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« on: April 26, 2007, 12:25:13 pm »
Ok boys and girls - post some pics of your yesteryear bikes - especially the 50cc's - extra points if you are in the pic dressed in your 70s/80s attire :D  :D  :D

This will become interesting :twisted:

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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2007, 12:45:35 pm »
my suzuki ts250 1976

still have her - busy with a rebuild - just need to get the forks rechromed then she is ready to be reassembled

have i mentioned that i love 2-strokes?

they are the best!!!!

 

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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2007, 12:50:32 pm »
OK, I'll start the embaressment.... :oops:

I started my first ride report in 2004 with the following paragraph:

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Boys, bikes, dreams and adventure

During my last year of school in 1986 we all had 50cc motorcycles.  That was the time of the AR?s, MB?s, and RZ?s.  Children from more affluent homes had MBX?s and Suzuki Gamma?s.  We really enjoyed those bikes and rode like people possessed.  I get goose bumps just thinking of the mad and often dangerous stunts we used to pull.  Luckily we survived that crazy era and dare I say, maybe learned from it as well.  Near the end of 1986 we decided that our hometown is getting to small for us ? we need to tour.  We loaded up the 50?s and went on an (small scale) epic tour to Uilkraalsmond, a coastal holiday town on the south coast.  We didn?t have a lot of money so we stayed near caravan parks in the bush.  Funny how small things like accommodation didn?t seem to bother kids with big touring plans!  Luckily petrol cost less than 70c a liter at the time.  The whole tour lasted about five days and I don?t think we even covered more than 500 kilometers.  I can still recall riding up a not too steep pass with my fully laden ?Bobcat? in first gear and giving way to a passing truck! Those were the carefree days of dreams and adventure ?


These were the 2 associated pics - its me on the white Bobcat  :oops:  and Wino with the white jacket on the AR - the Honda man became a Kawa man and vice versa... :oops:  :oops:

(Note the very in Bunny jacket - mean man mean... :oops: )



Camping in the bush next to caravan parks (to use their facilities off course)



 :oops:  :oops: Hein out
 

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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2007, 12:56:28 pm »
I have posted this pic somewhere before but can't resist any opportunity to do it again because I like it so much. It was taken circa 1983 and I like it because the RD350LC YPVS was my first brand-new bike, because it was such a lekker time (jolling, pre first marriage etc., too young to die etc.), and because it could do gravel roads on ex-Zwartkops Pirelli tyres. It was also before Attgatt became fashionable, sorry 'bout that. The scratch mark on the left side of the fairing was the result of a low-side near Schoemansville (?) Hartebeespoortdam at night. The bike eventually died a violent death following a tankslapper on the N1 between Jhb. and Pretoria. Oh, yes and I like the pic because I still had all my hair and chicks actually phoned me.

 

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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2007, 12:58:50 pm »
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Got this pic at mabalingwe for those that might recognise it[/img]
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2007, 01:33:18 pm »
Only started riding 6 years ago  :shock:


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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2007, 02:00:10 pm »
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the first "big" bike i ever rode was my brothers xl500s

i loved the xl500 that was a great bike

you still see a bunch of xt's on the road but you dont see to many xl's these days
 

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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2007, 02:00:32 pm »
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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2007, 02:46:05 pm »
Quote from: "Watty"
Quote from: "bobnob"

i loved the xl500 that was a great bike

you still see a bunch of xt's on the road but you dont see to many xl's these days


Agree.  Note the big 23" front wheel, no disc brakes, no mono-shock rear suspension, but best of all, check that big rear sproket!  Lots of low-end torque - just the thing for popping a quick wheelie :evil4:. The Honda XT and Yammie XT must surely be regarded as the first true "dual-sport" bikes?  There were more pure off-road jobs (XR's, TT's, etc) available, but these bikes very possibly the first true street-legal 'scrambles' that could go the distance?


my TT has the same size sprocket on the back

it has gut renching low down pull - but donkeys pass you on the left at top end  :D
 

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« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2007, 06:38:26 pm »
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CLASSIC!! admin, make sure this pic is 'rolling' on the new forum platform :wink:
 

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« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2007, 07:22:34 pm »
Sheet, must check my other drives, must have wiped the ultimate Yamaha DT 175. Will find it later.

