not so obscure objects of desire (long-ish, and probably boring)

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by darsy, Oct 27, 2006.

  1. darsy

    Lozzo Guest

    Hog says...
    NR750, the oval piston thing that cost 37K. A car dealer I knew owned
    one and wasn't fussed about me having a ride. I also took his CB1100R
    out, that used to be one of Ron Haslam's Transatlantic Trophy bikes. I
    didn't like that bike at all. It was just as incompetent as a CB900F in
    almost every way, but faster.

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    Lozzo
    Triumph Daytona 955i SE (Black with added black bits)
    GSF600SW (broked)
    'I do not object to people looking at their watches when I am speaking.
    But I strongly object when they start shaking them to make certain they
    are still going.' William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett, Oct 1960.
     
    Lozzo, Oct 27, 2006
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  2. darsy

    Andy Bonwick Guest

    Surely the same can be said for any 4 year old sports bike? Champ rode
    a 10R and noticed enough of a difference between that bike and his
    gixxer to make him want to buy one.
     
    Andy Bonwick, Oct 27, 2006
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  3. darsy

    darsy Guest

    well, in a way, a "posh VFR" is all they were, but as you say,
    engineered and finished to near-perfection.
     
    darsy, Oct 27, 2006
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  4. darsy

    Eiron Guest

    I just happen to have a copy of 'Bike' from 1975 here.
    Some prices:

    RD250 £489
    RD350 £540
    CB400 £649
    CB750 £889
    GT250 £480
    GT380 £555
    T160 £1164
    T140 £758
    Ducati 750SS £1679
    1952 Vincent Shadow £1195
    1952 Vincent Rapide £825

    A bit more than my pocket money!

    No prices but there is a road-test comparison between a GL1000 and a Z1.
     
    Eiron, Oct 27, 2006
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  5. darsy

    darsy Guest

    OK - nice summary - thanks.
     
    darsy, Oct 27, 2006
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  6. darsy

    Hog Guest

    An RD250D by 1978 or 9 was more like £700 or 750 IIRC
     
    Hog, Oct 27, 2006
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  7. darsy

    Eiron Guest

    Inflation. Strikes. Power cuts. Welcome to the 'seventies!

    My 600 Ducati was £2800 in 1981. I think most big jap stuff was around 2
    grand.
     
    Eiron, Oct 27, 2006
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  8. But a Vincent Black Shadow for the price of a new Trident!

    That's make it worth about £7-8k at today's values. It's done rather
    better than inflation, hasn't it?
     
    The Older Gentleman, Oct 27, 2006
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  9. Nicely put.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Oct 27, 2006
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  10. darsy

    wessie Guest

    I rode an AT in c1998 which is what made me put such bikes in the
    desired column of my i-spreadsheet. I also rode the Val Doonican when
    they first came out around the same time. The VD was horrible in
    comparison.

    Stupidly, I also had a sports 600 in the list too and in 1999 I bought a
    new CBR600. By the time I had decided that I didn't like the CBR and
    started looking at replacements the AT was no longer available new and
    decent used examples were rare. Hence, after trying the Tiger, R-GS &
    Caponord I found a nice year old BMW.

    I think that if 750cc ATs were still available new, or if Honda had made
    a 1 litre version of the AT, instead of the abomination that is the VD,
    then I'd be riding a Honda today.
     
    wessie, Oct 27, 2006
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  11. darsy

    Lozzo Guest

    Eiron says...
    A bargain when you consider the opposition were these pieces of shit....

    --
    Lozzo
    Triumph Daytona 955i SE (Black with added black bits)
    GSF600SW (broked)
    'I do not object to people looking at their watches when I am speaking.
    But I strongly object when they start shaking them to make certain they
    are still going.' William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett, Oct 1960.
     
    Lozzo, Oct 27, 2006
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  12. darsy

    Andy Bonwick Guest

    They were £510 in 1976 but the RD200 was a mere £407 so I went for the
    RD200.
     
    Andy Bonwick, Oct 27, 2006
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  13. darsy

    Andy Bonwick Guest

    I paid £1750 for a new GPZ550 in Oct 1982 and much as I'd wanted a 600
    Pantah I wasn't prepared to pay the same as I would to buy a GPZ1100.
     
    Andy Bonwick, Oct 27, 2006
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  14. darsy

    central Guest

    I was sat here thinking "who the hell wouldnt have paid the extra £9 for
    the RD...".
     
    central, Oct 27, 2006
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    wessie Guest

    I had a 1996 yellow/silver TDM. I thought it was one of the better bikes
    I've had. Did you get the later model with the TRX derived engine? I rode
    one of the older, M reg so 1994, and thought is was a bit insipid in
    comparison. The better engine, suspension and FZR600 brakes made the mk2
    TDM a much better bike IMV.
     
    wessie, Oct 27, 2006
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  16. darsy

    SD Guest

    On Fri, 27 Oct 2006 19:05:14 +0100,
    Jan 75 - Sep '06 £7865.77
    Jun 75 - Sep '06 £6871.25
    Oct 75 - Sep '06 £6623.81
    Dec 75 - Sep '06 £6462.69

    Not by much.

    Also suggests top of the range bike prices have remained fairly steady
    over thirty years.
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    |/ \
    _/_____\_ GL1500SEV/CBR1100XXX/CBX1000Z
    |_\_____/_| ..87753../..22653.../..31893.
    (>|_|_|<) TPPFATUICG#7 DIAABTCOD#9 WG*
    |__|_|__| BOTAFOT #70 BOTAFOF #09 PM#5
    \ |^| / IbW#0 & KotIbW# BotTOS#6 GP#4
    \|^|/ ANORAK#17 IbB#4 YTC#4 two#11
    '^' RBR Clues: 84 Pts:1800 Miles:5704
     
    SD, Oct 27, 2006
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  17. darsy

    deadmail Guest

    I have a memory of seeing someone (Coburn and Hughes?) advertising the
    Yamaha XS650 for 699- and the XS750 for 899- in MCN. This would have
    been around 1979-1981.
     
    deadmail, Oct 28, 2006
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  18. darsy

    deadmail Guest

    I think they blipped about 10 years ago where people were pushing 10k.
    Then again I don't have the foggiest what a new bike would cost.

    I've owned (I think) somewhere between 30 and 40 bikes over the years,
    not very many by some standards. Only one of these has been new and the
    next, newest, was 3 years old.
     
    deadmail, Oct 28, 2006
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  19. darsy

    deadmail Guest

    How can you not know what an H1 is?

    I mean, you're over 40 (I assume) and have been into bikes for some time
    (I'd assumed you were one of the life-long brigade for some reason.)

    Suppose I was wrong.
     
    deadmail, Oct 28, 2006
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    muddy cat Guest

    I think this is the Trans Alp here, I'd like to have one too.
     
    muddy cat, Oct 28, 2006
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