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Best decade for motorcycles ?
« on: October 08, 2021, 02:27:39 pm »
1950 - 1959 : These British, German and American bikes rule the roost
1960 - 1969 : You know what it seems these new Japanese bikes are not Jap scrap, they are outrunning my Triumph and BSA whilst being super reliable !
1970 - 1979 : Holy smokes these bike has some go, the chassis and suspension cant keep up - have you seen that new H1 !
1980 - 1989 : Mid 80's the real superbikes and race replicas start to appear with handling to match and we get to buy bikes close to those who race the Paris Dakar, hit that synth beat !
1990 - 1999 : Superbikes become the mainstay and adventure bikes starts to get heavier and get more cylinders
2000 - 2009 : EFI and ABS starts making their appearance, bikes become even heavier
2010 - 2019 : Goodness how did guys ever ride bikes without TFT screens, 8 rider modes, and traction control !

For me it's easy, the 80's ! After all the decade the Tenere was born  >:D
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2021, 02:45:22 pm »
I'd also vote for the 80's :thumleft:
 

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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2021, 02:48:31 pm »
I think we may well vote with our hearts, the time we grew up riding bikes ? For me it was more the 90's but just have a lot more favourite bikes that came from the 80's.
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2021, 02:50:09 pm »
Made it a poll
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2021, 03:08:40 pm »
The 80's for sure.  Yes, one's youth certainly played a role but there was a lot of innovation and new ideas being built into bikes.  Also the bike industry in SA was doing very well. I was young and was (mostly financially) reckless.  From 1981 to 1986 I owned these classics: Eddie Lawson Replica, TT500, Z1R, NS400R, CR125 Elsinore.  Ja, there are some very lekker bikes now, but nothing that has the soul those bikes and many others had.


Personally, '81 was the best year of my life.  Ever!
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2021, 03:10:59 pm »
The 80's for sure.  Yes, one's youth certainly played a role but there was a lot of innovation and new ideas being built into bikes.  Also the bike industry in SA was doing very well. I was young and was (mostly financially) reckless.  From 1981 to 1986 I owned these classics: Eddie Lawson Replica, TT500, Z1R, NS400R, CR125 Elsinore.  Ja, there are some very lekker bikes now, but nothing that has the soul those bikes and many others had.


Personally, '81 was the best year of my life.  Ever!
I agree. I heard in the 80's more bikes were sold in SA than Australia for example. The hey days of motorcycling.
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2021, 03:12:06 pm »
I feel that the 70' produced the most appealing bikes ,and that then led to the cult of motorcycling
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2021, 03:23:15 pm »
The 80's for sure.  Yes, one's youth certainly played a role but there was a lot of innovation and new ideas being built into bikes.  Also the bike industry in SA was doing very well. I was young and was (mostly financially) reckless.  From 1981 to 1986 I owned these classics: Eddie Lawson Replica, TT500, Z1R, NS400R, CR125 Elsinore.  Ja, there are some very lekker bikes now, but nothing that has the soul those bikes and many others had.


Personally, '81 was the best year of my life.  Ever!
I agree. I heard in the 80's more bikes were sold in SA than Australia for example. The hey days of motorcycling.

I can recall the Sunday morning breakfast runs to Stywe Lyne at Harties. Hundreds of bikes, literally.  Every single Sunday morning. There used to be a small cash store diagonally across the corner from where Monte Casino is today.  Some days we used to meet there and then ride out past where Riversands Farmstall originally was and Diepkloof is today. How I survived those rides some days only my guardian angel will know.  :eek7:

Dices between the R28 bridges near Lanseria. Sometimes there were cops on the overpass to control spectator traffic.  Hordes of bikes at Highpoint in Hillbrow on the weekends. Bike parking outside Wits Tech was an entire block long! Filled with bikes that a student could mostly afford by working a restaurant, bikeshop or other part time job.

Speedbike in Klerksdorp, Main Yamaha in Main Street sort of behind the Carlton Centre (worked there in 1981), Campbell Racing, Arthur Drake down near Dornat VW, Butch Hirsch Racing, Bike Hospital near End Street, Midmacor Honda up near the Top Star drive-in near Selby if I recall correctly, Linex Yamaha out on DF Malan Drive I think (worked there part time for about 2 years while studying). Linex should get a medal of honour for lasting as long as they have. Corobrick and Syringa Spa for MX, Tarlton for drags and bike rallies, Harties for breakfast runs, Kyalami for superbikes. The bike industry was so alive back then.

Dayum! those were lekker days.  Thinking back, I really miss them.  Life was different then.
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2021, 03:27:28 pm »
I feel that the 70' produced the most appealing bikes ,and that then led to the cult of motorcycling
CB750, H and Z Kawas to name a few ?
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2021, 03:35:02 pm »
I had a friend Milton Arbuckle (yes, really) who I used to trail ride with.  Him, Stuart Oliver and Darryl and Rodney Lipchick from Main Yamaha.  Milton had an IT490 which he could ride, despite him wearing the thickest glasses I've ever seen.  So one day we ride into Riversands Farmstall, Saturday midday and its packed with folks getting there chicken pies and all.  It was quite lahdie dah back then, favourite hangout of the Sandton and Bryanston set.  Milton pops a wheelie coming into the parking area and lands front wheel against a Rolls Royce that was parked where the driver thought it would be out of harm's way. Oops!  :eek7: :lol8:

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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2021, 03:36:31 pm »
Speedbike in Klerksdorp,
Dayum! those were lekker days.  Thinking back, I really miss them.  Life was different then.
Yes, Piet van Zyl was a legend.
I used to hang out in his shop after school most afternoons.
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« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2021, 03:38:41 pm »
Once a Honda man, always a Honda man I see.  :thumleft: :biggrin:

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« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2021, 03:41:33 pm »
Once a Honda man, always a Honda man I see.  :thumleft: :biggrin:

Kyk daai Piet van Zyl was vir spoed niks bang nie.
Ja ek het al heelwat Hondas besit in my lewe.
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« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2021, 03:42:52 pm »
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2021, 04:12:50 pm »
This decade! Coz any decade I can ride a bike is the best one.

