What a motorcycle felt like to ride in 1967 when I was 16...

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by darmahman, May 11, 2018.

  1. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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    The BMW Urban G/S might be the best (for me) "what a motorcycle felt like to ride in 1967 when I was 16" than any bike I have ever ridden since that time.
    So I bought one today. Rorty, raw, agile, powerful. Not fair to knock this bike till you ride one. I was more or less close minded thinking it couldn't be much of a bike till yesterday when I test rode a new one. Walked away knowing I had to have one.
    I've owned a few bikes in my day and this one just has me much more excited than any of my other bikes I have had. I lost 15 years in age as I was riding it! :lol3 *Pic from Cycle World
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  2. Scooterdoodler

    Scooterdoodler Long timer

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    There's a lot to be said for getting back to the basics....relatively.

    I feel the same way about my V7III, and not a touchscreen anywhere to be seen.
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  3. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    When I was 16 in 1967, I rode a second hand, totally clapped out '62 Triumph that had tons of mysterious electrical issues, leaked both oil and fuel, and kick started only when it felt like it!


    When it DID actually run, it was fantastic though. :-)

    That BMW looks like a great bike!! :thumb
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  4. Gham

    Gham What's for lunch?

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    At 16 I was on a Yamaha 200 twin jet and "owned the world!!!!" :imaposerOnly a two-stroke could take me back. Enjoy
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  5. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    I totally get the love/connection for the urban GS. I'm that way with Sportsters. I've owned everything. I can't shake the XL, so I bought another one. It was just meant to be. Why fight it?

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  6. djroszina

    djroszina Long timer

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    I rode and raced offroad since I was 10. I always wanted to get a street bike, but was not able to till my early thirties...well my first street bike ended up being a brand new 91 Sportster. 27 years later and umteen bikes later of every shape and size and I still remember that bliss like it was yesterday. While I still love riding, I can't seem to recreate that majic moment...maybe taking up flying will give me one more shot at that rare feeling.
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  7. rd400racer

    rd400racer Long timer

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    I took a few lessons back in the 90's in pursuit of a license. I calculated the total cost one day and decided that I'd rather stick with motorcycles. Now I have a garage full of bikes but still no pilots license.

    I'm happy :D
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  8. cabanza

    cabanza Smooth Operator

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    Thanks for buying my bike! I hope you enjoy it for many miles.
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  9. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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    I’m sure I will. Thanks for selling it to me!
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  10. ctfz1

    ctfz1 been there

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    In 67 was riding Allstate/Puch 250 and "visited" Bridgestone 175.
    69 was Benelli 125 four stroke single
    70 was 66 Bonneville 650..
    The Bonneville "fit" m," made enough power and was fun. Too much vibration at speed though.
    Light sporty universal rides still "check all the boxes." Hope you enjoy your ride as much as I would.

    Something sweet about a "riding" motorcycle.
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  11. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer

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    Congrats Mike! :thumb

    Have fun on that "time traveling" machine!

    RD
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  12. rat

    rat Been here awhile

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    My V7 gives me that, I totally get it.

    Grew up with standard 70s twins and fours, and they've been with me my whole life. All the "off the shelf" standards on offer for the past couple decades just didn't tick the boxes for me. Along comes Guzzi with it's aircooled, rumbly, shaky engine in a classic seating position and look... and I was sold. There's no replacement for "fun" when it comes to bikes... bigger, better, faster be damned, if It doesn't make me smile in my helmet so much my cheeks hurt, it's just not "it".

    So congrats to capturing that feeling again!
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  13. shupe

    shupe Been here awhile

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    My first Harley, when I was 20, was a 69 Sportster. Due to my ignorance, it wasn't always running well, but when it was, it was magic.
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  14. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    I’m with you. I’ve always enjoyed the narrow naked bikes. Narrow naked women as well....later...my first bike was a 441 BSA. Love basic Sportsters. The OP has it right.
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  15. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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    A 441 Victor was the first bike I ever test rode from a dealer. I was 16 and he let me take it out. I didn't know about petcocks and about a mile down the road it died. The dealer went looking for me in his pick up and tho he did find me, I never got to test ride another bike from his old school English bike dealership, Smitty's in Peoria, IL.

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  16. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Bought. 68 Bonnie from a shop like that. Brown’s in Toronto. Great place. Smelled of gas, oil, cigs and coffee. Stained hardwood floors. No crystal palaces they call bike shops today.
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  17. rat

    rat Been here awhile

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    hah. If I only I was half the mechanic then, that I am now.
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  18. Volfy

    Volfy Fava beans & a nice Chianti

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    I guess when one gets up to a certain age, it's natural to reminisce and wax nostalgic. The common foible though is to remember only that which we most want to remember.

    While I fondly recall what I did with the machines of my youth, I also remember how they actually were - spartan instrumentation, woeful suspension, pitiful brakes, so-so power, and - who could forget - carburetors. Frankly, if today I were given any of the bikes I rode when I started riding, I would take a few pics, laugh a few laughs, and, then say: "thanks, but no thanks." And that was the '80s. I can't fathom the machines of the '70s and '60s.

    Despite mfrs' claim to to contrary, none of these "retro" bikes feel/work/ride/perform anything remotely close to the machines they are supposed to emulate. Okay... none except Harleys and Guzzi's.
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  19. rat

    rat Been here awhile

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    Nah, I still LOVE my 70s bikes. 100%, absolute, total love. Love tinkering with carbs, love squeezing everything I can out of them. Love the feeling of riding my CB750, and hearing the exhaust note change at 4000 rpm. Something about it just can't be equalled with modern tech. But yeah... my Guzzi comes damn close.
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  20. Volfy

    Volfy Fava beans & a nice Chianti

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    Nothing wrong with that. This Cycledom is big enough for each to have his own. I myself prefer to make new memories with new machines.
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