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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by mikem9, Dec 27, 2011.
I have gotten around 120 miles on the 600 since it's open heart surgery, running great...these counter-balanced berg motors are buttery smooth.
What a beautiful bike, as the memory fades one tends to forget how much hard work these were to muscle around a track
But still fun to ride gently, like on a golf course
You jest, but there is much truth to that statement.
I've been into vinduro bikes since about '98. I've competed in many 2-day "ISDT-type" events for almost 2 decades. Unfortunately, due to the nature of competing, sometimes I inflicted damage on my most-excellent vinduro rides that I was aboard. PLUS, they would beat me to death riding them in "sure 'nuf" trail conditions. The one that broke my heart the most was the damage to the pristine original paint on the tank of my '73 Jawa 250 ISDT following the 2003 ISDT Reunion Ride in Dalton, MA. To wit:
What you're seeing is the result of Berkshire mud on a pristine and flawless all-original Jawa 250 ISDT. Note the paint that's sandpapered off the tank (it was on both sides). I was sick at heart. I soon purchased a vinduro bike I cared little for ('82 Can-Am 175 Qualifier) other than to use as bike to ride at events. In spite of earning Gold medals and a class win on the Can-Am, it just wasn't the same from then on.
It wasn't until it was too late (after some had suffered competition induced damage like the above) that I learned that, for me, my most enjoyable way to indulge a vinduro is on nice forest roads out in the mountains. Much easier on the bike and a lot easier on this old aging body. (6.5" of mediocre front travel and 3" of dismal travel at the back, isn't much to work with out in the rough!)
THUS... all of my current vinduros I'm in the process of restoring will never see a rough trail, ever. Mountain forest roads/county roads only. OH, and they're also fun to putt around town on. I would get the strangest looks and questions at the stop lights, or the burger stand when I happened to be aboard my Jawa 250 ISDT, or my Zundapp GS125, etc!
SO, you may have been joking about the "golf course"... but there is MUCH truth in that statement! No, for me, I enjoy the old bikes, but I want to do so without thrashing the bike and beating me up in the process. Forest roads here I come!
Only partly joking because I much prefer riding my Rickman Metisse on gentle dirt roads and trails.
A "scrambles" track on a golf course would be ideal, they could even include a few sand traps for fun.
I have scratches on the fiberglass tank where my pants have ground the mud into the nice shiny surface.
I considered buying a second set of glass to put on when I am not riding, but decided to do that when I decide to sell the bike.
Or my widow does maybe
I ride the local mx track a few times each summer but it isn't really fun to roll over the jumps while other riders are jumping 30, 40, 50, or more feet with such grace...
Here is fun project:
A "Grumph" would make a fantastic Vinduro ride and be a photo magnet.
Currently for sale according to BikeUrious: HERE
Oh dear... me thinks you're infected with the 4s syndrome!!
Big 4s singles were never my thing... but I've heard them at the vintage events I've competed in and they sound awesome! (Like rolling thunder!) A vinduro friend offered me a ride on his Triumph Mettise (sp?) I gladly jumped aboard and sped off in an empty field: WOW on the acceleration! Then I puckered the pee-waddly out myself trying to whoa it up! The acceleration was fantastic... me adapting to the right side shift... not so! (50+ years of left side shift!)
As fer me and vinduro scoots:
A'feared my vinduro "thing" has settled into 2s tiddlers for some reason. Largest cc vinduro I've owned since entering the hobby was the Jawa 250 ISDT. The rest were 175cc or smaller (125cc). Current trio includes one 175 and two 125's. I think the only 250cc vinduro I would ever truly want again, would be another Jawa 250 ISDT. However, they are now made of unobtanium, and cost huge amounts of $$ IF you find one. Shouldn't have parted with the one I had. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Oh well, of such is life.
The obvious solution - and what I always do - is to always take your pants off before riding your classic.
Currently for sale, more HERE
Random vid found...
Not sure that thing fits any part of the title of this thread.