Merry Christmas to you all!
Sunday, 20 December 2015
Walking the dog recently I came across these three tyres lying at the side of the footpath.
I know that people are prone to dump old tyres to avoid paying to have them disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way, but these were a good 20 minute walk from the nearest habitation and I was puzzled as to how they got there, also these look to have a fair bit of life in them still.
I certainly wouldn’t like to have carried them there, and the footpath that they were on isn’t really suitable for cars.
I suppose that you could have rode there on a motorcycle or bicycle and dumped them, but that seems to be a lot of hard work there being three of them.
I went to have a look at a bike today. An MZ RT125 four-stroke single aimed at the Learner market, but a decent wee bike for all of that.
It wasn’t for me this time. A friend had asked if I’d mind giving it the once over as he was thinking of buying it, but it was a bit far away for him to do so himself. He lives in Wales, the bike is in Scotland.
I made the necessary arrangements with its current owner and drove over to have a look. It was everything it was promised to be. On a ’55 plate it is one of the last ones sold, with black bodywork and black wheels. Low mileage, just over 3000 miles on the clock. The engine sounded sweet and it ran up and down the road just fine.
However, on closer inspection it was obvious that sitting outside, uncovered hadn’t done the finish any favours. There were a lot of rusty fasteners, a badly pitted downpipe, and a chain that will need replacing as it was just a mess of rust.
Most, if not all, of the surface rust will polish out, and I’d replace the chain and a whole lot of the fasteners with stainless ones, but otherwise I wouldn’t let the finish put me off. It's a nice little machine, but I'm not the one thinking of buying it.
If he decides to go ahead and buy it the plan is to have the bike collected and delivered to his home in Wales by a specialised bike courier company.