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Bikes

My bikes, other bikes, all things biking…

Notwithstanding having been a ‘mod’ in the 1960s, I have always loved motorbikes. Most of the photos below are of bikes I have owned since 1975. All pics (c) GM4ULS.

My CZ 125 Roadster and my 650cc AJS.

The AJS was a 1960 Model 31 4-stroke twin, but it had loads of Matchless parts.

This 350cc Bultaco trials outfit was co-owned with a friend. We intended to enter it in trials but never got round to it.

No pictures at the moment of my CZ 175 and 250. My 175 was stolen one Christmas before I had taken any photos, and I haven’t found any pics of the 250 yet.

This is my 350cc Jawa combo. I often used to take radio equipment around, like the little Icom SSB rig in the pic, or an old Liner 2.

I owned a BSA A7 for a while.

My first BMW – an R65 bought from Southport Superbikes in about 1984. It had a Rickman Polaris fairing.

BMW K100 ‘Flying Brick’. Originally silver-beige, it got a blue paint job. The damage on the fairing is where a Welsh Farmer tried to move it when I wasn’t there.

I went back to a Boxer – the R100RS.

My ‘mid-life crisis’ bike – a Ducati 750SS.

The only Japanese bike I ever owned – a Kawasaki ZZR600.

BMW F650 Strada.

After that I went totally Enduro with an F650GS.

A promotion at work meant I had to make fewer journeys down back roads, so it was back to bikes built solely for “the black stuff”. This is a BMW R1150R below. I soon got rid of the panniers, which made the bike cumbersome.

BMW R1100S

Even sportier – an R1200S.

My current R1200S below – “Captain Black” – originally as I set it up with Akapovic cans, Ilmberger carbon fibre belly pan, Ohlins suspension, and go-faster decals…

… here is the re-think. The rear hugger has been replaced by a carbon-fibre one by Ilmberger. Other new carbon-fibre includes tank centre, heel guards, front mudguard, fairing nose and screen, engine front cover, and clutch/brake levers – all from Ilmberger. Also form Ilmberger is the HP2S-style belly-pan, with a slim exhaust system from HPE (replacing the Akropovic, which wasn’t all that bad but looked bulky compared to the HPE). The result is very sharp and I won’t clutter it up with stickers. The exhaust note is lovely and the speed is… adequate…

Note the front and rear ‘crash bobbins’.

Next purchase, as-and-when, will be stainless steel bolts throughout.

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Here are some other interesting pics from years gone by the first three are of TT Privateer Mick Tonge – the father of a good friend of mine – firstly on a Norton and then on a BSA 350 Gold Star, photographed on the Isle of Man.

(c) Constance Tonge.

(c) Constance Tonge.

At the 1951 Manx Senior GP. (c) Constance Tonge.

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Below is Nigel Rollason with the 1969 TT Clubman’s Trophy. Nigel later went on to be a consistent sidecar racer on the Island. I met him much later on 40m as G4NRR.

(c) Nigel Rollason.

Below are two pictures of a dear friend of mine, Reinhard Klopf from Bavaria, now alas silent engine. I met Reinhard more than three decades ago at the Isle of Man TT, and it was he who first turned me on to BMWs.

(c) E Klopf

(c) E Klopf

 

A pic from the early 1980s – a Triumph Bonneville belonging to family friend Margot.

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