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    Quote Originally Posted by dipso441 View Post
    Hi Chris,
    Pic is of THE bike my pal takes delivery of in the morning... Confess I know nothing about the modern Injun & how it compares with our beloved HD... I hoiked it off the stand as I would my Dyna, & nearly threw it across the showroom. Relatively speaking, it`s a light bike. Also, the oe pipes sound good; no need to swap...
    Morning dipso - So your mate must have had the bike a few days now, shame the weather has been poor! But I bet he's put a few miles on it so I'm interested to hear how he does.

    I checked the weights (comparing my Custom with the new Scout 1100) and it is lighter: HD - 268kg compared to Indian - 249kg. Not a massive amount different, maybe equivalent to a partly used bag of cement. In other areas (which would be important to me) the Indian wins hands-down:

    Seat ht: 656mm compared to 725mm
    Lean angle: 31° compared to 26.2° & 28.3° (l & r)
    Ground clr: 135mm compared to 105mm

    and even power: 63hp compared to 100hp

    The Scout is a really nice bike all round: I still love my beautiful Custom, but...

    Cheers dispo,

    Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldvelonut View Post
    Great to see the “Fourbeam” is there, I have watched this grow from an idea to the finished bike through the Sunbeam Owners Fellowship ( I have an S8).
    Morning Pete - I remeber you said you regretted selling your Velocette, but that it was a necessity. I take it the S8 is compensation? I was not familiar with it so I got a picture, as is my want:

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    Looks nice. I hope it's easier to start than your old Velo.

    Cheers,

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    So far, the Scout has done 30 miles. Mate declares it a revelation in handling terms; he`s come from a Suzuki Intruder so mebbe no surprise there.
    I had a better look at it & it`s clearly very un-Harley. Liquid cooled, DOHC, engine is stressed frame member, cast alloy frame & swing arm, to name but a few.
    It has neither an alarm nor a fuel guage, which some might prefer. He is aware of the battery draining issues with alarms, & is happy to use the trip mileometer to indicate fuel stops.
    Salting of roads is imminent so it might be a while before the next progress report.

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    S8

    Hi Chris, the S8 is very easy to start provided the battery is charged and the fuel is fresh. Contemporary reports suggested it is possible to start them by hand, but I haven’t tried that! Same as the Sportster really, only the Harley needs just a thumb 😂
    I bought the S8 in bits, it had been in boxes in an attic for 20+ years, and restored it myself.
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    Hi Pete - sorry, I neglected your post. Looks like it must have been a real challanging project - all credit to you for even thinking about it. Do you have a photo of it now?

    Cheers,

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    Your wish is my command! I have now found some lower bars to the original pattern.
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    I prefer the Sunbeam S7 with it's fat tyres myself.

    The S7 was advertised as "The Gentleman's Motorcycle".

    The one below looks great with it's fat whitewall tyres.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldvelonut View Post
    Your wish is my command! I have now found some lower bars to the original pattern.
    Great job, Pete - Henry Cole would be proud! I agree about the bars too, lower bars would work better aesthetically. (What a great word! I wonder what it means...?) I also think the black paint job is better than the green above, though most vehicles look better in black. When you've got time mate, and after a sunny day, what about some bigger pics? It just seems like something that should be celebrated.

    Dave - those fat tyres do look good, so 'of the era'. It really reminds me of a Model K. Wikipedia says 'The lighter S8 was sold as a "sportier" model with a top speed of 85 mph (137 km/h)... with narrower tyres to replace the 'balloon' tyres which had led to uncertain handling at speed.' Not so much with the tyres after all!

    Cheers,

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    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for your post.

    Although the S7 was only a 500 cc machine it was designed as a touring model, hence the balloon tyres and deep mudguards. The "Mist Green" example is a 1958 "De Luxe" model. 36 years ago I was offered a 1959 Sunbeam S8 for £450, I turned it down due to it being an unknown machine to me and I bought a 1977 registered Triumph T160V Trident with a Norman Hyde 850 cc big bore kit for £1500.

    I kept the Trident for 18 months and traded it in against a brand new Triumph TSX-4, I was sold on the new bikes looks, but it was built during the last days of the of the old Triumph Meriden works and quality control was non existent. I had a lot of trouble with that machine, it was my fourth Triumph but I never bought another, not even a Hinckley built one.

    Pete's S8 looks almost original even down to the cast aluminium silencer, mounted on a flexible manifold.

    I'm also looking forward to viewing some closer photos too, Pete.

    Other motorcycles that I let slip away were a 1976 BMW R90S in smoked red, a 1975 DKW W2000 rotory powered oddity, I was offered those for £350 each in 1986. In 1981 I was offered a Royal Enfield Meteor Minor 500 for £450, I already had a brand new Triumph T140E at that time so I didn't want another motorcycle.

    All of those machines are now collectors items and worth a lot of money. It's a case of "If only I'd bought them at the time".

    Cheers,

    Dave.
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    S8 pics

    I never need an excuse to show pics of my bikes 😄
    Unfortunately I now can only attach one photo, then the next time I click on photo library it shows no photos found. I don’t seem to be able to post them full frame either.
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