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Sullivj
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PostSubject: Hello from Gatwick - UK   Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:13 pm

Hi Guys,

So this is me. I've been biking for 20+ years.

At the moment, I have a Honda CB500, a CBF600 and a newly restored Ambassador Supreme from 1957.

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At my local bikers cafe, I saw a GRiSO and immediately wanted one. What an amazing looking bike, with fantastic welds!

So now the hunt is on. I've read a few horror stories about valve issues, so am after some advice. Would I be better getting an early or later one? Whatever I get it will be an A1 condition, low mileage one. Any help, advice or things I should look out for would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
John


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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Gatwick - UK   Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:20 pm

Hello John and welcome, someone more knowledgeable than i will come along and explain it all, but basically the 1100's had no problems and the 1200's from late 2012 have no problems but the ones in between have, like mine, just make sure it has an up to date service history in case you have to claim, or like me buy one already fixed and by fixed i mean rollerised cam followers.

the bike outweighs all problems it really is great :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Gatwick - UK   Mon Oct 12, 2015 2:33 pm

Welcome, John!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Gatwick - UK   Mon Oct 12, 2015 2:49 pm

Hello and welcome from me too. Have a good research on this site and you can then go and buy with a decent amount of knowledge.

I saw my bike, rode it, and did the deal. So you will be ahead of me.

No regrets,and wish I had found this characterful bike earlier!!

Good luck with your search.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Gatwick - UK   Mon Oct 12, 2015 3:12 pm

G'day John
Welcome from us all down under in Tasmania.
Got the GRiSO itch ?, we know what your going thru.......
I had it and fixed it with a beautiful red 07 1100 , boy is it a beauty ? ; yes it is
61000 now and going better than ever after a few tinkerings
Enjoy your stay here, you will get much info here
Stay safe and warm
Caoi
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Gatwick - UK   Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:47 pm

Welcome, John. The Ambassador Supreme's a cutie.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Gatwick - UK   Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:37 am

Hello, you must be used to the noise of aircraft, welcome
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Gatwick - UK   Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:24 am

Thanks for the welcome guys.

Yes, we do suffer a bit of aircraft noise.

The Ambassador is a great little bike (250 twin). Lovely for quiet Sunday rides out in good weather!

I like the look of this bike. A bit older, but lovely low mileage:

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Gatwick - UK   Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:02 pm

Wow
2008, bought it new, 2500 miles on the clock !!!!!! 1100
You would have to ask why he bought it in the first place !!!!
Anyway, if all is sound, what a deal.
There is a 07 1100 here in Tas for sale with 50000 with asking price $15000auds, approx 7000ukps
This one is a red one tho !!!
Cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Gatwick - UK   Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:19 pm

get it before the price goes through the roof - bulletproof too!

Oh and welcome John
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Gatwick - UK   Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:21 pm

John,

I'd be checking that one out immediately if I were you. I love my 2007 (red) 1100 - 50,000 miles of smiles so far and many more to come.

Pete "Street"
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Gatwick - UK   Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:46 pm

Hello John, welcome to the ghetto. I don't get the opportunity to ride nearly often enough, but for me it just doesn't get any better on two wheels than when I'm on my GRiSO- what a great bike. Good luck in finding a goodun.

I used to lay over in Surrey, (Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge). Great memories, and beautiful country in that neck of the woods. One of my fondest memories was taking in the Vickers Museum right there in Weybridge (part of the Brooklands Raceway and Aerodrome, 1st dedicated race circuit ever when it opened in 1907, for those who haven't had the pleasure).

Here's a cool video of the museum receiving the last flying Vickers Vanguard back in 1996:



I loved it (such a classically British thing to say) when the landing was described as "it seems the aircraft had been a little premature in its desire to touch down", LOL.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Gatwick - UK   Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:00 pm

Welcome to the ghetto!

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Gatwick - UK   Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:12 pm

Thanks guys. I've tried to get in touch to arrange a viewing..

That is a cool video. I used to show a Mercedes at The Brooklands Museum. It's a lovely place for sure.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Gatwick - UK   Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:33 am

Welcome to the Ghetto!! Hope you will get that ebay GRiSO. Seems a real deal. Not sure how one can ride only 2500 miles in 7 years...
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Gatwick - UK   Sun May 15, 2016 12:48 pm

Welcome, newbie here myself and just down the road from you in Haywards Heath
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