The Goldie’s been out for a run – and it’s run­ning smarter than it looks, judg­ing by one per­son’s ob­ser­va­tion...

Classic Bike (UK) - - Workshop -

“Now that’s what I call a barn find!” said a passer-by as I hauled the Goldie up on its stand. Maybe I should have given it a dust off be­fore rid­ing it down to the Ash­ford Show, but I wasn’t there to win prizes. At last the chance had arisen to take the bike for a long test ride to see if my at­ten­tion to the cylin­der head has had any ef­fect on the medi­ocre per­for­mance. Last time failed be­cause I tried to do two jobs at once by re­fit­ting the GP carb. I’ll go back to it later, but for now I’m best off with the eas­ily-tuned Con­cen­tric.

The news is good. The jet­ting still needs at­ten­tion, but the Goldie al­ready feels like it’s got its mojo back. I was so de­lighted that I wasn’t even too an­noyed to find it was go­ing fast enough to shake off its num­ber­plate/tail light some­where en route home.

Any­way, as Jan de Jong at ABSAF said, it looks like the 20 thou cylin­der base shim I fit­ted (groan) 18 years ago was the prob­lem

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