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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote bexupnorth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 2018 at 12:56
Had my CAlVin for nearly 2 years now and love it. 

Engine isn't massively powerful, but the power is right where you need it so it goes better than it should. Extra horses available by letting it breath better

Handling can be hit and miss, rear shocks can get overloaded easily, I've just upgraded to some Maxtons, which have been fabulous so far. If you do replace make sure they are the correct length, mine are 15mm over and now need to be shortened (my fault for trying to be clever) as the extra length, while massively improving the handling, causes the UJ to bind :( Forks aren't brilliant so they're next to improve

Take some time to fiddle with the screen, mine is just perfect now, but I'm 5'-8" so things will be different for you. 

Seat for me is all day comfortable with no mods and my good lady was happy to tour France 2000 miles round this year with zero complaints

Panniers on mine are OK, using dry sacs and creative packing get's you around the funny shape and mine have been totally waterproof. Ride with the locks locked or they can spring open.

I've had bundles of niggling issues (check the underside of the fuse box for corrosion, hell, check the whole wiring harness for corrosion!) and lots of bolts mysteriously loose when I got it (none since) but this bike puts a smile on my face like no other I've had.

I spent nearly a year trying to find one so they're getting rare and(hopefully) desirable and paid more than you, though I don;t have the issue with wheels etc. like you have.

Hope you have at least as much fun as I have with mine with none of the problems :)

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Thanks, Ade.Another fair assessment, I think.Won't be relying on it for full-time use.Can't explain it...just caught my eye...
I expect to be fettling it.Already have an 1100i.
Just might bolt a sidecar to it in due course, if the right one comes my way!
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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 15:45
Advice I have always given, get a can of electrical contact cleaner such as Servisol and spray each and every connection you can find in the wiring harness. Spray into all the switches, fuse holders and relay sockets.
The bike will repay you.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TooJuicy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 2018 at 18:15
In 2012 a local dealer offered me a "special price" on his last black/white California Vintage. It was a beautiful bike and I regret passing it over but I'm 6'4" w/ 35" inseam and riding with my knees nudging my elbows was never going to work. Such a shame.
 
Nice review from the much-missed Ash, another lanky rider:-
 
 
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There seems to be a small but significant difference between the 1100i and the Vintage regarding comfort for taller riders.The Vintage saddle has a less defined elevated ridge than the 1100i,between the rider and pillion sections.I found that I could slide back further on the saddle.I base this on a 5 minute test ride....the 1100i riders seat gets very confining for me.
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Picked her up yesterday.Felt throttling issue at 2500 rpm in higher gears especially....Could be my imagination.Quick look at relay/fuse array....the dreaded green stuff and rust evident.Flat battery today...fun days ahead no doubt!Missing the rear carrier rack that bolts to the pillion grab-handle.Cosmetically poorish.Chrome in sad condition.
If motor is sound ,don't think I'll regret the choice, having said all that!
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If it was my bike I would get it up and running first and check out charging system b4 spending money on looks etc , hope ure onto a winner
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2018 at 17:34
It'll keep you out of mischief for a bit then. Good luck with it.

Edited by Brian UK - 14 Jan 2018 at 22:23
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tarquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2018 at 19:44
Originally posted by jog53 jog53 wrote:

Picked her up yesterday.Felt throttling issue at 2500 rpm in higher gears especially....Could be my imagination.Quick look at relay/fuse array....the dreaded green stuff and rust evident.Flat battery today...fun days ahead no doubt!Missing the rear carrier rack that bolts to the pillion grab-handle.Cosmetically poorish.Chrome in sad condition.
If motor is sound ,don't think I'll regret the choice, having said all that!



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