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Started by phantlers on Oct 31, 2021 6:09:54 PM
Two wheels good

IoM TT, Manx GP, Superbikes, Moto GP, twist and go on a commute. Discuss motorcycle mania here.

phantlers - 31 Oct 2021 18:14:37 (#1 of 127)

My first bike was a Honda CB72, 250cc and the loudest bike in the area. It had a worn lay shaft which needed repair or replacement and so I stripped it down, located and extracted the offending part.

My mum and dad were not keen on my taking this up however. He had always been a biker and had suffered some hairy escapes. Bits and pieces of the disassembled machine went missing over the following weeks and I soon lost interest in favour of beer and music.

TheFLUFFIESTKittenEvah - 31 Oct 2021 18:22:10 (#2 of 127)

Can we repost classic quotes here, or will people shit a brick?

Asking for a friend.

phantlers - 31 Oct 2021 18:23:39 (#3 of 127)

That would be a turn up.

TheFLUFFIESTKittenEvah - 31 Oct 2021 18:25:32 (#4 of 127)

See if you can add some whimsy. That lost thread has dozens of posts every hour, it seems.

angelico - 31 Oct 2021 18:27:30 (#5 of 127)

Snarlygog - 31 Oct 2021 16:53:42 ( #9303 of 9312)

Sod off Twat

tasselhoff - 31 Oct 2021 18:31:39 (#6 of 127)

I started with a mobylette. It got nicked. God knows why.

Next was a C70. It lasted about a week until the knackered thread on the spark plug (that had been glued in with loctite) gave up the ghost. Still, it was a gift horse.

Then I passed my test (two years before my car test) and got a GSE 500. Had that for a few years but it was pretty gutless.

After that I had a family and only got my BMW R 1150R in 2016. Still got it, and I think it's ace. I'd like to change it for a 1200 model as they're more powerful and fuel efficient and also have ABS as standard. Not going to happen though.

TheFLUFFIESTKittenEvah - 31 Oct 2021 18:33:18 (#7 of 127)

I remember you talking about the 1150.

tasselhoff - 31 Oct 2021 18:35:19 (#8 of 127)

It was great down the mountain. The roads are a bit too gravelly up here to really enjoy it.

phantlers - 31 Oct 2021 18:35:31 (#9 of 127)

I still sometimes wish I'd borrowed the 50 quid and bought that bike. It was filthy but quite recognisably a thing of beauty.

TheFLUFFIESTKittenEvah - 31 Oct 2021 18:38:26 (#10 of 127)

phantlers - 31 Oct 2021 19:00:24 (#11 of 127)


Macpaddy - 31 Oct 2021 19:02:33 (#12 of 127)

Two wheels good, three wheels better.

A thing of beauty.

mine was a Norton Dominator 650SS.. She was something else.

phantlers - 31 Oct 2021 19:05:15 (#13 of 127)

That was the plan for the one I had a chance of buying, some sort of sidecar to stop me dropping it.

TheFLUFFIESTKittenEvah - 31 Oct 2021 19:23:36 (#14 of 127)

Norton Commando 750 at least looked great. I have my doubts about that seat, though.

SinnerBoy - 31 Oct 2021 20:02:56 (#15 of 127)

I once took a 1200 Sportster for a test ride. Legendary torque? Huh! At 30 in third, I thought it was going to knock its asthmatic bottom end out. It was comfortable, with forward controls.

phantlers - 31 Oct 2021 20:21:14 (#16 of 127)

Now I think of it the rusting hulk I saw may well have been an R75 not an R90.

SinnerBoy - 31 Oct 2021 21:29:20 (#17 of 127)

The first bike I ever had was some weird old Italian moped. It had two forward and one reverse gear. You had to stop to change gear - using a white Bakelite knob, on the bottom of the engine.

Great on the pit heap.

phantlers - 31 Oct 2021 21:32:15 (#18 of 127)

Best riding I ever saw was Barry Sheene recovering from a mistake and near fall to win at Oulton Park with a smashed fairing, mid 70s.

The spectators were roaring.

SinnerBoy - 31 Oct 2021 21:34:52 (#19 of 127)

I used to go to the speedway and watch all the JAP riders. If you were lucky, you'd get sprayed with cinders, as they went past, or smuts of hot oil.

HouseOfLametta - 31 Oct 2021 21:51:33 (#20 of 127)

Horrible wet gravel down your neck, and those burgers that came in a tin.

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