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Re: Old Motorcycles, etc

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:15 am
by Ashley James
Not always, but she’s thirty one now and really rather nice.

Re: Old Motorcycles, etc

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:33 pm
by Norm Miller
[quote="C J Murray"]My Velo is finished. I have to wait for good weather to ride it. 30 years ago I owned a Thruxton a few numbers away.

Cliff, beware the short kick start lever. These old girls have a bad temper.

Re: Old Motorcycles, etc

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:27 pm
by C J Murray
Norm Miller wrote:
C J Murray wrote:My Velo is finished. I have to wait for good weather to ride it. 30 years ago I owned a Thruxton a few numbers away.

Cliff, beware the short kick start lever. These old girls have a bad temper.
Right on Norm! They are famous for hurting their owners especially if you forget to retard the spark before starting. Riders of other brands limp due to get offs. Velocette riders limp from kick back! :shock:

Re: Old Motorcycles, etc

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:22 am
by C J Murray
A different Velocette with a different purpose. The picture above the KTT MK8 is of Stanley Woods riding the same model to victory at the 1939 IOM TT.
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Re: Old Motorcycles, etc

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:54 pm
by Jack Walter
I got to meet Stanley Woods at the Vintage Motorcycle Race at Donington in 1978 - I've got a picture of him astride his motorcycle in the pits that I'll have to find and post up.

Re: Old Motorcycles, etc

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:29 am
by Ashley James
Jack Walter wrote:I got to meet Stanley Woods at the Vintage Motorcycle Race at Donington in 1978 - I've got a picture of him astride his motorcycle in the pits that I'll have to find and post up.
I remember him turning up at Mallory and barely able to walk. He was taken round the circuit in a Scott sidecar outfit with it off the ground on the corners. Next year he was back with new hips and riding one of Ivan Rhodes ex works 500cc KTT Velocettes. He’d ridden one before the war in the TT. He was full of fun and absolutely charming.

A year later he did a parade lap of the IOM TT circuit on the same bike and not slowly.

Re: Old Motorcycles, etc

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:56 am
by Mike Grant
1973 Norton Commando Roadster. Lots of modern upgrades for performance and reliability, and it didn’t leak or seep oil. Sold it a few years back when I stopped riding.

Re: Old Motorcycles, etc

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:17 pm
by Mark Todorovich
Through my sons . I now have an 82 Sportster. I was wondering what are the opinions of two wheeled fans for the V- Rod. My Harley fan Son's main opinion is that its not really a Harley. I have Porsche Mountain bike, it's certainly not the best mountain bike, but it's cooler at a carshow than a Cannondale or other bike only brand.
Mark

Re: Old Motorcycles, etc

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:51 pm
by Graham Kerr
No I don't like V Rods either, and I certainly don't like the new 750 Harley street bikes. But then again I don't much like any Porsche after the 993, it's air cooled forever in my shop and the best factory Harley made was IMHO the '89 softail. It's funny init, all you guys across the pond love the British iron and all us limeys like the HD's. I'm also very much into classic racing pushbikes but we better talk about them somewhere else. Hey guys, here's my Harley, flatheads rule!

Re: Old Motorcycles, etc

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:51 am
by Peter Boettcher
In 1997 Porsche and Harley started the V Rod project together. Lots of good info on the web on this amazing joint venture. I ride an 08 Superglide and always enjoy seeing a V Rod.
They have treated like an ugly second cousin in the Harley world, even though they are an engineering Marvel.

Re: Old Motorcycles, etc

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:08 am
by Mark Sabbann
Mark Todorovich wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:17 pm
Through my sons . I now have an 82 Sportster. I was wondering what are the opinions of two wheeled fans for the V- Rod. My Harley fan Son's main opinion is that its not really a Harley. Mark
I test rode a V-rod a few years back and didn't care for it. The seating position is different - I prefer the more classic styles. I think the V-rod engine is vibration-isolated so that is a plus.
Graham Kerr wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:51 pm
... the best factory Harley made was IMHO the '89 softail. Hey guys, here's my Harley, flatheads rule!
My one-owner '89 Softail Springer was styled after the original '48 Knucklehead with the springer fork. Many don't care for the 'motocross' type elevated front fender but the fork travel requires it. After a day of riding this bike with the non-vibration-isolated engine, all your muscle kinks are gone. It's a good kind of being 'tired' but the best thing I've done with this bike is to replace the original 2-into-2 exhaust with the 2-into-1 exhaust. It does a lot to suppress bike vibration.
That's a beautiful flathead Graham!

Re: Old Motorcycles, etc

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:35 am
by Gordon White
Image2000 Indian
5700 miles from when I bought it new I love the vintage look.