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Old 11-19-2011, 08:27 PM   #61
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Nice.

Cool, I was hoping this thread would blow up, These are awsome, these have been some of the coolest bikes...


P.S.Thanks for replying everyone

Wooohoo Im ontop of page 5, lol

Kloque screwed with this post 11-19-2011 at 08:29 PM Reason: Because I was first on page 5, lol
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:01 PM   #62
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Our first bike was an old Jawa. Wasn't strictly mine, but I rode it more than anyone else in the family. The styling looked like someone had ridden a pushbike through a candy floss machine. It had been sitting out the back of a friend's place (his father used to ride it to work) while the NZ weather tried to rust through its thick Czechoslovakian metalwork. My brother swapped it for doing some panelbeating work on the guy's car. We attacked it with our extensive tool kit, which comprised a couple of hammers, a set of pliers and a cool drill/screwdriver my Dad had - the bit spun round when you pushed it in and I liked to use it as much as possible. I'm sure the Jawa ended up with some holes in it that would not have been necessary. Anyhoo, we got it going somehow - it must have been pretty simple, like putting some petrol in it) because we knew zero about engines in those days.

It was maroon and rust coloured. I never could figure out whether it was a 175, 250 or 350.

Czech this out - it had two pistons that rose and fell together, with a single, common combustion chamber and head. Woohoo, way to engineer something, Bronislav. Despite making almost zero power, it could pitch you off when it kicked back. It was uglier than a fresh dog turd and I was wary-as of that kickback.

I got the horn going. So I used to toot it frequently as I rode round the block. It sounded like someone strangling a Starwars droid under water. Everyone used to come out and wave as I rode round and round the block, blue smoke belching, and tooting. Most of them even waved brooms and axe handles.They must have beenkeen to show solidarity with the Eastern Euro workers who built such a fine machine. We were a working class community.

I had my first crash on that bike. Down the side of the house at outrageous speed, a new record for the 7 Ballance Ave GP course. Hit the picks and the front brake did something it had never previously done. It worked. Front wheel locked up straight into the clothes line.

One day the horn stuck on and I realised why the previous owner had disconnected it. I turned it off by grabbing a handful of wires and ripping them out. The horn went silent but so did the Jawa. None of us really liked the thing and no-one could be bothered getting it going again. My brother sold it.

But ... I can still remember the utter thrill and excitement of gunning it up Ballance Ave, throttle wound open, wind blowing in my hair (it did not occur to any of us that a helmet might have been a good idea).
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Old 11-20-2011, 12:25 AM   #63
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Old 11-20-2011, 12:41 AM   #64
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:28 AM   #65
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:40 AM   #66
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Old 11-20-2011, 08:10 PM   #67
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Old 11-20-2011, 08:55 PM   #68
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:16 PM   #69
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1976 xl175 This exact color.
I added a powerall 232 big bore kit and Bassani exhaust.

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Old 11-20-2011, 11:13 PM   #70
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:10 AM   #71
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Whoa Dan. Ape hangers! Kewl!

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Old 11-21-2011, 08:04 AM   #72
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Whoa Dan. Ape hangers! Kewl!
Eh!.....that was back in the years of Mustang bikes, Apes were cool. "Standard equipment" on most of them minibikes. Pretty rare bike, looks like there is one not too far from me:

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Old 11-21-2011, 09:03 AM   #73
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:21 AM   #74
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Mine was a 69' Yamaha 100, 2 cylinder. It was a badass little bike, pretty high redline for such an old bike. One day one head gasket blew so I took the head off and cut the connecting rod off as low as I could and the bike actually ran that way, I had to push start it but I drove it all over like that, with the connecting rod flinging around all chaotic vibrating like crazy, lol. To be 14 again.....

This isnt mine, but heres a pic - http://k0lee.com/images/yamaha100.jpg
? I'm LOST, so you blew a head gasket, tore the engine apart and CUT the connecting rod, and put the head back on? why not just replace the head gasket? or just unbolt the other connecting rod if there was some issue with that piston???
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:07 PM   #75
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Looked a lot like this '57 model 165, that is at the Barber museum.
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