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Brian2001
21-07-08, 10:52 PM
any bikers here?
I started out on bikes, in early 50's, in our back street on a coverted childs pushbike with an engine!
Since then I have had a few diff' models:
(roughly in order of when owned)
197cc ambassador,
197cc BanVil special,
197cc Dot TDX,
350cc Velocette Mac,
500cc Velo Venom,
350cc Yamaha RD,
650cc Norton SS,
325cc Bultaco trials
500cc Velo sandracer outfit,
400cc Yamaha RD,
200cc Yamaha RD,
250cc Montesa trials,
750cc Honda 4,
250cc Yamaha LC
also in the family... Velos, Ariels, Triumphs and a few Bond 3 wheelers!
(No cars or karts in this thread but had a few of each)
ok... what's yours like?
Brian.

DH
21-07-08, 11:07 PM
I think my Dad would like that list...! :wink:

I've only been riding for 15 years or so, so my list is somewhat shorter:

Honda CB500
Triumph Speed Triple (the 1994 version in black :cool:)
Honda 750 Africa Twin
BMW R1100S
Triumph 955i Tiger (fantastic motor!)
BMW R1150 GS Adventure.

The last one I've had for 5 yrs now and I think I'll run it till it breaks, although that may be sooner rather than later... did you click on the link your "posting pics" thread? Well this next one is about 3 minutes after...

Oooops (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/DavidHale/_MG_6410.jpg)

twamoons
21-07-08, 11:15 PM
Hi Brian,

No, I have not owned a bike, But I know a man or men that have. Back in the mists of time I knew a guy with a bike, we used to hair off into the country till my mother found out, big trouble. My husband had a Triumph, don't ask me anything technical, but it was supposed to be the bees knees, that would have been 1968, does that mean anything? Leather jackets, white shirts, wasp down shirt, lol, finally progressed to a Mini Cooper, wide tyres, small steering wheel, Beach Boys on tape, heading for Cornwall, that should take you back, yes, those were the days, I'll leave you to the boys with all the technical stuff, much prefer the beach, and the man on the bike, lol,

Twamoons

Brian2001
22-07-08, 09:06 AM
ever been to the TT? yep, Ashlee and I loved it!

When I was an apprentice, in the 60's, my exams were always on TT fortnight so never got to go grrrrrr!
As soon as I finished my 'time' I started coming over for the races. and have been a few times since.
Tried every type of TT from camping at St Michael's football field, to nice hotels on Douglas front to lovely flats in Sunshine city (Peel).

I have been over as a single lad, as a devoted Son ( all of us got a house), as a newly engaged young man and then later as a married man with 3 sons... all great times! Seeing Hailwood was the highlight and sitting outside the Highlander supping a pint as they come past at nearly 180mph was a truly memorable time.
Sulby Glen must be one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Yes, I love the IOM, the people and the atmosphere.
Manx kippers mmmm now you have made me hungry!
Brian.

katiepie
22-07-08, 07:32 PM
Only bikes I have owned had pedals, lol. This convo would have suited my dad better, I remember his stories of his old Triumph (sp) but I wouldn't know model ot cc things.

XX Kath

Brian2001
22-07-08, 08:05 PM
Ashlee- Have to let me know next time your over.
Don't think I will ever be returning to IOM but nice thought though, cheers.

Kath- lol about your pedals but pleased about memories remembered just with a random post.

Brian.

Patrick
23-07-08, 02:52 AM
I hung up my leathers for good 2yrs ago, but prior to that I had a few bikes, I started off with an Aprilia RS 125cc (de-restricted of course :wink:) which was fun and looked cool but sounded like a tin bucket full of nails going down the road. I soon traded that in for a Kawasaki KR250 which was a smoother, faster ride, that was a lot of fun but I started getting a few mechanical probs so I sold it. I had a Kawasaki ZXR750 after that, that was the most powerful bike I ever had, it was a great bike, very fast and oodles of fun. I upgraded to a newer '03 k'wak Ninja 636cc it was a lot lighter that the ZXR and even tho I was told that the modern 600cc's were just as fast as the older 750's I did notice a distinct drop in power when I got this bike, but it was ok cos I looked cool on it :cool: It was a fun bike, I did a few outtings on it but I called it a day when I became a father. I only came off once and that was on the aprilia through my own stupidity, I only had it 2 weeks! wasnt hurt bad (my bank account was though) :) I miss biking big time, I often think about dusting off those leathers.. but I think the missus would go mental

