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Disaster Master

Social climber
Born in So-Cal, left my soul in far Nor-Cal.
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 22, 2010 - 06:53pm PT
I know you're out there. When not going up, how do you roll on two wheels?
Any moto-journey-climbin' tales?
1998 Harley XL883, purchased by a serviceman in Germany. I bought it w...
1998 Harley XL883, purchased by a serviceman in Germany. I bought it with 3,000 miles on it. Many more now. Ridden hard and put away wet.
Credit: Disaster Master
Ruth and the ride.
Ruth and the ride.
Credit: Disaster Master
Me and my 883.
Me and my 883.
Credit: Disaster Master
WBraun

climber
Dec 22, 2010 - 07:05pm PT
What's with the helmet and leather jacket.

Aren't you supposed to be "Bad to the Bone" and free spirit.

No helmet, shirtless with tattoos and sh'it, all hells angels.

Even that poser on that late night show rides a Harley.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 22, 2010 - 07:16pm PT
What a great topic!

I just wish I hadn't taken adult advice about motorbikes in my teens or I'd have something to say. Maybe Sagot can offer a seasoned opinion...
Disaster Master

Social climber
Born in So-Cal, left my soul in far Nor-Cal.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 22, 2010 - 07:26pm PT
What's with the helmet and leather jacket.

Aren't you supposed to be "Bad to the Bone" and free spirit.

No helmet, shirtless with tattoos and sh'it, hell angels.


Well, the helmet is mandatory in good old CA. I do have a head injury. does that count?
My brain injury card. I got out of a DIP with this thing.
My brain injury card. I got out of a DIP with this thing.
Credit: Disaster Master

The tattoos are under the leather,
Plug and play Paul.
Plug and play Paul.
Credit: Disaster Master
The sun surrounds the scar left by the next picture...
The sun surrounds the scar left by the next picture...
Credit: Disaster Master
scars too from stuff like this.
Credit: Disaster Master

What a wierdo weenie:
Paul, Disaster Master, Humphrey
Paul, Disaster Master, Humphrey
Credit: Disaster Master

Holy thread drift, capt'n!

Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Dec 22, 2010 - 07:31pm PT
A Honda I built a few years ago:




nature

climber
Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Dec 22, 2010 - 09:56pm PT
It isn't a motorcycle but....

yesterday I sold my 2005 Vespa 150cc two stroke.


still got the helmut though...


drive fast, take chances
drive fast, take chances
Credit: nature
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Dec 22, 2010 - 09:56pm PT
Chinchen, sweet bike! How much total did you spend on it? I've been thinking about old bikes lately...
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Dec 22, 2010 - 10:40pm PT
I can throw it up in 3rd....

Moustache is Mandatory
Moustache is Mandatory
Credit: mucci
Photo by Neville

Mucci
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 23, 2010 - 10:23am PT
On Saddleback in the snow.



Solo overnighter on the Mojave Trail.


Jake
this just in

climber
north fork
Dec 23, 2010 - 10:45am PT
Honda!!!!!!! Sheet yeah, Throttle jockeys.
locker

Social climber
Dec 23, 2010 - 10:51am PT

Custom Sportster '91' Harley...(Was an 883 beefed up to a 1200... Changed heads did NOT "bore it out")

because of my eye problems it's been suggested by my Doctor that I not ride any more...

I am taking that advice and my bike sit's alone in the garage...

Can't get myself to sell it...

Put so much love into that bike...



I'll find a photo and post it later if I can remember...

(might as well, since I am going to sell it anyway)...

this just in

climber
north fork
Dec 23, 2010 - 11:07am PT
Locker if it's paid for don't sell it. Stem cell research may help you out. What do doctors know anyways?
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Dec 23, 2010 - 11:13am PT
We ride.

Karin
Karin
Credit: pud
R1
R1
Credit: pud
Ninja
Ninja
Credit: pud
Eli
Eli
Credit: pud
Nate
Nate
Credit: pud
R1
R1
Credit: pud
Credit: pud
Hyper
Hyper
Credit: pud
Eli
Eli
Credit: pud
Credit: pud
mom & me
mom & me
Credit: pud
Credit: pud
Credit: pud
[photoid=183210
XR 650 Motard
XR 650 Motard
Credit: pud
Credit: pud
CB1000
CB1000
Credit: pud
Eli CBR929
Eli CBR929
Credit: pud
ZRX & CBR
ZRX & CBR
Credit: pud



my sweetheart
my sweetheart
Credit: pud
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 23, 2010 - 11:22am PT
17 motorcycles since 1968.
All big bore road bikes.

In my garage now: 2006 Honda ST 1300 V4

And my all-time favorite, 1973 Norton 850 Commando


Will post some pics later

locker

Social climber
Dec 23, 2010 - 11:26am PT


Pud...

Some of those shots were taken out at Willow Springs International Raceway...

For quite a few years I was the "Track Photogrpher" out there...

Bill Huth (I think Stephanie may have taken over for Bill, or maybe her bro) was a very good friend of mine...

Can't count how many times I tore that track up after the races...

Bill and I "WUD" sometimes get HAMMERED and then head out and take a few laps...

A fuking BLAST!!!...

I raced a couple of seasons on the dirt oval out back...

Stock cars...



another BLAST!!!...



Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 23, 2010 - 11:45am PT
My drop dead gorgeous built to the hilt 1973 Norton 850 Commando.
photo not found
Missing photo ID#183213
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Dec 23, 2010 - 11:45am PT
Awesome Locker.


Partying and riding the track with Bill Huth !

That's history in the making.
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 23, 2010 - 11:46am PT
And my 2006 asphalt inhaling Honda ST1300 V4
photo not found
Missing photo ID#183215

Avert eyes away from the suspenders and grey hair.
Chalk Martin

Mountain climber
CA
Dec 23, 2010 - 11:58am PT
Ok so it has four wheels.
Ok so it has four wheels.
Credit: Chalk Martin


The best part was watching her get back into the wheel
chair.
Chalk Martin

Mountain climber
CA
Dec 23, 2010 - 12:05pm PT
Broken legs its only temporary
Broken legs its only temporary
Credit: Chalk Martin
atchafalaya

climber
Babylon
Dec 23, 2010 - 12:09pm PT
1995 R100S
1995 R100S
Credit: atchafalaya

My dirt ride (no photos) is a 2002 KTM 400 EXC
davidji

Social climber
CA
Dec 23, 2010 - 12:54pm PT


"Any moto-journey-climbin' tales?"

