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Historic British Motorbikes


brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 8:02PM
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 8 2.7k
16 Jan 2013 9:26PM
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 e2
4 738 64 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 12:15PM
Ooooo....such nostalgia !!!!........great stuff !!!!!.GrinGrin
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 12:35PM
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)
jondf 8 2.7k
17 Jan 2013 12:48PM
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 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 2:31PM

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 e2
4 738 64 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 3:42PM
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 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 4:53PM

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 e2
4 738 64 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 5:17PM
Oooooo.....ouch !!!!
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 5:26PM
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
gary900r 10 474 England
17 Jan 2013 6:08PM
Not all British but this is one place I want to visit.
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 7:20PM
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 e2
4 738 64 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 7:25PM
Gary, that was naughty !!!!......so mouthwatering, so far away, look but don't touch.....bugger !!!!

Maybe one day ?, with a lottery win ?
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
17 Jan 2013 7:40PM
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 e2
4 738 64 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 7:42PM
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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