Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by R L Driver, Nov 12, 2003.

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    R L Driver Guest

    Cant we have more queries about "good old" British bikes........... Japanese
    ones were far too reliable for me to get very interested in .
    Steve the grease
    R L Driver, Nov 12, 2003
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    JB Guest

    You have never owned a KH triple, X7, FT500, CB750/900FA or KR1 then I take

    JB, Nov 12, 2003
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    Andy Clews Guest

    Thus spake R L Driver unto the assembled multitudes:
    Oh, so you actually *enjoyed* getting your fingers dirty every weekend, the
    puddle of oil on the driveway, the fruitless heaving on the kickstarter,
    the worry of riding more than a few dozen miles in case it broke down
    (again), the vibration, the bits falling off, being left standing (and
    laughed at) by mates on Japanese bikes? That was my experience anyway, and
    I feel no nostalgia for it whatsoever (just amused recollection).

    But each to his own, I guess.

    The new Triumphs are of course a different story, which is why I own one
    (well, a ten-year-old new one, anyway, which has never missed a beat nor
    leaked any oil). I'd never have another (old) old one, though.
    Andy Clews, Nov 12, 2003
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    Steve Parry Guest

    Prolly visits Madame Dominatrix for a good thrashing with wet
    birchwood too ;o)

    Steve Parry
    Steve Parry, Nov 12, 2003
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    JB Guest


    JB, Nov 12, 2003
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    Lozzo Guest

    R L Driver said....
    ^^^^ ^^^

    This.. doesn't go with
    ^^^^^^^ ^^^^^
    this ...


    ZZR1100D, GPZ500S, CB250RS x3
    BOTAFOT#57/70a, BOTAFOF#57, two#49, MIB#22, TCP#7, BONY#9,
    BotToS#8, GP#2, SBS#10, SH#3, DFV#14, KoBV#3.
    Url for ukrm newbies :
    Lozzo, Nov 12, 2003
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    Frinton Boy Guest

    I think you are all being a little unfair. True, to compare a British
    bike of the 70's or even 60's (one could take the arguement back even
    to the 50's) with a Japanese equivalent is not going to leave you with
    much good to say about the Brit Bike.

    However, what we are talking about there is looking at an example from
    what was a dying industry, rapidly running out of ideas, innovation
    and quality assurance!

    But spin the clock back a few (let's say 30 or 40) years and you could
    see the same manufacturers (and a few others), producing great
    products that could stand comparison with just about anything, from
    anywhere (granted with some exceptions), mainly because they all
    leaked oil, but that was the level of technology/development. The
    problem was that the British bike industry did not move far enough or
    fast enough from that point...

    So maybe we need to get some perspective on what we mean by "Old
    British Bikes" before we tar them all with the same brush...?

    Frinton Boy, Nov 12, 2003
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    M J Carley Guest

    A bit like its products.
    M J Carley, Nov 13, 2003
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    Steve Parry Guest

    Steve Parry, Nov 13, 2003
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    Rick Maninov Guest

    That wouldn't be Miss Norton Dominatrix would it?

    Rick Maninov, Nov 13, 2003
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    Rick Maninov Guest

    British bikes, load of old crap.
    If anyone has an old Thruxton Velo, Beeza Goldie or Rocket or a Trumpet
    Bonnie cluttering up their shed, I'll take it off their hands for a couple
    of quid ;-)

    Rick Maninov, Nov 13, 2003
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    Nigel Eaton Guest

    Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, Rick Maninov
    Well screwed, if not well screwed together, IWHT.
    Nigel Eaton, Nov 13, 2003
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    Steve Parry Guest

    Steve Parry, Nov 13, 2003
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    Steve Parry Guest

    Steve Parry, Nov 14, 2003
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