Brian2001
23-07-08, 09:11 AM
hi Patrick, was the ninja one of the modern 600s with fat tyres? I got a go on one a few years back and I couldnt believe how much grip there was for cornering!
Plus the acceleration was staggering.

I got my 3 lads into bikes early on by building a trackday 250 yam. They all learnt the basics and how to blast it around the local gokart track. I did not really want them to have road bikes due to the dangers but I was ok if they wanted to race. They seemed to get it out of their systems with the track bike so that's all good!

You talk about dusting off your leathers... maybe we should live bikes for a week at next years TT... - just dreaming- wake up Brian!

Brian.

Patrick
23-07-08, 02:37 PM
Hey Brian,

Yep, it had fat tyres alright (mind you so did the zxr750) yeah the grip was good. In terms of pulling power, the '93 ZXR750 was a monster.. the G-Force would hit you and you'd be holding onto the handle bar for dear life! :D The 600 Ninja was fast but not quite as fast as that despite the fact it was 10yrs newer. The good thing about the ninja was that it was lower and 40kg lighter which is handy if your a shorty like I am.
Good idea about getting the kids to build the Yam and trash it round the track sounds like a good project, but i'm not sure they'll get it out of their system.. it might turn them the other way and turn them into adrenaline junkies! :rolleyes:

Brian2001
23-07-08, 03:52 PM
hi Pat,
it might turn them the other way and turn them into adrenaline junkies!
it sure has... just last year one of my lads drove a formula ford and loves fast cars! He now has a dream job in F1.

If you ever wanna swap bike/car pics drop me a pm(same goes for anyone else!).

Brian.

Patrick
28-07-08, 01:13 AM
All me biking pics are on my other PC back in England, but i'll put a few up when I get there.
Truth be told, i've been thinking of buying another bike when im back, I might try a honda CBR this time, or an Yam R6, i'll have to work out a bit 1st to get back in shape so I can fit back into my leathers, (Calm down DT :wink:)

katiepie
28-07-08, 08:20 AM
Is there something we all should know or are you just extreemly cheeky Pat??:D

katiepie
28-07-08, 08:36 AM
I have that on my msn DT, want it back?

Patrick
28-07-08, 11:47 AM
Moi!? Cheeky? Im a true Gent i'll have you know.. I cant help it if you Laydees get excited at the thought of me in me Biker Leathers :D

DH
28-07-08, 11:18 PM
Like DT says, full leathers on a day like today would turn you into a puddle of sweat. Ok, a vest and combats like I was wearing might not be the safest, but hey, the French Gendarmes can get away with jodpurs and short sleeved shirts...

And Pat.... 600cc rice rockets? Puuuurleeese! OK, I'll let you away with the ZXR750 (so long as it was Kwak green!), but 600s? Nah!
When you get over here I'll bore you with stories about how I lost Fireblades on the road on my Speed Triple, rode round the outside of 916's on trackdays... I might skip the bit about totaling it on the end of the Snetterton straight in the wet...:rolleyes:

And Brian, 2009 is a bit busy for me, but if you want to plan for an HDA invasion of the TT in 2010... maybe Pat would join us on whatever *cough* rice rocket he's riding? :D I'd like to spend a few beers listening to you tell stories of what it was like in the real days!

DH
28-07-08, 11:20 PM
Last time I managed to wangle a 100% increase on my spreadsheet data entry stuff so I rest my point hehehe).
That's a point... how did you manage that? Nobody has ever managed to do that to me!!