I've got this one (Warning, it's a repost):
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=612162

Captain...or Skully

Big Wall climber
leading the away team, but not in a red shirt!
Dec 23, 2010 - 01:12pm PT
I used to run an '83 Honda Shadow 700. Bought it right off the showroom floor.
Ran it for 2 years, but sold it, due to my apparent inability to slow down. Several tickets!! D'oh!
More recently, I bought an '82 honda 250 Enduro from Cade. Mostly to & from work, though I DID get in some backcountry redneckin' in. Sold it due to poverty.
I'll get another someday. Rooma zoom zoom!
Tattooed 1

Trad climber
Sebastopol, Ca
Dec 23, 2010 - 01:33pm PT
Credit: Tattooed 1
I built this one in 05 before I started climbing. This is at Bonneville on the way home from Sturgis.
I would have put the pics in from the Easyrider issue it was in but I didn't think naked chicks were appropriate for this site.
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 23, 2010 - 02:14pm PT
atcha,

What year is your airhead Beemer, looks 80s ish? R100?
davidji

Social climber
CA
Dec 23, 2010 - 02:48pm PT
"Custom Sportster '91' Harley...(Was an 883 beefed up to a 1200... Changed heads did NOT "bore it out")"

Changed barrels? Changing heads doesn't affect the displacement.
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 23, 2010 - 03:01pm PT
Had to buy new 1200cc barrels.

Would his 883 head bolt right on?

How could the larger bore pistons line up with the stock smaller combustion chamber?

I never could figure out on Harleys what went with what....
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 23, 2010 - 03:06pm PT
Here's a shot of the Norton motor with the new PWK flat slides carbs!

Bikes are so much cheaper and faster than cars to fall in love with!
photo not found
Missing photo ID#183234
atchafalaya

climber
Babylon
Dec 23, 2010 - 03:23pm PT
Norton, 1995 R100 RT converted to an S with the cafe fairing and straight bars. Your Norton is sweet.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 23, 2010 - 06:41pm PT
OK, here is a ride/climbing story.
In 1975 I rode my 175cc Kawasaki enduro up to Idyllwild to climb. It was barely fast enough to ride on the freeway but it got me there.
Went climbing but it was the weekend of the old Idyllwild Bluegrass Festival. Matt Cox and I wanted to check out the music as well as climb. On Sunday we headed over there riding double up. Cash was low, we couldn't afford the entry fee. We worked our way around the back side of county park where the event was happening, found the barbed wire back fence and tugged that bike under the fence. We were in!
We enjoyed the show and headed back for Humber where Matt's ride was (Randy?).
As we were leaving through the park entrance gate the rangers grabbed and detained us. Somehow they knew we hadn't entered in their approved fashion. We had to confess the details of our transgression. They threatened to bust us but, thankfully, they did not...WHEW!
16 year olds live charmed lives.
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 23, 2010 - 06:50pm PT
Atcha,

Is 95 the last year of the airheads?

I bought one of very first "oil" heads, an RS, when they came out in 94.

Being a new model then, I had the clutch and gearbox replaced under warranty
but at around only 20K miles.

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 23, 2010 - 06:56pm PT
I would have put the pics in from the Easyrider issue it was in but I didn't think naked chicks were appropriate for this site.
Try us. You might be surprised.
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Dec 23, 2010 - 07:11pm PT
the tribe -- at least the ones that run.
the tribe -- at least the ones that run.
Credit: FRUMY
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Dec 23, 2010 - 07:22pm PT
My most recent one: R1200GS 2008


Three years ago: R1200GS 2005


R90S, similar photo, owned 83-92


R69S, similar photo, owned 1974-1978. This was the roller bearing crank model!









Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 23, 2010 - 07:29pm PT
Peter, everything I have been reading lately says the all around best

sport touring bike is your GS.


A close friend just bought a 2011 GS, couple more horsepower from the new head.

Rode it last week, wow what a motor and great handling bike.

Yours is beautiful

Are those Jesse bags?
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Dec 23, 2010 - 07:38pm PT
I'm jealous Peter. That's the ultimate all around bike.

I had about 10 bikes when I was younger, but I haven't owned a bike for about 20 years, ouch. I'll be getting a dirt bike come spring though.

Not a bike but like having a motocross bike on the waves:

Credit: the Fet
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 23, 2010 - 07:40pm PT
This thread should never die.

Take a fast ride on a motor bike.
Freddy Mercury
Queen
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Dec 23, 2010 - 07:59pm PT
Although the R1200GS is a completely wonderful bike and insanely capable with a good record of service, if it turns out that all you really actually to-be-honest ride is roadways, you might want to take a look at the current K bikes instead which are 4 cylinder (inline) designs. They are even more powerful than the boxer-style R, bikes and the torque curve is really noticeably better within 2 seconds of getting on one, all the way down to 1000 rpm. Ridiculous. Wonderful. Little or no feathering and dithering around with the clutch, I tell you! The R1200GS bike is also a jumping bike, although kinda heavy, like 460 lbs (I remember) dry. The forks have something like 8” of travel but still at high highway speeds, it is tight and secure and feels solid up to about 120 mph. Its turning circle is excellent to compared to any high speed road bike, including the K’s. Jumping the GS is really really fun and the bike really comes alive then.

And now, in a few months, BMW has a 6 inline coming out, the K1600GT. It is largely redesigned from its predecessor K-4 inline bikes. Initially, the most dramatic new aspect of this bike is the headlamp. It articulates towards the curve you must ride rather than away as all other bikes on earth do with countersteer. Further it will also automatically tilt downward and upwards as well; all of this is about the road you must ride. You can't see one yet; I think April. But their website has tons of info and pictures you can enjoy.

One last thing, one of the greatest features of modern, better bikes is ABS---the automatic braking system. If you snatch the handbrake as ALL riders will do sometimes in panic, unable to balance with front and rear brakes, hand and foot levers, you won’t break the front wheel loose having locked it up and then be injured or killed. Instead the system decides how to brake the fastest, using both wheels and in some cases the suspension as well, depending, all with the plan of keeping the rubber under you. A huge lifesaver. I won’t have a bike without it any more.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 23, 2010 - 08:03pm PT
So it looks like Peter will be Mighty (Motor)Biker. Who will be Mighty Biker? Pedal people, come in!
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Dec 23, 2010 - 08:04pm PT
Nortons didn't come with Amals? Did you replace the Lucas parts?

I don't have any pictures of my bikes. Started with a Yamaha RD250. That thing was super quick, not fast, but quick. Fouled a lot of plugs.


Then I got a '74 Triumph Trident. Sweet, sweet, sweet. Should've kept it after the wreck. Here's an example:

Smiths Instruments, three Amals, oil cooler, Dunlops and of course, Lucas, Prince of Darkness.

Then the '76 Bonnie. Very fast, none of the Jap bikes could take it off the line. Of course, they all blew by it soon enough. Leaked oil, parts literally fell off. (When the front bumper fell off, that hurt.) However, on those rare occasions when it all came together and it actually ran, it was like a dream, everything a motorcycle should be.


Then the shovelhead, but it all got to be too scary.
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 23, 2010 - 08:16pm PT
Gary, yeah all Norton Commando came fitted with Amals.

I took the original Amals off 15 years ago and ran with a single Mikuni.

But this spring I pulled the motor out and had a complete rebuild right down
to new camshaft, pistons, etc.

Wanted to complete the performance upgrade so bought a pair of 32mm flat slides.

