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You feel old when I first started riding bikes 250cc was the limit and when I did my test the examiner was on foot and jumped out in front of you, well not quite but I don't think I saw him apart from that one time.You could also once you had passed your test buy any capacity bike you liked. (the good old days eh! clear roads no speed cameras and you could fill your bike up for a quid)

Ditto. I passed on the KH100 when I was 18 with no training or lessons whatsoever. I rode round a couple of blocks for 20 minutes, saw the examiner once or twice (yes, he did jump out from between parked cars for the emergency stop) and passed first time. A month later I was on the CB550. Those were the days.

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GSX-R750RK, TZR250SP Reverse Cylinder, KR250A Tandem Twin (x4), GSX-R50, KSII-80. And my missus has a Hornet 250, SDR200, TDR80 and NSR50. We have a bit of a thing for obscure Japanese grey-imports...

In the past I've had : DT50, AR80, DT125R, KH250, TDR250, 350LC (x2), S3A 400 Triple, GSX-R750 (x3), GSX-R1100.

Did anyone go to the Classic Japanese Show at Stafford last weekend ? We were there doing this :

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More pics and words for anyone who's interested here : http://diffrentstrokers.com/stafford2012.htm

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I've been a biker since I was 17. And, until last year, I have never been without a bike.

I sold my last bike a couple of years ago when I got my Exige S as I just never got the chance to ride it, what with the crap weather and the Exige being just as much fun...but warm as well.

Last bike before she left:

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I passed my test in 1996 and bought a brand new CBR-600FX in 99. Kept it for 3 of years (1 accident as is the norm) until I sold it to get a 2002 Ducati 748 E which I bought new and will never sell:

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My wife (Sandra) was sicked fed up of being a pillion so end up getting her a: Suzuki SV650S:

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However after her off (resulting in a very impressive high side and a fractured pelvis) we decided to sell it.

After a little while we bought another bike for commuting: Suzuki DRZ-400S. Must admit it was fun for me but not the best bike for the commute into work.

Eventually traded it in for a Ducati Monster 696+ with the hope that Sandra would start biking again. However with me being constantly away with work it never happended so we sold it this year with just 900 miles on the clock in 3 years!!!

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George

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had a whole list of bikes....

Norman Nippy

Yamaha FS1-E which I learn't to ride on at 16

Yamaha DT175 which I passed my test on the day after my 17th birthday

Yamaha XJ550 which I'd bought when I was 16 in readiness for passing my bike test!

Suzuki GT380

Honda TL125

Kawasaki Z1000R Eddie Lawson replica

Laverda Jota 120

BSA Bantam

Triumph TT600

Honda CR125 x2

Still got the Norman (now in bits), the Triumph and the Laverda

:)

Hey - I had a Norman Nippy too - purchased for £2. Followed by a Kerry Capitino for £8 Followed by a Bantam D3 for £15 and an AJS250 for £40.... Those were the days

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I've been a biker since I was 17. And, until last year, I have never been without a bike.

I sold my last bike a couple of years ago when I got my Exige S as I just never got the chance to ride it, what with the crap weather and the Exige being just as much fun...but warm as well.

Last bike before she left:

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Nice looking bike.

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I've been a biker since I was 17. And, until last year, I have never been without a bike.

I sold my last bike a couple of years ago when I got my Exige S as I just never got the chance to ride it, what with the crap weather and the Exige being just as much fun...but warm as well.

Last bike before she left:

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mt01 i do believe nice ..

Troy,

I think it's more to do with the average age of the guys on the forum. If others are like me that come from bikes many years ango and still have an interest in two wheels but not the discomfort the hyper sports provide.

Trevor.

i am 41 myself trevor and i intend riding sports bikes for another 10 years at least health permitting , but i understand your point .

1975cg125 my first ever bike , franco morini 50cc scrambler which i put the cg engine in untill it ripped the rear wheel hub apart lol..1978ty 175,montessa 250 cota ,1980 cb100 my first bike on the road snapped the conrod on it.1979dt175 .ts 125 x2 ,1988 fantic 243 ,1988cr250 ,fantic 1992 k roo 250, 1990 beta zero 260 , 1984 tlr 250 ,1998 beta techno250 ,aprillia climber 280 , gasgas pampera 250 ,2003 gasgas 200 ,gasgas360, another 2005 gasgas200 my first ever new bike , 2002 fireblade 929 written off after 3 weeks gutted ,2006 gasgas 250 my second ever new bike still got it . 2003 gsx-r 750,1985 fantic 240 , 2005 cbr 1000rr still got it , 2008 rm 250 still got it .and about to buy a xr 80 to do up and sell . i am certain i have missed out alot more but can't think of them at this time . must say my favourite bike ever was my ty 175 , my first ever trials bike loved that bike to bits but swapped it for the cb100 so i could get to work .

mt01 i do believe nice ..

i am 41 myself trevor and i intend riding sports bikes for another 10 years at least health permitting , but i understand your point .