Patrick
29-07-08, 01:11 AM
Sorry Dave, my zxr750 was blue with a carbon coated Micron exhaust that sounded the nuts and the wheels were sprayed blue to match :D It looked and sounded good.

But yeah TT would be fun :)

The problem with bigger engine bikes is that they tend to be a bit big for me, im only 5'5 and I like to be able to touch the floor when I have a beast between my legs :wink:

DH
29-07-08, 08:19 PM
I won't say the obvious. :wink::D:D
4hrs 49mins. Took yer time. :D


I'll feed DT another line...

Even though mines a monster I can still get my feet to the ground, although DT needs a set of ladders to get on. :rolleyes:

Brian2001
29-07-08, 09:02 PM
-checks the address bar... mmm seems like the right site but maybe we have been hacked by wwww.innuendosabound.comm?

I would look for a mod but as an ageing rocker I can't even say the word mod!

c'mon bikers... join the thread and share your history/tales of m'cycling!!!

-or else I will tell the tale of searching for vint' bikes in the Shetlands...

Brian.

Brian2001
29-07-08, 10:32 PM
in '75 I came over and got to ride a Goldwing at the launch...

if I came over it would have to be a 'Dream' (injoke.. sorry non bikers)

Lovely offer tho' Aslee.

(another post and I will have 'done a ton' ...:cool: )

Brian.

DH
29-07-08, 10:36 PM
Get over here on ya bikes u lot!! No excuse now u know somebody over here, no need to find accomodation.
I know. :smile: And I know you're actually on the track itself. :smile::smile:

Can't do 2009 cos I'm too busy (already. I've got 6 trips booked already! :eek: :D) but I'm aiming for 2010. :smile:

DH
29-07-08, 10:37 PM
(another post and I will have 'done a ton' ...:cool: )
Post whore! :D

in '75 I came over and got to ride a Goldwing at the launch...
One day we need to sit down over a beer or three and you can talk bikes to me...:cool:

myrna
29-07-08, 10:41 PM
I haven't actually owned any though hubby has been building me a trike for quite some time.

He's owned....are you ready for this?

1957 Francis barnett
1947 Vincent Comet
1936 matchless g8 single twin port
1968 c50
1970 c90
1972 st50
1972 st70 lady dax ltd ed
1974 ss50
1977 750 kettle
1977 Gerelli tiger cross
1978 Sammy miller ty 175
1986 zl 600 import
1992 C90 cub
1981 400 super dream
1982 250 super dream
1991 xv535 virago (I lurved this one)
1976 cb 200
1988 Deblashi
1980 maico 440
1986 ktm 500y
1993 rm125x
2004 Harley davidson custom sportster 1200 &this one's not bad either)

Oh my god...I got bored writing that lot. I had to tell him to stop now & it doesn't include the scooters which the last count I knew of was 5 all at one time.
Enthusiast? You bet! Phew.

Personally I love Dragstars & have been tempted to take my test just so I can have one. :eek:

DH
29-07-08, 10:49 PM
I haven't actually owned any though hubby has been building me a trike for quite some time.
How cool is that! :cool:

Can I see when I come up for the picnic? :smile:

myrna
29-07-08, 10:51 PM
If you don't mind going to a grubby garage. :smile:

DH
29-07-08, 10:54 PM
If you don't mind going to a grubby garage. :smile:
It's not a "grubby garage". It's where great mechanical works of art are created. Sheeesh, women! :rolleyes:

myrna
29-07-08, 10:56 PM
Hmmm where have I heard THAT before? :D
Men :rolleyes:

Brian2001
29-07-08, 11:13 PM
Hi Myrna, dragsters and trikes... wow, impressed. great list btw!
Here's your list again with my comments in blue.

