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THINGS PO'S HAVE DONE TO BIKES....OR..."YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME"

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"That bike went through the MOT test and passed."
Amazing what they fail to adress sometimes. I took in a CT-1C I bought in AZ a while back, and the VIN on the bike (which mached in the usual three places) did not match the VIN on the title (one digit was wrong). The police officer came out to do the actual inspection/comparison with the form all typed out, signed, and finished, and when I pointed out the numbers did not match and asked her to correct that, she refused. She said she had to go with what was on the previous title.
What...the...firetruck? Are you kidding me? This is a VIN check required by law to make sure the number on the title MATCHES the number on the bike. If I wanted a title, I had to pay her the $10 fee.
So I went home, not knowing quite what to do. I wndered what kind of mess I might be in later on if I ever went to sell the bike. Then I got an idea. I went to another police department in another town close by and asked what they'd do, and the officer at the station said, "Well, correct the title inspection form, for sure." Paid my $10 for the inspection again and later got a title in which the numbers match what's on the bike. So sometimes common sense does win out!
But it's amazing what our "officials" can miss.
16 Apr 2021 08:43 #41

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68 DT1, 70 DT1C MX, 71 CT1C, 71 RT1B, 71 DT1E MX, 73 AT3MX, 70 Husqvarna 250 Cross, 57 Matchless G80CS, 76 Honda Elsinore; 2015 Yamaha FZ-09; 2021 KTM 500 EXC-W
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19 Apr 2021 15:10 #42

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Gosh, speechless. Be good to see a video of when it ran in action or anger. The top end looks like its from a Yamy LC250 water cooled twin cut in half, so some serious cutting going on there. To be honest, the more i look the more i see. Must be thermo-siphon too as can't see a pump. Oh--no reed so were piston port TZ's water cooled. Getting more interesting--& faster. If it 'is' a yamaha top end!!. Stud holes look like they lined up. Ok that's it--now i want it lol. Reminds me of things guys did in bucket racing-"miniature road racing" down here in NZ. Airforce engineering types with some 'really fast' modifications within the rules. Most of the race meets were on the tarmac at airforce base. Anyway--where was i.
19 Apr 2021 16:40 #43

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I just can't imagine what the radiator and water hoses do to the front end! To be clear, it may be a thing of genius and way beyond my capabilities, but I am dubious on the execution.
68 DT1, 70 DT1C MX, 71 CT1C, 71 RT1B, 71 DT1E MX, 73 AT3MX, 70 Husqvarna 250 Cross, 57 Matchless G80CS, 76 Honda Elsinore; 2015 Yamaha FZ-09; 2021 KTM 500 EXC-W
19 Apr 2021 16:53 #44

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If I remember correctly, that was one of the early aftermarket water cooled kits...  yes, they worked on the thermo-siphon principle.  (Which does work well)

I don't remember the hoses flopping in the breeze like that...  

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I remember the testing where they said the 125 water cooled kit kept full power through a 45 minute moto where the air cooled model would start to loose power very quickly after the start.  They did not care for the extra weight on the handlebars.  First factory water cooled Yamaha 125 was remarkably similar....  except they ran the water through the steering head which was way over-engineered and problematic.

That could actually be a rare piece of 125 racing history?
1963 YG1-T, 1965 MG1-T, Allstate 250, 1970 CT1b, 1971 R5, 1973 AT3MX, 1974 TS400L, 1975 RD350, 1976 DT175C, 1976 Husqvarna 250CR, 1981 DT175G, 1988 DT50, 1990 "Super" DT50, 1991 RT180, 2017 XT250
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I'm 1980 I bought a CT2, the owner said it ran worse after a new bore and piston. I sure you all know what I saw after removing the exhaust pipe, yep the piston was in backwards, you could see the reed holes.
One day I rode the bike into a car dealer I was working at, came into my stall and my pants got stuck on the foot peg and over i went with with bike. The handle bar hit the car door next to me and put in a nice dent. 

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 Oh and the service manager watched as the whole thing happened. He shook just his head, I did stay working there for another 12yrs. 
Thanks Mark
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