Vintage Brit SuperThread!

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by ricochetrider, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    i'm in my 50s now. growing up, my first motorcycle awareness came from Triumphs. my dad was an Army guy, and back in the day, Triumphs were THE hot road bike to own. lots of military dudes had 'em, and i saw them everywhere. then it was Arlo Guthrie. Bob Dylan. Steve McQueen. shoot man, James freakin Bond on a BSA! i was hooked, and still am. my first bike was a Triumph- 1979 T140E Bonneville.

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    just sold it recently, after owning it since 1987. i have a 1974 Norton Commando-

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    all rebuilt and hot rodded up, but still looking relatively stock- at least to the casual observer. and there's that little rat bastard hanging about in my driveway- a one-off Triumph bobber, created by a friend from mostly all old triumph parts, from his vast collection (barns full) of old Brit bits. 73 Tiger Motor, titled on a 69 frame.

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    the Brit Bikes hold a special place in my heart, always have, always will.

    sure, there's some chit chat here about old bikes. hell, it's Old's Cool. nothing says old, or cool, like a vintage Brit Bike. with the numbers of middle age guys in this forum, i wonder why there aren't any Brit threads that have really stuck? so?! so let's stick one. let's stick it GOOD. show us your pix of any and/or every Brit Bike you ever owned, or own now.

    Triumph. Norton. BSA. Matchless. Panther. Vincent. Ariel. Sunbeam. Royal Enfield. Triples. Twins. Singles. Scramblers. Bonnies. Lightnings. Trophys. Gold Stars. Tigers. Black Lightnings. Daytonas. Square Fours. Old, Older. Oldest. Stock. Custom. Rat. Bobbers. Street Fighters. Cafe Racers. Flat Trackers. Drag Bikes. Hill Climbers. Garage Queens. Trailer Queens. Daily Riders. Show Bikes. Restos & Rust Buckets. Hell, Choppers, for that matter. add in the occasional Ride Reports- where you BEEN on your Vintage Brit?

    WHATEVER. break 'em out folks. i know they're out there. let's see 'em, let's talk about 'em. let's show 'em what's UP. BRING IT.


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  2. jva118

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    Heres some pics of a 69 T120R I had a few years ago and never should have sold. Also a few I have owned or sold for family and friends.

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    Yes, thats 7.4 original miles on this one. Never ridden. Pretty cool bike. You can should be able to click on the pics to see more pics of it.

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  3. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    DAYAM! that Norton is SWEET! that bike would be a total gas to ride.
    here's my 74:

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    7.4 miles on that Silver Jubilee? wow, no kidding! keeping it for posterity? i know a guy with one- he inherited it from his Dad!
    another shot of my 74 Norton with a couple buddies bikes:

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  4. Voltaire

    Voltaire Bored Of The Rings

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    Here's my 1972 Norton Combat on a Vintage Club run.
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    couple of more Norton pics from some local classic racing
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  5. jva118

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    The Silver Jubillee was owned by my stepfathers cousin. He was a triumph guy in every sense of the word. He raced in the 60's and 70's. He bought the bike new and never rode it. It stayed mostly in the living room of his house and a brief stint at a local bike shop. He and his father were kind of eccentric characters from what I am told. He passed over 10yrs ago, it was left to his father, his father passed a few years ago, and my step dad was the executor of the estate. I helped them sell it last spring. Went to a guy in chicago and later to a collector somewhere in Alabama I believe. Not Barbers, I contacted them about buying it and they already had a nice example. Pretty cool bike. Not everyday you see a 30+ year old bike that is essentially new. Click on the pics and look at the others of the bike. It still had the paper over the lucas battery with the leads coiled up.
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  6. bmwrench

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    I was 9 years old when the Triumph Trident arrived, and I vowed I'd have one someday. In 1978, my opportunity knocked, and I bought a thoroughly thrashed '69 T150. It took me two years of nights and weekends to make it whole again. It was the first Trident sold out of Dad's shop. Don't adjust your set. A photog friend shot it in black and white.

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  7. 305racer

    305racer Fossil Rocket Pilot

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    A classic trials event with my Ariel HT5 a couple years back.

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  9. pommie john

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    My favourite toy.

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  10. shearboy2004

    shearboy2004 KIWIINUSA

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    Great idea for a thread !

    I picked this up a number of years ago with 6,000 miles on it and 1 owner !


