Are bikes part of your family history?

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Eric66, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. Eric66

    Eric66 Been here awhile

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    My dad came home from hospital in my grandfathers Harley sidecar in 1926.This is him in the early 50's on his AJS 500, he rode all over Eastern Australia on all dirt roads.[​IMG]
    Then he met mum who was an original adventure rider,that's her on her Ambassador 125 2 stroke called Storkie.[​IMG]
    Mum and her friend who were both nurses rode from Brisbane to Cairns and back in the early 50's, the tar finished at Aspley ,and the bridges not long after.At most Towns the local paper would write a story about them as it was unheard of for young women to ride bikes let alone un-escorted. Mum also rode solo from Brisbane to Adelaide and back and any where else she pleased:D. It makes me laugh when I read about guys asking do I need a Spot tracker,sat phone,gps etc.Mum's still going strong at 83 and goes traveling solo and always stays at backpackers:lol3
    Regards Eric
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  2. Wigster

    Wigster Adventurer

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    Great thread.

    I have a picture of my Grandfather in the 1930's on his Rudge, also of my Dad in the 60's on his BSA and one of me in '79 on my CB 200.

    Just got to locate them and I'll post them up (if I can work out how to do it).

    My Grandfather rode all over the UK and Europe in the 30's. Believe it or not quite a few roads were dirt in the UK back then.

    A flat cap, a pair of flying goggles and an ex army great coat was the fashion of the day.

    Wigster
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  3. gavo

    gavo Slacker

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    My dad( that him with the Hessian bag and crouched doing adjustments) race back in the 50's and held the lap record at Phillip island back before it was refurbished. Also beat Tommy Phillis back before Phillis went on to be world champion.
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  4. funguschops

    funguschops Been here awhile

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    my grandfather Frank Malouf (on bike) used to race sliders in England and Australia

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  5. OldDog

    OldDog aka Hugh Jarse

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    Why yes, Yes they are. Heres a pic of my Grandfather with his 1919 Lewis, taken in Maryborough QLD in 1919

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  6. Eric66

    Eric66 Been here awhile

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    Bloody awesome photo's, our generation seem pretty soft when ya look back:lol3
    Regards Eric
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  7. funguschops

    funguschops Been here awhile

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    im perfectly hardcore with my spot 2, abs, heated vest, cafe latte and bmw roadside assist thanks :lol3
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  8. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    The postman that delivered my adoption papers rode a CT 110...

    ... does that count...? :cry
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  9. Tony T

    Tony T Long timer

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    I think that same postman was my father........... :huh
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  10. alexmacca30

    alexmacca30 Been here awhile

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  11. PBee

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    May not count, but good bragging rights all the same........

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  12. damo2010

    damo2010 damo

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    Non in my history, but I'm doing my best to make it part of my history.
    Maybe this photo is the start, in 40 years time my daughter might reflect back on the other day when I dropped her off at her year 12 formal on my Tenere
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  13. bully1

    bully1 Long timer

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    is that ALL he delivered Troy :evil:evil
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  14. robmoto

    robmoto Long timer

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    Some really good old photo,s there fellas :clap.

    Troy I am really your father, hellow son.:D.
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  15. MODNROD

    MODNROD Wheat and Sheep

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    Yeah, bikes in the family here too, both as transport and in infamy......

    My uncle sent me over an XR75 for my 14th birthday, I didn't even know about it coz my dad sent it back, said later he didn't want any "influence" on my upbringing! :lol3

    This would be the same uncle that was undefeated in street racing around Perth and later Sydney in the late '60s & early '70s (not that I condone such behaviour of course). The same uncle that took me to 90mph on his BMW R90S for my 9th birthday (and then had to run from dad when we stopped........).

    And that would also be the same dad of mine that rode hotrod Lammies with bright green and bright pink socks in the early '60s, the same dad who flipped a Kwaka Mach3 leaving the pub one night when I was in my early teens, the same dad who got booked for doing 102mph on his CX500 on a test ride from the dealer (shit, I didn't even know they went that fast!).......yes he bought the thing.

