Vintage Motorcycle Camping (Pre 1980)

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by England-Kev, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. 57FLH

    57FLH Adventurer

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    Taken in the summer of '79 at the Jenny Lake campground in the Tetons (back when you could get in there without a reservation). I was sleeping on a picnic table and awakened to the older woman from the RV next door saying "are you OK honey? would you like a cup of coffee?" I was riding from Boston where my navy ship was in the yard to Barstow to see my sister. The bike is a '76 Kaw 900. I traded a perfectly good car for that bike, in Norfolk, in the middle of winter. It is on my lift today getting a rebuild which will end up costing way more than I paid for it or it is worth to any one else. I am even putting a set of the Bates fiberglass bags that were on in the pic. back on Image (4).jpg
  2. roadholder

    roadholder Long timer

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    From some old slides recently scanned...my dad's pic and postcard, camping at the Elephant Rally in Germany, 1966.

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  3. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Fantastic, the Elephante rally is still going strong:clap:clap
  4. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer

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    Taken on the coast highway somewhere.
    We got rained out of our campsite.
    Found our tents had a lot in common with a screen door when it came to stopping rain.
    This is my riding buddy and my now wife .
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  5. Phipsd

    Phipsd Older but not wiser.

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    I had a purple one also. They were so over the top ugly, they were cool, like a late 50's American car. I had fun on mine doing long trips through the Desert. On one ride on HWY 50 in Nevada; bucking a stiff headwind, I got about 25 mpg until I ran onto reserve and about 80 mpg on the last half gallon. I had to wait for a semi going past at 45 mph. I figured for sure I was in for a long walk, but I almost made it. I pushed it up the last hill and coasted into town:)
  6. roadholder

    roadholder Long timer

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    I get cold just looking at pics from the event!
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  7. Iranian

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    It is really cool to see how bikers used to camp and ride back in the old days. I am though little bit surprised that more pics of electra glide are not uploaded. I though despite their technical weaknesses where much more suitable for long distance riding. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us.
  8. MrBob

    MrBob Curiouser and curiouser

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    When I began long distance touring during the early 70's Harley's were well represented on the road. I was on my 305 Superhawk and an oddball. I don't know if Harley's still represent a majority of touring bikes in the U.S. but there are no shortage of them out there. They do especially well in the West with its open spaces and high winds.
    I suspect you'd see more touring Harleys posted on other forums.
  9. MrBob

    MrBob Curiouser and curiouser

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    I once rode around Lake Superior in October in wet weather on my Norton. My leathers stayed saturated for the whole 5 days. I stopped for coffee and had to use a straw because I was shaking too badly to hold the cup. Good times.
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  10. Thumpermeister

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    Brrrr! Such events are always better as a memory then they felt like at the time! :-)
  11. Tarka

    Tarka Strangely strange. Oddly normal.

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    The Elefant Rally actually exists in two formats.

    The real deal hardcore one in the Bavarian forests.

    And the 'faux' softy one at the Nurburgring.
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  12. roadholder

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    Not in 1966 from what I have seen from those pics!:vardy

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  13. woodgrain

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    The Tuetonic QSL 1000 Mile Solo Seats were a nice touch...
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  14. Philthy64

    Philthy64 Been here awhile

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    Visited mum during the week and we went through some old photo's with my daughter. Came across this couple of me and a mate camping on the south west WA coast in the mid '70's (sorry about the quality - had to take a photo of the photo's with my phone). I had my dad's Suzuki RV 125 and my mate had a Honda ATC110. We would have been about 15 I reckon and spent three nights camping. A sneaky run up the beach for about 15kms and we were able to procure a couple of beers each to take away :-)
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  15. zzy

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    very good, (great) pics, Bill
  16. Dr. Breedlove

    Dr. Breedlove Been here awhile

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    1979. You know it's the 70's when you see the 55mph speed limit signs.

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    2 weeks later on the way back in Kitty Hawk NC.


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  17. Dr. Breedlove

    Dr. Breedlove Been here awhile

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    Later on in the trip. Spent the night on a concrete slab in an outdoor sawmill south of Cherbourg. Woke up freezing cold (in July, no less) covered in sawdust. An hour later I turned a corner and there's a Tiger tank.

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  18. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Great pics, thanks
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  20. Dr. Breedlove

    Dr. Breedlove Been here awhile

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    I like seeing the photos posted by others who toured on Nortons. This is somewhere in Newfoundland.


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