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    After doing a few larger trips on the old girl I found the size of tank lacking for touring so I started playing with a tank off a 70 Long Range Commando which I had laying around .

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    There wasn't too much to change for fitment , moving the seat back a couple of inch's about did it .Then slapped on coat of paint . Now I have over 4 gallons for long range touring and just love it !!! 34,000 miles and the engine has never been apart .



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  11. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Hey Tom, I have Howie coming over this weekend with his old Commando, time to get it fixed and on the road.
    I shall of course take a few pics of the old thing.:clap
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  12. Rich B

    Rich B Been here awhile

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    Good thread Tom.....

    May as well pollute this thread with some of my old nails :D

    The 68 Lightning during a ride a few years ago....just a lazy fall day riding

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    Lightning, Gold Star, and Lightning Clubman sitting outside the shed

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    Gold Star last summer outside the shed

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    Lightning Clubman near an old lock on the Ohio Erie Canal

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    And finally, the Victor on a post Thanksgiving ride

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    And george, about time you come to the surface and post some pictures :D
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  13. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    here are a bunch of BSAs waiting to board the ferry from Liverpool to the Isle Of Man. we are heading over to the 45th International BSA Rally.

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  14. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    My '73 850 Interstate loaded up for a trip;

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    This is my 3rd Commando, bought out of a carport in MD after it had been sitting under a plastic sheet for 8+ years.
    I got it off the second owner, who rode it the summer of '77, parked it in the fall, and then when it wouldn't start the following spring, parked it with "a choke problem".
    I got it in '86, with about 7500 miles on it, right after I bought my 1st house, so cash flow was tight. Both the bike and the house were projects, so it took me a couple years to get the Norton back on the road.
    It now has about 80K miles, been totaled twice, raced a few times, embarassed a few sport bike riders, and been one of the most fun bikes I've owned.

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  15. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    while on the Isle of Man, we rode out to Laxey, home of the giant "Water Wheels" to try to attain a Guinness Book World Record for the most BSAs ever assembled.

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    we DID IT! the Guinness World Book guy addressed the crowd from atop a stone wall, yelling thru a large, orange safety cone, in his staunch British Accent. his speech began with these words:
    "In my long career, i have done many things, none of which include addressing a crowd by yelling thru an orange Safety Cone!"

    Isle Of Man trip to be continued.....
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  16. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    that's fuckin HOT! :eek1
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  17. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    SWEET, Kev!
    show us some pix of the Vintage Brits You've had over the years bro?
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  18. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    so yeah, Isle of Man. i'm there in August 2008 with about 500 other folks from around the world. most of us RDOE in on BSAs of assorted vintages. it was pretty great, but ya think it rains at ALL on the IoM? we rolled off the Steam Packet Ferry (out of Liverpool) in Douglas around midnight -a whole other story i won't get into, suffice it to say that we began calling the Steam PAcket Company the Steam RACKET Company.

    anyhow, midnight, and it was POURING rain. no drizzle, no mild rain, it was dumping buckets. here's what the campground looked like next morning:

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    but yeah it was still the Isle of Man so we didn't really care what was happening. we were there to ride.

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    to be continued....
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  19. Rich B

    Rich B Been here awhile

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    Tom sez:

    "we began calling the Steam Packet Company the Steam RACKET Company."

    Hmmmm....wonder where that saying came from :rofl
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  20. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    yeah August 2008, 45th International BSA Rally. did i mention we were there for the practice week, of the Manx GP?

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    looking at the course map, the BSA Rally Campground was on the first big straight- at Union Mills. the bikes would scream past going so fast it was just surreal! the pix of practicing riders were taken at Kirk Micheal, and at Ballaugh Bridge.

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    you find a pub, drink some traditional Cask Ales, maybe have some fresh, locally caught/grown food, and watch the race bikes zoom by at breath-taking speeds, just a few feet away. well. it doesn't suck.

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    of course they race every kind of bike imaginable, including several classes of vintage bikes. race officials close the roads down (on the course anyway) at 6:00 PM and practice runs thru 9:00. it's fantastic! Motorcycle Nirvana to say the least. you can ferry over to the IoM from many different places in Europe and the UK, or you can fly right into Douglas. if this is on your "list" at ALL, then GO. just do it. it is SO doggone cool that no words can adequately describe it. seriously!
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