I love my motorcycle

Just spent a couple of weeks giving the Thunderbird a bit of a touch up. Resprayed a few bits of running gear etc.
Not everyone’s taste, but I like it.
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Ravers

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
Got the old TY80 running for the boy today.

He couldn’t quite get the hang of it so of course I had to stretch it’s legs.

And before any clever **** pipes up, yes there was a horse in this field, no I didn’t hit it.
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Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
Loads of motorcycles passing us today
the homo davidson brother hood, noisy bastards, oddly several were wearing check shirts ?

then the crotch rocket brigade, all race leathers and spine protectors and loud pipes, the annoying spazzers

the off road dudes on KTMs, nice and quite

then the Superior motorcyclists, clad in matching BMW grey riding suits riding a GS with every extra, and standing up on the footrests ??? Piles or something ?

then the vintage lads, a couple of Vincent twins, a nice Royal Enfield, a few snarly Triumph twins and a Bantam, with a Honda CD175 as tail end charlie

Then a load of big touring motorcycles, smoothly ridden nice and quite and no showing off

Last one was Barry who I used to work with , on his CZ 175 trials bike, also with the vintage lads, but they make him ride half a mile behind as it smokes so much
he says idiots keep coming up and saying its a rare classic, they back off when he offers it to them for 5 grand
its truly awful to ride, smokes like a collier on wet coal, and looks awful
 

Ravers

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
Loads of motorcycles passing us today
the homo davidson brother hood, noisy bastards, oddly several were wearing check shirts ?

then the crotch rocket brigade, all race leathers and spine protectors and loud pipes, the annoying spazzers

the off road dudes on KTMs, nice and quite

then the Superior motorcyclists, clad in matching BMW grey riding suits riding a GS with every extra, and standing up on the footrests ??? Piles or something ?

then the vintage lads, a couple of Vincent twins, a nice Royal Enfield, a few snarly Triumph twins and a Bantam, with a Honda CD175 as tail end charlie

Then a load of big touring motorcycles, smoothly ridden nice and quite and no showing off

Last one was Barry who I used to work with , on his CZ 175 trials bike, also with the vintage lads, but they make him ride half a mile behind as it smokes so much
he says idiots keep coming up and saying its a rare classic, they back off when he offers it to them for 5 grand
its truly awful to ride, smokes like a collier on wet coal, and looks awful
I never really got the whole motorcycle scene.

For me bikes are just a fun and quick way of getting from A to B.

I’d much rather ride alone than in a group. Every bike I’ve bought, I’ve bought because I liked it and it was the right price, not for a look or as any sort of fashion statement.

On the few occasions I stopped off at biker cafes and what not, I just found it all a bit gay.

Blokes stood around comparing leather trousers and talking about exhausts.

Riiiiight.
 

Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
I spent the day painting the gates with the smallest brush I could find
it has its compensations as the crumpet is nice to look at, lots of nice fit 60 year olds
and the young kids who live here always ask about our Halloween event and try to get me to tell them this years project
I must admit i have no energy or inclination to ride my motorcycle, perhaps next week I might wheel it out
 

Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
I never really got the whole motorcycle scene.

For me bikes are just a fun and quick way of getting from A to B.

I’d much rather ride alone than in a group. Every bike I’ve bought, I’ve bought because I liked it and it was the right price, not for a look or as any sort of fashion statement.

On the few occasions I stopped off at biker cafes and what not, I just found it all a bit gay.

Blokes stood around comparing leather trousers and talking about exhausts.

Riiiiight.
That is my thought entirely
its all a bit weird, as you know I ride a girls bike, last year I went to a charity thing to raise money for the air ambulance, bloody hundreds of bikes, and some very rare machines, but two bodybuilder types were taking the piss out of my Italian ice cream makers collection of gas pipes, as I got on one of them asked me what the funny stickers were on the screen, Vignettes mate
oh what are they ?
like a tax disc to use the Swiss motorway
why have you got them??
well you need them on the motorway otherwise they fine you and make you walk home
Why would you want to go to Switzerland then mate
the beaches mate lovely they are, nice sea view of the med, and food and drink is so cheap
odd folks
they probably confuse Switzerland with Southend
 

Carbon 6

Old-Salt
Got the old TY80 running for the boy today.

He couldn’t quite get the hang of it so of course I had to stretch it’s legs.

And before any clever **** pipes up, yes there was a horse in this field, no I didn’t hit it.View attachment 478027View attachment 478028View attachment 478029
The TY80 is a superb little machine. It was my boy's first competition motorcycle, which he rode in schoolboy vintage trials, as shown below in 2006.
It's being rebuilt at the moment.