Boy do they make a difference, along with fitting a new TriSpark electronic ignition!
Captain...or Skully

Big Wall climber
leading the away team, but not in a red shirt!
Dec 23, 2010 - 08:22pm PT
Some great wheels here. Awesome thread. Makes me miss my bike.
dammit. Yarr.
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Dec 23, 2010 - 08:26pm PT
I had that exact same bike Gary!
'74 RD250, same color too. I rode that thing everywhere. "Quick" it was.
Disaster Master

Social climber
Born in So-Cal, left my soul in far Nor-Cal.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 23, 2010 - 08:28pm PT
Gunna have to start a gang...

"Sticky Rubber Riders"?

Great pix!

Minerals

Social climber
The Deli
Dec 23, 2010 - 08:37pm PT
Cool thread, Motorheads.

Nice photos, Pud. What year is your CR 500?

Hey Skully, you and Cade get a bike and we’ll go ride the single-tracks around Ketchum. Deal?



’95 CR 500



Some of you mountain bikers might enjoy the single-tracks out in the desert, if you don’t mind pedaling to get there. We’ve got miles of it, and it’s so much fun.


Credit: Minerals


Credit: Minerals
D739 Desert AT (Traction Action)


Braaaap!!!

TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Dec 23, 2010 - 08:45pm PT
I have a 68, R69S pregnant cow tank, with two sets of full Wixom fiberglass, upper and lower, and two sets of Harley fiberglass bags, VW tail lights in the shed that needs a good home if someone is interested in a restoration project.

I've been told the most lucrative option would be to part it out, but I can't quite bring myself to do that.
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Dec 23, 2010 - 08:50pm PT
I've had five CR500's

85,89,91,94 and my current 97

Nothin' like an open class two stroke.
locker

Social climber
Dec 23, 2010 - 08:56pm PT

"Changed barrels? Changing heads doesn't affect the displacement."...

New heads (Changed barrels) and all of whatever else was needed to get that thing turned into a beefed up one hell of a FAST 1200...

Chosa's Harley Davidson of Mesa Arizona did the majority of the work (I'm as handy as tits on a bull)...

Another friend did some of the other customizing...

Cool little bike and for a Harley...

fast as fuking sh!t!!!...

pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Dec 23, 2010 - 09:04pm PT
I once got fired from the FX crew on one of the 'Fast and Furious' movies for doing wheelies through basecamp on a borrowed XR100.

Too much fun !

Captain...or Skully

Big Wall climber
leading the away team, but not in a red shirt!
Dec 23, 2010 - 09:07pm PT
Bigtime, Mineral Boy. We'll ride!
locker

Social climber
Dec 23, 2010 - 09:10pm PT


It's dusty and dirty and even leaking a little oil (It's a Harley)...

Credit: locker
...

My third wife picked the color...

She was hot!!!...

What else "CUD" I do???...

LOL!!!...

Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 23, 2010 - 09:13pm PT
I like it, Locker.

How come you don't ride it anymore?
locker

Social climber
Dec 23, 2010 - 09:14pm PT


EYES...


Credit: locker


Captain...or Skully

Big Wall climber
leading the away team, but not in a red shirt!
Dec 23, 2010 - 09:21pm PT
The shark eating yer head can't be helping, either.
locker

Social climber
Dec 23, 2010 - 09:23pm PT


She's actually WISPERING in my ear...

She's known in the sea as the...
















































"Sheep Fuker Wisperer"...

Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 23, 2010 - 09:24pm PT
Pity, I bet she is a blast to take out on perfect afternoons.


edit: how long have you been sleeping together?
locker

Social climber
Dec 23, 2010 - 09:28pm PT



"I "SWIM" with the FISHES"...

signed...

Luca...
Minerals

Social climber
The Deli
Dec 23, 2010 - 09:29pm PT
Right on, Pud. That’s a lot of CR’s!

Had mine for almost 10 years and have rebuilt it, from the frame up, three times now. Got it pretty dialed in for the desert. My friends all call it a “dinosaur” though. Whatever, it’s a great bike.

That 650 Motard looks killer… literally. Dangerously fun. You have 2 XR 650’s? How do you like that “desert sled” compared to your 500’s? Nice collection of bikes!


Hey Frumy, is that a KDX 250, or thereabouts, left of the pumpkin? That was my first bike – a ’94.


Aye, aye, Cap’m!
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Dec 23, 2010 - 09:39pm PT
Funny you should say that about the XR Motard.
I high-sided that thing at Willow Springs racing in October and am just now getting back in shape. $20k in doctors bills but I have good insurance, thankfully.
I've retired it to the street and I'll try to be good there...

I ride my CR5 with guys on new CRF450's all the time and have no problem doing anything they can and more.
No comparo between the CR and XR for dirt. The XR is just too heavy.

Where are you in those pictures? Looks familiar.
Minerals

Social climber
The Deli
Dec 23, 2010 - 09:58pm PT
Ouch! Good thing that you are all right. That doesn’t sound like fun.

One of my friends used to ride/race an XR 650. It’s a lot of bike, but he could go through gnarly rocks way faster than the rest of us. That heavy bike would just track. Now it seems that all of my riding friends are on pumpkins.

Also got an ’05 CRF 450, but it needs more suspension work, and a carb cleaning, etc. Been sitting for too long. My 500 does way better in the rocks; the 450 is so light that it just deflects off of stuff. I should work on that thing.

Uh, photos… Northern Nevada, Churchill and Pershing Counties… first photo is southern edge of Granite Springs Valley (Trinity Range in background); second photo is Shawave Range, west side of Granite Springs Valley.
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Dec 23, 2010 - 10:03pm PT
I had that exact same bike Gary!
'74 RD250, same color too. I rode that thing everywhere. "Quick" it was.

Pud, I rode my RD to Bloomington, Ind. once, about 150 miles. I couldn't feel my hands until the next day.
davidji

Social climber
CA
Dec 23, 2010 - 10:46pm PT
Where to put em...
garage?


shed?

davidji

Social climber
CA
Dec 23, 2010 - 10:57pm PT
"Cool little bike and for a Harley...

fast as fuking sh!t!!!..."

People talk about how cool the 883s are but it seem like a lot of people decide to upgrade the engine.

I really liked the Buell Ulysses I rode, with a pretty similar engine (based on Sportster 1200, with 103hp, 7k RPM redline). I wanted to make it mine, but it wasn't meant to be. Oh well...

marv

Mountain climber
Bay Area
Dec 23, 2010 - 11:11pm PT
Peter, Gary -- love the old-school bikes. Gorgeous.
hooblie

climber
from where the anecdotes roam
Dec 24, 2010 - 03:06am PT

1969 Sachs 125, west german International Six Days Trial bike.

i was on two wheels for the first several years of my driving life. picture this rig leaning against the barb wire fence outside castle rock before the parking lot. that would be about the tamest of probes into the santa cruz mountains. in those days access to many of the nooks and crannys of the coast range were only barely restricted to motorcyles. even organized off-road events were held in places that today would raise a hue and cry.

mine had lights and license so it was the was the basis of my early dating career. the petite passengers were favored. after the bike and i moved into a VW bus, an additional qualification was imposed, that being tacit agreement that three was not a crowd
climber bob

Social climber
maine
Dec 24, 2010 - 04:21am PT
this one taken by crazy tom..
this one taken by crazy tom..
Credit: climber bob
been doing way more riding than climbing the last few years..
been doing way more riding than climbing the last few years..
Credit: climber bob
Rokrover

Trad climber
SB, CA
Dec 24, 2010 - 05:03am PT
Some of my more memorable iron from BITD that fellow old timers should recognize:









All machines with great character. Present ride is a stock Sportster XL883 Iron that embodies a lot of these classic traits, too.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Dec 24, 2010 - 11:58am PT
I don't have pics handy.

