Before ADV bikes and riding a HD was illegal.

Discussion in 'Australia' started by panhead_pete, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. panhead_pete

    panhead_pete Gone riding

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    crash n bern Long timer

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    Pete I posted a link to those pics and the story behind it some time ago, as HD's being the original ADV bike and got slammed by all the Harley haters. Mention something positive about HD's here and it's good for about thirty pages of sledging. Funny enough, go to the U.S. side of the forum and every second ADV rider has a H.D. in the shed and loves it.
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  3. NZSHAKER

    NZSHAKER Been here awhile

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    looks like some of those guys are having more fun then we do when we are out lol
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  4. scrobs

    scrobs Armchair Drifter

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    Great pic's
    I remember punting a Norton commando on any dirt road I could find in the late 70's early 80's road tyre's of course thru the Flinders or where ever.
    What is this new thing ADVRIDER and knoblies.
    The glory days of few fences and rules.
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    aussie ttoad T.T.O.A.D

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    Some great pics.
    Imagine doing that on a Harley these days:evil
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  6. doc4216

    doc4216 Chronic High Fiver

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    That's awesome! Making the most out of what you have!
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  7. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Been here awhile

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    They were built for dirt roads originally, not offroad so much but not necessarily what we would call a road nowadays.
    Pretty awesome pics.
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    ciedema мотоциклист

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    Great pics.

    When you go to the HD museum in Milwaukee you great idea of all the things people used to do on them and remember Evil Knievel used them for jumping, between beating friends with baseball bats.
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  9. panhead_pete

    panhead_pete Gone riding

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    Ah so many haters on the net, none bother me.

    IN '99 I bought a brand new FXDX and rode it to my then home from Mackay. I was living in Arnhemland at the time. Was great over taking the tour buses on the way to the East Alligator river, even better when Id just ride through the water across Cahills crossing, get on the bitumen and blast into Jabiru. Bike had mimi spirits on the tanks so perhaps that helped :) No big jumps though.
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  10. Reeksy

    Reeksy high state of hiatus

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    Ha ha - they'd want to be powerful wouldn't they? I was watching about eight crocs there once when an old local fella started telling me about the time he saw a Dad get nipped out of his tinny in front of his son... body found without a head a few days later :cry


    ... can't help thinking how camp those HD riders look with their Jimmy Somerville t-shirts and hats, though. :D
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  11. crash n bern

    crash n bern Long timer

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    Funny enough I started ADV riding on a HD. It was after a day of 12 rocky creek crossings that I thought I should get something more suitable.

    I have jumped a Road King over two drainage ditches. Lucky I was drunk, couldn't have done it sober. They land hard.
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  12. ADpete

    ADpete Been here awhile

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    So why cann't I fit knoby tires and longer suspension from the HD catalogue ? :ear
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    ozzyal Adventurer

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    My old man used to tell me when he rode as a young bloke , most of the roads were dirt . Any bike he owned merely had knobbie tyres fitted . Rode all year round , all over the country . :freaky
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    Oldfatbeerman Enroute to a PUB

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    Because those days were before HD's became a fashion accessorized pimp mobile (for the majority of buyers ).
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  15. OzJuJu

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    Hardcore Harley's :lol3 Coast to Coast..... hope I haven't offended the Postie set :eek1
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    panhead_pete Gone riding

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    crash n bern Long timer

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    I always liked this one. The builder saw a movie with a sportster dirt bike in it and contacted the producer to find it was built with a C&J frame. So he got onto them and scored the original prototype frame for the movie bike and built this.









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    I'm in.
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  19. chrisamberely

    chrisamberely USMC. (retired).

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    Maybe those f--kwits should look at the photo set "The Bike that Won the War" on the same page...don't see no BMW there do ya?

    B - boring
    M - middle aged
    W - wanker

    It don't really stand for Bavarian motor works, you know...lol3
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    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    '48 Panhead outfit in '78, Hebel Qld border, :eek1
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    Chris Binet from 'Yesteryear Motorcycles' :clap
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    Did a trip from Captains Flat[NSW] to Roma [Qld], & back again, :wink:
    My old man said they just another bike back in the day ['40s-'50s], broke down like everything else!!!,
    always had a soft spot for Harleys, never owned one - yet!!!!! :lol3
    Cheers
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