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Old 3rd May 2020, 09:55   #1 (permalink)
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A New thread dedicated to motorbikes. i know that several members have bikes and others like me used to ride. Have a look at this vid, it took me right back to the 80s which, to me was dedicated to riding motorbikes.

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No bike currently - but I've had a couple in the 70's Yamaha RD 200 and then a Honda Superdream.

Now living in Southern Turkey and would just love to have a very large trike. The sort of thing Billy Connolly drove - with a large settee type seat on the back.

I could see me cruising the D400 round from Kalkan to Kas and onward to Antalya, or a day trip to Fethiye for steak by the sea.

If anyone knows of anyone who could make/convert a trike for me I would be forever in your debt - just let me know
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Before moving down here onto Turkey's South Coast, I spent 12 years in Kuşadası, and each year The International Harley Davidson Club would meet up for an annual get together.
What a sight! They came in from all over the place and when they idled their way through town as they arrived in their dribs and drabs to find their hotel(s), you couldn't help but stand and watch them go by. You didn't have to be an ex biker to appreciate them.

From about 1963, my elder brother and various friends around where we lived were really into their bikes. My cousin, 18 years older than me was involved in motorbike scrambling and side-car racing and he, along with his side-car partner were British champions sometime in the latter half of the 60's. All in all, I spent a fair ammount of time riding pillion through those years and they're never to be forgotten.
Different boyfriends, different bikes, and living where we did in Derbyshire through those years, always good rides to be had.

British bikes were always favourite but I remember the first Japanese bike that my brother bought in. He was not at all struck by it and the Honda 305 with the electric starter was soon replaced by a 650cc BSA, that would have been late 63 or early 64. He kept that for a good while until he saw a 650cc Norton that he just had to have.

Those were the days. 1960's, Mods, Rockers and everything that went with it! Anyone remember The Beachcomber down in Heaton Mersey? No booze, coffee or milkshake before we rode back up home.
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No bike currently - but I've had a couple in the 70's Yamaha RD 200 and then a Honda Superdream.

Now living in Southern Turkey and would just love to have a very large trike. The sort of thing Billy Connolly drove - with a large settee type seat on the back.

I could see me cruising the D400 round from Kalkan to Kas and onward to Antalya, or a day trip to Fethiye for steak by the sea.

If anyone knows of anyone who could make/convert a trike for me I would be forever in your debt - just let me know
Was the superdream the 250 or the 400? Did you every ride the automatic version of the 400 dream?
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For the last 2 years the Turkish motorcycle club has met up in July in Egirdir, two days of camping, eating, drinking and talking bikes. A real spectacle, but here big bikes are only for the rich
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Have had a bike of some sort since 57. First one was a cycle master engine in rear wheel of a standard 1950s push bike.
Currently have a 22 year old Harley FXDWG ( wide glide ) .Had it now 16 years and kept it immaculate. .Had Hondas / Yams and even a old 350cc 1948 Matchless .Had to sell it as at 8 stone in 1957 I had a job holding it up lol.Wish I had it now. My neighbour buddy has a 1948 Vincent 1000 cc Black Shadow .Looks like it just came out the factory .Now that is a Bike.
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I started off with the old Bsa Bantam 175/Then went to a 1953 Bsa A10 650 Golden flash plunger back end . My last bike was a Norton interstate 750cc it could go like stink ,but not reliable . The bike i seem to remember the most i only rode a few miles on it was a Laverda single pot, it could it lift, the colour was bright yellow i think at the time it was one of the first in the uk.

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Currently have a 22 year old Harley FXDWG ( wide glide ) .Had it now 16 years and kept it immaculate. .Had Hondas / Yams and even a old 350cc 1948 Matchless .Had to sell it as at 8 stone in 1957 I had a job holding it up lol.Wish I had it now. My neighbour buddy has a 1948 Vincent 1000 cc Black Shadow .Looks like it just came out the factory .Now that is a Bike.
I can remember see a vincent 1000 trying to go over hard knot pass and smoke pouring out of the exhaust.
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Of course the Black Shadow in 1948 set the world speed record at salt lake flats Utah at 150mph in both directions .I think that record still stands .It was classed as the fastest motorcycle in the world .And it was.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rollie_Free

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They are worth a fortune now in good condition!
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