DT 175 twin shock 1974 ish,

Mods,

Bigger reed valve, from an RD 350 so machined up an 8 or 10mm spacer, source, crown of a Cummins piston.  :oops:
"Larger Carb" skimmed 1.5mm ish out of the bore of the stocker.
Longer swing arm , stupid mod totaly wrong, read too much Cycle world desert racer write ups.
Ported to road / desrt race spec :shock:
Increased suspension travel, by reducing overlap, bad mod.
Removed oil pump for just pre mix.
Shimmed clutch.
Modified air box to higher inlet etc.

(All done as a "school kid 16 to 18 years old" no old man, worked in a cinema at night and bought second hand MX tyres, had no finger tips due to worked on building sites throwing bricks for beer and bike bits whilst doing "A" Levels" in Pure Maths, Applied Maths and Physics). 8)  8)  

Today, 100% convinced I could have been as quick on the stocker :D  :D

Got a couple of Silvers in Enduro,s though  :D  :D .


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« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2007, 09:34:17 pm »
Maths, beers and  bikes - throw in some birds, drop the maths and one can live a decent life i suppose? :D

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« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2007, 06:29:46 am »
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Maths, beers and  bikes - throw in some birds, drop the maths and one can live a decent life i suppose? :D

H


Sheesh, those days da birds were there to, but definitely running a slow 3rd after Beer Bikes oh yes Rugby to.

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« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2007, 08:33:01 am »
My previous bike was a BMW650GS there are some awsome moments with her until 11/09/2002 she died and I stayed behind.





Then I got my LEGEND


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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2007, 12:56:16 pm »
My first baaik, I was 2 or 3 ? It was a police special and made some serious hp  :D

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« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2007, 01:35:23 pm »
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My previous bike was a BMW650GS there are some awsome moments with her until 11/09/2002 she died and I stayed behind.



Then I got my LEGEND


Is that at Country Trax?

Welsh  8)
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« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2007, 02:17:47 pm »
8)
Yes Welsh
Jan du Toit said never in his life did he see a more gorgeous moment.
The bike later was renamed F650GSA - A added for Aqua  :D


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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2007, 03:06:24 pm »
Man !!
Wino's AR brought back memories :D
Also had an AR on the farm when we were young. Was later converted to a off-road version. Same size tire front as back. After having to remove the mudguard. :D

Man could that thing jump contours!!!

One day came jumping over a contour and landed "THUMP" in one big pool of mud.
Straggled for 2 hours to get the bike out.

Man it was lekker, abusing that bike :lol:  :lol:
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« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2007, 04:08:36 pm »
I had the Kawa AE... I loved that little bike!  :D
 

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« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2007, 09:45:08 pm »
Kilroy, man I wish I had pics from the 80's. But your post sure brought memories.

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Boys, bikes, dreams and adventure

During my last year of school in 1986 we all had 50cc motorcycles. That was the time of the AR?s, MB?s, and RZ?s. Children from more affluent homes had MBX?s and Suzuki Gamma?s. We really enjoyed those bikes and rode like people possessed. I get goose bumps just thinking of the mad and often dangerous stunts we used to pull. Luckily we survived that crazy era and dare I say, maybe learned from it as well. Near the end of 1986 we decided that our hometown is getting to small for us ? we need to tour. We loaded up the 50?s and went on an (small scale) epic tour to Uilkraalsmond, a coastal holiday town on the south coast. We didn?t have a lot of money so we stayed near caravan parks in the bush. Funny how small things like accommodation didn?t seem to bother kids with big touring plans! Luckily petrol cost less than 70c a liter at the time. The whole tour lasted about five days and I don?t think we even covered more than 500 kilometers. I can still recall riding up a not too steep pass with my fully laden ?Bobcat? in first gear and giving way to a passing truck! Those were the carefree days of dreams and adventure ?


These were my first 50's, a RG50 and Suzuki TS50