First bike: Honda XR80 dirt bike. Broken hand while racing my brother when I cut a turn around a tree too closely.
Second: Yamaha 100 dirt bike,
3rd: Honda CBR 600 street bike. Almost died on that one in midtown Atlanta. split a stopped car and a car in the adjacent lane at about 80mph...brushed both car mirrors.
4th: Kawasucki Ninja 1000. Too heavy for me for a rice rocket, didn't keep it long.

Current: '63 Harley panhead, w/ suicide shifter. College graduation present from my uncle, who'd owned the bike since I was a little kid. Pics in the family album of me on back at about 5yr old, starting bolts for my uncle with my tiny hands in the living room at about 4yr old with PBR cans all over. Unfortunately it's sitting 3000mi away right now.
locker

Social climber
Dec 24, 2010 - 02:49pm PT



...






































































"w/ suicide shifter"...











































































































"Yer GONNA die!!!"...



;-)



dougs510

Social climber
down south
Dec 24, 2010 - 05:56pm PT
Fall Sunday, 2010.... Heading into Kentucky with friends.
Credit: dougs510

My friends, Mark and Susan:
Old riding friends from back in highschool
Old riding friends from back in highschool
Credit: dougs510


blackbird

Trad climber
the flat water trails...
Dec 24, 2010 - 06:10pm PT
Credit: blackbird

This past July just after successfully navigating the creek crossing but right before I laid the dayumned thing down in a rocky uphill hairpin.

All part of the fun, right?!

bb

"oh yeah" edit: KTM xcfw
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Dec 24, 2010 - 06:25pm PT
This one gets my vote.

1947 Indian Chief
1947 Indian Chief
Credit: Chief
cupton

climber
Where the past and future meet
Dec 24, 2010 - 06:51pm PT
Spiti Valley, Indian Himalaya
Spiti Valley, Indian Himalaya
Credit: cupton
Credit: cupton
Credit: cupton

India is a hell of a place to learn to ride a motorcycle.
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Dec 24, 2010 - 07:20pm PT
1960s - Yamaha 125, Yamaha 250
1970s - Honda 350, Suzuki 900
1980-2004 - BMW R75/5, three times across the country and back, 80,000 miles
2004-present - BMW Rockster



Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Dec 24, 2010 - 08:47pm PT
Flatheads rule. But that Velo is pretty nice!
jtlocal

Trad climber
Joshua Tree
Dec 24, 2010 - 09:08pm PT
GO BIG
GO BIG
Credit: jtlocal
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 24, 2010 - 09:12pm PT
I could never figure out how it is possible to control a motorcycle

with such high handlebars, and particularly at any kind of high speed.



What is the attraction is ultra high bars?

I have been riding for over 45 years and still don't understand it.
jtlocal

Trad climber
Joshua Tree
Dec 24, 2010 - 09:27pm PT
I have no problems with control. It handles better than you would think.
Baggers are not built for speed. it's a fun ride.
As for the "ultra high bars"... It's all image, So Cal style.
TC

Trad climber
Claremont, CA
Dec 24, 2010 - 11:46pm PT
If you are in love with two wheels:

http://www.manixmag.com/tech/awesome-motorcycle-designs.html
Wack

climber
Dazevue
Dec 25, 2010 - 01:58am PT
[photo
EC Meadows on the Deuce
EC Meadows on the Deuce
Credit: Wack
id=183412]

40 MPG, fun in the twisties and a small footprint in parking lots.
Wack

climber
Dazevue
Dec 25, 2010 - 02:06am PT
Credit: Wack

While the Harley allows one to enjoy the scenery while cruising the Supermoto is the other side of the coin. Shredding Hiway 4 over Ebbits Pass to Zephyr Cove is another way to roll.
Disaster Master

Social climber
Born in So-Cal, left my soul in far Nor-Cal.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 25, 2010 - 08:36am PT
Wack, that Deuce is fantastic and fun looking.
sac

Trad climber
Sun Coast B.C.
Dec 25, 2010 - 11:39am PT
1952 Black Vincent...
Richard Thompson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lCH5JgWCZY&feature=related
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 25, 2010 - 11:57am PT
And let's not forget the man and his machine.

The most famous photograph in all of motorcycling.

Rollie Free exceeded 150mph lying prone on the rear fender in his bathing trunks.

What a man!




Rollie Free was a racer during the 1920s and '30s, but is best known for setting the American motorcycle one-mile speed record in 1948, when he rode a British-made Vincent HRD Black Shadow to a speed of 150.313 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. To make that record run, Free stripped down to tight-fitting swimming shorts and laid flat on the Vincent to cut down on every last bit of wind resistance. A photo of the swinsuit-clad Free racing across the salt flats at 150 mph became one of the most famous photos in the history of the sport.
photo not found
Missing photo ID#183450
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 25, 2010 - 11:59am PT
Nice ... six pack!
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Dec 25, 2010 - 12:03pm PT
Hate to imagine the road rash potential.
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Dec 25, 2010 - 12:06pm PT
Black Vincent 52 a la Del McCoury

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW-w0KgE-8s
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 25, 2010 - 12:13pm PT
Another iconic photo.
This time it is 1973 and Peter Williams wins the Formula 750 TT race at the Isle of Man on his monocoque framed Norton Commando.

The Isle of Man race is run on public roads blocked off on the 37 mile mountain circuit.

Peter raised the TT lap record to over 107mph that day.


Here he is airborn. Live long and cherish the memories, Peter!
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Missing photo ID#183456




dogtown

Trad climber
JackAssVille, Wyoming
Dec 25, 2010 - 12:17pm PT
My 58 panhead
My 58 panhead
Credit: dogtown
My 69 Bobber
My 69 Bobber
Credit: dogtown
My latest 200 hp. hardtail
My latest 200 hp. hardtail
Credit: dogtown
My 34 all steel coupe
My 34 all steel coupe
Credit: dogtown

I got a of shit!
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Dec 25, 2010 - 12:51pm PT
Two of my favorites-just sold them so I could buy more boat gear. Ah, the sacrifices we have to make in life. Had a Bonneville back in the 60s.

I remember going on a ride with Haan back in 1974 ish when he had just started riding and was a little stiff with the action. Too rigid, trying to overpower the machine instead of flowing with it on curves in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Back in town and close to my house, Peter is ahead of me and I see a car come out of a side street and he collides with it, flies into the air and lands on the hood. "oh my god, he has to be dead". Haan rolls off the hood, shakes himself like a dog that just got out of the water and proceeds to examine his bike. The driver of the car and I are the ones that are all shook up!

