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Offline masonmart

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The Avenger
« on: March 02, 2019, 10:40:03 AM »
I'd been keeping my eyes open for a Kawasaki Avenger A7 for many years as right up on my list of lusted after bikes that I couldn't afford in the day, they were almost unique in having disc valves and, for me, looks to die for. I found one at the right price last year but it seized badly because of a botched engine assembly which had cracked the crankcase. The engine has been restored now and just needs putting back in the bike, looks marvellous. Anyways, like the proverbial London bus I've found another one that has been disassembled and restored and just needs carefully putting back together, all parts are available including new bearings, seals and pistons, etc. The one I got last year was a later one that looks like a triple with the coffin tank, the second is one of the early ones with chrome panels on the tank. These bikes were seriously fast and would show most bikes of the day a clean rear. They were also light, handled beautifully and howled like only the 2Ts of the day could. The price is fair

I'm getting old now and am seriously trying to reduce my stable of bikes. Could somebody please talk me out of buying the second one. I mean, like my wife says, it is just ridiculous to have two ;)

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Re: The Avenger
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2019, 10:43:38 AM »
You have two eyes.arms. legs.and even more teeth!!
So ???

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Re: The Avenger
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2019, 10:44:33 AM »
If you don’t buy it somebody may turn it into a flat tracker, so I’m afraid you have no choice, purchase is mandatory:)
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Re: The Avenger
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2019, 11:23:10 AM »
Yep, you've come to the wrong place for advice like this.

You'll have to buy it now  ;D

Another one will help with diagnosis of potential faults  :) so it really makes sense.

Some people loose far more from buying a new car and the consequential deprecation,  that's my current primary reasoning.  Are they any happier?

Old bikes just look so nice too.

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Re: The Avenger
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2019, 12:49:31 PM »
Don't buy it whatever you do. Just send me a PM with the contact details and let me take the pain away.

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Re: The Avenger
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2019, 01:02:33 PM »
I had one of those for a while when my Mach III was being repaired, the electronic ignition had died so Bill Smith Motors loaned me the Avenger. What a bike that was, one of the best that I had ever ridden, I could get to places a lot faster on it that on the 500 because it went, handled and stopped, so don't resist.

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Offline masonmart

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Re: The Avenger
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2019, 01:38:34 PM »
Fat lot of use you guys :D. I realise that resistance is futile though. I hope to have my Dresda 500 running very soon and this could be one of the best years of my biking life. Retired, a good summer and a couple of icons to ride.

Spot on Spitfire, I only had one try on a friends and I've been in love with them ever since. I love Hondas too so very lucky.

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Re: The Avenger
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2019, 06:05:19 PM »
The Avenger is running too as of today. Like a dream too not like the invalid it was when I bought it last year. I also bought the other one I mentioned and am waiting for the lad to make sure that every part is there. He has a couple of "new" H1's in similar shape with all parts either NOS or restored original.

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Re: The Avenger
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2019, 06:26:28 PM »
Let's see some photos of both bikes then, you can't keep us in permanent suspense! 🙄

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Re: The Avenger
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2019, 07:01:02 PM »
Let's see some photos of both bikes then, you can't keep us in permanent suspense! 🙄

Yes would love to see photos.

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Re: The Avenger
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2019, 06:25:46 PM »
This is a picture of the bike that seized badly. This was when I bought it but it looks much better now. The second one is completely apart in plastic containers at the place of the lad who I bought it from. He is going carefully through the parts manual to make sure every bit is there and he won't let me take it until he is sure. All I can say is that apart from the donor frame and cases to make sure the numbers match, all parts are new. The seized bike is very much the precursor of the triples but the other bike is an early one which is much more super 6 style with rounded tank and chrome tank panels. I'll post some pictures as I assemble it.

The bike pictured here is actually faster than the triple that followed it and would eat any of the Brit 650's around at the time. Amazing bikes and to say that I love them would be an understatement. They didn't sell because the fall in the Wilson pound made them ridiculously expensive at the time. Almost standard ones lapped the Island at around 90mph in the old days.
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Re: The Avenger
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2019, 07:06:19 PM »
The early twins were lovely.
Just like Bridgestone twins.

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Re: The Avenger
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2019, 08:05:31 PM »
Looks a beauty, the one that I had had the chrome sided tank, wish that I had taken at least a photo of it.

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Re: The Avenger
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2019, 08:50:26 PM »
This is a picture of the bike that seized badly. This was when I bought it but it looks much better now. The second one is completely apart in plastic containers at the place of the lad who I bought it from. He is going carefully through the parts manual to make sure every bit is there and he won't let me take it until he is sure. All I can say is that apart from the donor frame and cases to make sure the numbers match, all parts are new. The seized bike is very much the precursor of the triples but the other bike is an early one which is much more super 6 style with rounded tank and chrome tank panels. I'll post some pictures as I assemble it.

The bike pictured here is actually faster than the triple that followed it and would eat any of the Brit 650's around at the time. Amazing bikes and to say that I love them would be an understatement. They didn't sell because the fall in the Wilson pound made them ridiculously expensive at the time. Almost standard ones lapped the Island at around 90mph in the old days.
What a beauty, never been into two strokes but always loved the look of those bikes

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