    My Opa back in Holland rode an old BMW clunking something or other while he was out at night blowing up trains during "the war", so I spose that counts too!

    My eldest daughter is learning to ride, my other daughter is the only person I know to have passed the braking test on her scooter when 16 by doing a perfect rolling stoppie (bloody smart-arse, that's my girl!), and my son has ridden and pranged the things for a while too. :rofl If my younger son ever gets on a bike, God help us all (he's 4), he has no fear and is built of granite, so doesn't get hurt, the sooner I get him away from bikes the better I think.

    Bloody great fun are motorbisickles!
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  16. Nadgett

    Nadgett Obnoxious, dimwitted blowhard

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    My mum, dad, and all of their brothers had motorcycles, because that was all they could afford during the Second World War in Scotland. As soon as they could afford cars, none of them rode bikes again. Here's a photo of my mother on her Panther, taken around 1949:

    [​IMG]Somewhere around I have a photo of her with her two brothers on bikes.
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  17. kipo

    kipo South Australian Tiger Resistance Group

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    My family originated from Blinman in the Flinders Ranges but couldn't afford motorbikes so my Grandfather had to make do.

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  18. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

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    My father-in-law was part of the army that "liberated" Italy in WW2; as a Captain he was issued a Harley to get around on. Because they were so narrow, all the roads were one-way, directions reversed on alternating days, but bikes could go either way.
    He was a little chap and after about the twentieth time of dropping the Harley in a ditch to avoid a tank, he left it there, went to a nearby deserted farm-house and "liberated" a little Moto Guzzi for the duration. He was chuffed when his daughter used her first pay-cheque out of Uni to buy a brand new Moto Guzzi. She still has it.:clap
    He was put in charge of the town where Olivetti typewriters were made and put in a lot of effort to get the bombed factory working again; he was presented with the very first post-War typewriter. She still has that too.
    When he came to stay with us for an eye-operation in the late 1980s, we didn't have a car, but I had a GSX 1100 on test; although he was in his 80s, he jumped at the chance of a ride on the bike (on the back!) and after a bit of a squirt up past 160, yelled at his daughter (who was riding it) "Doesn't this thing go any faster?" He said he felt 200 was "fine" but that 240 was "a bit too quick for him" (them were the days!):rofl

    My own father was in the British Army scrambles team on various 500 British singles and afterwards had a Vincent that he and his mates would race up and down the street during lunch-break. Stirling Moss tried to run dad off the road once, because he didn't like the noise of the Vinnie outside his house - probably while he was rooting some groupie. They exchanged "words" - and dad always said that Moss was a foul-mouthed pig of a man.
    He sold the Vincent for twenty pounds :cry - just one of many wise financial moves he made in his life. :huh
    He taught me to ride on a Bultaco dirt-bike on a military airstrip in Yemen, using avgas siphoned from a downed Russian military transport, but wasn't keen when I started riding on the street; he did come and pick me up from hospital a few times and to his credit never once said "I told you so..."
    I have just one picture of him riding my XS750 Yamaha and some of him driving one of my race-cars.
    Although he's long-gone, I think he'd approve that his only grand-daughter started riding at the age of 4 - and still does.
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  19. Eric66

    Eric66 Been here awhile

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    Me dad told me a funny story,he was heading home somewhere in Central NSW on his Jazza and it was getting dark so he had it wound up and was sitting on around 70-75mph when a black loud missile went past him as though he was standing still:eek1. It scared the crap out of him, anyway he got into town when it was dark and pulled up at the pub and here was a crowd surrounding the black missile, turns out it was a Brough Superior and a very dapper gentleman standing beside it. The old man went over to tell the bloke that he nearly shit his pants when he went past and asked how fast he was going, the fellow said he was well over 100mph for a fair while but slowed down when he went through some fog. Fog me dad said that was a flock of sheep! The fellow went white and decided he needed a stiff drink:rofl
    Regards Eric
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  20. chicky

    chicky BMW Rider.

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    Hey Kipo..:D

    Which one was called "Billy" ???? :rofl

    Cheers ..
    Chicky ....
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