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Offline Dux

Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2021, 06:58:37 pm »
The 80's for technological progress , just think of progressing from air cooled twin shock to liquid cooled mono shocked beam frames , two of my favourites signify the beginning and end of a decade , the Z1000ELR and the VFR750R RC30
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #21 on: October 08, 2021, 09:07:28 pm »
For me the 80's is about the Suzuki Katana. Probably the bike that started the superbike era in my humble opinion.

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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #22 on: October 08, 2021, 10:29:51 pm »
For me the 80's is about the Suzuki Katana. Probably the bike that started the superbike era in my humble opinion.

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« Reply #23 on: October 09, 2021, 05:28:46 am »
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 ó and many others ó 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.
Seems like we rode a lot of similar paths and trails in that area, from MR 50 to PE 400 400 fours, , was a fantastic era of biking life , things were simple in youth, and you fixed your bike with spanners not computers
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #24 on: October 09, 2021, 06:58:28 am »
The 1970's the era of the Laverda Jota and Guzzi Le Mans.  :biggrin:
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #25 on: October 09, 2021, 09:17:16 am »
The 1970's the era of the Laverda Jota and Guzzi Le Mans.  :biggrin:


Those Jota's were fast too.
 

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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #26 on: October 09, 2021, 09:22:05 am »
The 1970's the era of the Laverda Jota and Guzzi Le Mans.  :biggrin:


Those Jota's were fast too.

That flat crank triple howled like a banshee..  :biggrin:
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #27 on: October 09, 2021, 09:40:43 am »
The 80's for technological progress , just think of progressing from air cooled twin shock to liquid cooled mono shocked beam frames , two of my favourites signify the beginning and end of a decade , the Z1000ELR and the VFR750R RC30

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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #28 on: October 09, 2021, 09:41:56 am »
Seems like we rode a lot of similar paths and trails in that area, from MR 50 to PE 400 400 fours, , was a fantastic era of biking life , things were simple in youth, and you fixed your bike with spanners not computers

Weren't those the best years hey!
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #29 on: October 09, 2021, 09:58:11 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. :biggrin:
I also voted for this period that still make my knees go weak. Add the MG Le Mans 850
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #30 on: October 10, 2021, 07:22:00 am »
The 1970's the era of the Laverda Jota and Guzzi Le Mans.  :biggrin:

1980/81 two up on the London North Circular Road, heading to Brands Hatch on the Suzuki, a Jota with a 3:1 came past me in a Roundabout, picked up an almost identical one on the exit and the two of them went to play, 40 years on I still get the hairs on my arms bristling remembering that cacophony of musical engines.  >:D >:D

By the way as I understand it, only 3 countries in the World got the Jota, UK, RSA and Aus. :sip:
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #31 on: October 10, 2021, 08:05:38 am »
The 1970's the era of the Laverda Jota and Guzzi Le Mans.  :biggrin:

1980/81 two up on the London North Circular Road, heading to Brands Hatch on the Suzuki, a Jota with a 3:1 came past me in a Roundabout, picked up an almost identical one on the exit and the two of them went to play, 40 years on I still get the hairs on my arms bristling remembering that cacophony of musical engines.  >:D >:D

By the way as I understand it, only 3 countries in the World got the Jota, UK, RSA and Aus. :sip:

And the Jota came about as a direct result of the modified 3C from the Slater brothers , the 3CE .
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #32 on: October 10, 2021, 08:20:05 am »
The 1970's the era of the Laverda Jota and Guzzi Le Mans.  :biggrin:

1980/81 two up on the London North Circular Road, heading to Brands Hatch on the Suzuki, a Jota with a 3:1 came past me in a Roundabout, picked up an almost identical one on the exit and the two of them went to play, 40 years on I still get the hairs on my arms bristling remembering that cacophony of musical engines.  >:D >:D

By the way as I understand it, only 3 countries in the World got the Jota, UK, RSA and Aus. :sip:

And the Jota came about as a direct result of the modified 3C from the Slater brothers , the 3CE .

Yep, when an importer wants to go superbike racing.  :ricky:

Strangely, I see that they are based in Knighton now, which is my turf over there, about 30 miles from home max.  8) When I say Knighton is a Border Town, it is in Wales, but the Railway station is in England, which caused endless issues under differing Covid Rules, England vs Wales, another Town, Llanymynych about 10 miles from home is a Border Town, Pubs on one side of the Street were closed for Covid, the other side open, then rules changed and it swapped. :sip: 
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« Reply #33 on: October 10, 2021, 09:18:51 pm »
My friend Dave Abraham's had a Jota , I had lots of fun on that bike one weekend  :thumleft:
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« Reply #34 on: October 10, 2021, 09:47:39 pm »
My friend Dave Abraham's had a Jota , I had lots of fun on that bike one weekend  :thumleft:
A bike that will remain my no.1 favourite
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #35 on: October 11, 2021, 11:01:09 am »
The 80's when I qualified for a big bike.
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« Reply #36 on: October 11, 2021, 11:56:11 am »
Voted........1980 - 1989.

Decade of DT 50's, 175's, XT 500, TT 600, Tenere 600, BMW 80 and 100 GS, Suzuki SP, Honda Bol'Dor, Bimota, CR 500, KX 450, Guzzi Le Mans, Katana, CBX, Kawa Z1300, Honda 500 Turbo, Goldwing, etc etc, to name a few.
And not even mentioning the Maico's, Bultaco's and Montesa's of that time :drif: :drif:
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« Reply #37 on: October 11, 2021, 12:23:22 pm »
I had the ordinary XS 1.1 great motor but handle it didnít 😎
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« Reply #38 on: October 11, 2021, 01:15:44 pm »
The 80's for sure.... judging from responses here I'm pretty darn sure a lot of us swanned around same spots as Dorsland... I got whacked by a swarm of bees during a  bridge to bridge dice  :o

I was lucky enough to own a XT500, TT600 and a Z1000R around 84 onwards ... Syringa, Tarlton, Kyalami... heady days :biggrin:
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Re: Best decade for motorcycles ?
« Reply #39 on: October 11, 2021, 04:09:45 pm »
This is like an Old Boys Club now it seems.  :biggrin:
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