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Old 08-15-20, 08:59 AM
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Not a "motorcycle", but a motorized cycle nonetheless. Sold it to buy a bicycle. The whole motor thing is overrated.

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I would actually love to own a Vespa. They've got some serious retro flair
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I would actually love to own a Vespa. They've got some serious retro flair
Reliable is not a word I'd use for a 1950s scooter. Just sayin.
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Reliable is not a word I'd use for a 1950s scooter. Just sayin.
I care not for reliability, I take pride in the fact that I can fix anything. I especially enjoy figuring out something I've never worked on before. Taking it apart, seeing what makes it tick in its own unique way. As a child I took apart everything from my toys to my parents household electronics and usually managed to get them back together. Then I started dragging home broken things the neighbors were going to throw out and get them working again. Vacuumes, VCR's, bicycles, lawnmowers, didn't matter what it was I just wanted to see if I could fix it. I honestly still do basically the same thing and make a pretty good living from it. I buy vehicles from insurance auctions, repair and sell them.
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Originally Posted by Kriscarr View Post
I care not for reliability, I take pride in the fact that I can fix anything. I especially enjoy figuring out something I've never worked on before. Taking it apart, seeing what makes it tick in its own unique way. As a child I took apart everything from my toys to my parents household electronics and usually managed to get them back together. Then I started dragging home broken things the neighbors were going to throw out and get them working again. Vacuumes, VCR's, bicycles, lawnmowers, didn't matter what it was I just wanted to see if I could fix it. I honestly still do basically the same thing and make a pretty good living from it. I buy vehicles from insurance auctions, repair and sell them.
That's all fine and good. But when the motor dies at a light and won't kick start, you are sol. Either $100 for a tow or you push for 4 miles. Nope, I'll stick with reliability.
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That's all fine and good. But when the motor dies at a light and won't kick start, you are sol. Either $100 for a tow or you push for 4 miles. Nope, I'll stick with reliability.
I pushed my Honda about 10 kms with a severe limp because I was still recovering from my broken leg, so you make a valid point.
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But they are fun to look at. These pics are from the Imola swap.

2019 Imola Scambio 05 by iabisdb, on Flickr


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2019 Imola Scambio 27 by iabisdb, on Flickr


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Wow. It's like thumbing through old Classic Motorcycle mags. Pioneer stuff too.
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Old 08-16-20, 11:52 AM
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Lotsa lovelies in this thread. Gladdens my heart in these dark times.

Me circa 1972 in a Georgia trailerpark, just outside of Fort Stewart.

Pa used to go bar-hopping with me in front of him on this bike. Once when he was too drunk to ride back home, he called Ma to come get us. From a phonebooth in the middle of a thunderstorm. Lightning struck the phone lines and he got electrocuted. When he finally woke up, he said he was sober and I was just sitting in the grass next to him.

Kawasaki's W650 was the worst commercial flop in the US since carbonated milk, but I feel lucky to have gotten two of them.

They were only imported for two years in this country because Americans have $#it3 taste. Triumph's best-selling model in 2001? The Bonneville America--another wannabe harley clone.

Don't know if my 2002 ZX9R qualifies as classic or vintage, but she's got 96,000 miles on her now and has carburetors.



And Kawasaki's mighty EX500 will always have a special place in my heart. Wish I'd never traded it in for a terrible BMW F800GT that my girlfriend wanted.



After having such terrific luck with that '02 ZX9R, I got another of Kawasaki's inline-four 900s. A 2018 Z900RS. Kinda reminds me of a ZReX light, but the thing gets 50+mpg while going 80+mph on the freeway. And it's my dog's favorite bike.

If this things rockin', don't bother knockin'.

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Wish I had the pics.
1968 Honda CB450. In 1979, so I didn't consider it C&V.
1977 Triumph Tiger 750, but in 1982, so I didn't consider it C&V. It was crap, anyway
1976 KZ1000MkII, but in 1983, so I didn't consider it C&V. Too fast, too heavy.
1982 GPz550, which was in 1982, so no, not C&V, but if I had it now.....dammit.
1983 GPz1100, which was in 1983, then the tariff thing, 18 months overseas, and boom! new 700c bikes were outrunning it.
(That made it C&V in my head, but an original Eddie Lawson GPz750 would have been the pie).
1981 Low Rider. We won't go there. It didn't pan out. Pun intended.
So skip nearly 40 years.
(Ignored a CBX when I could have gotten it in 2010...likely would have killed me.)
Back on a V-twin, albeit one 8 years old....
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The only C&V motorcycle I'd go out on a limb for would be a WWII US Army Indian.
I'm not sure I could ride it, but I always thought they were pretty cool. And the colors!

EDIT:
I forgot. I've had a woodie for an XR-750 since time began.
Even just the motor. For a price an earthling can stand...
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
The only C&V motorcycle I'd go out on a limb for would be a WWII US Army Indian.
I'm not sure I could ride it, but I always thought they were pretty cool. And the colors!
Id rock a vintage Indian. Id even rock a new Polaris Indian if someone else paid for it

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Old 08-16-20, 08:11 PM
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Great Kawasakis! I like that you did some touring on a ZX9R. My friend works at Mid-Cities Motorsports in Paramount and rides the Z900RS (the naked version of your bike) and loves it. We traded bikes once, he got to use my ZRX1100 and I his Z900RS. That Z900RS has got some oomph! Bet your dog loves riding with you.

I want to put a sidecar on my KZ650 so my 7-year old son could come riding with me. Cheers!
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That was a clever bike that should have caught on. Nice.

Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post

Kawasaki's W650 was the worst commercial flop in the US since carbonated milk, but I feel lucky to have gotten two of them.

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This is my current C&V project. I have to admit crazy does not go away, my 72 Triumph vintage motocross racer for AHRMA Sportsman open twins. Pre-1974, unlimited displacement, over 60 age class.
1972 T120V Bonneville engine in a 1966 TR6C chassis. Engine has a 750cc T140V Bonneville top end, the head is ported to Thruxton works racer specs, Johnson T-65 short track cams, 34mm Mikuni VM series carbs, Carrillo Rods, Ross Forged pistons, Nitrided crank, Late T140V transmission, Alloy clutch basket stuffed with Barnett parts. This collection of random parts should make 50 to 55 rear wheel horsepower with flat power from 3000 to 7000 rpm. The chassis is graced with Husqvarna CR-450 forks and brakes, the triple clamps are custom by Emig racing built to Husqvarna works "Mag" 250 geometry. The goal is to get this pile finished by next June.






















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If you go back far enough, you can see the real relationship between bicycles and motorcycles.






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Nemosengineer, your Triumph project reminds me of the hours that I killed up at at LACR drag strip watching vintage motocross after finishing up eliminations on the strip.

I remember one guy racing a Harley Sportster motocrosser taking the holeshot, than being passed by the entire field inside of one lap.

And I can remember as a boy watching MX in Clavarack, NY, seeing a cigar-smoking gent bring his triumph twin to the line.

Both events unforgettable.
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Back in the days when I had the RD400, a guy at work that had a Sportster was talking some ***** about how quick his stripped-down Harley was. We settled that argument on lunchbreak.
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I don't own this 1964 Triumph T100SC anymore. I should have kept it.... But it leaked Fork oil, Gear oil, Primary oil, Motor oil, Gas if you didn't turn the petcocks off.
We knew when to add oil.... when it stopped leaking...... and the oil leaking bikes were the fast ones! I bought a Yamaha 500 Thumper instead... toured USA on it and sold it. Not the same torque as a British long stroke thumper. I don't ride motorcycles anymore, but I keep looking for "the bike".... I can't understand why these new bikes are so darn big and heavy. Note the 10 tooth gear-over on the rear.

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That W650 is a fine looking machine. Almost makes me want to ride again.
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What I wish I had was Honda trail 70 we all learned to ride on as kids. But they're going for more than I'm willing to pay.
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I watched a near-death event. A motorcycle death event happened right outside my apartment. And an event that wasn't really near-death, but really sucked for the guy happened into the back of my car.

As much as I would love a motorcycle- I'm terrified of them. I'm a clod. I'd die fast.

I watched a motorcycle accident happen- standing in front of a Circle K, dude's riding down the street minding his own business and a van pulls out into the road- cycle has to dodge, van drives off all oblivious... cyclist wipes out and makes hamburger out of his leg.

A guy got killed right outside my apartment during the 95th Harley Davidson thing- a kid cut a corner too sharp and mowed down two guys on bikes, killing one.

A guy on a motorcycle rear ended me- just tapped my bumper, but his handlebars tapped the back of my car and dude lost his finger.
WOW!!! I can fully relate. For years after college I wanted to get a motorcycle. My first desire (in high school) was a Triumph Bonneville 650 or a BSA. That evolved to a chopped Harley panhead in college and a few years after, and then to a BMW R75. After we went on a road trip to Yosemite on an R75 and an R100 modified with 4 valve heads in the early 1980, I decided a stock R100 was the best option.

At each stage when I would get close to scraping the funding to purchase, I would witness a bad motorcycle accident. It would cool my wants. The last warning was when in Yosemite I hit some gravel and almost lost it. Fortunately I did not and stopped in time. I figured the small pine trees at the side of the road would have been survivable. When I walked closer I saw that they were the top 6 feet of at least 50 footers growing on a near vertical cliff. I decided those warnings were real.

I still love the looks of the BMW R series, and a lean classic Harley, but not for me.
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WOW!!! I can fully relate. For years after college I wanted to get a motorcycle. My first desire (in high school) was a Triumph Bonneville 650 or a BSA. That evolved to a chopped Harley panhead in college and a few years after, and then to a BMW R75. After we went on a road trip to Yosemite on an R75 and an R100 modified with 4 valve heads in the early 1980, I decided a stock R100 was the best option.

At each stage when I would get close to scraping the funding to purchase, I would witness a bad motorcycle accident. It would cool my wants. The last warning was when in Yosemite I hit some gravel and almost lost it. Fortunately I did not and stopped in time. I figured the small pine trees at the side of the road would have been survivable. When I walked closer I saw that they were the top 6 feet of at least 50 footers growing on a near vertical cliff. I decided those warnings were real.

I still love the looks of the BMW R series, and a lean classic Harley, but not for me.
A friend has been in the process of fixing up and selling a 1976 R90/6. I don't want it, and I don't need it, I would kill myself with it- but I *NEED* it.


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What I wish I had was Honda trail 70 we all learned to ride on as kids. But they're going for more than I'm willing to pay.
I had the 50cc Minitrail but my buddy had the 70. What fun we had as 14 year olds.
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A friend has been in the process of fixing up and selling a 1976 R90/6. I don't want it, and I don't need it, I would kill myself with it- but I *NEED* it.


On that Yosemite trip the BMWs were just so smooth and refined in a German quality engineering sense. The R100 with the Krauser 4V heads was docile until the 4 valves and RPMs announced their presence. I was test riding at about 45MPH, and gave it a bit too much gas and felt it lift. It was a definite adrenaline rush, but not for a noobie like I was at the time. I stuck with the R75.
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