R 80/RT 1983
R 80/RT 1983
Credit: guido
R 100/7 1977
R 100/7 1977
Credit: guido

dogtown

Trad climber
JackAssVille, Wyoming
Dec 25, 2010 - 12:59pm PT
my 200 hp the i cll road kill
my 200 hp the i cll road kill
Credit: dogtown
My BMW side-hak
My BMW side-hak
Credit: dogtown

Cool No?
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 25, 2010 - 01:19pm PT
Minerals, where is that trail?
Minerals

Social climber
The Deli
Dec 25, 2010 - 01:59pm PT
“Uh, photos… Northern Nevada, Churchill and Pershing Counties… first photo is southern edge of Granite Springs Valley (Trinity Range in background); second photo is Shawave Range, west side of Granite Springs Valley.”


Dee, I’d be happy to show you or anyone else around out there, if you are in the (Reno Hell) area. There’re lots and lots of single-track trails, two-tracks, and washes… and more whoops than you will ever want to ride. Some of the tight canyons can only be ridden on a bike (too narrow for quads). Super fun.

I tried to get out there yesterday, but after warming the bike up and putting around for a minute, I took off and only got about 2.5 miles from the truck and all of a sudden things got really loud. It sounded like it was coming from the front of the engine/exhaust manifold. I stopped to check the bike. Didn’t see anything wrong and gave the pipe a few taps with my boot to make sure it was still solid (too hot to touch). It seemed solid, so I started it up and decided to head back to the truck to take a closer look. It was running fine, but man, my ears were hurting. And no sense doing more damage to something that needs to be fixed, or worse… getting stranded.

When I took a closer look after letting the bike cool down, I found that the pipe was cracked, a little ways back from the exhaust manifold. A flap of metal had bent outward, leaving a hole in the pipe that will accept two fingers. Ouch! No wonder it was loud!

Conditions were literally PERFECT! It was a little cold out, but the dirt was moist, and traction couldn’t have been any better. I drove about 120 miles round trip, and rode a total of about 5 or 6 miles of dirt road. Kinda bummed me out. I’ll have to post a pick of the cracked pipe when I pull the thing off the bike later.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Dec 25, 2010 - 04:46pm PT
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Dec 25, 2010 - 04:49pm PT
And our Ole Pal Ann Richards!! RIP.
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Dec 25, 2010 - 05:04pm PT
Credit: The Larry

Boy, was my girlfriend pissed!
Lee Bow

Trad climber
wet island
Dec 25, 2010 - 05:20pm PT
Larry that is one of the funniest thing I've seen in years!

I pulled a burnout in my Dad's stock car while it was still in the garage.
I was five...
Lucky I lived to see six!
Wack

climber
Dazevue
Dec 25, 2010 - 08:19pm PT
Credit: Wack

The Memorial Day Weekend ride to Lake Tahoe can be an adventure.
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Dec 25, 2010 - 08:56pm PT
This is a great thread, some seriously weird stories. I like the living room burnout photo, I used to live in a pad like that!

Mike the Bike at the Isle of Man.
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Dec 25, 2010 - 08:59pm PT
Maybe this is getting OT, but this is an awesome machine:



Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Dec 25, 2010 - 09:07pm PT
That is so not O.T.! Nice one!
I spent about $500 restoring my 78 Honda. Did all of the work myself. Paint, seat, mechanics...
jtlocal

Trad climber
Joshua Tree
Dec 25, 2010 - 09:09pm PT
That 69 bobber is sweet.
dogtown

Trad climber
JackAssVille, Wyoming
Dec 25, 2010 - 10:43pm PT
the bobber.
the bobber.
Credit: dogtown

I road it today.kind cool out!
Rokrover

Trad climber
SB, CA
Dec 26, 2010 - 04:55am PT
Nice G50 there, Gary.

Virgil Elings has one in his superb collection at the Solvang Motorcycle Museum in the Santa Ynez Valley http://www.motosolvang.com/

A refreshing change from the "Disney does Denmark" theme town.

If you like these classic Brit singles here are two of my favorites in the museum





My first bike was a "Hustler" and served well for getting to bush crags in Australia


The stubby boy-racer clipons had to go after one too many spills in the dirt.
Scole

Trad climber
San Diego
Dec 26, 2010 - 07:24am PT
2001 Triumph Tiger
2001 Triumph Tiger
Credit: Scole
HighTraverse

Social climber
Bay Area
Dec 26, 2010 - 04:30pm PT
'01 FZ1 ready for another climbing trip
'01 FZ1 ready for another climbing trip
Credit: HighTraverse

My '01 FZ-1 packed for another climbing trip. I've put 18K miles on it in the 18 months since I bought it. A chilly 60 miles today down to Santa Cruz and back. Like a good dog or horse, she needs regular exercise.
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 26, 2010 - 05:05pm PT
Name your first three bikes?

Mine:

1968 Suzuki 200cc five speed "Avenger" two stoke

1970 Suzuki 500cc Titan two stoke

1971 Norton 750 Commando
HighTraverse

Social climber
Bay Area
Dec 26, 2010 - 05:28pm PT
1965 Yamaha 305cc road bike. Used. Drove it home in a snowstorm in Salt Lake. Beat the C@#p outta it and it never failed me. Rode it 12 months a year in Salt Lake.

Traded it in on a new
1968 Yamaha DT1 250 Enduro. Beat the ................. Rode it..........

Traded it in on a new
1970 Honda CB750. WOW. A wicked fast bike for its time. I rode the c#$p outta it and it never failed me. Handling wasn't so good....especially over 100 mph. My longest non-stop ride was 700 miles which I did a couple of times in different directions. Had a Vetter full fairing on it which was a wonderful addition. Packed my toolbox on it and emigrated to California in '72. Sold it in '78 at 80K miles and the twit who bought it totaled it within the week.

New 1978 Yamaha XS-750 triple, shaft drive, cast wheels. The first bike I had with decent handling. Had a Vetter half fairing. The shaft drive was sweet when I'd gotten tired of chain maintenance every 500 miles and replacement every 4000 miles. Ran well but I stopped riding. Sold it when I found my riding skills were getting rusty.

And now my '01 FZ1, bought in the summer of '09. This is an AWESOME bike. An all around great bike for riding fast (don't ask and I won't tell) and far. 20 years of motorcycle development has made a huge difference. Longest day I've done is Los Gatos to Anaheim, 400 miles in 7 hours with rain starting at Grapevine and snow over the pass. One gas stop along the way. Could easily have gone to San Diego. 50K miles and she still runs like new.

