1973 T500L

  1. johnakay

    johnakay Member

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    I'll be getting this around may when it arrive in the UK.
    hopefully I wont have to do much to get it running.
    a bloke who buys grab rails off me is bringing it over on my behalf.
    he's buying 50 grab rails off me so they will pay for the bike inc import/nova reg etc and still have plenty of change.I've a few of these bikes just cant seem to get it out of my system.this bike has only done just over 9,000 miles.
    I just like the sound of two strokes.
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  2. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Looks to be in good nick! :thumbup:
     
  3. cumbriasteve

    cumbriasteve Moderator

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    That is wow :thumbup: I had one, I would love another but fetching top price in good nick

    Also had the 380 and a 400 triple which kept oiling it's middle plug...hated that bike
     
  4. addjunkie

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    I have a bit of a thing for two strokes too. Its natural for folks of a certain age. It was kawasaki triples for me...but a similar addiction
     
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  5. johnakay

    johnakay Member

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    the USA guy posted it on face book asking how much it was worth.
    I told him I would pay £2500/£3000.
    he must of I ment dollars so offered me it for $2500 so I bought it.
    it came to about £1850,import tax,vat,nova it'll come to around just under £3000.
    grab rails worth £3700 so virtually bought the bike with my labour.
    I had nowt to do so just made 50.
    if it hasn't worked out I wouldn't of gone a head.
    so I think I did very well.
     
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  6. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Back in the day, I had a Wartburg 353, a 3-cylinder two stroke - that car saved my life in a head-on, but that's another story. :(

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  7. roofman

    roofman Purveyor of fine English buckets and mops

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    Now that is nice:thumbup:...Love all the suzuki 2 strokes of old and owned every one except a 500, my favs where the 750 and 550 triples with Piper 3-1 pipes. See what you have done now with another bike thread,its got my mojo going:D...bikes ready here for another season in a few weeks. Great looking 500 there Johnakay:thumbup:
     
  8. Robotstar5

    Robotstar5 Casanunda Staff Member

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    Nice looking bike :thumbup: I always liked the GT550 triple myself, can't beat the blue haze of a stinkwheel :laughing:
     
  9. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

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    One of our neighbours had one of those. It was called a Wartburg Knight. A friend of mine had a Suzuki T500L and on a good day he could get the mpg into double figures. He could get it down to 8mpg riding like a loon.
     
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  10. Rannsachair

    Rannsachair Forum Supporter

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    Nice bike, triumph's behind look interesting too :rolleyes:

    I have only had one two stroke triple, more akin to slim_boy_fats
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  11. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Slightly diffferent model, I think it came later - more like a 353 'facelift'.

    I'll never forget having to set the three sets of points.......:whistle:
     
  12. addjunkie

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    I did for a while have a hankering to stick a two stroke outboard motor into a bike, a yam 90 was on the list, but got side tracked ( married..kids....divorce...) so it never happened.
     
  13. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

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    He broke the crank in his. The crank was held together with rivets if I remember. The engine was like the original Saab 96 2 strokes.
     
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  14. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    In the late 60's a mate of mine had a DKW F7, this I understand was the fore runner of the Wartburg & the Saab engines. It was built in 1937 if I recall. Haven't seen the guy for over 40 years, so I have no idea what happened to it. It went reasonably well, cornered well in the dry, went round as well as a mini, in the wet it was lethal, you had to give it a months notice if there was a corner coming up, & the brakes were non existent. Happy days :thumbup:
     
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  15. Rannsachair

    Rannsachair Forum Supporter

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    The Wartburg engine was a prewar DMW and Saab used a former DMW engineer to design their first two stroke, so quite a few similarities.
     
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  16. frank horton

    frank horton V twins are great but 4"s rule.........

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    Rannsachair,
    I bought a brand new triple choke Saab 96 in 1966......came from SAH motors, Dunstable......
    also when working in California I found a Saab Monte Carlo 850 in a junk yard (Garden Grove) rebuilt her and used it for a while around L.A. ...sold it to a guy in NewYork........
    he ran an independant Saab dealer's.......he put it on the roof for advertising........dohhhhhh.......still got a 62 bull nose grill and the Monte wing badges......going on the wall in my new workshop when I sell this place.......hahaha.....
    just sold of the last of my stuff and stock on ebay.UK......
    nice one........Frank
     
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  17. Rannsachair

    Rannsachair Forum Supporter

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    Great wee cars, I have an SAH manifold for fitting a Weber twinchoke to a standard V4 manifold. Think they did quite a few Saab tuning bits in the past.
     
  18. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    Is that the same SAH that used to do the six cylinder Triumph bits?
     
  19. Rannsachair

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  20. johnakay

    johnakay Member

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    my this soon deviated from original post. thought this abikes not cars.
     
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