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Post by ChrisD » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:50 am

Sort of bike related. I noticed from a recent post that as well as 2CVandy, motocycliste is also a 2CV owner. I am an ex 2CV owner and a UK biker mate still owns one. Is it because we are bikers that we are attracted to this quirky french auto? I just wondered how many on here are also current or ex owners.


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Post by Cornishman » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:44 am

I had one in the past as well.
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Post by wizzard » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:03 am

I used to deliver new ones in Scotland, and considered buying my neighbours one last year.
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Post by Andrew » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:07 am

Had a friend with the 'hatchback' 2CV - the Dyane. My word it was basic. I remember it being draughty and so cold as fuk in the winter, really not pleasant motoring. Maybe cool for popping out to the boulangerie of a summer's evening but not one for the M4 in January.

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Post by Stella » Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:15 pm

My first car was a Dyane and I loved him to bits even though it was a crock! I replaced it with a Renault 4 van, much more useful for lugging hay bales around and still quite quirky :)
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Post by motocycliste » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:31 pm

I used to detest working on them, mainly because they were usually in a horrible neglected condition and invariably had lots of sharp edges ready to remove skin and draw blood.
Now that I actually own one I have come to admire the clever design and construction.
My one is only 435cc and rather limited on power but it does have a centrifugal clutch and the heater is excellent on a frosty day. Just right for local trips and the youngsters love it

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Post by Cornishman » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:27 pm

motocycliste wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:31 pm
I used to detest working on them, mainly because they were usually in a horrible neglected condition and invariably had lots of sharp edges ready to remove skin and draw blood.
Now that I actually own one I have come to admire the clever design and construction.
My one is only 435cc and rather limited on power but it does have a centrifugal clutch and the heater is excellent on a frosty day. Just right for local trips and the youngsters love it
What year is it? When I was a child my dad bought a 1954 435cc 2CV4. It was a wonderful thing with the centrifugal clutch and wipers that worked off the speedo drive. My own, years later was the full power 602cc.
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Post by motocycliste » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:16 am

Mine is a modern one, it has electric window wipers!
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I have to keep it in the warm garage. If I left it out in the rain I’m sure that it would dissolve rather rapidly as did most of them.

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Post by Cornishman » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:45 am

A warm garage is the one of worst possible place to keep something prone to rust.
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Post by 2cvandy » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:08 am

I used to go to lots of 2CV club rallies in the UK, and a surprising number of members were bikers, maybe it's the air cooled thing (though of course not many bikes are now), or maybe it's because they lean over on corners,,,,,,, :D

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I've had lots of classic cars over the years, including Rolls, Bentley, Cadillac, Humber, Rover,,,,,,, all big luxurious barges really, and the 2CV wasn't bought as a classic, just cheap transport. But 23 years later, it's the only one I still have, far longer than I've ever kept any bike, and it still makes me smile every time I drive it.
For years it lived out the front of the house, I always seemed to have to move something else to get anything out of the garage so the 2CV got used for everything, but it did take it's toll,,,,,,

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Luckily, we were planning the move over here about that time, so obviously she had to be restored and come too, now she lives a life of luxury in a de-humidified garage, age has it's priviledges.

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and the heater's toasty BTW, they just need adjusting between summer and winter settings to get the best out of em.
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