Vintage Motorcycle Camping (Pre 1980)

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by England-Kev, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. roadholder

    roadholder Long timer

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    Vintage bikes...yes. Vintage gear...maybe in good weather! :)
  2. chasbmw

    chasbmw Long timer

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    Modern bike gear and tyres are just great......I don't get the wearing Belstaff stuff. Goretex is good


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  3. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    Even in perfect weather those canvas pup tents were hell holes, especially if it was humid.
  4. CoydogSF

    CoydogSF Ambitious Amatuer

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    Not a vintage pic (I was 8 in 1980) but my '74 XL250 held its own with the modern bikes over 600 miles this weekend.

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  5. MATTY

    MATTY BORDER RAIDER

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    1973? Sure not 1983? commandos a 1979 1980 on the V suffix is why i ask. .
  6. Bob_M

    Bob_M Been here awhile

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    40 Steps.

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    After many a bar run to Newport in the late 70s I'd push my Honda 750F out onto the beach and "camp" for the night. Never camped below the steps though. Today, that will earn you a free overnight stay in Newport's worst hostel.
  7. doug123

    doug123 Adventurer

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    After looking at the other pics on photobucket its an "L" reg.
  8. MATTY

    MATTY BORDER RAIDER

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    That is clearly evident when you look on photobucket, but with my old eyes and on my phone it looked like a V to me, but now in not sure its probably something hanging off the bike makes it looks a bit like a V .. Anyway im sorry just commented in case he had mixed up his dates thats all.
  9. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    the confusion is caused by a bungee strap hanging across the number plate:D
  10. MATTY

    MATTY BORDER RAIDER

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    That my seniority of years coupled with a sunny day and viewing on a mobile phone when i originally posted, Heck its a miracle i saw it was a commando, anyway a way cool photo and above all Norton .:D
  11. chasbmw

    chasbmw Long timer

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    It's an L suffix, bike got me to Israel just in time for the 73 War.


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  12. chasbmw

    chasbmw Long timer

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    Then dropped a valve on me.....managed to limp home in early summer 74


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  13. roadholder

    roadholder Long timer

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    Yikes...that timing could have been better! :arg
  14. Thumpermeister

    Thumpermeister roost maker

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    Great old bike!
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  15. MATTY

    MATTY BORDER RAIDER

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    I had a 1973 xl250 in the late 70s did not have it long just about 5 months, sold it to fund a continental tour the folowing summer, but i will say thats one of the bikes i regret selling.
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  16. zzy

    zzy n00b

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    Good idea and interesting submissions. Had a couple tours myself in the 60's around 1964 and later. Thanks!
  17. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    One thing stands out in the pictures, the old seats made packing stuff without having to buy anything easy.
    Most modern bikes seem to suck at passenger or cargo carrying unless they are huge touring bikes.

    My modern day classic (same bike as it was in the 70's:
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    I would love to pile stuff on the back and go cross country.

    I need to get more of my old pictures digitized!
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  18. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    The 74 XL250 was my 2nd bike, and I loved that thing.
    It was a do anything bike.
    Not sure I would want one now, but back then it was great.
    Powrol 300cc kit, cam, would do 90 mph indicated whatever that actually was.
    Just as fast as the cb350 a friend had.


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  19. 04478

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    '77; 1 bike, 2 people, 3 countries, 4 a grand time P_20171219_103953.jpg
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  20. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    That's pretty cool. :thumb

    R90/6 in R90S bodywork?

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