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What Motorbike(s) do you have in your garage?

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Hi Folks,

My ACF-50 thread took off in a different direction with members posting photos of their other passion (or maybe first?) that are sitting in their garages next to their TRs, and that is motorbikes.

There is nowhere else to put this thread that'll be accessible to all forum members (whether a TRR member or not), so I've extracted the photos from that thread and posted them here against the forum member's name/handle and a little background info (I hope they don't mind).

So let's see some photos and maybe the story of what it is and how long you've owned it etc, it does't matter if it's a classic or a modern - bikers are bikers:

 

'71 V12' – 1974 Honda CB750 K4: 5000 miles from new, full nut a bolt restoration project nearing completion:

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'WELLSY' (Simon) - Laverda 3cl Jarama: renovated 4 years ago:

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'Lebro' (Bob) – 1967 Triumph T120 Bonneville: please tell us more Bob:

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My Bikes:

1993 Honda FireBlade - an original UK model, owned for 3 years, 13th 93 model made and probably the oldest surviving one left as most were stolen, crashed, bashed and abused. 

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1976 Kawasaki Z900 - an original UK model, owned for 2 years and have slowly returned it to the condition it's in today.

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1970 Honda CB750 K1 - a 20,648 mile US spec 'survivor' that I've owned since 21 Dec 18 - it had been stored and unused since 2015, but I managed to get it started over Christmas - it still needs some TLC to get back to looking it best, but it's slowly getting there:

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What do you have tucked away?

Cheers, Andrew

 

 

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Oooh bikes!

presently i cannot upload photos.....so here is the only photo i have already uploaded of my 1975 Honda cb360

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it’s now a cb390, as its sporting 70mm high compression pistons, a dual disk front end off a cb550 and keyless ignition,led lights etc etc :-)

the engine build was immense fun, ive never rebuilt an engine before so a little twin was a great place to start

also in the garage are a couple of Ducatis ( but theyre not old)

steve

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I've seen one of Steve's Ducati's - dear oh dear !!!! 

He had to soft soap me with some nice cake.

 

Me like - if I could have one It would be a Ducati.

 

Roger

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23 minutes ago, RogerH said:

I've seen one of Steve's Ducati's - dear oh dear !!!! 

He had to soft soap me with some nice cake.

 

Me like - if I could have one It would be a Ducati.

 

Roger

Thanks Roger, and that Ducati was the use it all winter and wash it on birthdays one, you should see the nice one :-)

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50 minutes ago, Steves_TR6 said:

Oooh bikes!

presently i cannot upload photos.....so here is the only photo i have already uploaded of my 1975 Honda cb360

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it’s now a cb390, as its sporting 70mm high compression pistons, a dual disk front end off a cb550 and keyless ignition,led lights etc etc :-)

the engine build was immense fun, ive never rebuilt an engine before so a little twin was a great place to start

also in the garage are a couple of Ducatis ( but theyre not old)

steve

 

Here you go Steve, when we rode up to Newlands Corner:

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Cheers, Andrew

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A 71 Triumph Daytona I bought new in '71 in London.  Restored it a few years ago.

Ed

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I have been through loads of bikes. 

The Ducati was a wonderful track bike less good at road speeds

the BMW took me across Europe many times. As did an 1150 adventure before it. 

Then I got a daimler sp 250 and the bikes went. I just have a Honda xl185 in the back of the shed. 

And my TR3a

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Hi Folks,

Great bikes from every one....

Here are my TR4A bedfellows -

A Honda CBX1000 A (1980). This bike was the second generation of the CBX1000 Z model 1978/79.  It had many improvements over the the Z model.  However Honda UK had so many unsold Z models that they never imported this version. This bike is rare.  Honda only made about 3,500 of this model for worldwide sale.  ( I can go on about this if anyone is interested ).

I nut and bolt restored this bike over several years starting when I bought her 2001.  This photo was taken six years ago, but she still looks the same now.  This photo was one of a set I took for insurance purposes.

