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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110152 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 8:02 PM

Belstaff, the stuff dreams were made off.

Nik, do you remember the Corker helmet, mk 9 goggles and the Aviators Leather Gauntlets with silk inner gloves?

That, plus a load of newspaper stuffed down the front of the jacket and I was set for the worst the weather could throw at me (even that winter of '63)

Trouble was, after travelling back from the Kent coast to Sutton in Surrey in all that snow I nearly broke my toes when a solid block of ice fell off my chest and onto my boots!

Happy Days Grin

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jondf
jondf  72474 forum posts
16 Jan 2013 - 9:26 PM

Great comments and bikes.

Nik - that NVS has got to be one of the greatest looking machines ever.....a dream machine.


When rockers ruled. Some lovely hardware in this vid -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&NR=1&v=MvLSBvUIZSo

Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4493 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 12:15 PM

Ooooo....such nostalgia !!!!........great stuff !!!!!.GrinGrin

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110152 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 12:35 PM

Does anyone remember this lovely little bike, sounded very much like a Scott two stroke

Rumi Junior Gentleman

They used to do a scooter too here

They had a dealership near Sutton when I lived there and they always fascinated me (but were a bit tiny for me to ride). Built like watches they were and handled beautifully

(Sorry, a bit off target as I think they were Swiss made, but still a real bit of nostalgia)

Last Modified By brian1208 at 17 Jan 2013 - 12:38 PM
jondf
jondf  72474 forum posts
17 Jan 2013 - 12:48 PM

No, don't recall that one although it makes me think of the Ariel Arrow.

Re Nortons - it's easy to see why they hold such a hallowed place in the history of motor-cycling. There something different about them, some might say artistic.

Anyhow, I'm looking to get back on bikes. I've my heart set on getting a classic british motorcycle. I never took my test unfortunately so never got beyond a Starfire 250 way back in 1970 which got shamefully pranged when a TV repair man decided to pull his van out of a side street right into my path. So looking to pass my test first which I hear's a bit more complicated these days.

Here's a great site for classic bikes -

http://classicbritishbikes.ebaymp.co.uk/

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110152 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 2:31 PM


Quote: it makes me think of the Ariel Arrow.

Much nicer (but smaller) than the Arrow, which I felt never quite worked, more fancy-pants than hard-man Tongue

Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4493 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 3:42 PM

OMG !!..that ebay motorcycle websites just too much !!!!!!.......so tempting, but how the prices have shot up !!!.....the thought
of my meagre state-pension keeps me in check though !!!!!!.GrinGrinGrin

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110152 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 4:53 PM


Quote: my meagre state-pension keeps me in check though

I've got a wife that does that (mind you, she did nurse me through a near fatal crash in my late teens and then again in '94 when I finally had to have the damaged knee replaced) Tongue

Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4493 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 5:17 PM

Oooooo.....ouch !!!!

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110152 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 5:26 PM

Yes, our boys hated me because part of the deal when I got married was that neither I nor any kids would be allowed a bike

Mind, you they've made up for it, taking up all sorts of dangerous sports ever since! Smile

Last Modified By brian1208 at 17 Jan 2013 - 5:36 PM
gary900r
gary900r  10474 forum posts England
17 Jan 2013 - 6:08 PM

Not all British but this is one place I want to visit.

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110152 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 7:20 PM

They've got a cracking shot of my model Vinnie in the sequence of images

We've got Sammy Miller's museum up the road from us, all this nostaligia reminds me I haven't been there for quite a while - hmmm, time for a visit maybe Smile

Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4493 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 7:25 PM

Gary, that was naughty !!!!......so mouthwatering, so far away, look but don't touch.....bugger !!!!

Maybe one day ?, with a lottery win ?

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314821 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 7:40 PM

I worked for a company that made motor bikes around 1911/1912, if you could find one now it would be worth a mint Smile

Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4493 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 7:42 PM

Here's my lifelong dream..............I've had this beauty a few years now !!!.....a 1947'ish 1200 Indian Chief.........

Unfortunately, it's only a 12" long metal model......but I drool over it quite often...& it sits on the window-sill only 3 feet to my left as I type this lament !!!!indian-model-epz-.jpg

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