Vintage Brit SuperThread!

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

  1. 2manyrides

    2manyrides shifty charactor

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    I don't know about the purple, but if it's anything like the
    Flambouyant red they used, your dad surely had a legitamate reason to paint it. Examples below;

    2010 took and extra tank and painted to match the other components,
    yet added the red and white graphics and a decal.

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    2002, The blue painted in 84 still holding up.
    I painted two bikes worth of components back in 84,
    and have yet to need the packed away set.

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    1976, having owned the bike 2 years,
    I used paint remover and stripped the original paint to the metal.
    Painted blue with rattle cans.

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    This repainted bike was an attempt to match the flambouyant red.

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    At 2 years old, "1974", my bike looked close to this example below.

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    Red fades to liver.

    There is good reason to hang on to your old bike!
    At one time, (late 70's) I put up a 2 week ad in the newspaper and never got a single call.
    What was the unwanted bastard stepchild of the failing 71+72 bsa line-up
    is now much more desireable than it was.

    And like they say about McDonalds, I'm loving it!
  2. 2manyrides

    2manyrides shifty charactor

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  3. Bluesforchallah

    Bluesforchallah Been here awhile

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    In '90 I was 20 and looking for some quick cash to put down on a new GB500. I let the Rocket3 go for $2000. I've regretted it ever since.
  4. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

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    I've read that the Rickman Enfields were the first "production" motorcycle to have front and rear disk brakes. "Production" in quotes because they wouldn't even exist if not for the death of Floyd Clymer, who had ordered a batch of the last Series II engines produced, for use in the Clymer Indians. The engines were on the dock awaiting shipment to Italjet for installation in the frames when the old man passed away, and the deal was cancelled.
    The Rickman brothers bought up the engines and used them all in the Rickman Interceptors.
    I still have a flyer advertising them sent to my by Dick's Royal Enfield West in San Gabriel California who had inherited the Cooper Motors Enfield business. Only $1995! Unfortunately, to this (then) 22 year old slacker, $1995 was way out of reach, so I soldiered on with this beat up and bodged old 1966 Interceptor.

    Since there don't seem to be too many other R-E's in this thread, I'll repost pictures of mine, and include two early ones I just uncovered.
    Yes, it has Triumph forks and a Triumph gas tank, with a Rocky Products Cobra seat. (incarnation 1, 1972)
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    Here's the same bike 8 years later. I'd located a set of Royal Enfield forks, a Royal Enfield gas tank (off a later Series II bike), but still very tatty, with the Cobra seat on it.
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    And finally, by 1984, I did a fairly credible effort at "restoration", after acquiring a few more genuine Enfield bits. Though still far from "correct".

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    This bike is destined to never be "correct". It's on the way to incarnation 4 now, which will be a cafe racer.

    And here's my other Enfield, taken in 2005. I could post it in the vintage American thread too, since it's titled as an Indian. It's also under restoration. Target date; May 2012. Purpose; to return it to original configuration. The valenced mudguards are way wrong. It's a 1958 Tomahawk, which should have light alloy fenders, and look like more of a scrambler than the heavy road bike it is in this picture.
    (the tube I'm holding contains the britbike.com "bottle of Guinness" which was ferried around US and Europe by various britbike owners over a period of several years, and did a circuit at the Isle of Man TT. I don't know where it is now.
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  5. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

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    And I have to post this one, since it's British.
    Ticking off an item from my "bucket list"; Ride a Vincent Black Shadow.

    Talk about out of reach, this one was auctioned in Monterey for over $70,000 a few weeks after I got to ride it. I was asked to take pictures of it for the auction catalog.

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  6. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    never let another one go if it's paid for. post ads around the state asking about it? it really isn't all that big a world...
    if you push hard enough you might find it? still got the GB500?
  7. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    sweet! ha, you were part of the Coast-To-Coast Guinness Relay? funny you should post that pic. the bottle Gunness you're holding there is now in Morgan's (britbike.com owner) "Museum", at his home in Sweden.

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  8. Bluesforchallah

    Bluesforchallah Been here awhile

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    I no longer have the GB500. I sold it to fund a rebuild on a '75 CB400/4 which I then sold to finance the purchase of my '08 Bonneville T100.

    Here's the CB400/4 I had rebuilt: Sorry for posting in the Brit thread. :)

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  9. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    i'd call it the *cycle of darkness*... :evil
    but seems you are getting back on track, and the "fever" lives within you.
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  11. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

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    I thought that might have been what happened to it.
    I carried it from Eugene, Oregon to the Oregon Vintage Motorcyclists show in Corvallis, Oregon in May of 2005. I was actually accompanied by the owner of that Vincent I posted a pic of (shoulda had him carry it!). I handed the bottle over to a Norton rider who carried it to Portland, with the plan of going by The Cycle Hub and having Cliff Majhor, the Sandy Bandit, sign the tube, and somehow, the guy forgot he had it!
    It had dissappeared for a couple of months, and I just assumed that it was duly carried to its destination in Portland and then passed on to someone further North.
    When people on britbike began asking if anyone knew where the bottle was, I contacted the guy I had given it to, and he finally sent it on to the next recipient.
    So I have the dubious honor of almost being the guy who lost the famous bottle of Guinness!


  12. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    great story! thanks for sharing it.
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    Dropped by a mates place today .
    For that year .

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    What is that, 1972? Last of the BSA's, with the grey frame.

    And is that an early UK built, or a late India built Enfield behind that BSA?

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    Brand new C5 Enfield .
    Thought ya may have picked out the triple pipes in the top right of the other pic .

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    Give that man a cigar ... shit , ya quit smoking , oh well :D


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  18. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    your mate has some sweet bikes parked in.
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  20. 2manyrides

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