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Newbie andover

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:16 am
by Brown111
Ex Military, just bought MT 350 in black with some hints of HD orange, May restore at some point to former glory but it will do for now. Doing 2019 RTTW, owner of own body shop so no time to paint my own bike but might one day Ha Ha.

Re: Newbie andover

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:54 am
by Wirralman
Welcome to the forum

Some owners have spent time and energy restoring their MTs to factory or even better than factory standard but then haven't wanted to actually USE their bikes for fear of scratching the paint .

I can recall painting Ferrets, Saladins, Saracens and Fox in preparation for annual inspection. A body shop man would be appalled at the standard but from a functional point of view, it did the job. After inspection the vehicles were used to do their job, often brushing up to hedges etc to hide as much as possible

For me, the key thing is to keep MTs in good mechanical order. I know that others have bought MTs and restored them so that they can display them. There is no right or wrong but most owners actually want to enjoy riding their MT

Re: Newbie andover

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:12 pm
by MTBrown
One of the problems with buying a new MT (or any other 25+ year old bike) is that it can be very difficult to determine what state the bearings, seals and even the engine are in and how well the bike has been looked after in the past. Only way to be sure is sometimes to take it all apart and inspect everything which is a great deal of effort but at least you can be then confident in its reliability - hopefully. Took one apart recently which I thought was in good condition but both the steering head bearings and swinging arm bearings were shot!

Re: Newbie andover

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:50 pm
by Wirralman
See Technical, Top Tips, Initial Servicing Guide
It's a list made from many suggestions given over the years

Re: Newbie andover

Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:54 am
by Force Motorcycles
Welcome to the forum!

Congratulations on the recent purchase. Hope you enjoy the bike :)


Re: Newbie andover

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:19 pm
by Derrick
Welcome to the club. I'll be looking out for MTs at the RTTW, but I'll be taking my Honda Pan rather than the MT350.

The MT is not a difficult bike to strip to the frame and repaint. Some do get the metalwork shot-blasted and powder coated, but many brush or spray.

Rebuilding the engine is more of a skilled task, but achievable but a good mechanic. If you want a good engine rebuild, contact Sportax, there are also options to improve performance, without any obvious change (i.e. 405 conversion)

Re: Newbie andover

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:23 pm
by Minter
Welcome to the forum, from another ex Military man!

Enjoy the bike

Sportax Racing
01952 850802

Re: Newbie andover

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:25 am
Hi and welcome to the forum

all the information you will need on here