Her garage mates are a 1972 Suzuki GT550J model, which I have owned for six years now.  This bike was imported from the USA.  She has not been restored, but looks terrific as she is.

The other one is quite recent and is my go anywhere bike...a Honda CB1300 A5 (2005 although registered in 2006).  A great bruiser of bike!

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15 hours ago, Andrew Smith said:

 

'Lebro' (Bob) – 1967 Triumph T120 Bonneville: please tell us more Bob:

LHS 2016.jpg

Right oh:

'67 Bonnie purchased 1997. very rough runner, lots of non-correct parts, rusty wheels, sticking forks, go faster (non) silencers. Paid £2500

Running sorted out by throwing away the Boyer ignition, & fitting (two sets) points etc. Other replaced parts include:

silencers, entire clutch, seat cover, horn, headlamp & shell, tyres, rear lamp assy, both chains

Forks re-built, canister oil filter fitted (hidden behind side covers) stainless wheels & spokes built up (by me !) Amal carbs "sleeved"

Tank leaked so welded a new bottom on it, & re-painted - did the mudguards while I was at it.

More recently "Trispark" ignition system fitted, & all jets replaced in the carbs, now running really well

Still non standard is the front brake which is twin leading shoe from a later model (keeping that) LH panel should just be for ign switch & light switch, but those moved up to handlebars - headlamp shell. side panel now tool box (as '68 model) rear "grab bar" is USA spec, but safer than standard one. Yokes are not original, with a slightly different fork spacing which explained the sticking forks - now resolved, oh and it has a 3 phase alternator (nice)

Have not needed to touch the engine insides, or gearbox.  I don't use it much now, but can't bear to part with it !

Bob.

 

 

 

 

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The only real motor bikes there are labelled Triumph and Norton! I really really like the Norton.:ph34r:

As a boy helped my father with a couple of nut and bolt rebuilds:

Sunbeam S8. Triumph 5ta. BSA goldy 650. BSA gold Star 500 single. Villiers 250 twin. BSA trials bike (I rode that to work for the first year of my apprenticeship! AJS 500 ‘Jam Pot’. And an ex police Triumph thunderbird. 

The Sunbeam shows as SORN... the Thunderbird when sold is in Holland somewhere. The 5ta has changed hands a few times I saw it in MCN a couple of years ago. The rest just disappeared.

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1 hour ago, DaveN said:

The only real motor bikes there are labelled Triumph and Norton! I really really like the Norton.:ph34r:

As a boy helped my father with a couple of nut and bolt rebuilds:

Sunbeam S8. Triumph 5ta. BSA goldy 650. BSA gold Star 500 single. Villiers 250 twin. BSA trials bike (I rode that to work for the first year of my apprenticeship! AJS 500 ‘Jam Pot’. And an ex police Triumph thunderbird. 

The Sunbeam shows as SORN... the Thunderbird when sold is in Holland somewhere. The 5ta has changed hands a few times I saw it in MCN a couple of years ago. The rest just disappeared.

Ho Hum.  I had a 1948 Ariel Square Four 1000.  Awful piece of engineering.  The only old brit bike I have ever owned.  Couldn't face another :D

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1953 Ariel KH 500 twin. All original, just rebuilt the MAG and running well.

Restore, leave as is or sell, not sure yet.

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Lots and lots over the years but the current stable is:

  • 2015 MV Agusta F4
  • 1997 Yamaha TRX850
  • 1989 Kawasaki KR1
  • 1988 Jawa 500R

Always looking out for 2Ts to play with and restore and have a hankering to do a full nut and bolt on something from the 60s or 70s.

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Hi Andrew

Its a great thread this, I don't think there is a bike been shown or mentioned that I wouldn't" like to ride.

As shown on the ACF-50 thread my latest is a T150v Trident 1974, planning on a restoration but will ride it for a while first.

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I have a 1963 James Captain which isn't far off being finished but haven't touched it for a couple of years been in the family since the early seventies.

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A Silver Jubilee Which iv'e had since the early nineties.

