Motorcycles

vitalspark

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Running an XT600 and 955 Triumph Sprint ST just now. There are two other projects that I used to run but need major work to put back on the road -a 58 Trifield 500 and a Yam xs650 hardtail chop. Managed to get myself a mention in the Feb edition of Bike Magazine this month as I did a 3 day off-road trip in the Iceland highlands. 15 mins of Fame lol
 

Roro

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Running an XT600 and 955 Triumph Sprint ST just now. There are two other projects that I used to run but need major work to put back on the road -a 58 Trifield 500 and a Yam xs650 hardtail chop. Managed to get myself a mention in the Feb edition of Bike Magazine this month as I did a 3 day off-road trip in the Iceland highlands. 15 mins of Fame lol
Nice bike the xt, big thumper. Pity yamaha never did a cafe racer version, low suspension, clip on bars and rear sets. I would love to see your trifield too.
 

vitalspark

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Nice bike the xt, big thumper. Pity yamaha never did a cafe racer version, low suspension, clip on bars and rear sets. I would love to see your trifield too.
The trifield is a 5TA 500 engine that I slotted into 250 Crusader frame and 'trailified' it. Recon I was 35 years ahead of my time when I look at some of the mainstream stuff out there lol. Size of a modern 125 that went like the clappers. Great fun. Sold to a mate when I was trying to set up a bike shop on the Isle of Lewis and he immigrated with is to NZ, brought it back years later and then blew it up in Glencoe -hence the project status :)
 

blaven

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1977 CZ 125, Yam RD400. Big gap as kids grew up. 1989 Moto Guzzi Targa 750, Kawasaki 900 + Honda XB500,
Pan European +Yam Serrow, VFR750 (did 20k. miles on that. Best everyday bike ever) +Yam XT350, KTM 640 Duke.
Suzuki Burgman 400. Gave up before I killed myself.
 

blaven

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Great bike!!! I had the 350 Powervalve. Thing was wheelie machine, but nowhere near as bad as the 500 Gamma I briefly owned. That thing was just terrifying
Yeah, you developed arm muscles just to hang on to that screamer. First bike to have cast alloy wheels I think.
 

Roro

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I love bikes as much as i do guns, but they are dangerous bloody things. Its often idiots in cars not being aware of anything around them, being on phones, women putting on make up, etc, that cause accidents.
 

Woodsmoke

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I love bikes as much as i do guns, but they are dangerous bloody things. Its often idiots in cars not being aware of anything around them, being on phones, women putting on make up, etc, that cause accidents.
I couldn't go back to a bike now. They've changed so much from when I was riding that it's probably a completely different skill now
 

vitalspark

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I couldn't go back to a bike now. They've changed so much from when I was riding that it's probably a completely different skill now
I think the biggest thing you would notice is tires that aren't made of greaseproof paper and that you can ride in the rain at speed without puckering up too much :) Otherwise just a bit better all round. Plenty of 15 -20 year old bikes out there still worth having.
 

Ozalid

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The last and fastest bike I ever owned, fully tuned and recorded 182mph on the gps with me and the missus on riding down to Brands early one Sunday morning, fond memories.

 

Shootist

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I bought myself this for a 69th birthday prezzie. Fairly steady, easy to ride, pleasant handling. Top end is a mere 110mph but it will go fast enough to kill me and nobody can go faster than that. Get's me past the fug boxes easily. Economical too. Makes for a nice run to Skeggy and back.

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Roro

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I couldn't go back to a bike now. They've changed so much from when I was riding that it's probably a completely different skill now
Its the complete opposite, i went from an old triumph to a newish suzuki gsxr 600, and it was night and day. The clutch, throttle etc were very light, the brakes would stop you on a penny piece, it did not need a service every month, no comparison, much as i do love my old iron.
 

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