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Matching comparison timewiseAmazing that someone with racing experience would think that the sprung rear end was a disadvantage for sure he can never have raced in the rain against ridged bikes. In my experience, that is when the RFM really comes into its own.
Still think of how long it took Trials riders to get the sprung rear end message there is a lot of inertia in clubroom attitudes and I think even more back then and earlier for instance after all my wifes 1925 EW Douglas has an automatic oil pump but it would not sell without a swichable separate circuit and a manual pump because that was the perceived method .
Note the difference in exhaust pipes diameter between historical fotos and and auction fotos here:Correct. Note the wos, where it says: " exhaust: low exhaust" this was due to its sidecar use without banking
with solo use.
banana man,Ernst, that does set a standard, I have all the parts necessary to start my Lightning but it won't have a Works Order Form like yours but will have all original factory parts, previous machine registrar Gordon thinks it could have been a Cooper car eng ine as it only has matching HRD c/case numbers. The dilemma is what forks to fit for best handling, Brampton's or modified girdraulics with concentric bottom links?
When RC3548 was raced on presentation runs over the last years, it had some alterations fm original, whichInteresting to see in the early pictures that the bike had dunlop rims on it with painted centres. Much like the regular machines. In the later picture with the current owner it shows the Borani raised edge racing rims. It does not mention anything about Borani in the dispatch sheets.
My impatience when writing coupled with a touch of dyslexia makes for interesting reading.
It may have been originally fitted with an exhaust system that allowed a kickstarter. The factory records have “RHKS”, which may mean right hand kickstart.Ernst will also fit the original low exhaust system, which did not allow the kickstarter, which he had fitted up to now
The two bikes in front look to have borani rims. The bike in the back ground has steel Dunlop rims. Looks to me like the rims could have be changed so may not be easy to tell.