The original adventure riders (and bikes!)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Wes Weber, Nov 30, 2003.

  1. lqgsrider

    lqgsrider Been here awhile

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    Great pics

    thanks for sharing
  2. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    ?? I don't get it. Why is that funny? Many bikes that are now called MX bikes, Enduros, & even Dual Sports were once called 'Scramblers'. Some races were 'Scrambles'. The bikes I wanted & rode were scramblers.
    Manufactures even named some of them 'Scramblers'.
    Here's a couple. 1960s though.
    http://www.yamahamotorsports.com/sport/epic_mcy/1965_bigbear_small.aspx

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_CL77

    The only one I can think of offhand that names a bike a 'Scrambler' now days is Triumph. :dunno
    It resembles a 1960s Scrambler too. Heavier though. :(:
  3. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

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    It is funny because back then you rode whatever bike you had as a "scrambler" meaning off road, even if it had no rear suspension.

    Actually, before motocross became popular there were lots of scrambles races.
    I think the manufacturers started calling their bikes scramblers since that was how some riders rode them.

    Sort of like riding enduroes as a competition came long before any manufacturer started calling their bikes "enduroes".

    Today bikes have fantastic suspension and excellent handling and some of the old timers like my father (82) can't even imagine how they did all the dirt riding they did back then.

    BTW, he called his Matchless a scrambler and he laughs at it too. :D
  4. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    That's true but I don't think that Warren Webber & friends would have called the bikes that they were shown riding here scramblers.
    Yup. ... "Motocross? WTF is that?"

    Manufacturer's Scramblers: Generally just high pipes, lower gearing, knobbies or semi knobby tires & maybe a tad more suspension travel. Not many differences from some of the 'standard' bikes of the time.
  5. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

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    I would guess you are correct sir!
    They wouldn't call them adventure bikes either.
    They had bikes and they rode them where they wanted to go.

    I think the term scrambler was used for bikes that were mostly or only ridden or raced off road.
    Bikes that had little or no street equipment.
    My father's Matchless "scrambler" was street legal but only had a license plate.
    No muffler, mirrors, headlight, etc. He had a tail light but it didn't work.

    Same thing with a "desert sled", it was more a term riders used to describe how their bike was used.

    Absolutely!
    They were neat bikes :clap
    They looked so special compared with the standard bike.
  6. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    Sounds like a couple bikes I had. No tail lights either.
    Back in "the good 'ol days" around here. :cry
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    Madhouse Semi-Goodlookin! Supporter

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    Fantastic ride report!:clap
  8. tombaisley

    tombaisley Been here awhile

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    cops are shumucks
  9. Egodriver71

    Egodriver71 Rider of something

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  10. sion

    sion sigh-own

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    got any details/info about this pic Egodriver?
  11. Egodriver71

    Egodriver71 Rider of something

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    Great Aunt Mable, around Sandusky, Ohio. May have been affiliated with the Classic Clinkers Club.

    Not my Aunt Mable, but that was in the description with the pic
  12. markgsnw

    markgsnw WTF?

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    And you're a dick
  13. Egodriver71

    Egodriver71 Rider of something

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  14. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

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    Wes!

    What happened to the pictures???? :eek1

    I was going to show this thread to a friend and... :huh

    NO Pictures? :cry

    Please bring back the pictures for us! :ear
  15. computronic2040

    computronic2040 n00b

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    Love this thread, thought I might share mine. From a fellow Weber, below is my great gramps (Fred Weber) and other relatives.

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  16. Oznay

    Oznay Been here awhile

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    That woiuld be worth a chunk,they didn't come out until'48..
  17. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Just found an old family photo, from what i can tell, its my great, great uncle in Barrow in Furness England, circa 1905-1910...first 'motorcycle' in town

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    buzzardair terraqueous Adventurer

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    Awsome pic!:clap
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    Egodriver71 Rider of something

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  20. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider MotoMojo

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    Yeah where's the pix at yo? No pix, or even IMG codes visible in the original post. 40-50 some odd pages of kudos and high fives and bro hugs, but
    NO PIX.

    whassup?