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  • Premier Icon zippykona

    Owned now or back then.
    My triumph t120v and my dad circa 89.


    My old morini – sadly sold it to pay for current bike


    My father bought this new back in 1952. I am planning a few green lanes locally in the summer as it has just fired up after 30 years.

    I would really like a T120 engine to build another greenlane bike!

    Premier Icon scotroutes

    Suzuki Katana 1100 – got stares everywhere
    [url=https://flic.kr/p/aKKjBM]Kat-Crop[/url] by ScotRoutes, on Flickr

    RV125 – before fatbikes became mainstream πŸ™‚
    [url=https://flic.kr/p/8ZB9wg]Yellowcraigs[/url] by ScotRoutes, on Flickr

    Ducati Darmah
    [url=https://flic.kr/p/8NQ9KW]img008[/url] by ScotRoutes, on Flickr

    and again

    Another Morini 500

    Fun little Suzuki RG250

    GS750 visiting the Bold’Or
    [url=https://flic.kr/p/8NQbQu]South of France[/url] by ScotRoutes, on Flickr

    Premier Icon zippykona

    Love the Katana, would definitely be part of my lottery win.

    Premier Icon scotroutes

    It was stolen from outside my work one night. I got a replacement with the insurance money but it never felt quite the same.

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    My first race bike, a 1987 FZR400 2TK with different bodywork (after I crashed at Aintree) –

    1989 FZR400 3TJ (I’ve had loads of these) –

    We built a couple of XJ550 cafe racer type things too but I haven’t got any pics of them.


    Always lusted after the big kat. I remember someone won one in a Which Bike? competition with a slogan along the lines of “Eight out of ten kats say their owners prefer them”

    Wish I’d entered now πŸ™

    Anyway, mine:

    which I sold to buy:

    Which I really regret selling, but I needed the money at the time πŸ™

    Premier Icon kcal

    there are some stonking nostalgia bikes up there!!

    scotroutes I think must have owned many of the bikes I dreamed of owning but was too scared to ride !

    Pinnacle was a RS250 which I crashed a couple of times and decided maybe me and motorbikes weren’t meant to be.

    My flat-mate back in 1983 raced a Katana, took us for spins round the original city ‘bypass’, old nearly pooped myself :/ Lad at work had succession of nice bikes, Morini 3 1/2 was one of them, lost track of Gogs’ others..

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    My wee Matchless ’49 which should be ready for the road i a month or so. Should look a bit like a ratty version of the one up there^ as it will have knobblies on.
    It’s not getting paint or anything to tidy it up, I like the look of it as it is.


    One from my collection…


    ^^ CB900F? Always intended to get one after the four four but ended up with a car.

    Edit – the black one up there.

    Premier Icon tillydog

    Farm bike

    With the leg-burner exhaust

    (My brother had a CR250R ‘red rocket’ motorcrosser with knackered suspension – it was bl**dy lethal!)

    Then I passed my test and bought this:

    (Alfa 4-into-1 with home-made, minimalist baffles)

    Then one of these (GPz550) for some European touring:

    (I still remember the excitement of having an ignition key with GPz on it 😳 )

    Then I got what was once my dream bike, but don’t have any decent photos of it πŸ™ Abolutely mint, it was, exactly like this:

    I even cleaned and polished this one.

    Now taken to mountain biking instead…


    Just scraping in at 1989 with G47TYP

    I loved this bike, i had a blue one as above, put TZR 3 spoke wheels on it, double headlamp conversion & sprayed it all black (no logos). I miss it & still think it looks the nutts! (and yes, thats 1/2 an FZR1000 front disc strapped to the front end!).

    Really wish I’d kept this 350 Sherpa.

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/5xtN4U]Bulto[/url] by jimmyg352, on Flickr

    Premier Icon scotroutes

    Prior to that lot up there, I had a Honda CG125 and a Suzuki GS400. I also had a 600 Pantah and then one of these

    But I can’t find photos of either

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    Here’s my 1951 Automoto AV125

    Not running yet but should be by the summer


    Great thread!


    I had one of these for a few weeks after I passed my test (beware the advice of others!):

    By God it was crap, and I struggled to do double figure miles before needing to stop for a pish. A nice man from Ireland who was into Trabants bought it off me and rode it home (from Sheffield). Replaced it with a 1200 Bandit.


    Lovely lovely bikes – whilst modern bikes might start and stop properly they just look soooooo ugly

    b r

    No pics, but pre-90 mine were:

    Garelli Tiger
    Yamaha RD250E
    Yamaha RD350LC
    Yamaha RD350LC
    Yamaha RD350LC YPVS
    Yamaha FZ600

    a slight pattern developing…

    Premier Icon totalshell

    no pics but the current collection is
    honda 400/4
    triumph 350 twin
    triumph tiger cub
    beta evo
    fantic 200
    ajs 350
    bsa bantam
    and others..

