Discussion in 'Automotive' started by SouthernStar, Dec 13, 2012.
Are those yours, Vis? Those are collectors items. We own two Kriedler 50cc racing bikes that are collectors items. I'll post pics of them tomorrow.
I wished Southern. If I owned a 67 Commando and Bonnie 650 I wouldn't be around much. I once passed on a deal of lifetime years back. Ended up at a garage sale of a elderly gentleman was moving into a seniors home, he was around 90 at the time. Anyways he moved over to Canada in the mid 50's and brought along his brand new BSA Bantam (1956), he drove it for a year and put it away for 45 years. This bike had under 5000 miles and all he wanted was $2500. Looking back, I kick myself daily, but back then I needed the money more than the bike.
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Over here a lot of people ride crotch rockets, big Honda's or Harley's. All rather boring to me.
Now that's a beauty, Vis.
I dont know about beautiful, but this is my old dirt bike I had for 25 years. I sold it this last year because I dont ride it any more.
Here is a pic just like the first dirt bike I bought new in 1975.
I prefer 4 wheels these days.
Hey Sam, do you remember those orange Suzuki 400's that had a flywheel that weighed about an ounce and a half? The throttle had two positions, on and off.
Yes, my best friend had one which was the same model as the 100cc that I had. I was scared to even ride the thing. We used to travel to races together and he got hurt all of the time riding that monster. We were 15 and 16 years old at the time.
Bikes I have owned. Most purchased new. 1967 Yamaha twinjet 100 bought for me by my mother who also purchased a 50 cc so she could go riding with me. two years later....Suzuki X6 hustler, 1969 Kawasaki H1. 1971 Kaw H2, 1975 kaw 900 Z1B, Suzuki GS1100, Honda 900 custom, 1980 kaw kz1000 and a brand new 1993 Honda 750 Nighthawk. My favorite one was my first one even though my Z1B was a thrill to ride since I had an RC Engineering turbopak on it. I often got it up to 150 with throttle to spare. Rode quite a few Harleys and did not like them. I had a chance in 1975 to buy a new Norton 850 commando still in the crate for 1k from Hollywood Kawasaki/Triumph of Burbank and now I wish I had. At the time, I was pissed at them after I rode a friend's and nearly went over the handlebars grabbing a handfull of front brake, thinking I was pulling in the clutch. Shits all backwards and stuff.... Bikes and boats are my toys of choice.
About a decade ago a couple of friends of mine were dealers for the Royal Enfield. Although they are no longer made in England they were pretty fun to ride. They are now made in India and had a very rough shifting transmission from the factory and needed to be broke in to 200 miles before delivery to the customer. The guys at the shop didn't have time or got tired of riding them all of the time and would loan them to me to put the miles on them. I really enjoyed it for a while until the new wore off. It looks like these newer models are much nicer than the bikes I was riding. I was riding mostly classic 500s, which were modeled after the old 50s or 60s model Royal Enfields. They didn't even have electric starters.
Marty Dickerson, who holds the land speed record of 186 mph at Bonneville on his VBS was my instructor at West Valley Occupational Center, VanNuys, CA where I was taking a motorcycle electronics course in 1974. Funny guy. He liked me. He let me face a few of his vincent valves on the grinder one day. He told me "don't fuck up." I didn't.
I had one of these 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000's. Zero to 50 mph in 56 feet. From stopped at a crosswalk, to the other side of the four lane intersection, 50 mph. Gawd, that thing was fast. I can't imagine what these new bikes (like SouthernStar's first picture) are like.
I used to ride on this 5 mile section of road out in the middle of nowhere, that had no cross streets, just to see how fast that thing would go. Well, out there were these hard-shelled, flying beetles known as "June bugs." I took one on the chin at 120 mph, and almost fell off. It was like taking a punch from Mike Tyson.
Nice ride, I think the fastest street bike I ever road was a 70s model Kawasaki 900 like the one John Z Whitey mentioned owning.
Top speed on the MV Agusta F4 1000 is about 300 kms ph.
That 77 is a good lookin machine too. Thing about these mid70s Kawi's is that you really needed to do a few things to make them stable. I always put Boshe shocks with 120 lb Mullholland springs, bronze swingarm bushing, steering dampener and heavier fork springs. This solved the gyroscopic effect that they were notorious for. Sticky tires also helped. I ran Dunlop k91s I think.
i think the best lookin bike so far is HA's Black Shadow. Badass bike.
In my opinion the best dirtbikes currently made. Made in Austria instead of Japan whats not to love.