Bloody awful motorbikes.
The Flying OxMember
I had a VN1500 Drifter and it was pure class. Granted, the factory pipes were a bit asthmatic, but I solved that with some imports from the US and one of those dynatune thingumybobs. Sounded like, well, this actually:
Turning circle of an oil tanker, but it was like sitting in an old Winchester lounge chair. Get one.Posted 4 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
Why do I want another one?
Old Brits – worn out, useless, vibratory pieces of shite.
Leak more oil than the Amoco Cadiz, never run properly, crap lights.
Ok as a boat anchor. Useless as transport.
Done that. Never, ever again.
Lambrettas – about as reliable as a hand grenade with the pin removed, slower than glacial drift and ridden by cider drinking inbreds in fake grass skirts.
All aftermarket spares seemingly made from compressed cheese and a hatred of humanity.
East European stuff.
Ridden originally because the owners couldn’t get anything better.
Uglier than an anal prolapse. All the engineering subtlety of a flagging maul.
I loved my old MZ and quite fancy a new Jawa.
Or a Ural.
And now, the final insult:
I quite fancy a Jap cruiser.
Possibly a VN800/900.
All the class and style of a rotting badger combined with the comfort of a pair of thumbscrews.
I know. Awful isn’t it?
God help me.
Is there a cure?
I do love decent bikes too, but keep being drawn to the motorycling equivalentPosted 4 years ago
Harley`s are like tractors with a couple of wheels removed .The most unomfy bike I have ridden was a Harley and they are ugly.
Not strictly my cup of tea but drive a Road King from LA to Las Vegas was great funPosted 4 years ago
And introduced me to “Twins”. Have had 6 various models and makes but I can’t every see me going back to IN4sPigfaceMember
Quite a few single 2 strokes would start up backwards if they stopped at TDC, Gareth Roberts on his Sherpa at a trial in Caerphilly, waiting to get called into a section by the observer, carefully selects the right gear his eyes on the observer his face a mask of concerntration. “Yep, next” calls the observer, Gareth gives the bike some throttle drops the clutch and goes flying over the bars as the Bultaco shoots backwards. Cue pandemonium among the about 50 riders who were all watching, Gareth who was a humourless git is mortified and then gets very angry with the observer who had given him a five, he had landed in the section apparently.
Really awful motorbike that I have experienced was a BMW R45, had a fairing like a barn door and was so slow.Posted 4 years ago
Nah, 2 stroke, lots of travel, & a bit old school.
Delivered last night at last, need to do a few things before first ride out though, she has been sat for best part of 30 years, engine strip proved all good inside though.
Now sporting a set of Ohlins on the rear.
Got to get some repro plastics to save originals, pair of Renthals, & a Doherty throttle & its good to go.
Posted 4 years agofailedengineerMember
I’d love an old British single, me. Or maybe a Matchless 650 twin.
I’ve currently got a Tiger 800 which I thought would slow me down a bit after a Speed Triple. However, the opposite appears to have happened, because the handling is so good on the less than perfect roads round here. I keep looking at Hinckley Bonnevilles though. Especially some of the customised ones …..Posted 4 years agozippykonaSubscriber
I love mountain bikes but the magazines have said all they can about them.Posted 4 years ago
A copy of Classic Bike keeps me going for days. The call of something powered is strong.
I don’t want to ride them anymore I just fancy a project. Hopefully time ,money and common sense will prevail.barnsleymitchMember
Worst (and very, very occasionally, best) bike I’ve had was a Buell M2 – awesome when it was running properly, trouble was, this was an all too rare occurrence. Currently got a Harley Streetbob – whoever said they don’t see the point in modern Harleys has clearly never had to put up with an old one. I had my fair share of Japanese 2 strokes as a yoof (RD’ s, KH’ s and an LC) – unreliable for the most part, but don’t regret a single one.Posted 4 years agoweeksySubscriber
I don’t want to ride them anymore I just fancy a project. Hopefully time ,money and common sense will prevail
nowt wrong with that mate, i did a mini restoration on a GPX750R a couple of years back, was VERY rewarding.
I’m currently knee deep in another ‘mini’ project which is my R6 track bike, but in all honesty it’s not far from completion.Posted 4 years agoOrange CrushMember
Yeah, Bultacos were good for that, to the point where one guy had the tank badges made to read Ocatlub.
In between trials we used the bikes to ride to school and my Bulto did the running backwards trick as I left a give way – straight back in to my French teacher’s Toledo. No damage to my rear tyre fortunately:-)Posted 4 years agoglobaltiMember
This thread has got my mouth watering… am watching an old but very tidy unmolested bike going for £750 on Ebay, the same as my first big bike back in the mid 80s. Have just called Swinton for an insurance quote and was surprised to be told £100 for third-party only. It would make a great tinkering / occasional warm sunny trip bike.
Hmmmmmm……Posted 4 years ago
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