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 Post subject: My other SE
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:34 pm 
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Much to my surprise, my wife phoned me up on Thursday to berate me. It wasn't a surprise that she was berating me, which happens all the time, it's that apparently I had inadvertently bought another Chopper SE. I use her ebay account, which sends messages to her phone. It started to make sense, and a very hazy memory of drunkenly bidding on ebay started to surface. My brother warned me in an earlier post that ebay and alcohol don't mix. Of course, being a drunk bid, I almost certainly overpaid.

To cut a long story short, I've bought a bike that I'm not sure I really need! Pictures below:


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As you can see, it's incomplete: missing original handlebars, stand, left pedal, a few R nuts and rear brake cable; although, it was clearly the rare '3-brake model' which has calipers front and rear as well as the rear drum!

After some sage counsel from JC, I think I've got five options:

1.) Sell it as it is. I would accept £621 (£50 less than I paid) and will deliver FOC within 150 miles of Ipswich. This would be done to teach myself a lesson. No offers, btw.

2.) Buy reasonable standard bits from JC to replace what is missing, then sell it for £621 plus cost of parts, with free delivery

3.) Put it in a cupboard and worry about it in a few years

4.) Completely restore it

5.) Take the best bits off my prismatic daily-rider, such as the seat, give it a good clean, and get other replacement parts from JC, and use it as my daily rider (selling the prismatic)

I think my order of preference from the above would be: 5,1, 2, 3, 4.

Anyway, off to the beach with the wife and kids - so I'll worry about it on Monday.


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 Post subject: Re: My other SE
PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:17 am 
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lol

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 Post subject: Re: My other SE
PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:22 pm 
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Strange that, my SE came into my possession sporting the three-brake look :)
If you're going to shove it in the cupboard for a few years, PM me, maybe we could have deal?


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 Post subject: Re: My other SE
PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:02 pm 
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If I was you i would strip it down, clean and rebuild it changing a few parts and have it as a very nice original bike!


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 Post subject: Re: My other SE
PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:14 am 
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my sentiments exactly....J.C.


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 Post subject: Re: My other SE
PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:27 pm 
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I also agree.

So, the good news is that I've managed to find a buyer for my Prismatic who is happy that I swap the seats over. The bad news is that I've got to remove two sticky sissy bars.

I followed the good advice from an earlier thread about taping up the breather holes in the frame and filling them with WD40. ....

After five-days the prismatic is free on one side; however, the SE seat was on its lowest setting - which means it is well and truly stuck. Hopefully, a bit of time and some very harsh language should yield some results.

JC - I haven't forgotten about our conversation about getting replacement parts - I just wanted to get all the bits swapped over and the bike cleaned-up first.


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 Post subject: Re: My other SE
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:58 am 
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Best of luck with the (sympathetic) resto, patience is the key with the sissy bar. Mine was stuck at the lowest setting and the 'tape and flood' method worked in the end. You could always combine elements of other methods suggested, hoy air gun for example?
Always feel free to request parts on the 'wanted' page, should you bleed JC dry :)


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 Post subject: Re: My other SE
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:09 pm 
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Currently selling on ebay, if you're interested!

I've got too many projects on the go - so something had to give.


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 Post subject: Re: My other SE
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:39 pm 
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went with the sell as is option then?? seems wise....J.C.


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