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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Drif10, Sep 5, 2004.
Another fun dip into moto history:
Honda Dream 305 going back together
Waterloo , Iowa bike night Screaming Eagle American Bar and Grill . I was talking to the owner when I noticed the right shock was missing both nuts . So nothing was keeping the shock in place . The owner said he had the shock off recently to work on the exhaust . He knew he put the nuts back on , but he must of not had them tight enough . He was going to carefully ride it back home
Ooooooooph that Henderson
Back when I first got into motorcycles, this is what I was lusting for. Hard to believe, but I thought the KZ440LTD was just about the bitchin'-est looking bike there was!
My dad owned one of these in the last years of his life. He did day-long rides to the East Coast beaches. I really wish he'd bought a GPZ550, but he was convinced that he needed KZ440 because of lower weight, and the belt. I've never compared the weights.
Ha I love it. Tastes change. And motorcycles sure have changed. I could never imagine touring on my 450. I ride it for an hour and a half and thats good. Yet, in the 70s my dad rode his 350 down to Mexico and back multiple times, toured the US.... a lot of it two up. Hes a tougher man than me!
My cousin, who's about 10 yrs older than me, tells me he rode his Honda Scrambler 305 from Philly to Augusta, Maine and back multiple times, sometime two-up. Proof that we make due with what we have. That was back in the late 60s I'm guessing, when a 305 seemed like a do anything kinda bike.
I remember reading magazine test articles in the '60's where they said thing like: "This Triumph twin is as smooth as butter", "The new double leading shoe front brake is the best brake a rider could want", "We observed no oil leaks the two weeks we had the test bike", "once the rider learns the starting drill the bike usually starts the first kick", "The service recommendations to decoke the cylinder head every 3,000 miles should be followed religiously for best performance"
Yep, we are spoiled with modern bikes.
My 450 was a big bike back then... the 750 4 came along and took that away, but for a while, the 450 was the big twin. All the ads for the 450 said 100hp/liter! Hondas first "big bike". Compared to bikes today, its hard to believe.
Also, remember that when folks were touring around on 350s and 400s, traffic density was nothing like what it is today and average vehicle speeds overall were lower. Bimbling down a back road through small towns at 45-50 was less the exception and more just the way people traveled.
Fortunately, my tastes changed pretty quickly. When it came time for me to actually buy my first new bike, I bought a leftover '79 Bonneville 750. To this day, I think it's one of the most attractive motorcycle ever.
I would say you made the better choice... that would have been a hell of a first bike wow.
I am sad that I missed out on those days!
I was a senior in high school. I went from a clapped-out Honda CL125S to that. I felt like DAH MAN!
More than 284 million in the U.S. as of 2019 and a mere 200 million for the entire world in 1970.
Are you really?
Two memories of how biking's shortcomings in the 70s (and prior): Having to file and adjust points while on a trip. Opening the headlight bucket to find a confusing nest of wires and connectors.
The worst thing about the 70's was the national 55mph speed limit - and it was enforced.
First the Feds coerced the states into 55mph, then coerced them to prove they were enforcing it.
Sure you could tour on 350's - when 70 mph would get you a ticket on the interstate.
LOL well, I torture myself with both of those things now... So I must be totally loopy.