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Ravers

LE
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The TY80 is a superb little machine. It was my boy's first competition motorcycle, which he rode in schoolboy vintage trials, as shown below in 2006.
It's being rebuilt at the moment.

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When I was about 11 or 12 years old, a mate of mine had a TY250 in white and yellow. It was like the big brother of your lad’s.

It was way too much bike for kids like us.

For some reason the speedo was mounted low on the forks, the only way to see how fast you were going was to lean over the handlebars and look down.

Anyway the first serious bike crash I ever had was on that thing, I was blatting across a field and bent over to see how fast I was going.

Too fast it turned out because when I looked up all I could see was a pair of very deep tractor ruts which the front wheel dug straight into.

The bike stopped and I didn’t.
 

Carbon 6

Old-Salt
When I was about 11 or 12 years old, a mate of mine had a TY250 in white and yellow. It was like the big brother of your lad’s.

It was way too much bike for kids like us.

For some reason the speedo was mounted low on the forks, the only way to see how fast you were going was to lean over the handlebars and look down.

Anyway the first serious bike crash I ever had was on that thing, I was blatting across a field and bent over to see how fast I was going.

Too fast it turned out because when I looked up all I could see was a pair of very deep tractor ruts which the front wheel dug straight into.

The bike stopped and I didn’t.
I have a 1975 TY250 in the garage. It's in great condition, but hasn't been ridden in a couple of years.

I fired it up last year, pulled out the clutch and snicked it into first. Of course the clutch plates had stuck and there I was, on my back, with the bike on top of me and my arm through the chain between the sprockets. I counted my fingers when I pulled my arm out.

I got major grief from my son, who's now a Pro rated road racer and Enduro rider.
 
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The Vespa 150 TAP was an anti-tank scooter designed for use by French paratroopers. First introduced in 1956, the scooter was built by Ateliers de Construction de Motocycles et Automobiles, the licensed assembler of Vespa scooters in France. The scooters were equipped with a U.S.-made M20 75mm recoilless rifle, capable of penetrating 100mm of armor out to its maximum range of 3.9 miles.

Designed for airborne operations, the scooters would be dropped in pairs along with a two-man team—one scooter carried the gun while the other carried the ammo. Without any sights, the gun was not designed to be fired from the scooter. Instead, it was designed to be mounted on an M1917 Browning machine gun tripod which was also carried on the scooter. In an emergency, and ideally at close range, the gun could be fired while the scooter was moving. The scooters were cheap, costing only $500 at the time. 600 150 TAP's were built between 1956 and 1959.

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Carbon 6

Old-Salt
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I just took one of my son's for sale bikes out for a test ride. It's a KTM 500 EXC Supermoto. I learned very quickly to keep weight on the front end when I was giving it the revs!
 
Anyone come across Mutt Motorcycles? They're doing a 250 which interests me vaguely. What engine are they using?
I may zoom up to BriFtol and have a peep.
 
Anyone come across Mutt Motorcycles? They're doing a 250 which interests me vaguely. What engine are they using?
I may zoom up to BriFtol and have a peep.
Chinese copies of old Suzukis. Nothing fancy, but they're pretty.

Jesus, just saw the price... Horribly overpriced for what you're getting. If you want a cheap Chinese-made 'classic British' bike to tinker with you'd be better off saving £2000 and buying an AJS.
 

vinniethemanxcat

On ROPS
On ROPs
Anyone come across Mutt Motorcycles? They're doing a 250 which interests me vaguely. What engine are they using?
I may zoom up to BriFtol and have a peep.

Unless you can find a reliable service network avoid the Chinks like the plague.

I bought a Lifan scooter, not brilliant engineering, but it got me back on 2 wheels after 25 years away, the dealer lived 20 miles away, but he was a great mechanic, no real issues.

He packed it in after the scoot was 4 years old, and I had a terrible job finding anyone willing to touch it, after a while, found a one man business, specialised in scooters, so had another happy 4 years with him, then he packed in........ at this point, just scrapped it, had my fun.

Now riding a 125 Honda, twice the price, twice the cost of spares and servicing, but I won't have any problems with repairs.

Styling is shit..... the only thing you can say about the Chinese stuff, is they look like Vespas or old Beezers, the Hondas look like they were designed for a family of 4 Vietnamese, plus a crate of chickens and a pig.

But I'm still on the road, getting friendly nods from other bikers.......... had a run around the county today, all back roads, must have done about 50 miles, loved it.
 
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