Royal Enfield Continental 250cc, 30th Nov 1970, 16th Birthday. Taxed, tested and insured ready for the day. Bought for £55 with paper round money and petrol station attendant work at weekends.
Rode it to school without a crash helmet and got banned from parking it in the school grounds.
Rode home from school that afternoon and on into the peak district. I have never been colder in my life either before or since that day.
Fantastic time, by the spring other lads at school were geting bikes.
I moved on the a Honda CB72 in the summer, put on some clipons that I made in the metalwork class at school. A totally different bike to the Enfield, electric start, oil on the inside instead of outside etc.
I failed my test on that one, five speed. Poor use of gears!!!!! To make matters worse the clutch would drag when it got hot. I had fitted new cork inserts cut with a stanley knife from cork floor tiles. When they swelled up it was pot luck if you got any gear. The Honda gearbox was a Dream after the Enfields.
Honda CB400 Superdream
Suzuki GSX 550
Kawasaki KLR 650 Tengai
Kawasaki KLR 650
Africa Twins,, 5 of them
Varaderos, 2 of them,
Triumph 955i Tiger
Honda CB 750KZ
Honda CBR 900RRR
Honda XL1000V Varadero VA9
Kawasaki KLE 500.
Many many more I can't remember! I've loved bikes all my life and spent many years messing about with them. I've no plans to give them up either! Favourites? Well, got to be the Africa Twins, brilliant bikes. :thumbup:
I'm thinking of getting a dry bag to go on the seat in front of a top box, to use for touring instead of panniers. I wonder if anyone can share their experience of using them? I am thinking of the SW Motech dry bag 600.
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When I check the voltage to my speedo, neutral and tail bulb (not brake filament), I get a reading of 8.2 volts to each of these areas while the bike is running and due to the 8.2 voltage, those light bulbs will blow. Upon simply turning on the ign, I get a correct voltage reading...
I am looking for spare parts..
After 132,000 miles and a few spills, my Af Twin... needs a few bits that are proving to be difficult to find. Can you recommend a good breaker / parts supplier for a 1998 XRV750 ... I need
1. Brake fluid handle bar housing (inc wing mirrow mount)
I am wondering if you can help me tracing my old bike back.
I sold my Honda XR650L as per title back in 2012 to a friend. Later in 2014 he sold it to a guy somewhere in Warrington or perhaps Bolton. He can't remember. Looking online I can see that the bike has been off the road since...
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