I still lust after a 750 Commando.
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Dec 26, 2010 - 07:34pm PT
first three bikes + 1
1965 bridgestone 90
1967 yamaha yds3 250
1971 norton commando
1970 honda 750 KO & I still have it.
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 27, 2010 - 07:25am PT
These guys can ride:
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Missing photo ID#183623
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Dec 27, 2010 - 09:59am PT
My 2003 Road King Clasic my 40th Birthday Gift to me, for my 50th I want to restore a 1960 BSA

2003 Road King Clasic
2003 Road King Clasic
Credit: Fogarty
Minerals

Social climber
The Deli
Dec 27, 2010 - 11:13am PT
No bueno!!!


Cracked FMF Gnarly pipe
Cracked FMF Gnarly pipe
Credit: Minerals

Cracked FMF Gnarly pipe
Cracked FMF Gnarly pipe
Credit: Minerals


Anyone seen a pipe crack like this? I didn’t even hit a rock. Talk about a 500cc Japanese vibrator...

Chester can fix it!
locker

Social climber
Dec 27, 2010 - 11:22am PT



Credit: locker
...


Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 27, 2010 - 11:26am PT
Locker met the nicest person on a Honda.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Dec 27, 2010 - 11:55am PT
So I dug out my old "proof I really did that s@#t pictures":

305 Yamaha ready for Salt Lake to Tetons ride. Cotton sleeping bag? check. Plastic tarp tent? check. Plastic rain suit? check. Cotton shirt and Levis? check. Canteen? check. Camera? check. Cowboy boots? check.
Hot chick? hopefully in the Cowboy Bar.
Salt Lake to Tetons
Salt Lake to Tetons
Credit: HighTraverse

750 Honda ready for Salt Lake to Aspen ride. Hot chick? Definitely!
Off to Aspen
Off to Aspen
Credit: HighTraverse
Gene

Social climber
Dec 27, 2010 - 12:10pm PT
Credit: Gene
Catherine playing

Credit: Gene
Work in progress
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 27, 2010 - 03:45pm PT
Minerals, ah Reno area, I still haven't ridden up there but have heard about the awesome single tracks and the many mountain ranges to explore. If I can get up there I will contact you for a tour.
I guess that 500cc 2 stroke hits pretty hard!



Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 27, 2010 - 06:53pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#183705
Disaster Master

Social climber
Born in So-Cal, left my soul in far Nor-Cal.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 31, 2010 - 12:08am PT
Name your first three bikes?

-50cc Suzuki, too young to remember exact model.
-yamaha QT 70 (?)
-1978 Suzuki GS 400
davidji

Social climber
CA
Dec 31, 2010 - 01:55pm PT
Lots of nice looking bikes here. Scole, your Girlie looks like it could be the best approach tool of the bunch. And it looks great in roulette green.
Scole

Trad climber
San Diego
Dec 31, 2010 - 05:46pm PT
The Tiger is the best bike I have ever owned. Its the perfect Brit bike, no Lucas electronics!
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Dec 31, 2010 - 05:46pm PT
Nate and Eli, 7 & 8 yrs old, catch 'Big Air' in 30 degree temps in the open desert today.

Eli
Eli
Credit: pud
Nate
Nate
Credit: pud
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 31, 2010 - 05:55pm PT
How do I put up X rays of my fractured spine?

I won't ride on the street any more (but make up for it with a bitchin ragtop sports car.
Nostrodomas

Trad climber
Visalia, Ca.
Dec 31, 2010 - 06:08pm PT
Me and my mistress.....lol

Credit: Nostrodomas

Credit: Nostrodomas

Credit: Nostrodomas
Scole

Trad climber
San Diego
Jan 1, 2011 - 04:50pm PT
I rode the Tiger to the Supertopo "Batholith Bash" in Montana two years ago!
photo not found
Missing photo ID#184309
Credit: Scole
Some dude named Tarbuster
Some dude named Tarbuster
Credit: Scole
Credit: Scole
wildone

climber
Troy, MT
Jan 2, 2011 - 02:41pm PT
Warning. Serious eyecandy here.

http://www.falconmotorcycles.com/
another cool page
http://art-of-motorcycles.onsugar.com/tag/Falcon?page=1

Though I'd be happy with a bone stock Triumph Daytona 675. That triple sounds so good to my ears.
Disaster Master

Social climber
Born in So-Cal, left my soul in far Nor-Cal.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 9, 2011 - 07:44pm PT
OK, I posted this on another thread. But it is motorcycle related, so I am putting it here too...



Wierd day. I did not sleep well last night. All day a persistent fatigue has consumed me. I am on edge from new pain and growths I feel in my neck and groin.

So I made chocolate chip cookies to cope.
Credit: Disaster Master
And breakfast, bucher bacon and eggs, organic blueberry pancakes, coffe and OJ. Then this afternoon, just as I started pasta and meat sauce, the phone rang.

Actually, Ruth's phone rang. She had just left for the store, and left her cell.

It kept ringing, then my phone too. "What the hell?" It was our boss at the yoga studio. THe web schedule said Ruth was off. But the board at work said she was on. The owner was in San Fran and could not make it. Everyone else was not answering. "Crap!"

I tried to start the Harley, my only availible ride. No go. I run back inside and stir the pasta. Maybe the bike flooded.

I run out and try again. It fires. But the choke is broke. I wedge a pebble in to hold it open and run back to the stove. As I stir I call the boss.

"You find anyone?"

"NO, Damn, what now?"

"I'll go start the class and leave a note for Ruth."

"Really?"

"Well, f*#k, someone has to get there." I hung up and tested the pasta. Two more minutes. THe gloves were in the truck and I forgot my warm jacket as I puled on my leathers, Drained the pasta and stirred it into the sauce. "Good enough."

Helmet, glasses, out to the bike.
Credit: Disaster Master
I flick the stone out of the choke and blast off coughing. THe cold engine makes me cringe. 'yah, boy!" On the freeway and up past the limit. It feels good to do something silly and dangerous again. It is cold!

I roar in front of the studio and rush in in a shiver. Suprise greets me. "Let's do this thing!" I shout as my helmet comes off. I grab a towell, the mike and some water. Off to the room.

It is full. Good grief. I strip right there out of my leathers down to the shorts I had put on at home to save time. "You get the full Humphrey tonight, I guess." I launch into an impromto act, yoga, stand-up, corrections and philosophy spew from my mouth for 90 minutes in the 100+ degree room. 'It's Showtime!'
Credit: Disaster Master

I end with a gasp. Ruth arived but I had continued. Talk about jumping into the pool. I have not taught for months and was afraid I could not. I forgot a few things. Just laughed it off and went on.

I am tired!

Ruth is still there. She is coaching for the demonstration / comp in Stockton next week.

Whew!
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Jan 9, 2011 - 07:55pm PT
Nice DM !

I was out in full leathers for a couple hours yesterday and it was coooooold !

Now that it's warming up, maybe you'll get more Saddle time on that big V-Twin?
dogtown

Trad climber
JackAssVille, Wyoming
Jan 9, 2011 - 07:56pm PT
Credit: dogtown
I just finished it. Did all the work myself. All the sheet metal, Paint, electrical and assemble it. It is 125hp and 125 foot pounds of torque. Six speed trans. 110 cubic inch. Super f*#king fast!!!!

