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Re: My 1st motorcycle

Post by HPbyStan » Sun Mar 20, 2016 2:04 pm

HPbyStan wrote:Even sixty years ago this month my project bikes didn't look stock. 1946 BSA C11.
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Re: My 1st motorcycle

Post by koncretekid » Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:15 pm

My first bike - not a BSA but a 1961 Matchless G80TCS (600cc Typhoon model), not exactly stock. Spent most of the year I owned it circling a small field on the farm. I broke the crankpin doing burnouts at my university campus.

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Post by lathejack » Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:37 pm

HPbyStan wrote:
HPbyStan wrote:Even sixty years ago this month my project bikes didn't look stock. 1946 BSA C11.
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Great period photo Stan, and still tearing around on BSA singles today. Any idea what the area in the photo looks like today?

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Post by HPbyStan » Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:09 pm

Surprising but it looks just about the same. No tree in my front yard and both trees across the street are gone. The house directly across has some kind of siding all the way to the ground now but that is about it. I posted that pic on the "Growing up in Janesville, Wi." FB page and somebody wrote the he bet I'd like to have that bike today $$$$$$$$. I doubt there is enough time left for this planet for that bike to become valuable but I sure wish I hadn't sold my dads pristine '58 Gold Star in '65 for $300. That unit would be around $20,000 USD now.

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Re: My 1st motorcycle

Post by Jack Gifford » Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:21 am

I wish I had a picture of my first bike, 1940 H-D 45 flathead, that I bought in '59 for $60. Spiffed it up- paint, plating, etc.- rode it that one summer and thought I did well to sell it for $120!
[When 'men were men'- guy I bought it from rode it in "cross country" events- equivalent to modern enduros]
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Re: My 1st motorcycle

Post by hwan » Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:39 pm

You've started something now ......
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1971 - BSA C11G at Plymouth (UK) - when i decided to drive from Lands-end to John of Groats with a mate on a Vespa hairdryer.

U like the natty designer luggage ......... all wrapped up in fertilizer bags against the rain.

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Re: My 1st motorcycle

Post by Malcolms Lad » Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:30 am

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Photo is 2010, my first love 1985 xbr500 served me very well for some years. Joe
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Post by Mark Cook » Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:21 pm

Mine was a NSU Quickly :oops:
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Re: My 1st motorcycle

Post by hwan » Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:20 pm

Brave man to admit that !

Hence your BSA Beagle ?

Must admit, i have a yen for a rigid C11 or even better a girder forked C10 !!!

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Re: My 1st motorcycle

Post by David S » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:12 pm

My first motorcycle was a Y*maha JT60 mini enduro.My first british motorcyle was a 1971 Rickman/Zundapp 125MX which I still own to this day!

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Post by hwan » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:20 pm

DAVID S -

hah! - Andychaos had a Zandupp-Rickman - those frames keep turning up and tempting people to fit B25 engines them (not easily !)

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Post by Ian Hingley » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:24 pm

Malcolms Lad wrote:Photo is 2010, my first love 1985 xbr500 served me very well for some years. Joe
My son's got one of those! Light, nimble and sounds great...

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Re: My 1st motorcycle

Post by David S » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:35 pm

hwan,
I have 2 spare frames from 72 Rickman/Zundapps......Now you have me thinking about a B25 in one of them! How hard could it be??? :???: :shock:

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Post by Chris Pellett » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:46 pm

Mine was a NSU Quickly :oops:
two speed or three?
Just caught by the sixteener law I had the three speed with bigger tank, dual seat and pillion rests. Kidded myself it looked more like a motorcycle than mates with Puch Maxi's. T'was alright until Y*maha invented the FS1E. So I moved up to this C15 SS80
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Re: My 1st motorcycle

Post by skippy » Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:31 pm

The photo tells the story.
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Re: My 1st motorcycle

Post by hwan » Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:42 pm

Re - Zundap-Rickmans - a B25 could go in, anything taller wont - new a lot of chopping about ...... leave as is

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Post by minetymenace » Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:18 pm

No pictures of bikes one and two, so here is my 3rd, sporting a new front mudguard!
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While I think of it, I still have the original in the garage. It sported a single wire front to back, and had the mod recommended by the service bulletin of a thin strip bolted to the mudguard and welded onto the brackets that clamp the rubbers.
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Post by Brad Jones » Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:34 am

Confession time - yes, my first motorcycle was a Y*maha!! This pic was taken in 1979 when the bike was only a month or so old, the unquestionably un-cool top box foisted upon me by my parents for use Tec-college (books etc.) The even more dodgy sticker is advertising 'Fri-Pies', a product that my mates' dad used to sell via his deep freeze business!!

The bike - RS100 - used to go like stink if wound up through the gears although weighing a fair bit less at 17 years old than at 54, I doubt it would seem so zippy now! Still got the same leather jacket which still fits...sort of...!

Within a year a C15 took its place. (photo to follow if I can find one).

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Re: My 1st motorcycle

Post by Barry Creary » Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:17 am

Very cool Brad my first bike was BSA bantam but I have know picture so will have to just remember the good times which were not many because it didn't run for long and next was a Brighstone 100 which was very reliable :shock:

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Post by Brad Jones » Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:36 pm

It was actually a Bantam that first got me interested in BSAs Barry. There was a semi-derelict one in someones front garden that I could see from the top deck of the bus on the way to school, circa 1977. Always intended to ask the owner if he would be interested in selling it, but never did!

Poor quality pic of my first BSA, an ex-police C15. Bought in August 1980 with my two week holiday pay packet and some extra money that I'd saved for £200, it originally had a single seat that I soon replaced with the ill fitting item seen here. The odd angle of the silencer was the result of some idiot in a car that tried to squeeze between me and another car at the front of a roundabout queue on a dark, rainy, winter evening the same year!
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Post by johnq » Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:21 pm

:oops: 50cc Fantic chopper.dad used to call it the flying bedstead.(wish i still had it ££££).
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Post by madsundaysurvivor » Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:45 pm

while I was Reading old posts... I found this, like it :lol:

Me and my brother at nineteen, in our particular ace café, national road Valencia to Barcelona, a week before leaving for the army in North Africa (notice the short hair) :cool:
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My first bike was a Derbi (as the majority of spanidards) but my real first big bike was this motoguzzi

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Re: My 1st motorcycle

Post by ghislain » Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:24 pm

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Yes it was a H....A 125 ...soon after arrived a beautiful but unreliable B25 :werd
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