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Old 08-12-20, 10:36 PM
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Who else is into C&V motorcycles?

I love being on two wheels! Here is Blu, my 1984 Honda Shadow Vt500C. All custom work was done by myself.


And my 1979 Susuki GS1000 built by my late father

lets see some more
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I am very into them, but don't own one yet. I ride a 2016 DR650 all around PNW forest roads and the WABDR, but really want an old CB. I'd love an old Triumph or even an old Italian bike like a Moto Guzzi but I am not brave enough or have the work space to take on something like that yet. I've also wanted a Vespa since I was about 15 and have recently developed a weird fascination with the Honda Elite 150 scooter with the pop-up headlight.

Doesn't match your requirements, but here's a rare empty Ballard Ave pic from mid lockdown in Seattle.



A pic from behind the handlebars of my previous bike, a KLR650. Not a fan of that bike.

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There's a terrible photo of mine, a '71 CB350. Styled after Mick Jagger's bike. I redid the whole thing from the frame-up, last couple winters. Still working out the kinks. Fuel starvation issues at speed, mainly. These little old Hondas always have something coming apart, falling off, or otherwise giving you trouble! The sissy bar is from a junkyard, is period-correct, and was put on by a friend as a joke at first, but it turns out to be really practical. The BMW R75/5 is my friend's. I rode it and didn't like it at all for backroads and gravel! There's not enough brakes for how heavy it is, the dry-clutch is grabby, and the front end geometry has pretty low trail, so it's a handful at low speeds. I bet it is good for freeway cruising though.


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Had a 1973 CB360 just like this one - top speed 70 mph. ****



KZ900 based chopper my dad built in the early 80s

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The bikes I bought new are now considered C&V. I have a 1976 Suzuki GT750: water-cooled three-cylinder two-stroke. And no, it's not fast.

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I have a part-built Gitane, stalled project.

Minarelli P6 motor, 50cc and six gears, Grimeca hydraulic front disk, clip-ons, glass-fibre tank and mudguards, alloy wheels I built myself, 135 lbs dry and 70 mph with me on it when we were both new (indicated; who knows how optimistic that was). Does that qualify?

edit: is model Testi Champion Super, pics of 'em on the net

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Originally Posted by engineerbob View Post
1976 Suzuki GT750: water-cooled three-cylinder two-stroke. And no, it's not fast.
Liar.
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Old 08-13-20, 07:13 AM
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1967 Bultaco Metralla. Used to race Bultacos in MX back in the 70s in Europe and northeastern US.
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I was, still have a BSA 441 Victor basket case in the shop. For me C&V motorcycles ended with my near death event.
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The Airheads are still roadworthy but the K75 has stripped splines and not worth fixing. The CB160 has 3000 original miles but I can't find the ownership and it's in pieces anyway. Make a great cafe. I've also got a 68 Super 90
with no ownership.

77 r60/7

72 r75/5 SWB

89 K75c


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Originally Posted by oneclick View Post
Liar.
You may be confusing the Suzuki 750 with the other three-cylinder two-stroke 750: Kawasaki Mach IV. Those were quick. I think that Suzuki wanted their 750 to be a touring bike with an emphasis on a broad power band. For the Japanese market, there was a Police variant.
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I'd love an old Triumph or even an old Italian bike like a Moto Guzzi but I am not brave enough or have the work space to take on something like that yet.
Just picked up a 1974 Guzzi 850 Eldorado. It "fell over and caught fire". Its currently listed for sale, asking $2500
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I took on my dads neglected bike when he passed away twenty years ago. I haven't moved forward with it. Yet.
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This was being dropped near my apartment for a very excited buyer. Motorcycle knowledge is not my thing but I figured someone would get a kick out of it.

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I have a few vintage Trials and enduro bikes.
On occasion I turn out and ride a vintage trials event with the AHRMA group. Always lots of fun and just enough good natured competition to be enjoyable


1974 Honda TL125

1973 Hodaka “Combat Wombat”

1975 Yamaha TY 175
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This was being dropped near my apartment for a very excited buyer. Motorcycle knowledge is not my thing but I figured someone would get a kick out of it.

Thats pretty cool. Thats an early 80's Honda Interceptor. The birth of the modern sport bike. I had a couple of 750 Interceptors for a little bit a few years back. Great bikes.
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My last bike was a CB1100F. Supertrap exhaust with modified carbs. Did over 135 more times than I can remember. Loved that bike. Became one with it to the point of locking up the front wheel in a controlled fashion, power slides negotiating corners, burning rubber starting at 65mph and front end lift at 110mph.
Had to sell it to make a house payment.
Now I am thinking Indian Scout bobber.
First bike was a Honda CL300 while in Hawaii during summer break, followed by a Hodaka 100 with a 21" wheel conversion for riding in the Blue Mountains in eastern Washington. Next was a Honda SL350 for commuting to college in Corvallis Or. Then came the Yamaha 550 Vision. The CB. Suzuki 1000 were fast BITD.
Rode a Moto Guzzi, Norton 750 Commando, CB350, Yamaha 920 Virago.... Short ride on a Harley too. Learned on a Cub 50 outside of Tokyo in 1963.
Those were the days between riding bicycles in my early 20's and picking it back up in 2007.
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These are of my bike from two different years at Eroica California. The motorbike is a 1962 BMW R60/2 and the bicycle is a 1962 Legnano Gran Premio. The bicycle is a veteran of 2 L'Eroica long routes, first at Eroica Britannia and later at Eroica California. Bottom pic is of Luciano and Mayor Pescini of Gaiole at Paso Robles a few years ago.


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My 1973 Bonneville is waiting for me to retire and put it back on the road.
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None currently, but the list: 1972 Suzuki TS400 hot-rodded with TM parts, 1971 Yamaha RT-1 360, 2 different 1973 Yamaha DT-3 250 about 20 years apart, 1977 Penton MC-5 400 (bought new), 1982 Yamaha Virago 920 (bought new in 1985), Honda CB400F (my wife's), Maico 490. Last one was a 1973 Honda CL350, bought it in 1997, I actually rode it in an AMA dual-sport national in Centre Hall,PA that year, 170 miles from home to the event, then 100 miles of dirt the same day, rode it 170 miles back home on Sunday with no problems.
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Originally Posted by engineerbob View Post
You may be confusing the Suzuki 750 with the other three-cylinder two-stroke 750: Kawasaki Mach IV. Those were quick. I think that Suzuki wanted their 750 to be a touring bike with an emphasis on a broad power band. For the Japanese market, there was a Police variant.
I remember guy getting these, after riding Honda 350,305, 175 and the like, twisting the throttle and going over backwards. at the time ungodly power. I still kinda of hanker after motorcycle, BMW or Norton commando
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I haven't ridden for a long time, but I rode a Honda Shadow just as I was staring college, and then later had a Honda Hawk (the culty 650, not a Nighthawk). I would love to get a CB at some point, but I've got my hands full at the moment, so no motorcycles for a while...
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Count me in.... love C&V motorcycles.

My 1976 Moto Guzzi Lemans Mk1 Full fairing and lots of trick vintage race bits...


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Originally Posted by easyupbug View Post
I was, still have a BSA 441 Victor basket case in the shop. For me C&V motorcycles ended with my near death event.
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.
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