It is 4-Sale.

DT.


Minerals

Social climber
The Deli
Jan 19, 2011 - 03:37pm PT
That’s a piece of work, Dogtown! Nice!

Pud, looks like your kids are having lots of fun.


Hey Dee, cool pics there! Riding to granite-climbing in So Cal? Looks like fun. Does the volcanic-looking crater in your second pic have a name? Mojave area, right? Rocky!

I think it was vibration that cracked the pipe on my 500. Got it welded up and it seems fine. Went out on Friday and again yesterday. Oh, what fun! I love that bike. I had an absolute blast yesterday and rode lots and lots of single-track. You should come on out, if you ever get the chance. The conditions were so good yesterday, but a little slippery on Friday (snow and mud).


Yesterday:


Northern Nevada desert
Northern Nevada desert
Credit: Minerals


Bouldering, anyone?
Bouldering, anyone?
Credit: Minerals


Lunchtime
Lunchtime
Credit: Minerals


Northern Nevada desert
Northern Nevada desert
Credit: Minerals


Northern Nevada desert
Northern Nevada desert
Credit: Minerals


Still buzzin’ from yesterday’s ride. Dirt bikes are so much freakin’ FUN!!!

Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Jan 19, 2011 - 04:48pm PT
rokrover, thanks for the cool link, I'm going to that museum!
xtrmecat

Big Wall climber
Kalispell, Montanagonia
Jan 19, 2011 - 06:54pm PT
Latest ride is an 04 Ultra. 103 ci, custom almost everything motor wise. I used to build motors for a living. Sweet little ride, very very fast for a bagger. Slightly hard on tires though.



It's the teal one on the left side of my wife, she's standing in front of our previous bike. First three bikes, all honda's and from the 60's

Honda 50 step through,
90 trail step through
CL 90 street

Then I hit puberty.

Burly Bob
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Jan 20, 2011 - 07:57am PT
My two boys are entering thier first Desert Race this Saturday.
Credit: pud
Credit: pud
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Jan 20, 2011 - 08:04am PT
Dogtown, wow you did a great job building that bike!

Can you tell me what motor you put in there, S&S? or what, and did you do all the

electrics from stretch yourself or buy a harness?

Very cool!
norton
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jan 20, 2011 - 08:30am PT
Anyone want to buy a bomber vintage Cafe jacket?

Disaster Master

Social climber
Born in So-Cal, left my soul in far Nor-Cal.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 20, 2011 - 08:35am PT
What size?
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jan 20, 2011 - 08:39am PT
Ummmmm....its a 48. Its such heavy leather, made in san fran and has thick elbow and shoulder padding. Plus all the patches are killer.
J
davidji

Social climber
CA
Jan 22, 2011 - 11:16pm PT

davidji

Social climber
CA
Jan 22, 2011 - 11:59pm PT
Scole, I search Craigslist for a Tiger 955 for awhile. Seems like a great all-around bike. They only made them in one color I don't like, silver, and pretty much all the local ones I found were silver. Oh well.
this just in

climber
north fork
Jan 29, 2011 - 07:18am PT
I'm going to Oakland Supercross today. Go Stewart, go Windham. Any other tacos going?
Scole

Trad climber
San Diego
Jan 29, 2011 - 07:42am PT
Davidji

The new Tigers are different. The bike has been redesigned to be more of a sport touring bike, more upright, higher gearing, not the same bike.

Mine is a 2001, the next to last year for the dual sport Tiger. I have considered selling it, as I don't like freeway riding, so if you are interested email me.

Scole
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Feb 4, 2011 - 06:43pm PT
Nine time world champion Mike Hailwood!

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Missing photo ID#189747
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 4, 2011 - 07:42pm PT
I will be watching!
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Feb 4, 2011 - 09:04pm PT
Tim thats one beatiful bike.
Love the fringe Fred.
Chinchen I am interested in the Jacket. PM with the price.

In the 80' I had a Honda Magna; a fast bike, then I went for a Yamaha Verago Vtwin Harley wanna be. In the 90' I got a 1974 Sportster because I could not afford a real Harley. Sold it because the piece of sh#t broke down all the time. Then stopped riding because I would turn into a maniac and almost killed myself too many times on the hwy pushing 100 mph.

After a while I missed riding and bought a Yamaha Maxim 500, a fun bike for around town. But I wanted a bike I could cruise so I also have a 1975 Goldwing. It needs some loving and smokes when I start it up. But its fun. I am going to try and start cleaning it up.

Here is a link to some beautiful bikes:
Motorrad_Oldies_1_-_DF6JL_.pps
I tried to download it to this thread but it was too big. If you can't open this link PM me and I'll send you the attachment. They range from the turn of the century to some of the coolest pristine oldies around.

Great thread. I really enjoyed checking out everyones bikes. Definitely on topic!
gonamok

climber
sez me
Feb 5, 2011 - 02:12am PT
first 3:
'72 Kawasaki 100 Trailmaster
'85 Honda CB 500
'89 Honda 750 nighthawk

now i ride a 2005 yamaha V star 1100 punched out to 1250 with intake and carb work - its happiest over 85mph, real solid on the road and comfy and reliable for a v twin.

I was torn between that and a sick Yamaha 650 street racer - both about the same price new. I got the cruiser, figuring Id wrap the racer around a tree sooner or later - old age and high speed is a bad combo. The wife was plenty relieved when I came home with the putt-putt.
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Feb 5, 2011 - 07:53am PT
In 1951 Geoff Duke was in a class of his own. Double world champion that year!

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Missing photo ID#189787
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 5, 2011 - 11:26am PT
Speaking of 1951........
Here are a few I have owned, including a 1951 BSA Bantem 125cc.






HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Feb 7, 2011 - 09:35am PT
That's some Beezer.
Yesterday at the Gap I was lusting over a Yamaha RZ500, V4 two stroke about 85 hp. In very nice condition and sort of for sale.
Good thing I can't afford it.
I drooled the rest of the afternoon.
http://www.rzrd500.com/rzstory.html
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Feb 18, 2011 - 06:03pm PT
1948 Norton, 500cc single cylinder
photo not found
Missing photo ID#191618
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Feb 21, 2011 - 12:41pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#191985
Damn this looks high

climber
Temecula, CA
Mar 3, 2011 - 08:56am PT
Credit: Damn this looks high
Jay Wood

Trad climber
Fairfax, CA
Mar 3, 2011 - 09:11am PT
Not me, but posting for my bud.

He said the wheelie was @ 100mph
Credit: Jay Wood
Credit: Jay Wood
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Mar 7, 2011 - 02:44pm PT
Maybe it is time to get out there!

