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Was bought in London from first owner in 2007 with 5k miles. Taken to Ireland and immediately re-registered. A further 12k put up over next 10 years by present owner. PO, from UK, lives in SW Ireland on the coast.....good deduction, Detective Brian !

So Vehicle Registration Tax already paid by PO, and that would have been substantial on so new a machine. Hes a self confessed Triumph man. Strange he let it go to the condition its in. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote nab301 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Dec 2017 at 16:24
Originally posted by jog53 jog53 wrote:

Was bought in London from first owner in 2007 with 5k miles. 
So Vehicle Registration Tax already paid by PO, and that would have been substantial on so new a machine. 

If it is an '07 bike that would have been  €140 euro according to revenue calculator. edit ( Although I guess you're referring to what was paid in '07Embarrassed)



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I had an 09 CalVin. I liked it but they are underpowered imo. Metal plating quality is poor, the cases are fibreglass and hinges and catches are flimsy, often the case protector bars interfere with the cases and wear through the finish. Case locks are crap, cases are oddly shaped, not close to waterproof and rather poor overall.

The seat is rubbish especially for pillion - it's secured at the rear against a post that fits in the mechanism, the post is noticeable for the pillion. The seat was also way too low for me at 6ft / 33 inseam. I had mine built up with gel inserts but it was still too low, and the floorboards exacerbate that. I found it very uncomfortable.

The standard screen is poor too - terrible buffeting, I bought a taller one from the US which was better but the bike rode better with no screen at all.

The alternator struggles with just the aux lights so be careful running anything else off it.

Wheels were ok but spokes were corroding within months.

Mind had a new petrol tank cap, speedo, throttle grip, pillion peg and some other bits and bobs under warranty in the first three months.

Having said all of the above, the wife and I toured the Rhine / Rhone on it two up with top case and it was mechanically perfect and we had an enjoyable trip, which was what I bought it for, but I sold it as soon as we got back and have not missed it at all.

The Griso 12/14 and Bellagio 940 motors make the Calvin feel like a wheezy old relic...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jog53 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jan 2018 at 20:07
Thanks MelJ. Sounds like an honest assessment. I would imagine that the power of the CalVin motor is essentially the same as the earlier injection Californias, and for me ,that is adequate. I also think compromises were made to get "the look", which this model has in abundance. Those shortcomings are real, especially with wheels, forks and chrome. BUT.....still going to put in an offer for it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jan 2018 at 21:16
So long as you have worked out the true cost of refurbishing and your offer fully takes this into account, go for it.
Don't forget the time it will take you though, that's worth money too, especially compared to getting all the work done professionally.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jog53 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jan 2018 at 21:46
Thanks, Brian. Made offer 2 minutes ago by phone. Substantially under asking price for those very reasons. Strangely for me, Ive let head rule heart on this one....maybe thats saying something as well.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote iceni Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Jan 2018 at 08:50
Originally posted by jog53 jog53 wrote:

Substantially . Strangely for me, Ive let head rule heart on this one....maybe thats saying something as well.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Tarquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Jan 2018 at 12:56
Originally posted by jog53 jog53 wrote:

Thanks, Brian. Made offer 2 minutes ago by phone. Substantially under asking price for those very reasons. Strangely for me, Ive let head rule heart on this one....maybe thats saying something as well.



Good luck John and I hope your offer is accepted. Let me know how you get on.

As discussed, I would have the wheels rebuilt replacing the rusty chrome rims with alloy ones and that would remove any future issues and look nicer anyway.

Edited by Tarquin - 02 Jan 2018 at 13:59
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jog53 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Jan 2018 at 21:24
Thanks Darryl. If it works out, thats fine. If it doesnt, thats fine too! I already feel that the advice I have gotten from you and the other guys on this site have steered me in the right direction. Its good to feel youve made an informed decision/judgement. Wait and see time.....
Will update with developments, good, bad or indifferent.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Jan 2018 at 22:32
In the end, provided there are no surprises, you get what you want at a price you are prepared to pay, what could be better?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jog53 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jan 2018 at 23:24
Gentlemans agreement at 4,500Euro/4,000 Stg. Forks to be rechromed for 180 E. and investigating changing wheels to Akront. Estimate fixes and servicing around 550 Stg. Think both seller and purchaser have done OK all- in- all. Keeping fingers crossed that Ive spotted all defects. Picking her up on Monday. As some world-weary contributor said previously, 1st. world problems!
Hope the new relationship works out...
Thanks for all the guidance.
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Just discovered the  official "Thanks" button.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 2018 at 08:21
Pleased you succeeded.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote johnno Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 2018 at 09:53
Nice one
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Barry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 2018 at 09:58
Result!

We like 'in progress' stories of rebuilds/refurbs, too. So plan for that  (o;
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