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Old 10-29-2009, 06:55 PM   #166
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Those are beautiful Arch.
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Old 10-29-2009, 06:56 PM   #167
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I had a 1966 Gilera (Sears Allstate 106) for a couple of years back in 1975 to 1977 as a street compliment to my Hodaka 100.

The Gilera is Italian, but they ain't all pretty.

I wish I had some actual pictures of that bike as my brother owned it prior to me and he painted the WHOLE THING in a red metal flake with really large flakes.

I initially owned it prior to having a license, so it ended up with a ribbed front tire and a knobby on the back. I beat the piss out of it and it kept going. I guess it was my first adventure bike.

A little history:

In the 1950's and 60's it became popular for mass-merchants, like Sears and Montgomery Ward, to sell motorcycles. These merchants would strike deals with select motorcycle manufacturers to re-brand the bikes and sell them as their own. As they were often offered and sold via catalog, these motorcycles are sometimes known as "catalog bikes."

I remember at the time, when I broke the muffler and rear shocks I was amazed that you could still order parts for it through the Sears Catalog.
Here's my first bike, got it for xmas and sat on it all night on the carport. I rode the piss out of it and she ran very well for 50cc (rebranded Benelli):
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Old 10-29-2009, 07:31 PM   #168
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I seriously considered the Monster before going with the retro, I've always liked them. I got great sound from the Remus pipes on my BMW, and notably better performance.
Wanna switch?

I like that retro, sat on one at the dealer and it felt nice.
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Old 10-29-2009, 07:58 PM   #169
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Freedom Machine!

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Fixed.
Make that, "Great Italian freedom Machine!"

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Old 10-29-2009, 07:58 PM   #170
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DRKWNG, I was USAF Reserve from 1994-2005, including 18 months active following 9/11/01. Combat Arms Specialist attached to a SF wing.

CATM is good to go! I an one of those folks that would actually like that job, but I get to play with a fair number of toys as it is seeing how I usually go out with the "special" boys. ;) Here is a pic that was taken last May in Bamyan province, just down the road from where the giant Buddha statues used to be.



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Dark Wing... fantastic picture with the ocean backdrop. And... thanks for your service to this country.
It's this kind of sentiment that makes it an honor to do so.
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Old 10-29-2009, 11:01 PM   #171
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Do these count? Much of them are Italian but the engines came from Japan....

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Old 10-30-2009, 05:43 AM   #172
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F650GS Rotax's were made at BRP-Rotax, Austria. G650GS singles are Chinese made.
I found a source. Rotax made the motors, while aprilia actually assembled the bikes. I have to find the original article I had. It wasn't Dave Robb (BMW design chief) but the R&D guy. Can't remember his name.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_F650_single
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Old 10-30-2009, 06:32 AM   #173
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Do these count? Much of them are Italian but the engines came from Japan....
Hell yes they count. If they don't then neither do a lot of Bimota's, and that just wouldn't be right!
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Old 10-30-2009, 06:44 AM   #174
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CATM is good to go! I an one of those folks that would actually like that job, but I get to play with a fair number of toys as it is seeing how I usually go out with the "special" boys. ;) Here is a pic that was taken last May in Bamyan province, just down the road from where the giant Buddha statues used to be.





It's this kind of sentiment that makes it an honor to do so.
Funny. just yesterday my wife asked me if it snowed over there...I guess that answers that....

Thank you for serving and stay safe.
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Old 10-30-2009, 07:53 AM   #175
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Thanks for posting this awesome photo of the HD Sprint competition model, saved immediately for background collection ! Some mc photos are just perfect and this is one of them.

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Old 10-30-2009, 11:00 AM   #176
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Great thread going here... but it needs more Laverda :)

Here's my '79 Laverda 1200. I bought it in '98 (5th owner) and have put just over 65,000 km on it. It's not the fastest or sexiest Laverda out there, but it fits me like a favourite T-Shirt and never seems to let me down. It's my one bike that will likely never be for sale


My wife stated riding a few years back on this '83 Moto Guzzi V65 a lovely bike for sure. Still upset that we sold it


She now rides a Duc M695


My latest acquisition is a Husqvarana TE610... gets me into way too much trouble off-road :)
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Old 10-30-2009, 11:11 AM   #177
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Wanna switch?

I like that retro, sat on one at the dealer and it felt nice.
I've got 30 miles on it. I sat on it this morning in my garage as another passing shower went through. Like yesterday.
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Old 10-30-2009, 11:19 AM   #178
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nice thread, barlow

my new to me 2004 V11 ballabio.

From sf - guzzi - flg

From sf - guzzi - flg

From sf - guzzi - flg


maiden voyage fly 'n' ride report here.
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Old 10-31-2009, 06:15 AM   #179
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Here's my oldest son and I sometime last century heading out to the first Italian Bike Nite I ran. I have larger pictures of the bikes (83 LMIII, and 92 900SS) somewhere, and will post them when I can find them.
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Old 10-31-2009, 08:01 AM   #180
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