I still have one British bike from the 70s. Not all 100% original anymore, but correct (repro or NOS) parts. Did change to electronic ignition nearly 20 years ago. When I was in the UK in the military in the 80s, I had a Triumph Toledo (car, not bike) an Austin and a DAF. I had always worked on my own cars before joining so was no big deal to work on them then, as I had to. Plus the base had a place to do that and the barracks parking lot was always available.
Always re-tell the story with my old RAF Woodbridge goombahs when we get together of drunkenly driving down the road in foggy darkness of the english countryside, and banging on the dashboard of my DAF 66 to get the lights to work. Somehow we survived...
Yeah, I was quite smitten with the Miata when it first came out. It was like a reincarnation of a classic British roadster - and I LOVE those!
One of my very few life's regrets is that at one point I was oh-so-close to buying an MGB - but ultimately, I didn't go through with it. That would have been so much fun (but frustrating too apparently)! They don't make them like that anymore - all the beautiful chromed parts, etc. Sweet! But unless you're someone who's both inclined and willing to become your own mechanic, upkeep can get too pricey for my budget.
Well, I opened this thread with good intentions... and 90 percent of the replies were, in fact, very informative - so thank you all for that.
However, now that's it's descended into ridiculous toddler-like squabbling... it's no longer serving any useful purpose, is it? So, I'm just gonna lock it down! Disappointing... I must say.
Around here they do line maintenance once a year around the main lines.
They trim back trees, in fact they completely topped some large trees on a line that cuts through the woods next to my house. They seem to contract companies year round. I see them surveying at least twice a year in spring and summer.
My power lines are buried from the main. I feel bad for the saps who are on side streets that barely get looked at.
But we live in the woods, technically.. so I dont expect much from them.