Featured Baby Come Back! - 24 Years After Buying It New I Came Across My Old Daytona!

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  1. XCaTel

    XCaTel Senior Member

    Feb 22, 2018
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    Back in early '95 I bought a new Daytona 1200 from Riders in Bridgewater. I moved to Ireland a couple of years later, selling it on to my mate Keith in Milton Keynes. After 10 owners and 24 years it turns up not two hours from me in Northern Ireland. I wasn't looking for it but I had to have it back! I duly did the deal and it purred all the way home. It needs some very minor attention but the engine is sound. Thanks to the previous owners for the copious oil changes.

    Anyone out their recognise it, if so did you do anything of significance to it, e.g. starter sprag modification? It is pretty much 100% original at the moment, just the usual modified clip-ons mounted above the top yoke instead of below.

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  2. freck

    freck Elite Member

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    Congrats mate, lovely looking bike :grinning:
     
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  3. dilligaf

    dilligaf Guest

    Someone looks happy :cool:
     
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  4. XCaTel

    XCaTel Senior Member

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    Thanks. I've been a member for a little bit, my main bike a Tiger 1200, just couldn't let this one pass by.
     
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  5. Hippo-Drones

    Hippo-Drones Noble Member

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    Awesome stuff, bike looks great for it's age, you must be stoked! :)
     
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  6. DANSOME

    DANSOME Active Member

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    Gorgeous! That's one fine looking motorcycle.
     
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  7. MadMrB

    MadMrB Elite Member

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    That's a beauty, what a result, congratulations!
     
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  8. XCaTel

    XCaTel Senior Member

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    Yes, I really am, it's a real head turner too. I know it's no 50's or 60's classic but I rarely saw these at the time or since!
     
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  9. Flay

    Flay Well-Known Member

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    Did I see this bike in Holywood recently?
     
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  10. XCaTel

    XCaTel Senior Member

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    No, I was out and about round Kildare the other day but not that far across.
     
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  11. Flay

    Flay Well-Known Member

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    Gosh, we're awash with 1200s over here then. Whoda thunkit ?
    :eek:
    I like yours, though.
     
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  12. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    That is SO cool, XCaTel! What a great circle that bike has made. Coincidence? I think not. I don't believe in coincidence. Enjoy the reunion! Your bike was purring all the way home because it was glad to be back with daddy. :)
     
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  13. Red Thunder

    Red Thunder Crème de la Crème

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    That is a nice story
     
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  14. Dougie D

    Dougie D Crème de la Crème

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    Well done! it looks in great nick:cool: I bet there are quite a few of us on here who would like to be reunited with some of our old bikes
     
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  15. Ivor

    Ivor Well-Known Member

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    what a result :) well done . I sold my 1978 Z1000 (of 14 years) back to it's original owner a couple of years back , as I pulled into his driveway he shouted "my babies come home ! " was great to see him so happy :)
     
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  16. learningtofly

    learningtofly He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!
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    That's amazing - you must be over the moon :)
     
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  17. mpllineman

    mpllineman First Class Member

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    What a happy ending, congrats!
     
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  18. Peter May

    Peter May New Member

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    I did the same with my Daytona 1996 900!
    Not as long a gap in between I sold it in about 2007 and bought it back in 2013!
    Something about it just makes me love riding it.

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  19. XCaTel

    XCaTel Senior Member

    Feb 22, 2018
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    Wow, that's in fantastic nick Peter, absolutely spotless and another great story. I'm thinking about a set of LSL Superbike bars to save my wrists now! (I'm not sure I could go for that rear rack though o_O)
     
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  20. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    That's awesome, Peter! Did you originally buy it new? I'm sure your Daytona is glad to be reunited with you and back "home" in your garage. Happy riding!! :)
     
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