1957 Francis barnett-
prob' Villiers engine like my Ambassador so a fav' of mine
1947 Vincent Comet -
the 500 version of the Shadow but a magnificent beast!
1936 matchless g8 single twin port
- big singles rule! 500cc of torque
1968 c50 -unbustable step thro clutchless work bike1970 c90- as above but more oomph
1972 st50 -?
1972 st70 lady dax ltd ed- ?
1974 ss50 -?1977 750 kettle - triple fun1977 Gerelli tiger cross
1978 Sammy miller ty 175 -still got a photo of a std TY! I rode it at our motorclub open day
1986 zl 600 import -?
1992 C90 cub -another commuter?1981 400 super dream
1982 250 super dream - high revving 4stroke- cool
1991 xv535 virago (I lurved this one) - never come across one
1976 cb 200 -work bike, ultra reliable, elec start?
1988 Deblashi -?
1980 maico 440 -if its the motox version then supercool
1986 ktm 500y - another true sports bike, a real tool
1993 rm125x - performance way beyond its size- dirt bike heaven
2004 Harley davidson custom sportster 1200 &this one's not bad either) -hogs are like marmite...

as I said earlier... great list, thanks for sharing.:smile::smile::smile:

Brian.

DH
29-07-08, 11:13 PM
I am indeedy, woohooo 2010 it is then :D
That's a date. :smile: Shall we set up a new thread? :D

DH
29-07-08, 11:32 PM
Oh, and Pat....

Clicky (http://www.suzuki-gb.co.uk/bike/gsxr750/)

:wink:

Patrick
29-07-08, 11:39 PM
Hi Myrna, dragsters and trikes... wow, impressed. great list btw!
Here's your list again with my comments in blue.

1957 Francis barnett-
prob' Villiers engine like my Ambassador so a fav' of mine
1947 Vincent Comet -
the 500 version of the Shadow but a magnificent beast!
1936 matchless g8 single twin port
- big singles rule! 500cc of torque
1968 c50 -unbustable step thro clutchless work bike1970 c90- as above but more oomph
1972 st50 -?
1972 st70 lady dax ltd ed- ?
1974 ss50 -?1977 750 kettle - triple fun1977 Gerelli tiger cross
1978 Sammy miller ty 175 -still got a photo of a std TY! I rode it at our motorclub open day
1986 zl 600 import -?
1992 C90 cub -another commuter?1981 400 super dream
1982 250 super dream - high revving 4stroke- cool
1991 xv535 virago (I lurved this one) - never come across one
1976 cb 200 -work bike, ultra reliable, elec start?
1988 Deblashi -?
1980 maico 440 -if its the motox version then supercool
1986 ktm 500y - another true sports bike, a real tool
1993 rm125x - performance way beyond its size- dirt bike heaven
2004 Harley davidson custom sportster 1200 &this one's not bad either) -hogs are like marmite...

as I said earlier... great list, thanks for sharing.:smile::smile::smile:

Brian.

Wow I havent heard of so many of these I had to google most of them.. God you guys must be OLD!! :D hehe sorry I couldnt resist.
Joking aside, thats a very impressive collection of bikes.

Brian2001
29-07-08, 11:41 PM
the clicky bike-it must have a pretty small sidecar on it.... you can't see it from that angle.:confused:


Brian.

Patrick
29-07-08, 11:47 PM
Oh, and Pat....

Clicky (http://www.suzuki-gb.co.uk/bike/gsxr750/)

:wink:

That is a thing of beauty - just like my wife :D she said your going to get me into trouble... I dont know what she's on about :rolleyes:

DH
29-07-08, 11:47 PM
the clicky bike-it must have a pretty small sidecar on it.... you can't see it from that angle.:confused:
Brian.
You want one of these then... bloke I know of, cracking sort:

Clicky (http://www.ukgser.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=92060&stc=1&d=1210853233)

Patrick
29-07-08, 11:51 PM
very nice ..if you like side-cars that is :)

Brian2001
29-07-08, 11:55 PM
my Dad used to have a Velo with a sidecar and he always wanted a Steib( a torpedo shape with chromed tubes up over the front).

My bro' borrowed the outfit one night to impress a gf. he took a corner too fast, headed across the road and finished up inside a bus shelter lol happy days!
- must dig out the old photos and scan some in...

