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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by MotoMike, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    This is my first attempt to post a photo. This is my dad, taken around 1955I think. He just finished assembling this bike out of the crate.

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    I hope this works!
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  2. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    cool dad on a cool bike. got anymore pics?

    i've always been into the looks and sounds of the older british twins. i'm a youngster (relative to most on this site) so i didn't get to see any come out of the crate, but i get to see a few oldies riding around town. i'd love to get my hands on one someday when i have more money/time to tinker with it.

    thanks for the pic.
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  3. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    Not of Dad unfortunatley. I do have a lot of old flattrack and speedway pics.

    Give me some time and I'll see what I can do.
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  4. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    Here we go. Tried it once but had to resize.


    These guys were known as the BSA wrecking crew. L to R Al Gunter, Stu Morley, Neil Keen and Jack O'Brien. Pretty much ruled Ascot and a lot of the west coast on their Goldstars around the late 50's and early 60's. This photo was taken by the late Walt Mahoney.
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  5. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    I will post more of these if anyone is interested. I just opened my smugmug account this afternoon so it will take a little time to upload pics.

    I should also note that although these are my photos, I don't really own them. Dan Mahoney owns the rights to these photos and still sells them at Vintange and late model flattrack races. I guess what I'm saying is please don't get me in trouble by copying anything I post with Dan Mahoney's name on it.

    Thanks
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  6. dancerdave

    dancerdave Been here awhile

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    My first real bike was a goldstar 500.. it sure was a bugger to start.. i brought it home after spending all my pay check for it and my wife told me to take it back or she was leaving.. they both stayed..anyway sure had some good times on that old bike.. got me a honda 305 next...that was a long time ago...1964....still have some old triumphs but no bsa's... first ya got to want to ride....
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  7. Eurobiker

    Eurobiker Vintage Cat Herder

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    Did someone say Goldstars.......
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  8. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    This is all a little before my time. My first real bike was a 71 DT1 250. Rode a lot of old Bultacos and other late 60's and early 70's dirt bikes when I was in ny early teens.Does this count as old school? Me on a 73' Husky at the Shamrocks GP around 1990 I think. Won my class and got 3rd OA on a loaner bike.

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    In case your wondering, the pink and green are Lost Coyotes MC club colors. I wonder if there any old dez racers on this board?
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  9. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    I'm getting a chubby.


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  11. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    Great photos! Thanks.
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  12. rallybug

    rallybug Local Yokel

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    My dad's Norton Model 50 - 350cc later upgraded to 500cc with an ES2 barrel & piston

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    My dad's 250cc BSA C15

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    He owned them in the early '60s.
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  13. rallybug

    rallybug Local Yokel

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    Oh, and my friend Fiona's 250cc 1939 BSA C10

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    I will grab a ride on this one sometime :thumb :nod
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  14. eskimo

    eskimo gunga-galunga

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    If you find one of these neglected in a garage, stay away from it. They are dangerous. They shimmy. They vomit oil.
    Do not approach it. Just call me immediately to handle the problem.
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  15. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    I love pictures of old bikes. I am going to dig up some more if I can remember where I put them. I was wondering though, am I posting the race pics in the right place? they are old but they are racing stuff. In the future should I move them to the racing forum?
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  16. rallybug

    rallybug Local Yokel

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    I'm already there - Fiona's a Kiwi who's only ever owned an automatic 125 scooter, so I'm gonna have to give it a run as it has the manual gearbox :evil

    Oh, and how come a 65-year old bike appears to have a better headlight than an R1150GS :wink:

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  17. Eurobiker

    Eurobiker Vintage Cat Herder

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    Must be from that powerful 6 volt, D cell battery. :lol3
    So what's the history here? Family heirloom? It's obviously been stored inside. Fire that MoFo up and give us an IOM Fall ride report. :thumb
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  18. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    You might take a look at this website; http://www.classicmotorcycleday.org/photogenl.html
    There's a shot of a prewar BSA on a trailer being towed by a Goldwing w/sidecar. You'll have to scroll through the shots to find it.
    The 2003 B&E day was rainy, the BSA owner was a ex-pat. Britisher in his 70s, he rode down with his teenage granddaughter on the back of the GW in the rain from Buffalo NY to just north of Washington DC. that morning.
    I saw them come in, and helped unload the BSA, they were nice folks. The granddaughter was enthused about being there, inspite of the cold and wet ride. Nice to see the younger generation holding an interest in old bikes. She'll probably be a future ADV Rider. :thumb
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  19. rallybug

    rallybug Local Yokel

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    Fiona's wanted a pre-war bike for ages - she moved to the island about 5 years ago (after leaving New Zealand, working on cruise ships for a couple of years etc) - she rode her 125cc scooter up from Jersey in the English Channel, so that's 2 ferry crossings and over 400 miles! :eek1 Adventure rider extreme :nod :D

    She bought it over 18 months ago from a dealer in the UK - it's been stored since (at first under a nylon tarpaulin outside, then in the garage when they moved house). Took ages to find someone to take it through the Manx roadworthiness test (including servicing it) and it needed various bits like seat springs - she's still looking for a main stand that pivots around the rear axle area.

    I aim to ride it, but it's not registered over here yet so illegal to ride on the road - and each time I go over there, we tend to end up having a few too many beers for me to get on it the next day :freaky :rofl
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