Looking at buying an Armstrong

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Mike123
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Looking at buying an Armstrong

Post by Mike123 » Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:09 am

Hi - new to this site. I am looking to buy an Armstrong - so thought I should join. Interested in all sorts of bikes - currently have a GS100 and old Velocette Valiant but looking to expand my fleet with an Armstrong!
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Re: Looking at buying an Armstrong

Post by Minter » Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:46 am

Hi Mike,

Welcome to the forum, check out the for sale section as bikes often appear for sale there from members before going to eBay ext..

Good luck..

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Re: Looking at buying an Armstrong

Post by highland al » Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:16 am

Welcome to the forum Mike
From the highlands.
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Re: Looking at buying an Armstrong

Post by Easystart » Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:10 pm

Hi Mike,
I think an Armstrong would fit in very well between your other 2,bikes, I've had a standard 500 for just over 3 years now ( so still a newbie) great all round bikes,
My advice for what it's worth is pay the extra money ( if you can ) and get an electric start bike 350 or 500? ,
The left hand kickstart is just so unnatural if you've been bought up on a right hand kicker, 3 years in I thought I would get used to it or master the technique,
Nope, after a couple of weak, amateur left leg kicks , I find myself jumping off and using my right leg.
If you can't run to an electric start get the best 500 you can , enjoyment amusement and hilarity guaranteed
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Re: Looking at buying an Armstrong

Post by Force Motorcycles » Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:57 pm

Welcome to the forum Mike :)

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Re: Looking at buying an Armstrong

Post by Bonnielad » Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:25 pm

Welcome aboard. See if you can make it to one of our events - then you will really learn plenty. :lol:
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Re: Looking at buying an Armstrong

Post by Will » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:56 am

Hi mike from another newbie.
I just bought a 350 with full service history since it left service in 09 .at a bargain price.
I’m sorting it out at the moment with the help of the forum .
You may want to consider buying from a competent club member who has maintained their own machine .
The professional clowns that serviced my bike for the previous owner have left a legacy of unchanged seals and gaskets patched up with silicone . gobs the size of a peanut in the sump along with bits of engine casing that have been pushed off by too long Allan screws .add helicoils and stripped threads. Miss aligned lock washer on clutch .skid plate hanging loose. And all the from a dealership for top price .
That said I’m loving the bike and once the back firing and stalling when cold issue is sorted will be even more chuffed .
Best of luck in your new venture Will
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Re: Looking at buying an Armstrong

Post by Wirralman » Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:00 am

As per Will, I bought one MT on ebay, it had five years dealer service history When I got it home, I took off the almost new front tyre and found a rim tape which was more gaffa tape than rubber, and an old tube. The rear was similar but the T63 had multiple cracks all round. Another MT had its primary filter clogged with swarf. A third MT, from a military disposal agency and not sold as a runner , had the sump plug under the seat and no oil strainer above the sump.

I did compile a list of things to check based on owners' experience , I think you'll find it pinned at the top of the General section. Use the manuals as your guide and check out Joth's tutorials
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Re: Looking at buying an Armstrong

Post by Derrick » Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:51 pm

Welcome Mike, an Armstrong will certainly be a contrast to the GS100 and old Velocette Valiant. Once you get an MT, the others won't be used much :)
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