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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:10 am 
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Just got into the early MF, even though i lusted after an Explorer back in 88. Bought 3 in the last month :?

1988 Explorer 19"
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1988 Explorer 23" (all original and seen very little use, just swapped seat and tyres as using for station before deciding whether to restore the 19" or 23"). Even though im only 5'10" the larger frame is nicer to ride and i only just caress the twins when standing over the cross bar.
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1989 Courier 19", which i picked up last night. All original (even front tyre). Just needs a clean and service.
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Took her for a ride this morning:
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:51 am 
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Nice set there, very nearly had an '88 Explorer in my collection too (if I had more room I would) as like you it was the object of lust back then. The '89 range though rides really well though (I have tried the Courier Comp and Sorcerer) and the Courier should be good fun.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:55 am 
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Carl, they all ride nice. Which surprised me TBH. its also suprising the subtle difference between the two sizes of the Explorer. I prefer the sit up and beg feel on the 23" than i do the slightly stretched feel of the 19". Even though the 19" is my ideal frame size at 5'11.

I can see this little collection getting a bit bigger :roll:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:39 am 
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Another one to add to the current collection.
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At home with his stablemates:
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Quick outing with the dog on the Explorer now with wheel disc.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:41 am 
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Where did the wheel disc come from? Fancy one for my Courier Comp.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:56 am 
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they guy I bought the smaller Explorer off, found it in his loft after striking the deal and stuck it in the box with the bike. He emailed me asking if i wanted it, massive result. Just needs a bit of a clean to get rid of the years of grime.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:40 pm 
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So what do you call early? Am I too late with this? (1997) :D


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:45 am 
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My MF complete and original parts was stored over 20 years absolutely mint")


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:16 pm 
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heres my fully restored 87 courier
all i need is that wheel disc from the above post :twisted:

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:28 am 
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This little beauty was picked up for £12:50, The wife took a fancy to it, and hey presto a clean, some new parts from the Man-Cave and it's turned into a great urban cruiser for the missus. And before anyone comments on the saddle, Its a comfort thing and if it keeps the missus on-side with my and my growing collection then she can have what ever saddle she wants lol :D At least she selected a Muddy Fox saddle so its in keeping with the bike :D

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