-time to turn in... it's been a good diversion tonight... cheers guys and gals.
Brian,

DH
29-07-08, 11:57 PM
very nice ..if you like side-cars that is :)
Nah, not my style. If I was going for a tub it'd be one of these (http://www.imz-ural.com/patrol/) Stick on some knobblie tyres and an MG42, and away! :cool:

DH
29-07-08, 11:58 PM
my Dad used to have a Velo with a sidecar and he always wanted a Steib( a torpedo shape with chromed tubes up over the front).

My bro' borrowed the outfit one night to impress a gf. he took a corner too fast, headed across the road and finished up inside a bus shelter lol happy days!
- must dig out the old photos and scan some in...

-time to turn in... it's been a good diversion tonight... cheers guys and gals.
Brian,

Like I said, we really do need to share a beer or three for some stories!

myrna
30-07-08, 12:01 AM
What's the betting I won't get a word in edgeways at the party while you men talk bikes??? And I don't think it'll have anything to do with cycles.

DH
30-07-08, 12:03 AM
What's the betting I won't get a word in edgeways at the party while you men talk bikes??? And I don't think it'll have anything to do with women.
Fixed. :rolleyes:

Brian2001
31-07-08, 04:31 PM
trying a 250 Kawaski at a motorclub open day in the 70's (http://i37.tinypic.com/10hkod4.jpg)





Brian.
(thanks again for the photo posting tip David! it's fun!)

DH
31-07-08, 05:12 PM
HaHa! Cool shot! Did it end in tears or did you get away with it? :D

Brian2001
31-07-08, 08:46 PM
- held on, monowheeled over and placed the bike down gently just next to the cameraman... so, lucky really!


Brian.

myrna
31-07-08, 09:04 PM
Wow I havent heard of so many of these I had to google most of them.. God you guys must be OLD!! :D hehe sorry I couldnt resist.
Joking aside, thats a very impressive collection of bikes.

Patrick, you cheeky ****! LOL
Actually hubby is in the motor trade so manages to get his hands on all sorts....bikes & cars. You wouldn't beleive the things I have to drive.

You haven't heard of a virago? Its a custom cruiser & lush as far as bikes go...though not quite as sweet as a dragstar. :smile:

DH
31-07-08, 09:16 PM
though not quite as sweet as a dragstar. :smile:
My Dad's got one of those! An orange one... not my cup of tea, but he likes it!

Patrick
31-07-08, 11:37 PM
trying a 250 Kawaski at a motorclub open day in the 70's (http://i37.tinypic.com/10hkod4.jpg)





Brian.
(thanks again for the photo posting tip David! it's fun!)

Excellent photo Brian :)

Brian2001
31-07-08, 11:57 PM
cheers Patrick!

The credit really should go to the intrepid frozen to the spot cameraman...


Brian.

Brian2001
03-08-08, 06:02 PM
a few more memorable bike photos...

Brian's first bike in early 1950's (http://i35.tinypic.com/2ylwpie.jpg)
Taken by? Year? Sorry wish I knew... just know what I wa stold and it was me on a push bike fitted with a moped engine!

a break in the races IOMTT 1981 (http://i36.tinypic.com/iolpwl.jpg)
Seeing Mick Grant come past at about 160mph was breathtaking!

hailwoods bike IOM 1981 (http://i33.tinypic.com/2gvkhsy.jpg)

- it took two years to get this photo as the first time the photo did not turn and we dare not go back that week in case the security guard recognised us as the guys that climbed over the rope, took the photo and bolted!

Hope you enjoy them!
Brian.

Brian2001
03-08-08, 09:36 PM
hi Ashlee, first thing we used to do on arriving in the IOM was to drink our way around the course, visiting each of the pubs to check for changes in the course. Pure racing research only obviously :wink::wink:



Brian.

DH
03-08-08, 11:51 PM
My first "lap" of the TT track was on Mad Sunday 2005, two up on my GS.... 'interesting' is a good word! :D

Then seeing the top blokes fully 'on it' at 180mph+ during the races only feet away from us was absolutely awesome! :eek: