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Here are some old photos I dug up and scanned of my old man and his '81 (I think) XR 500 R. It was the 13th (I think) in the country. It was Honda's first model with Pro-Link suspension and was kinda a big deal (but you knew that already).

He did everything on this bike - foot ups, enduro, motox and touring!








that's my uncle on the left and his XL. Uncle as in mom's brother, not dad's brother. Dad and him were and are still best friends - that's how my dad met my mom. he always says he married my mom because it's the one chick my uncle wouldn't try steal from him  :deal: . behind them is my dad's old VW camper van that he kitted out inside himself. I am told that I was in that camper van on this particular trip with my mom and aunt, but i don't remember it - I would have been 2 or 3 at the time




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Those were the days...   :thumleft:
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I love the lack of gear. Helmet, boots and gloves. Thats it.
 

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I love the lack of gear. Helmet, boots and gloves. Thats it.

+ kidney belt  :thumleft:
 

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Two legends parked together on pic three.
XL500s (23inch frontwheel) and the XR500R.
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Some cool pics there  :thumleft:


You're dad's skinny.. why you so fat?

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Gotta love the simplicity of the good old days, no gps, no panniers , no tent, no full armour. Must be nice to just stop and camp anywhere, not having to try put up a tent, no blow up matress, air pillow, Simplicity at it's best  :thumleft:
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lekker pics and good memories!

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Awesome

I also had one of those XR's brings back memories
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Wes...............your dad is a way cool dude  :thumleft:

Lekka nostalgic post.
 

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Great photo's!
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Awesome Wes , thanks for posting these   :thumleft:
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Nice memories wes ;)
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Frantastic! Those were great days!

I wonder what happened since then.....
 

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Brings back memories - I had one of these. Used to travel 60 - 80 km per day, rain or shine. I fitted a trick boxed aluminium swingarm. The lights were terrible especially after I fitted aftermarket indicators.
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Frantastic! Those were great days!

I wonder what happened since then.....

The marketing guys sold us this idea that bigger is better, comfort above all else and GPS and phone numbers replace spanners and problem solving :-\ And most of us bought it hook line and sinker. :-\ What fools we are.

Cool post Wes. Those were the days.

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Man those pics bring back memories.... Your Dad must have been very brave......................lighting that fire with all that dry bush around   :biggrin:
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I have a pic of my sis on my dad's 81 xr and my sister on it then he had a XT and then the TT600 which I still have today he had a similar helmet as your dad's AGV, just called an MDS and it is white still have that.

I still have his 1975 Suzuki race shirts.

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Nice pics, Wes!  As a schoolboy in those days the XR was my dream bike.  When I was around 11 my uncle took me for a ride on his red stallion... Those Honda's were great bikes - simple and bulletproof!   :thumleft:
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