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Offline cyclobutch

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Silk
« on: 24.04. 2017 14:19 »
Remember those? My pal is currently working on recommissioning one for a widow woman local to him. There is much to like when looking at the rolling chassis, but the rest of it is a right shoddy looking set of bits, and quite tricky to work on too. All a bit nasty for what was considered a premium motorcycle back in the day, and of course attracts substantial sums now.

I can’t help thinking that if you dumped the engine, gearbox and all other ancillaries and then bolted in something like the old Suzuki GT500 two stroke twin and its associated bits and bobs you'd have a rather splendid motorcycle. 
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Re: Silk
« Reply #1 on: 24.04. 2017 14:50 »
Never heard of Silk until this post. Reading the Wiki, learned that they went out of busines when they determined they were losing £200 per bike. I'm surprised. As we all know, they could make it up with volume.

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Re: Silk
« Reply #2 on: 24.04. 2017 15:06 »
Having seen this bike, I suspect that volume was always going to be out of the question. Plus the market for a large capacity ‘quality’ two stroke must have been limited by the later 70’s. Err, apart from various RGs and RDs that followed I suppose – but then they weren’t quality were they(?). The other problem being that given what I’ve seen of this one half of the bits seem to have been knocked out by the more inept half of any apprentices they might have had on the plot.   
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Re: Silk
« Reply #3 on: 24.04. 2017 19:47 »
Uhhh, Butch, did you miss my joke or does British humor demand you ignore bad cheap jokes and move on?

Let's try this one: "Horse walks into a bar. Bartender says, 'why the long face?'"

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Re: Silk
« Reply #4 on: 24.04. 2017 20:55 »
was considered a premium motorcycle back in the day, and of course attracts substantial sums now.

I only slightly knew one owner of a Silk. It lurched from one expensive problem to another until he took advantage of its eminent saleability.

Considered a premium motorcycle by non-owners.

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Re: Silk
« Reply #5 on: 24.04. 2017 21:07 »
The famous "silk purse out of a sows ear"? *whistle*
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Re: Silk
« Reply #6 on: 25.04. 2017 01:35 »
Bit of a shame really.
They are based on the Scott, an early tt winner.
The early Scotts are fabulous things and worth every penny.

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Re: Silk
« Reply #7 on: 25.04. 2017 18:08 »
There is a small but enthusiastic Silk Owners Club in the UK. A good one is indeed a good bike. 
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