1975cg125 my first ever bike , franco morini 50cc scrambler which i put the cg engine in untill it ripped the rear wheel hub apart lol..1978ty 175,montessa 250 cota ,1980 cb100 my first bike on the road snapped the conrod on it.1979dt175 .ts 125 x2 ,1988 fantic 243 ,1988cr250 ,fantic 1992 k roo 250, 1990 beta zero 260 , 1984 tlr 250 ,1998 beta techno250 ,aprillia climber 280 , gasgas pampera 250 ,2003 gasgas 200 ,gasgas360, another 2005 gasgas200 my first ever new bike , 2002 fireblade 929 written off after 3 weeks gutted ,2006 gasgas 250 my second ever new bike still got it . 2003 gsx-r 750,1985 fantic 240 , 2005 cbr 1000rr still got it , 2008 rm 250 still got it .and about to buy a xr 80 to do up and sell . i am certain i have missed out alot more but can't think of them at this time . must say my favourite bike ever was my ty 175 , my first ever trials bike loved that bike to bits but swapped it for the cb100 so i could get to work .

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Currently have triumph Daytona 675.

Unfortunately with the Evora plus 2 kids under 2yrs the bike has had very limited use recently.

Previously had zx6r and before that a fazer when I used to commute into London all the time.

Would love Ducati 848 but cannot justify swapping with little use it gets.

Perhaps a triumph rocket in 10 yrs

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Yes JAson and Trev. The MT-01 was the best mix of handling and sheer grunt I could find. 1680cc of V twin. At full chatter (a mere 6000rpm) the sound was awesome and the torgue was arm wrenching.

 

But as I said. I just never got to take it out enough.......I would buy another now just for the 10 days a year I could ride it!

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Had my TZ350B back from the museum it lives in to take it to a bike show the other week end so I grabed a couple of shots of my two favourite toys together.

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Thanks Nigel

Beautiful Moto Morini, David. Your daughter certainly knows how to get into the spirit of the photo :)

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Thanks, do you get the chance to use the Yamaha? I must dig out some of my photo's of me flying down the drag strip on my Harley got 13 seconds once on a good start and the wind behind me!

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Last raced her back in 84' and restored her over the last 7 years. Started the engine up at the Australian Historic Championships which were held here in Tassie in 2011 just to hear it run again after 27 years :)

Got an offer for a display spot in the Museum here and so thats where she lives now, unless there's a local historics show on.

Must have been fun dragging the Harley, was it a pure drag racer or street drag bike for week day fun too?

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It was a fairly standard bike apart from the fact I used to get a guy in Reading to sort and tweak it, I bought it before Harleys were trendy so enjoyed the old bone shaker for what it was, an awkward heavy road bike that came into it's own on a drag strip when you revved it to over 4K and just dropped the clutch and hung on, very addictive. Must be nice to ride a light little racer though, I also owned a Vincent Comet or half a Vincent as it was rudely called by some. Don't have any bikes now as I was nearly killed by a lady not looking ahead and instead looking behind at her screaming brat, still I lived to tell the tale at least.

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Honda 250n my first bike,added Invader fairing and 2 into 1 exhaust

 

Kawasaki Z650SR

 

Kawasaki Z750L1

 

Kawasaki Z1000R2

 

Kawasaki Z750 Turbo,added Neta pipes,recovered seat and some lovely rear sets (i loved this bike soooo quick)

 

Moto Guzzi 1100sport on track day,as it came out of show room,then sent to Raceco for tune up and of course some carbon cans

 

Aprilia RSV Millie added rainbow can,alloy exhaust hanger,carbon front and rear fender,carbon rear light surround,double bubble tinted screen,racing sticker

 

Just some to be getting on with :)

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Started on. Honda NS125R then got my Gilera GFR 125.... Mental 125, still got her. Then Most recently a Triumph Daytona 600

I'd like to start riding again. Missing randomly throwing some stuff in a bag and heading around the country surprising people...

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Michael P.  ..if you are in your 'old ages' ..or maybe just 'disabled from bike accidents'  ..how do you manage to get in and out of the Esprit ??

 

..if the surrgery was goin so good, why not start riding on a bike again ;)

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Hi Gunter, Hips were replaced due to disease called AVN. Getting in and out of SE is by using hands to swivel my butt on the sill plate. Once in, am OK. Bikes were getting hard to separate leg while getting over the seat. Also, if I were to go down for almost any reason on the bike, I probably would destroy what is left of either hip.

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Sad to read today of the death of the Daily Telegraph's  motor cycle journalist on a BMW launch in South Africa yesterday.Kevin Ash had previously worked for MCN. and was always interesting to read .The Telegraph's motoring correspondent has written a few words here:-

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/9821403/Kevin-Ash-remembered.html

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