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  2. Memorable motorcycles.

    They must have filmed that on some of the roads around here! Now lets see somebody do that on a "normal" bike!
  3. Memorable motorcycles.

    Being as our roads are slowly deteriorating into 3rd world cart tracks, I can see something like this being useful! I've not seen these, I always fancied a Ural, what was the one with the sidecar wheel drive called? Was it a "Dnieper"? Apparently you could get all sorts of accessories for these back in the Soviet era. IIRC there was a road test in one of the magazines, adn they said you could get a plough, and a circular saw amongst other things. I think you dropped the back wheel and used the hub it as a PTO somehow for the saw etc.
  4. Memorable motorcycles.

    I don't know what really modern bikes are like but they were getting too tall at one time. Both that XS750, and the Bonny were tall for me, and I'm 6ft. My wife had a job kickstarting that KH 250, and a friend kindly lent her a nearly new Kawasaki 250 LTD to take her test on.
  5. Memorable motorcycles.

    I ordered the blue one. That's the one I'd seen. They delivered the red one. Or that's what they told me. I took it. Had it through the Summer of '76. Great times! Met my missus then.
  6. Memorable motorcycles.

    Mine was the earlier one. With the rear footrests mounted on the swinging arm!
  7. Memorable motorcycles.

    They were popular enough. Another potential world beater lost by lack of development and investment. Ariel made good quality bikes.
  8. Memorable motorcycles.

    "Sparrers" we used to call them. And the one with the fairing was a "Bleeder" I never had one, but I think most of them suffered badly from the on /off throttle thing, and being generally thrashed!
  9. Memorable motorcycles.

    It's 'cos we all treated the throttle as an "on / off" switch. You had to keep an eye on the timing. My T500 had been fitted with electronic ignition, but that went dicky and I went back to points and regular timing checks to save holes int he pistons. Fast though! Good fun. Missus had a KH 250 just like that one. If it hadn't had the original engine numbers I'd have sworn somebody had sneaked a 350 in there! I remember reading the original road test on the 500 Kawa, and they were blown away by the performance.
  10. Memorable motorcycles.

    I was still an apprentice electrician in industry in '75 when they came out first. Saw one in a dealer's window and fell in love. We'd not long had quite a big pay rise then. Something to do with apprentices being underpaid for some time. We had some back pay as well. IIRC, pay went from around £15 a week to over £20. I got the Honda on the drip on the strength of that. Got "made up" to electrician not that long after. Inflation was so bad back then that you needed a pay rise every week!
  11. Memorable motorcycles.

    Yes they are green, (or at least a lot of them were). They had their faults though. Like a lot of British bikes they had problems which could have been sorted easily, but which weren't. I just like "different" One thing about Brit bikes is that they need almost continuous fettling. You don't "service" them as much as continually maintain them. If you don't you end up with a oily horror. Japanese bikes on the other hand are like modern cars. As long as you do the servicing at the proper intervals you just push the button and go.
  12. Memorable motorcycles.

    Yeah I always fancied a Commando. Never had one. Always really wanted a 500 Velo. Again I won't have one now. Reality is I probably wouldn't use it much, and I suspect they're an arm and a leg to buy! Sunbeam S7 as well!
  13. Memorable motorcycles.

    This was an earlier one. A pre unit. Just an ordinary single carb job. They always said that the best vertical twins were the 500s. Apparently the bigger engines didn't balance as well. And yes, I think on the whole I liked the 400 /4 the best out of the lot. I sold it to get the XS750, and almost immediately regretted it. Hindsight's a wonderful thing! :-)
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    Funny, last bike I had on the road was an oil in the frame American spec (I think that's what they're called high bars and small tank) 750 Bonny, nice clean bike, and ran well but I think the engine had been "got at". Great at main road speeds, not so great round town and on the lanes. I didn't really like it that much. Heavy, tall, indifferent handling, vibration. One of the "nicest" bikes I ever rode belonged to a mate of mine. Difficult to say what made it "nice" but it was. It was an ordinary Triumph 500 twin. Don't remember the model. It wasn't pristine or anything, but had been looked after by somebody who knew what they were doing. Ran beautifully. Smooth as anything (Really smooth and I was riding that 400 /4 then) Said to my mate a year or two back about it, he said he wished he'd never sold it.
  15. Memorable motorcycles.

    Never had a CX, but I always fancied one. A mate had one and he liked it, but I think he wanted a bit more poke. I liked that Honda 400 / 4. I'm a fairly big bloke ( a bit too big these days!) but I really prefer something with less weight. I haven't ridden for some years now though. Seemed to me that every time I went out some idiot would have a go at putting me in a box. Not riding like a loony either. Driving was awful down here in the SW then, and it ain't got any better since!

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