    Premier Icon epicyclo

    Norton 750

    Norton Commando with Dunstall kit. Painted, lined and sign written by myself.

    1948 ISDT Triumph T100 square barrel (generator engine). The Inter was my mate’s. Armstrong Siddeley was mine.

    Panther 600 (part way through an unsuccessful home made V-twin conversion.

    Trying to stuff a pocket valve H-D motor into a 100cc James frame.

    Ariel Red Hunter 350cc

    Velocette 500 with a wee bit of work – Dodkins polished and balanced cranks, flattened cam followers (like Thruxton), but with smaller bore carb for flexibility.

    Another Panther 600 with deflatable air forks.

    Triumph Thunderbird 650 – crossed the Corrieyairack on this following the old Scottish 6 Days route.

    All my bikes were extensively modified, but usually subtly so it wasn’t too obvious.

    Don’t seem to have photos of more recent stuff. BMW K1, Electraglide, Ducati Monster, but they’re fairly well known, so no great loss.

    Oh, and currently this is mouldering away unloved.

    Premier Icon Bustaspoke

    I’ve never had a bike newer than my XT600 so all my bikes would fit the criteria for this post.
    1976 Honda SS50
    1978 Honda CB125T Passed my test on this
    1973 Suzuki GT250 ramair Rewired by a farmer.I learned a lot about motorcycle maintainance with this
    1979 Suzuki 250X7
    1981 Yamaha XJ550 The only bike I bought new
    1981 Yamaha RD250LC I production raced this πŸ˜€ I also rode it around Circuit Paul Ricard after the Bol back in 86 πŸ˜€
    1980 Kawasaki Z650 Cost me more in oil than petrol riding back form Barcelona 😯
    1985 Yamaha FZ750 This one has also done a few laps of Circuit Paul Ricard, Bol D’or 92
    1986 Yamaha FZ750 This one needs a new engine…
    1986 Yamaha XT600
    I’ve still got the last 3,love my Yamaha’s πŸ˜€
    Here’s my current fleet.The other FZ750 is in bits..
    1985 Yamaha FZ750

    1986 Yamaha XT600

    very impressive, Epicyclo. You and I must be of a similar vintage …

    No pictures available, and not in any particular order:

    1963 Lambretta TV175 (200 conversion)
    1965 Lambretta SX150
    1966 Triumph Tiger Cub
    1966 James Superswift 250
    1963 Triumph 3TA
    1976 Honda TL125 (150)
    1976 Bultaco Sherpa 250
    1976 Bultaco Sherpa 350
    1975 Yamaha RD250
    1977 Yamaha DT175
    Started again in 2001 …..

    Premier Icon zippykona

    When I started work we did bikes as well as cars. This was their proddy racer.
    I would have to repaint it every time it got crashed. It was ridden by a tiny Australian lunatic whose name escapes me.

    edit it might have been Paul Lewis.

    Premier Icon Bustaspoke

    When you said ‘tiny Australian lunatic’ the name that immediately sprang to mind was Paul Lewis.
    Known as either ‘the angry ant’ or ‘Loopy Lewis’.


    what a great thread!

    Been think a building a bloody great shed in the garden and starting a collection of old jap bikes.


    I owned one of these for 7 months.. DR400, it was mad.

    Can I add this, not mine but my cousins..

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    I was a late bloomer, so only got into bikes quite late.

    This is the only pre-90’s bike I’ve owned, built and restored from a complete basket case.


    Dad bought this new in ’77
    I did my first trial on it in ’79 aged 13
    One of these days I’ll get it fixed up …


    loving the Ducatis up there ^^^, whilst we are on the subject to vee twins, how’s this for the coolest thing on two wheels πŸ™‚

    Edit – can’t copy image for some reason – bloody well worked yesterday πŸ™

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    harris by Stevie’s Photo’s, on Flickr[/img]

    Pinnacle on engineering in 1985. Keep meaning to sell it but never seem to get round to it

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    My first bike – 1987 Suzuki DR750

    This one is currently lurking in the garage awaiting going on eBay, 1984 Kawasaki KLS250

    Cheers, Rich

    Premier Icon MrOvershoot

    First foray into powered 2 wheels (was into Northern Soul at the time)

    Saw the light and moved onto something a bit more real bike! (no pictures of the old DT I can find but this is the closest I can find.

    Like a few others had several Morini’s only picture I can find with my sister sat on it!

    Had an absolute peach of a Morini 500 triple disk frame with a tuned 350 motor in & gold Campag wheels the 2 into 1 exhaust was a work of beauty and when starting on 1 choke of the 2 Dellorto’s it would spit blue flames out πŸ˜€
    All the lads with LC 125’s thought it was the mutts nuts πŸ˜‰

    Premier Icon zippykona

    I used to love helping uncrate the new bikes and build them up.
    Z1300 and GPz 1100. I could not get over the sheer size of the 13.

    My mighty TS 50 is behind the 13.
    Also notice the state of the art workshops!

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