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    Goodman HDS 1200. A British bike with an American Heart.

    The Goodman HDS1200 was the brainchild of Simon Goodman of British Velocette motorcycle fame in 1991. Goodman wanted to blend the past and present to create a Cafe Racer style motorcycle by housing a Harley-Davidson 1200cc Sportster (Sport) powerplant in the classic Norton Featherbed frame.

    Goodman focused his attention on a machine with impeccable handling, the machine was suspended on Marzocchi forks, Koni rear shocks, Brembo brake components attached to 18" light weight magnesium wheels. The Sportster (Sport) motor was housed in the Featherbed frame using a rubber mounting system of Goodman's own design, that cut out any bad vibration the the rumbling H-D motor produced.

    The resulting machine was a tidy package, with great handling and road manners, weighing in at a mere 450lbs it was capable of 125mph.

    It's rumoured that only about fourteen complete bikes were ever built, the last few were built in 1995 from spares.

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    Looks more of a cafe racer than the new sportster. I'm not a fan of cafe racers as you know, but it certainly looks like a quality bike. Wonder what today's asking price would be for one if you could get your hands on one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whistler View Post
    Looks more of a cafe racer than the new sportster. I'm not a fan of cafe racers as you know, but it certainly looks like a quality bike. Wonder what today's asking price would be for one if you could get your hands on one.

    A Goodman HDS 1200 would probably cost the same as my humble Victorian 2-bedroom cottage.


    I happen to like Coffee Shop Racers, Whistler.

    It would be a boring old world if we all liked the same things and agreed on absolutely everything.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bluenose-1956 View Post
    A Goodman HDS 1200 would probably cost the same as my humble Victorian 2-bedroom cottage.


    I happen to like Coffee Shop Racers, Whistler.

    It would be a boring old world if we all liked the same things and agreed on absolutely everything.


    Couldn't agree with you more. My taste runs more to traditional bobbers and chops, always has. I don't have to like something to appreciate it. A nice bike is a nice bike whatever the style. My neighbour Hasan old 35 Matchless in mint condition. Don't think his missus knows it's worth more than the house.
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    Very nice bike never heard of that one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davie View Post
    Very nice bike never heard of that one
    Hi Davie,

    The Goodman family owned the English Velocette motorcycles marque. John Goodman founded Velocette in 1904 in Birmingham, the company went out of business in 1971. Simon Goodman is the great grandson of the founder, John Goodman, Simon wanted the Goodman name to be associated with sporting motorcycles again, that's why he built the HDS 1200 Cafe Racer. Velocette mainly built sporting singles in 350cc (Viper) and 500cc (Venom) capacity, they also built the Velocette LE 150cc and 200cc horizontally opposed, water cooled motorcycle nicknamed "Noddy Bike" which was used by many UK police forces as a patrol bike. Velocette also built the 250cc "Viceroy" scooter.

    A police officer training on a Velocette LE.

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    a 1966 Velocette 500cc Thruxton.

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    There's a ad in our local cafe selling a bike exactly like that one your talking about says price on inquiry the cafe is chequered flag cafe Liskeard cornwall I'm sure it the same type of bike it's a cafe racer black Harley engine and it says it is very rare

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    Rolling Art customs have done a few cafe racers with sportster engines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whistler View Post
    Rolling Art customs have done a few cafe racers with sportster engines.
    Ok Whistler,

    What do you think of this Royal Enfield Bobber?

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    Sorry to step in before Whistler replies, but that
    is truly awful, the epitome of ugliness, without
    one redeeming feature.

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