Real Classic - - Letters -

I so en­joyed read­ing Alis­tair Mathe­son’s En­field ar­ti­cles and I take my hat off to him for his stoic ef­forts with his Cru­sader – well done. It brought back mem­o­ries of the restora­tion of my 1965 Con­ti­nen­tal. I have to con­fess that I did not re­fur­bish the en­gine my­self but en­listed the ser­vices of ex­pert Ray Tew. What a job he did! I have cov­ered over 12,000 miles on Ray’s en­gine with no trou­ble at all. The 250 Cru­sader en­gine is not for the faint-hearted. Much knowl­edge, as Alis­tair found out, is re­quired to do a good job and make these en­gines re­li­able.

While the Cru­saders were quick, they were not re­ally suited to learner rid­ers, with their fine threads and such like. My pri­mary chain­case, which has been re­moved to re-ten­sion the chains and clean the gauze fil­ter, now leaks oil and I know that three he­li­coils are re­quired – a job for next win­ter.

Alis­tair has brought an­other RE 250 back to the road, and I hope he gets his 30,000 miles or so from his en­gine – that’s how I look at mine.

Ride safe ev­ery­one. James French, mem­ber 3068

The fall-out / feed­back fol­low­ing the three episodes of my Cru­sader folly have been tremen­dous. In a good way! I want to say loud and clear what a great mag­a­zine RC is. Open­ing doors, past and present and re­peat­edly ex­pand­ing the fam­ily of clas­sic bike own­ers and dream­ers. Mark Mum­ford’s com­ments in RC194 demon­strate the un­fail­ing com­rade­ship and en­cour­age­ment. Thank you Mark, re­as­sur­ing me that I was not such an in­com­pe­tent. Also Oily Boot Bob who emailed equal sup­port and sym­pa­thy. I am so pleased to know we are never alone with our clas­sic ma­chin­ery. Thank you all.

I am still happy with the way I messed things up! You will be cu­ri­ous per­haps and pleased to hear the Cru­sader now per­forms im­pec­ca­bly, not dar­ing to do oth­er­wise with all the eyes now on her! Alis­tair Mathe­son, mem­ber 13,406

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