about the finding of TE Lawrence's Brough Superior, and another one about a guy who found a 1928 Triumph model W in Australia in 1998 - 70 years old and it had never been ridden. It was a raffle prize that had never been claimed. The original leather tool bag and tool set was attached to the bike - the tool set was complete, and the tools were unused.

    Good reading for those who are interested, and packed with photos. Quite a nostalgia trip, but dangerous for those who worry about their immortal soul and breaking the 10 Commandments - especially the commandments about lust and envy.

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    Default Re: For old motorcycle buffers..

    Quote Originally Posted by John H View Post
    Or should that be "For buffers of old motorcycles"? Or "For old buffers of old motorcycles"? Whatever, there seems to be quite a few of them around here, and you may be interested in a new book in our local library.
    "Old motorcycle buffs" actually, generally speaking a buffer is something that softens a physical impact.

    Love to read it, I'll go looking.

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    Ooer, I haven't been to Amazon for a while - I haven't seen that synopsis pop up thingie before. It gives you quite a decent sample of the book eh? Thanks.

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    Default Re: For old motorcycle buffers..

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy T View Post
    "Old motorcycle buffs" actually, generally speaking a buffer is something that softens a physical impact.

    Love to read it, I'll go looking.

    Cheers

    Billy 8-{)
    I was thinking more in terms of "silly old buffer", but having said that, I don't know where the expression comes from. I put myself in that category of course.

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    Default Re: For old motorcycle buffers..

    I thin you mean 'duffer'

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    Quote Originally Posted by tut View Post
    I thin you mean 'duffer'
    Definition
    buffer noun (MAN)
    /ˈbʌf.ər /US pronunciation symbol/-ɚ/ n
    [C] UK old-fashioned a silly old man
    Silly old buffer!

    (Definition of buffer noun (MAN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

    buffer
    noun
    a man, especially an old man, who you think is slightly stupid but not unpleasant

    (from Macmillan Dictionary Thesaurus)

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    Default Re: For old motorcycle buffers..

    This part caught my attention:

    There is a story about the finding of TE Lawrence's Brough Superior, and another one about a guy who found a 1928 Triumph model W in Australia in 1998 - 70 years old and it had never been ridden. It was a raffle prize that had never been claimed. The original leather tool bag and tool set was attached to the bike - the tool set was complete, and the tools were unused.
    Somehow I can't picture any Triumph getting off the showroom floor without needing a "spanner" to adjust something, re-attach something or beating on the Amals to keep them from flooding.


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    Default Re: For old motorcycle buffers..

    Quote Originally Posted by SurferJoe46 View Post
    This part caught my attention:



    Somehow I can't picture any Triumph getting off the showroom floor without needing a "spanner" to adjust something, re-attach something or beating on the Amals to keep them from flooding.
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    Default Re: For old motorcycle buffers..

    Quote Originally Posted by SurferJoe46 View Post
    This part caught my attention:



    Somehow I can't picture any Triumph getting off the showroom floor without needing a "spanner" to adjust something, re-attach something or beating on the Amals to keep them from flooding.
    The point of the story is that it never got off the showroom floor. The bike itself had never been used, let alone the tools.

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