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Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by 101 Pathfinder, Aug 31, 2017.
2007 Ducati monster S4RS. Perfect mix of comfort and performance.
my 'new' ride a 1990 honda (AKA Honda davidson) cub, I use to have a ww2 Jeep and I like the ww2 Harleys/Indians ;-)
2009 Road King. A touring bike with a vintage flair.
Well this was my last ride, it was only a custom Hyosung GV650 not that old or flash but sure was a comfy ride. Only said goodbye to her the other week, no more riding for this old bloke. Missing it already
When a lil more space 'n comfort is needed
Ready to tour
As posted in The Display Case motorcycle thread.
This is one of my bikes. The luggage in the back is because I was just leaving for a 9 day, 7500 km (~4,500 mile) trip where I would be camping every day. She’s a 2015 Ducati Monster 821, and makes a surprisingly good touring machine. I got her new in late June 2015 and I have put over 45,000kms on her. Her name is Lucrezia, after the Borzia pope’s daughter, as she is my beautiful, red-headed Italian mistress who likes to be ridden hard, fast, and often, but if you don’t pay very close attention to her, she will try to kill you.
Here’s my 1931 Indian 101 Scout. I just got her in June of 2019, but put around 1000 miles on her every summer. She is a riot to ride with her left-hand throttle that has no return spring, her foot clutch and hand gear shift lever, and lack of any signal or brake lights. You just have to be paying attention, but that’s not a bad idea when you’re riding any motorcycle. The cat pan beneath the crankcase is because of a bad oil leak that I have since mostly fixed. She has a total-loss oil system too, and uses straight 50 weight oil. Her name is Josephine, after Josephine Baker.
I bought a new 2019 BMW F850GS Adventure this past August as well, so my new wife (also acquired in August) and I can do some touring together. There’s room for her or luggage on the Ducati, but not both. I don’t have any pictures of this bike though. Oh, and her name is Liesl. A good Bavarian name!
I am also building a 1941 Matchless G3L, a WWII British army bike, as well. The engine is built and the gearbox is together and it is primed snd ready for paint, then I can put the buts together. This has been a project I’ve been working on for almost 20 years, and I’m nearing completion, but it is going to be a bit longer yet before it’s finished, primarily due to time issues.
Some great looking bikes here. My last one was a 1973 Honda Cl with the gold gas tank and dirt tires. I loved that thing.
2003 RKC with a 58 Duoglide theme.
Lawrence of Arabia’s motorcycle is back!
“Brough motorcycles, favourites of the writer, spy and gentleman adventurer T.E. Lawrence, are making a comeback — Production of Brough bikes, of which the historic figure known as "Lawrence of Arabia" owned seven, ended in 1940 when the factory in Nottingham was requisitioned for Britain's war effort.”
I guess, similar to Royal Enfield, Brough Motorcycles have a cult following. I might normally be hesitant about the French resurrecting this iconic brand, except the guy seems to have put a lot of thought into it, and will be basing it in the city where Airbus planes are made so that he can access all the necessary skills and materials.
68 Guzzi Ambo
83 Guzii Lemans III
70 Guzzi Ambo (original paint)
95 Fatboy purchased in Oct 3600mi
The Brough was the first British superbike. Larry Arabia loved them; he had, from memory, seven of them - the eighth was on order when he died in a crash on number seven; Eight is now on display in the Imperial War Museum here in London. His place in motorcycling history is bigger than just that: the doctor who treated him after that last accident was inspired to research the question of head protection in terms of reducing the risk of a fatal accident, and his research was the reason why all British dispatch riders were issued with helmets in WW2. This was the beginnings in the UK of the awareness of the significance of helmets as protective wear for motorcycling, though it didn't become a legal requirement for civilian motorcyclists in the UK until 1973.
(The Brough is, if anything, much more of a cult than the Royal Enfield. Partly that it was long out of production - and largely the price!)
Look forward to seeing the Matchless. This Indian is a thing of rare beauty, indeed. One of my dream bikes would be something with this sort of look. I really fancied one of those Italian-built Black Douglas bikes, but I think they're no longer in production?
Thanks for your kind words Edward. The Matchless is an ongoing project (for 20 years now), but I have almost all the bits to finish it now. The delay right now is trying to find something the right colour of WWII Canadian army green. It was a much darker green than the rather brownish US army green during WWII, and I want to make sure I have exactly the right shade before I get the paint mixed up. Other than that, I just need to put it together.
The Indian is pretty typical of a mid-late 1920s bike, but perhaps a bit more elegant than the average. The late ‘20s was when manufacturers were finally figuring out how to make a fairly reliable, relatively user friendly motorcycle. I think the 101 Scouts are sort of the epitome of American motorcycling in that era, but I could be biased.
I would have loved one of those Black Douglases too, but I think you’re right, I think they’re no more. I suspect they were way too expensive for what they were, and that they priced themselves out of any realistic market. Too bad though, I really liked them!
2020 Moto Guzzi, with some modifications:
1982 moto morini
1977 honda 400/4
2019 Triumph Speed Triple