But to play the game: when all the brilliant 750s came out. Sjoe, those things made one's heart beat so much faster!
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2021, 04:14:59 pm »
I feel that the 70' produced the most appealing bikes ,and that then led to the cult of motorcycling

Indeed. I voted, with my heart, for the period 1970-79. This period was ushered in by the already in production Kawasaki H1500, a real horror of peakyness and noise, yet exciting beyong anything the bike world has seen till then. Then in 1972, this guy got a big brother, the H2750, man what a bike, tractable, lots of torque and beyond beautiful.
1972 also saw Suzuki bring onto the market their GT750, a liquid -cooled triple 2stroke touring bike. It had one of the best designed cooling systems ever.  It was so good that Suzuki stopped equipping it with a cooling fan after it's 2nd year of production.
There was also Kawasaki Bighorns, Suzuki TS400's, Yamaha rt1,2,3 360 and DT400's on the 'scrambler" front.
Yamaha had their fabulous aircooled RD350/400's, and if you had enough money, the astonishing customer TZ range.
The 70's aso saw the birth of one of the most beautiful motocrass bikes ever, the Suzuki RM125/250/370.

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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #16 on: October 08, 2021, 04:22:00 pm »
I feel that the 70' produced the most appealing bikes ,and that then led to the cult of motorcycling

Indeed. I voted, with my heart, for the period 1970-79. This period was ushered in by the already in production Kawasaki H1500, a real horror of peakyness and noise, yet exciting beyong anything the bike world has seen till then. Then in 1972, this guy got a big brother, the H2750, man what a bike, tractable, lots of torque and beyond beautiful.
1972 also saw Suzuki bring onto the market their GT750, a liquid -cooled triple 2stroke touring bike. It had one of the best designed cooling systems ever.  It was so good that Suzuki stopped equipping it with a cooling fan after it's 2nd year of production.
There was also Kawasaki Bighorns, Suzuki TS400's, Yamaha rt1,2,3 360 and DT400's on the 'scrambler" front.
Yamaha had their fabulous aircooled RD350/400's, and if you had enough money, the astonishing customer TZ range.
The 70's aso saw the birth of one of the most beautiful motocrass bikes ever, the Suzuki RM125/250/370.

I can go on all day.

I agree wholeheartedly with this, THE era of the (then-)powerful two-strokes!
I had the whole (original, not KH detuned shite) 3-cylinder series of Kawasaki, the S2 (350) my daily ride.... hell, didn't even had a car then, summer & winter riding.
"Are you cold?" I steadfastedly answered with "No!" ..... until the day my work colleagues had to lift me off the bike, I was almost completely frozen (but answered NO!)  ::)
Those were the days...  :thumleft:
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2021, 05:42:32 pm »
I feel that the 70' produced the most appealing bikes ,and that then led to the cult of motorcycling

Indeed. I voted, with my heart, for the period 1970-79. This period was ushered in by the already in production Kawasaki H1500, a real horror of peakyness and noise, yet exciting beyong anything the bike world has seen till then. Then in 1972, this guy got a big brother, the H2750, man what a bike, tractable, lots of torque and beyond beautiful.
1972 also saw Suzuki bring onto the market their GT750, a liquid -cooled triple 2stroke touring bike. It had one of the best designed cooling systems ever.  It was so good that Suzuki stopped equipping it with a cooling fan after it's 2nd year of production.
There was also Kawasaki Bighorns, Suzuki TS400's, Yamaha rt1,2,3 360 and DT400's on the 'scrambler" front.
Yamaha had their fabulous aircooled RD350/400's, and if you had enough money, the astonishing customer TZ range.
The 70's aso saw the birth of one of the most beautiful motocrass bikes ever, the Suzuki RM125/250/370.

I can go on all day.

I agree wholeheartedly with this, THE era of the (then-)powerful two-strokes!
I had the whole (original, not KH detuned shite) 3-cylinder series of Kawasaki, the S2 (350) my daily ride.... hell, didn't even had a car then, summer & winter riding.
"Are you cold?" I steadfastedly answered with "No!" ..... until the day my work colleagues had to lift me off the bike, I was almost completely frozen (but answered NO!)  ::)
Those were the days...  :thumleft:


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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2021, 06:43:01 pm »
For me, obviously as you might expect definitely the 1960's.

But no. I'm a great reader of motorcycling history and I'd have to vote for a decade before even I was born! The 1930's. The birth of the iconic British overhead camshaft singles. Triumph parallel twins. The mighty Vincent V twins. Supercharged BMW's. Awesome Italian Fours. All of which stir excitement in me today even though I wasn't there at their birth, they were still going strong through my formative years, and I can live in my imagination the great racing battles on real roads and circuits between the great names of Woods, Guthrie, Dorani, Meier, Wunsch, and so many other greats.

But wait.....thinking again about it. Twelve years ago I was facing compulsory retirement, very despondently convinced that would be the end of my motorcycling days, because certainly I wouldn't be able to afford to run a motorbike as a pensioner. Well you know what, since then I've enjoyed possibly the best years of my motorcycling life and still it goes on.
The 2010's and '20's. These are the golden decades!  :ricky:
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2021, 06:57:37 pm »
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