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Inherited a townmate

Post  Dysonian76 on Fri 23 Jun - 6:35

Hi all, I recently inherited a 1990 townmate in blue, lots of surface rust but nothing too serious. It runs although it's been stood for 10+ years, it's got all the gears and a couple of minor electrical problems. My question is do I get it through an mot or should I sell it as it is? I'm not a bike person really although I do quite like it, so I'm looking at getting rid of it one way or another. Many thanks for taking the time to read this and for any advice given.
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Post  Dysonian76 on Fri 23 Jun - 6:48

I forgot to mention it's a T80 and it's got matching engine and chassis numbers.

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Post  barker on Fri 23 Jun - 7:19

were do you live , I would say if you get a mot you will get more for it

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Post  Dysonian76 on Fri 23 Jun - 7:42

I'm in somerset. I was thinking of sticking it through an mot anyway just to find out what would need doing. Definitely needs an exhaust and some work on indicators and horn but everything seems to work so far.

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Post  JohnW on Fri 23 Jun - 22:34

Dysonian76 wrote:I'm in somerset. I was thinking of sticking it through an mot anyway just to find out what would need doing. Definitely needs an exhaust and some work on indicators and horn but everything seems to work so far.

Do check & fix any obvious problems before taking it for MoT. ie lights, indicators, horn, brakes, tyres etc. It will be a definite fail if any of these dont work or are defective, lights & other electrics should be checked with engine running but give the battery a charge before hand, (it may need topping up with distilled water the stuff used in steam irons). Only indicators, horn & stop light work off battery, but rely on a charge from generator to work properly, tyres must have a minimum of 1mm tread & be free from cracks & properly inflated. You say exhaust is defective, best to do a temp repair with Gun Gum or other exhaust repair products. As long as its not noisy & no obvious leaks it will pass. You dont want to fork out for a new one (circa £45)  if the bike fails on something major. Finally give it a good clean & rub over rust with an oily rag so as to make it look as good as possible & not just removed from a barn.

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Worth getting it MOT'd

Post  andrewp on Mon 26 Jun - 0:21

Welcome.  Yes, well worth the little extra time and effort to get through MOT.
I've just been with the Honda C90 club this weekend and they are very welcoming of Townmates - there was lots of interest in mine.  Worth placing a for sale add (with photos) on both this site and the Honda one before you start considering eBay.  The car and classic site  is also good (and free).........
https://www.carandclassic.co.uk

Advertising on Autotrader is free for bikes under £1,000

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Re: Inherited a townmate

Post  barker on Mon 26 Jun - 4:26

if you mot it try riding it a bit you may like it easy parking on the trip to the shop

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Post  Mark1982. on Wed 12 Jul - 3:06

They don't mine t80s at the c90 meets at all I go every year on my t80 normally but have missed the meets this year hoping to get to at least one maybe will see you at one

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