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Series B Rapide dimensions

Jeremy Churchill 1

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Hi there,

I need a quick answer to two questions:

What's the overall length of a Series B Rapide?

What's the overall height of a Series B Rapide? It's got Girdraulics and alloy rims with 19" tyres.

The books I have available give wheelbase, etc, but not overall dimensions. Accurate figures/best guesses (if informed) would be welcomed.

I need to get one in a hire van ASAP - after which (DV), I should be joining the Club . . .

Regards

Jeremy Churchill
 

tonythecat

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Hi Jeremy,

Just measured mine length 88 inches. Height 44inches this bike has 20" front wheel and 5" speeedo which will make it a bit higher than standard, hope this helps.

Tony
 

Jeremy Churchill 1

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Won't you get a scolding from Brussels for not using millimeters?
A) As I'm nearly as old as the bike I'm picking up, I plead the "can't teach old dogs new tricks" line
B) As an Englishman born and bred, I reserve the right to tell Brussels what to do with themselves . .

and C) I'd rather risk a slapping from Brussels than the risk of being haunted by Phil Irving's ghost . . . :>)
 

Alan J

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Measurements!!

Being of the "old school" myself-I find m.m. a pain in the proverbial butt!!- but we must move with the times!! my friend texted his son to say they had a 100c.m. of snow overnight!! his son is in "the Royal Navy"- "Dad, 100c.m. is a Metre" {well over a yard}, even in 1947, which I JUST remember, we didn't have that much!! I know in the "U.S. of "A" that is not much, but in the "old country" a yard of snow would be catrastrophic!! 3 inches {75 m.m.} bringsus:eek::eek::eek: to a halt!!
 

roy the mechanic

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measurements

I have always considered anything measured in M M to mean "mickey mouse". Screw Brussels, our machines were made in "God's own" inches. Roy.
 

John Appleton

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[. Screw Brussels, our machines were made in "God's own" inches. Roy.[/quote]

Exept bore, stroke and bearings at the time of the Korean war.
 

lindie

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metric's not so horrible once you get used to it. much prefer to read a set of verniers in metric for one thing, and face it, a tacho reads in 1000's of rpm, not 25/32's of the available revs before explosion. are multiples of ten really that evil when a standard oversize is generally 20 or fourty thou equating within a bees privates of half an and a full millimetre? standardization doesn't suck either with you two lots on either side of the pond having your own definition of a gallon. i still describe things in inches as thats a better general measure when asked the size of a part at work but for fiddly **** i'll take a millimetre and it's brethren any day.
 

Jeremy Churchill 1

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Thanks!

Thanks to all who contributed to this. I've always thought it funny that we Brits are so schizophrenic about our measurements - beer in pints, wine in 75cls, whisky in drams, etc. The thought of a plus 40 thou rebore on an 84mm barrel, and so on. . . .

Anyway, the cause of all this is now past, and was completely irrelevant when the time came. I was trying to get a hire van, and only one smaller than a Luton or a 1.5-ton (tonne?) thing with a tail-lift was available in the time required - a small Transit Connect. Anyhow, I had worked out, thanks to Tony, that I could just get a Vin in there, so turned up to collect it, only to find that the previous hirer had just wrapped it round a tree!

Fortunately for me, the very-nice-man-in-the-office was so embarrassed about this that he'd rung a neighbouring branch and found a vast VW that could've taken half-a-dozen (sorry - 6) Vins at once. (No, I don't know why it wasn't available before, either - but he let me have it at the same price as the much smaller thing, so I didn't wait around to find out) So I set off into the sunset and all's fine now. Had to have a 0.473176-litre or two on getting home, though, after tacking round the M25 all day . . .

TTFN

Jeremy
 

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