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    Quote Originally Posted by bluenose-1956 View Post
    I passed my test on an ill handling under powered motorcycle, a red 1979 CB250N "SuperwetDream". The CB250N weighed almost as much as the CB400N which was a lot faster.

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    I had the 400 Dream in the same colour. Great fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluenose-1956 View Post
    I had a 1969 Lambretta Li150 in 1978, it was the stablemate of my 1978 Honda TL125S. I couldn't get used to changing gear with my hand on the scooter, so I sold it to a workmate for £7, yes seven pounds. Shortly after he bought the Li, it was stolen by local kids and it ended up being dumped in a local beck (stream).
    When I was getting my first bike we wouldn't have looked at scooters then. In the 80s they were what the 2nd generation of Mods rode . We rode much more underpowered 100/125cc bikes then. Even thought we were cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gettin'onabit View Post
    £7.00 - those were the days.

    My Lambretta 150 LDB cost me £5 in 1968 (it was a dirty rusty cream colour) and I sold it in 1968 after it was cleaned up and painted Bright Red and British Racing Green; and then painted again in Black and Lilac!

    My Francis Barnett cost me £8.00 later in 1968 - it went from dirty rust green to Orange and Black; then I turned it into a sort of cafe racer, black frame; dark blue tank and light blue other bits, with ally mudguards. Then I crashed it.

    And then in 1969 came the 'thing' in my Avatar (the bike, I mean) - A 500 single Matchless; square tyres; a black rusty frame; with a dented gold tank, that I doubt belonged to it; black mudguards and blue side panel things - that cost me £5.00 and a Webley air pistol; but I sold it for £15.00 and a Webley air pistol!.

    After that came a procession of Brit bikes, including 500 Royal Enfield Bullet; Tiger Cub; Triumph Daytona; BSA Super Rocket and a Velocette Clubmans.

    Suddenly a YDS3 came my way (ugly bike IMO)and that was me on Jap bikes for several years.

    Ok AL,

    I wanted a tenner for the Li, the tight swine knocked me down to seven quid. I sold my 1959 C15 in 1983 for £60, old British motorcycles didn't fetch much in those days, there were so many of them about.

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    My bikes started with a Honda 50 at the age of 16 ,vespa 80 broke my noise on that one then A TV 175 after that a 125 Suzuki trials bike next a RD 250 Then a Suzuki 380 loved that bike from there i bought a KZ 750 Honda it wobbled at high speed but looked the part I then bought a BMW R 100RT had that many years then sold it and bought a Honda 1100 Pan European by now im well into my 50s and it was just too top Heavey so after 10 years of use I bought a Honda Silver Wing Its kept in my photo studio and Now my bike is the Harley Soft tail it really is a head turner in part as its so loud I will keep this bike .

    At 66 im not sure if I will get anything else, Im just not big enough lol

    Rob.

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    Can't mind all my bikes, but started with an LC 125. Great bike, bored out 175, fast as hell.
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    For all members the OEM Michelin Scorchers are crap, simple as that. Apart from Avon Cobras, if you prefer the old school "sawtooth" look get yourself some "TT CLASSIC VICTORY" tyres from Northants Tyres. You will not regret it, despite old school style, I can corner far on these than I could on the Scorchers. I am also used to Sportsbikes tyres on another bike I have and I am as much as anybody else surprised by the TT Classic Victory tyres - made apparently to the exact same standard as the Firestone Cokers......same factory too, but I don't have firm evidence of this. 5-16s look cool on my Forty Eight. Ps - Bluenose-1956, I grew up in Heckmondwike, guessing you've heard of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveket View Post
    For all members the OEM Michelin Scorchers are crap, simple as that. Apart from Avon Cobras, if you prefer the old school "sawtooth" look get yourself some "TT CLASSIC VICTORY" tyres from Northants Tyres. You will not regret it, despite old school style, I can corner far on these than I could on the Scorchers. I am also used to Sportsbikes tyres on another bike I have and I am as much as anybody else surprised by the TT Classic Victory tyres - made apparently to the exact same standard as the Firestone Cokers......same factory too, but I don't have firm evidence of this. 5-16s look cool on my Forty Eight. Ps - Bluenose-1956, I grew up in Heckmondwike, guessing you've heard of it?

    Ok Steve,

    Yes I used to go to Heckmondwike regularly, in the early 1980's I had a mate (Stove Enamel Dave), he lived in Gomersal, just a stones throw from Heckmondwike. Dave was a collector of Triumph T150 Tridents, he had fourteen of them in his house at one time, they were all in various states of disrepair. I was riding a T140E Bonneville and then a T160V Trident, the one with the electric foot. The T160's were too techno for Dave, he preferred the simplicity of the kick start only T150's.

    Dave got his nickname due to his compulsion for having his Trident frames stove enameled, time after time after time. When he was fitting one of his T150 motors into it's frame and the engine caused the slightest scratch on his newly enameled frame, he'd pull the engine out again, have the frame blasted and re-enameled. Dave did this four times on one of his Trident frames that I can recall, he was a perfectionist, if it wasn't perfect he'd simply start all over and do it again. I lost touch with him in 1984 when I moved to work in Telford. I'd moved on by then from Triumph's to a Laverda 1200 triple, Dave wouldn't have approved of any foreign motorcycle.

    The owner of "Fat Bobbers" motorcycle custom parts served his time as a machine tool engineer at 600 Lathes in Heckmondwike. He started up Fat Bobbers after being made redundant by the 600 Group.

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    Cheers, I know Gomersal well and Six Lane Ends and Cleckheaton. With you riding Triumphs, you may be a tad older than me, but I do like the old Bonnies myself, just never had one. I moved South (re work/uni) and settled in W Sussex. My bikes to date from 16/17 yrs old; FS1E, CB125, GS500, Triumph Trophy 1200 (1991) put 68000 miles on it, first ZZR1100, then Blackbird (hated it, crap early new fuel-injection model), present ZZR1100 (bought new in 2001), and now since 2015, also my ex-demo Harley Forty Eight, which I love. Rode a Roadking 4000 miles in Western/Central USA in 2006, which real fun, but I am absolutely covered to the "bobber-style" of the 48. I love the customisation aspect of owning a Harley, you get hooked! Your info on the Fat-Bobbers mate might come in handy too. Cheers.
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    Thanks for your reply Steve,

    I'll be 62 in October.

    Have a look at the Fat Bobber's Facebook page, it shows the sort of custom parts that Mick and Janet make, handlebars, sissy bars, battery boxes, oil tanks and custom leather seats like the one below.

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    Here's a pair of Mick's Chunky Handlebars.

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    Mick Greenwood is a very talented guy, his partner Janet does all the hand made leather work.

    I bought a pair of Mick's drag bars for my Iron for £30.00.

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    Here's the Fat Bobber's business card.

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    Hi
    Thanks for the info. I already have a springer saddle/seat that I installed a few year back. It's black leather with an embossed flame outline to match my grips. The brown leather work looks superb though in you pic. I am interested in drag bars and will take a closer look. Cheers, ride safe, Steve.

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