How many MDer's are/were motorcyclists?

tysontim

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A school mate used to ride his new yellow CZ175 to school. He was the envy of the entire 6th form. Anyone remember them?
Yeah I had one brand new with the Front Fairing on it, kick start was also you gear change.

All smoke no poke 2 stroke.

Then had a Yamaha RD 250 (Awesome for the time )
Suzuki 350 Ram Air
Finished with Yamaha 750 kettle which at the time would pass anything but a Petrol Station
Always wanted a Z 900 but marriage put pay to that.
Those where the days 🥲🥲
 

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my only regrets are listening to past girlfriends Dads tellimg me how dangerous motorcycles are and I should buy a car instead,I was young then and invincible,and didn’t listen to them oldies,So I’ve owned Nsu ,every BSA bantam going,tiger cub,BSA 700 constellation,Yams rds,motoguzzi ,my present is zzr1100,,And because I ignored those dads at the time,I’ve had lots of girlfriends which ain’t a bad thing,but now Im a Dad to couple of now grown up daughters,I’m not sure if I’d like them on back of bikes,but I wouldn’t ask them not too,How would you be with your youngsters and bikes
 

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my only regrets are listening to past girlfriends Dads tellimg me how dangerous motorcycles are and I should buy a car instead,I was young then and invincible,and didn’t listen to them oldies,So I’ve owned Nsu ,every BSA bantam going,tiger cub,BSA 700 constellation,Yams rds,motoguzzi ,my present is zzr1100,,And because I ignored those dads at the time,I’ve had lots of girlfriends which ain’t a bad thing,but now Im a Dad to couple of now grown up daughters,I’m not sure if I’d like them on back of bikes,but I wouldn’t ask them not too,How would you be with your youngsters and bikes
Simples... don't have kids... s'why I still have me bike, go fishing, play drums, go to the pub and retired early... Smug mode engaged...😛👍🤭
 

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I had a Z1000 back in the day, good bike, but is it good to go back, not sure. The Z900 either Z1A or Z1B would be tempting, but decent bikes are approaching £20K now. Seen one that needs a bit of work, I just haven’t got time to spend on it.
Z900 would get my vote, just a classic, iconic bike.

I've been to the 'corporate museum' at Kawazaki Heavy Industries, they have a z900 on display to represent their motorcycle history, I always thought that choice was quite telling... Zed-thou, didn't the frames flex?
 

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I was always under the impression that the Z1R was under-braced around the headstock and it needed cross bracing above the swinging arm pivot.
 

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Z900 would get my vote, just a classic, iconic bike.

I've been to the 'corporate museum' at Kawazaki Heavy Industries, they have a z900 on display to represent their motorcycle history, I always thought that choice was quite telling... Zed-thou, didn't the frames flex?
Weak headstock and naff swing arm pivot... not the best handling bikes...
@NickyDodds, beat me to it
 

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So it should be faster than my street triple 765cc R Low
im looking at the Thruxton

wondering if it has a low version
 

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No... my Bobber is a Hi Torque motor putting out 77 bhp and 78 ft lbs of Torque... the Thrux is a hi power motor & puts out 99-104bhp and slightly less torque... the 765 triple puts out 130 bhp-ish and far less torque...
 

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Mate Nick had a CBX... lovely bike... had a Piper 6-1 zorst... made year ears bleed so it did... lovely sound though
 

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Mate Nick had a CBX... lovely bike... had a Piper 6-1 zorst... made year ears bleed so it did... lovely sound though
Loved those old pipers, I had one on a Yoshimura 460 400/4 sounded much better than the yoshimura system, not only was it very loud it almost had a 2 stroke type wail. When heading north I would go the long way round just so I could go through the Tyne Tunnel..
 

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My Thunderbird had a pair of sport cans on it... the noise through the Holmedale tunnel at 7000RPM in 3rd was pure Rolling Thunder... my Bonneville Bobber has a pair of Vance and Hines cans... they have a nice cracking bark to them, as befits a 1.2 litre bike...😈
 

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Have a full bike licence, but not ridden one for best part of 20 years. I did ride my old 400cc Superdream down to Italy though...
 

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Always had bikes..........Started with a step-through Honda 50 I used to get me to college.....then a triumph 350 T21....I also had Nortons ...BMWs and even a 1340 Harley Softail.... I managed to get myself a Vincent while I was still at Art School... wish I had kept it .... My favourites ..Were the Vincent even though it stopped every time it rained...a 250 MZ 2 stroke.....A 450 KTM I used for trail riding......and I should not forget my lovely NSU Quickly.

There was a bike show in Bexhill a couple of years ago.and there were hundreds of bikes there with the main road shut...everything was there....some lovely stuff. Walking back to my car along the promenade I came across this Yamaha...........quite a distance out of town sitting there by itself.
For me, it was the best bike I had seen all day. I should have left a note for its owner..........Such a classy bike. Wonderful detail .....A real work of art.
 

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That Yam's a much modified V-Max... bonkers bike in its day... crazy handler though, weak forks and pants chassis... the upside down forks would help a bit though...👍
 

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That Yam's a much modified V-Max... bonkers bike in its day... crazy handler though, weak forks and pants chassis... the upside down forks would help a bit though...👍
Ok in a straight line , designed for the US market probably
 
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