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Old 18-08-2019, 09:36 PM   #16
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Mid 40's.

It's a '73 model.
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Old 19-08-2019, 04:36 AM   #17
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Mid 40's.

It's a '73 model.
Not really really old then - my Suzuki is 40 next year!
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Old 19-08-2019, 03:48 PM   #18
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Okay, you can probably guess from the photo that this is not a Monster related question, but the owners club that should have the answer to this is useless!

Can anyone allude to what "SSO aviation GP grease" is, or was, as this was relevant about 50 years ago. Could anyone suggest a modern equivalent please?

It all sounds very specific, but in the absence of any good info it will be getting high melting point Lithium!

Thanks guys..

That would most likely have been made on the North Circular, near Cricklewood - Smiths Plc (who I work for) had a site there years ago making clocks and car and aircraft instruments and gauges.
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Old 19-08-2019, 04:24 PM   #19
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That's very interesting Ped, Nice to know the company is still going.
Interesting also that they made aircraft instruments, as it would go some way to explaining their preference for an aviation lubricant... Thanks for the info.
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Old 19-08-2019, 04:32 PM   #20
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Not really really old then - my Suzuki is 40 next year!
............... my Suzuki is 40 years old this year, what model have you got?.( sorry Gary no thread hijack intended)
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Old 19-08-2019, 04:50 PM   #21
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Hijack away mate.. It will be interesting to see what Norton were competing against, with their archaic old 40's derived designs. It really does beggar belief what they thought was okay to put on the market in those changing times.. A sort of latter day steam punk?

Look what Ducati had to offer in the early 70's.. MMm nom nom.!
… And who could that be striding past with the shades??

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Old 19-08-2019, 09:01 PM   #22
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… And who could that be striding past with the shades??

I think that’ll be Fabio Taglioni - “Mr Desmo”.. am I right?

I note the photo is not for reproduction ... and you’ve reproduced it, you rebel...
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Old 19-08-2019, 09:44 PM   #23
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Correct Steve.. That's Fabio alright in a God like cameo.. And you reproduced it again..
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Old 19-08-2019, 09:50 PM   #24
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Are you sure that's not just a sticker on the bike shed ?
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Old 19-08-2019, 09:51 PM   #25
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That's very interesting Ped, Nice to know the company is still going.
Interesting also that they made aircraft instruments, as it would go some way to explaining their preference for an aviation lubricant... Thanks for the info.
Smiths Plc has changed a lot, instrumentation was sold off years ago, currently probably best known for airport detection systems and medical devices amongst other things. Current corporate turnover is about £3.5 billion and listed on the FTSE 100 and employing about 22,000 globally
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Blimey, is that really Taglioni ?
Funny, but I was going to say ... that photo shows the very reason that I ride a 750 monster.
Meaning the bike, which stirred something very deep in my motorcycling soul at the time and which remains stirred to this day.
But actually, it seems the photo shows BOTH reasons.
And is it my eyes or does Taglioni bear a cheeky grin, like he just knows that he has created something truly special, after which the world will never be quite the same ....?

My dad was also an RAF mechanic and swore by black molybdenum grease.
I inherited a large tin of the stuff, though sadly it got lost in a house move somewhere along the way.
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Old 20-08-2019, 02:55 PM   #27
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I think that’ll be Fabio Taglioni - “Mr Desmo”.. am I right?

I note the photo is not for reproduction ... and you’ve reproduced it, you rebel...
IIRC the 750 Sport wasn't actually Desmo but it was a big step up in the right direction.
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Old 20-08-2019, 04:50 PM   #28
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listed on the FTSE 100 and employing about 22,000
How many people work there?

[QUOTE=utopia;568269] the bike, which stirred something very deep in my motorcycling soul at the time and which remains stirred to this day.

does Taglioni bear a cheeky grin, like he just knows that he has created something truly special....? :QUOTE]

You and me both Jeff..

He is trying out an early version of the Monster grin..

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IIRC the 750 Sport wasn't actually Desmo but it was a big step up in the right direction.
No desmodromics, but bevel drive overhead camshafts.

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Old 20-08-2019, 07:34 PM   #29
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............... my Suzuki is 40 years old this year, what model have you got?.( sorry Gary no thread hijack intended)
A little TS185er, currently being reborn.



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