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And finally a T120r that has been in the family since the mid seventies has had a few transformations over the years but is now stripped back to the bare bones, feels like half the weight of the Jubilee, runs with a Boyer power box so no battery, has a Morgo 750cc conversion now smoking badly after the primary belt disintergrated possibly over revved.

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Paul I think the patina suits the Ariel sort of looks right.

Chris.

 

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I have a Triumph engine but it's fitted in a Greeves frame. Complete but currently a chicken roost and not for public viewing without embarrassment! Restoration planned.

             Cheers Richard

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Some  great bikes here guys.  Been through Lambrettas, BSA A65, Triumph TR6 750, loads of Rice burners and 3 Harleys.  SWMBO now only allows me a 1964 Raleigh RM5. 3bhp of pure power!

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Excellent selection of bikes above, including the Raleigh RM5 - keep the photos and info coming folks and it just goes to show what's lurking in the garages; Brit, Jap, Italian, Spanish, Yank - they're all motorbikes and we love em!

However, I thought I'd share what my worst bike was - I bought a 1976 Suzuki GT500, two-stroke twin in 1984 (£250 I think it was?), and what a horrible loud smokey smelly thing that was - it lasted all of 4 weeks before I got rid of it!  Thing is, they're fetching strong money now..........:huh:

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And here's one of my favorites, a 1977 Kawasaki Z750 twin; their answer to the Bonne. I bought this in 1978 and used it for three years commuting from Farnham to Wembley, it wasn't particularly fast, but had awesome handling and enough torque to ride up the side of a house, I loved that Kwaka!

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Cheers, Andrew

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10 hours ago, cbxman said:

Hi Folks,

Great bikes from every one....

Here are my TR4A bedfellows -

A Honda CBX1000 A (1980). This bike was the second generation of the CBX1000 Z model 1978/79.  It had many improvements over the the Z model.  However Honda UK had so many unsold Z models that they never imported this version. This bike is rare.  Honda only made about 3,500 of this model for worldwide sale.  ( I can go on about this if anyone is interested ).

I nut and bolt restored this bike over several years starting when I bought her 2001.  This photo was taken six years ago, but she still looks the same now.  This photo was one of a set I took for insurance purposes.

Her garage mates are a 1972 Suzuki GT550J model, which I have owned for six years now.  This bike was imported from the USA.  She has not been restored, but looks terrific as she is.

The other one is quite recent and is my go anywhere bike...a Honda CB1300 A5 (2005 although registered in 2006).  A great bruiser of bike!

P4125176.jpeg

GT550-2.jpeg

P4035595.jpeg

I bought a new CBX1000, shortly after they were introduced, the retail price then was around £3000, they were being offered at a cutprice £2000, I had a mandatory Honda upgrade to the fuel system almost immediately  to stop Hydrauliking??? cant remember. It was a wonderful bike but I almost had a big one  on a ride out, and I sold it. I replaced it with a. CB900F, which was a far better handling bike,  (for me) The CBX didn't sell well in the early days, How things change! your bike by the way looks stunning.

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My bike to keep is a US-import Triumph TR6R, or 650 Trophy, the single carb version of the renowned Bonnie. From 1970, it's arguably the best year, before the oil-in-frame models. SInce this pic was taken, I've put it back closer to standard spec. When I retire one day long in the future I will restore it nut and bolt but meanwhile, it's a bit scruffy but it runs well and gives a lot of pleasure.

As long as I can kick it over, it stays with me!

Nigel

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Just found and scanned a photo of my old Honda 750/4 F2 that I left behind in the UK  when I left in 2000.

HGP 711T, in case anyone knows of it...

 

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13 minutes ago, TorontoTim said:

I like the look of that one, Nigel.

Thank you Tim.

It's been dressed up to look like a TR6C track bike but in truth, it's a TR6R road bike. I will restore it to original condition... Eventually!

I'm very pleased to have two TR6s in the garage, two wheel and for wheel variety.

Nigel

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