Old school rides: Let's see 'em!

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Drif10, Sep 5, 2004.

  1. crowtalks

    crowtalks escaping life, one ride at a time Supporter

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    Thanks, I couldn't tell as I saw it still had the shovelhead...it is an attractive bike...883 or a 1000?
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  2. Chickenstrip

    Chickenstrip Long timer

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    That was my first bike. I bought it used. Being green I didn't know what to look out for in a used bike - turned out the rims were out of true and the mufflers (when did 'silencers' appear?) were starting to rust. I also didn't understand how to take advantage of the power band and was late to recognize the beauty of that sweet spot where the vibrations disappear and the power was on tap. Remember cleaning and adjusting points? :hair
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  3. 83XLX

    83XLX Long timer

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    Thanks! It’s a 1983 XLX, 1000cc. Mildly customized, and with performance upgrades - it’s a fun old bike to ride.
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  4. Dave Y

    Dave Y Adventurer Supporter

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    1969. 250cc.
    As we whittled down our collection from a high of about 40 bikes to a more reasonable dozen, a Metralla has always been on my short list.

    We were primarily Honda collectors, but now find ourselves with a Metralla, an Astro, and a SherpaT.
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  5. vanislejay

    vanislejay Been here awhile

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    Isn't the Sportster referred to as an ironhead, and shovelhead is the big twins?
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  6. JLA49

    JLA49 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yes.
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  7. crowtalks

    crowtalks escaping life, one ride at a time Supporter

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    I guess I recall that...I never was good with all that nomenclature...the only two Harley's I ever owned was a 72 350 Sprint (Italian) and a 76 Superglide (moneypit) :-)

    I smelled a divorce coming (about 1990) and I sold the Superglide for $1600...then the Germans and Japanese discovered Harleys and the price started going up, up, up...the guy I sold it to got $2500 for it, that guy got $3300 for it, etc...I seem to live by the rule: buy high, sell low...sigh...
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  8. ishmac

    ishmac Long timer

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    wOOw that's so beautiful - takes me right back to my early teens, such an iconic motorcycle...!

    Thanks for sharing....!

    Peter
    Scotland
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  9. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer Supporter

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    A rider on a Thor poses with a sequoia . The tunnel was cut through in 1881 and the tree fell in 1969. The guys that cut through the tree got paid $75.
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  10. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer Supporter

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    The style of the times.
  11. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider Supporter

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  12. olderigetfasteriam

    olderigetfasteriam Long timer

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    Best stock exhaust EVER! Nice bike. 1975?
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  13. BadDogMax

    BadDogMax Been here awhile

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    Finally got an original 1971-only Starlight Gold right side cover, thanks to a generous guy on the SOHC4 forum who bought some spray painted side covers and scraped all of the blue paint off to reveal the gold color underneath.

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  14. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider Supporter

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    Yes Sir 75. Build 11/74
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  15. JBSmith

    JBSmith Ink-stained wretch

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    Mine was a '75, too, although I don't recall the build date.

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  16. Redcircles

    Redcircles Adventurer

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    Hi all - new member here ..
    Here are the older residents of my stable ...
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    1972 Norton 750 Commando
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    1950 Norton ES2
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    1990 Honda GB 500
    Thanks for the interest- Cheers - Mr. Redcircles
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  17. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    :raabiaHoly moly! Those are just beautiful!

    They need to be seen! Post 'em up on the Norton and Cafe Racer threads as well.
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  18. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer Supporter

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  19. 83XLX

    83XLX Long timer

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    I just stumbled across this digital photo from 2014 that I thought was long gone. It’s my ‘69 Honda 350 cafe racer (built in the ‘70s) that had been shoved in the back of my mower shed since about 1985. Pretty rough looking, but due to the urging of friends in the local vintage motorcycle club, I dragged it out in 2015 to see if there was any hope for it.

    The second picture is the same bike, as it sits today. Yes, there was hope for it...:ricky

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  20. crowtalks

    crowtalks escaping life, one ride at a time Supporter

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    Nice resurrection...the picture from 2014 looks like it is wearing a Honda Dream tank...
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