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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Drif10, Sep 5, 2004.
It's a runner. This summer will be cosmetics.
after a nasty divorce in which my '76 XT500C "disappeared" followed by surgery ....
bad year or 2
my oldest friend showed up at my cabin with his Aprilia Futura and this on a trailer.
he's had it since 1974
still has it
last weekend I rescued this beauty from my old bud
for a 21 year old she's soooo sweet!!!
What a beauty! thanks for sharing.
-- you think you got cosmetic issues? You got nothin'. Wait - sorry - is there a chip in paint somewhere? Maybe a spot of road tar? That bike's beautiful.
I aspire to have your cosmetic issues!
Do I ever remember those! I tried to get a new red GPZ1100 in '82 , ended up with a 1700 mile GS1100ES instead...brings back the memories!
Actually, it's got a fair amount of rust (seat pan and cowl) dents and scratches and general fuzz growing on the aluminum. It used to be Greg McQuide's bike, whom I was in the YBs with. I managed to finally buy it from Mitch Boehm at Motorcyclist a few weeks ago. When Greg owned it back east, it sat outside and after Mitch bought it when Greg died, it sat in the Motorcyclist garage for 5 years.
It's had a tough life recently, so I'm going to make it into a nice Sunday rider. In the winter, it'll live in the atrium of our house so I can look at it while I'm having meals. :dg
That's one ugly GS... I like it.
wow. What model is it? I see it has the "non-CV" carbs. Was the picture taken then? - (It's in amazing condition if it's a recent photo.)
man, it's immaculate!
It amazes me ! All these immaculate old bikes in the states that have hardly been ridden.
hey, you got a lot of bikes on the shelf there. A lot. Some closer photos of them would be good. Better than the dogs you post in tb.
it's a 74 (I think) ... I can ask
might be a 72? something says maybe
it's in that condition or better now
the pic is Oct 2002 (I think)
hell the CB750 is in as good shape now as the pic then (wish I could say that)
it's beside his CBX SuperSport and a mint CL175 in the garage
he consistently takes 1st place at old bike shows
believe it or not it was dressed as a rearset cafe ... 3/4 fairing, solo saddle for years
pretty close to it
I've found a couple of things ... but I would find em
new sprocket yesterday
the thing has a wild powerband
ride it up to 5K rpm, it's nice and smooth, plenty of power
got 8-10 hardleys on a twisty road in front of you poking along at 30 mph?
and won't let you by?
and flip you off (not in an ADVRider way, but asshole-ish)
downshift to 3rd in the corner
smoothly accelerate to the straight
when it hits 6500 rpm ....
let's just say things happen fast
redline at 10K rpm
good for about 85 mph in 3rd
for a twisty road
that'll get about 10 harleys and hit the brakes for the next turn
that's his garage before we loaded her on the trailer
he has a shitpot full of those models
not an XT in the bunch though
my 78 RS
Hi cat, I used to be your neighbor! I lived in Amanzimtoti/Warner Beach/Umbogintwini form '68-'79. Used to ride the train to Durb's all the the time. Before I left, I had a '78 Yamaha DT400..it was a blast...
A rider. Note the tank bag.
I've got two of those Eclipse Sportpaks. The first one is just like that one and is almost 20 years old. Still works great. The second one has a red stripe instead of the gray. I bought it at the 49er rally for $20 - used. It goes on the Honda.
You gots the eye. It's the gray model. Sweet.
No kidding. I remember Boehm writing about buying the bike after Greg died. I see that you were in YB's with him, but did you know Greg (if you don't mind me asking)? Have fun with the resto.
Sure did. Had him over for dinner, camped with him a bunch of time, put him on the YB board of directors. I remember when he first got involved with the YBs and was at the Larz Anderson Eurobike day. We sent him out in our Civic to retrieve coffee for the masses. I think he came back with about 20 cups of coffee and a couple dozen donuts and was just loving that he could contribute. I think that pretty well summed him up: big happy puppy that loved motorcycles and motorcycle people. I miss that guy pretty immensely. I moved to California in the fall of 99 and we couldn't quite meet up. He was supposed to meet up with us in Morro Bay in March of that year to do some camping, but he got sent to Spain to do tire testing. We made fun of him around the campfire, but we all missed him and envied him quite a bit.
I talked to him a few times after that, the last time when I was in LA at a trade show. I called him and we started to coordinate a bit for meeting up at WSB. He had the access to the Motorcyclist tent and was going to get a couple of us up there for the races.
About a week after that, I got an email from a friend of mine with a link in it. The note said, and I'll never forget this, "Dave, I didn't know him, but I know he was a friend of yours." There was a link to an article on line about Greg getting killed coming back from the Honda Hoot. Tina and flew back to NY to go to his memorial service, which turned out to not be a somber affair at all, but rather a series of funny stories about Greg. I thought it kept with his character - "how can we make this more fun?"
I miss the guy quite a bit and am pretty honored to be caretaker of his bike. I'm not going to make it a perfect machine, but rather a regular rider - just like Greg was.
Greg's best friend, Jim O, is working for Sport Rider now, doing their Bitchin' Fresh Kit segment every month. Jim's making a living in the motorcycle world doing bike modeling for a few manufacturers. If you see a Kawasaki catalog and a guy hanging off a sportbike, that's probably Jim. He's racing Greg's old SV racebike these days, usually out at Willow Springs or Buttonwillow. I saw Jim a couple months ago when we got the bike and we had it in the back of the truck. It made us all a little melancholy, but we didn't talk about it much. We mostly had some beer and caught up, but Greg was the 600 lb. gorilla in the room and we all knew it.