Dream Rangers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vksdBSVAM6g
micronut

Trad climber
fresno, ca
Mar 7, 2011 - 03:02pm PT
I commute on the BMW 650 Challenge X. It likes to git muddy on weekends too. I absolutely love this bike. I look forward to my "drive" home on the days I ride.
Credit: micronut
Credit: micronut
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Mar 7, 2011 - 05:21pm PT
Credit: FRUMY
Credit: FRUMY
this guy was blasting music & moving faster than anyone else.
this guy was blasting music & moving faster than anyone else.
Credit: FRUMY
BES1'st

climber
City of Orange, CA.
Mar 7, 2011 - 07:13pm PT
These smoked Harleys almost twice the CC and seemed to be a significant
turning point for speed and accelleration in the 70's.

photo not found
Missing photo ID#193903
BES1'st

climber
City of Orange, CA.
Mar 7, 2011 - 07:14pm PT
I owned a 750 which looks almost exactly alike, but it could
not beat the 650.
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
May 3, 2011 - 02:41pm PT
Bob Dylan on his Triumph, with feet down looking like a rookie.

photo not found
Missing photo ID#200497
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
May 3, 2011 - 04:11pm PT
SuperHawk for a SuperTaco guy

Credit: Chris McNamara
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
May 3, 2011 - 04:24pm PT
Nice bike Chris.

I'm kind of partial to big twins myself.

S4 on tour !
S4 on tour !
Credit: pud
davidji

Social climber
CA
Jul 2, 2011 - 07:14pm PT

locker

Social climber
CO
Jul 2, 2011 - 07:16pm PT


The economy, health, and whatver the hell else has it that I finally sold my Harley last week...

Wasn't easy...

My riding days are OVER...

;-/

Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Jul 2, 2011 - 07:20pm PT
Locker, I suppose I should say I am sorry about you selling your bike.

But I am not.

Because it is what you wanted to do.

So, congratulations instead!
davidji

Social climber
CA
Jul 2, 2011 - 07:22pm PT
Sorry to hear that locker! Would a different bike work better for you?
locker

Social climber
CO
Jul 2, 2011 - 07:35pm PT

"Sorry to hear that locker! Would a different bike work better for you?"...



















































Already got it COVERED!!!...











































Credit: locker
...



THANKS!!!...






locker

Social climber
CO
Jul 2, 2011 - 07:42pm PT

"Locker, I suppose I should say I am sorry about you selling your bike.

But I am not.

Because it is what you wanted to do.

So, congratulations instead!"
...



I didn't want to sell it Norton...

Just not riding it anymore and hated seeing it sit there...

I pretty much GAVE the thing away...

Seriously embarrassing how low of a price I took...

I've had sixteen bikes total through the years...

It was my favorite...

Really a tough call...

But it was time...

I didn't and don't want it to be...

It just was and is...

Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Jul 2, 2011 - 07:46pm PT
And so shall it be.

Koombaya
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Jul 2, 2011 - 07:48pm PT
Perhaps Locker would be more interested in a scooter?

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locker

Social climber
CO
Jul 2, 2011 - 07:49pm PT


It is what it is...

Always was...

always will be...



;-)


"And a Partridge in a Peartree"...



locker

Social climber
CO
Jul 2, 2011 - 07:58pm PT
Credit: locker
...




EDITED:

"Perhaps Locker would be more interested in a scooter?"...

Replace the words "a Scooter" with "her pooter" and yer gettin somewhere!!!...

;-)
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Jul 2, 2011 - 08:12pm PT
Credit: zip

CBR1100XX Blackbird for short distance sport touring
C14 for longer distance sport touring
RC51 for when ya just gotta pull a wheelie on the freeway at 75 mph
KLR650 for putting around town and a little off roading
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 11, 2011 - 01:13pm PT
I thought Evel Knievel died?

Lining up the TO...
Lining up the TO...
Credit: Reilly
Disaster Master

Social climber
Born in So-Cal, left my soul in far Nor-Cal.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 11, 2011 - 02:03pm PT
I am so sad.
My body hurts
so bad i can't.
And it is so nice out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 13, 2011 - 09:08pm PT
On March 17th I rode 1080 miles on my KTM 450 EXC in 21hours and 10 minutes. I converted it to a street bike for the occasion.
Tustin, up 395, through Panamint Valley, Lone Pine, Bishop, Benton, Tonopah, down into Death Val. via Scotty's Castle, Baker, Amboy, 29 Palms, Cottonwood, Indio, Ortega Highway and home.



davidji

Social climber
CA
Jul 29, 2011 - 02:03am PT
dee ee wrote: "On March 17th I rode 1080 miles on my KTM 450 EXC in 21hours and 10 minutes. I converted it to a street bike for the occasion.
Tustin, up 395, through Panamint Valley, Lone Pine, Bishop, Benton, Tonopah, down into Death Val. via Scotty's Castle, Baker, Amboy, 29 Palms, Cottonwood, Indio, Ortega Highway and home."

Cool! Isn't that like 4 oil change intervals on that bike?
davidji

Social climber
CA
Jul 29, 2011 - 02:04am PT
Last Tuesday in northern California
gimmeslack

Trad climber
VA
Jul 29, 2011 - 05:09am PT
Started here...

Credit: gimmeslack

A few bikes later, arrived here...

Credit: gimmeslack

SofCookay

climber
Jul 29, 2011 - 07:41am PT
We ride.
Credit: SofCookay

Credit: SofCookay
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jul 29, 2011 - 07:45am PT
I did the same thing years ago, Locker. I just wasn't riding my enduro bike and got tired of trying to clean the varnish out of the carbs when I wanted to kick it over to see if it still ran. Gave mine away, too. It just was never something I was going to spend enough time on.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 29, 2011 - 11:00am PT
Davidji, yes I probably should have changed the oil mid ride. The engine had a hard knock after and has been at the mechanics since for a top and bottom end rebuild!
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Jul 29, 2011 - 11:13am PT
Wow that is a pretty bad statement. 1080 miles and it has a knock & needs a complete rebuild.
Sell it and get a 2 stroke. I can't believe I'm going to say this, or if you have to have a 4 stroke get a honda - kawasaki- yamaha.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 29, 2011 - 03:20pm PT
It was just the straw that broke the camels back. It had ~240 hours and over 9000 miles on it. That is a roughly average lifespan for one of these. It is the best singletrack and off road bike that can be easily plated in CA.
ericdehaven

Sport climber
los angeles
Jul 29, 2011 - 04:07pm PT
Cool thread.
Funny that I know a few of the posters here from Racing and not climbing..
Anyway,
We are a family of racers and bike nuts.
Here are a few pics to check out. These are of my 17yr old Son Austin who if you follow road racing was the 2010 AMA Pro Supersport National Champion and now races full time in Europe in World Superstock 600, and just did a one off at Laguna Seca Last weekend in AMA for a Daytona Sportbike team.
If we are not climbing, we are racing!

This is from 2010 AMA
From Infineon AMA 2010
From Infineon AMA 2010
Credit: ericdehaven
a little wheelie action over the crest into T9 at Infineon
a little wheelie action over the crest into T9 at Infineon
Credit: ericdehaven
The proud pop moment.
The proud pop moment.
Credit: ericdehaven
A little something from Europe, Assen 2011
Assen WSBK 2011
Assen WSBK 2011
Credit: ericdehaven
and for the bimmer fans
a little BMW S1000RR fun
a little BMW S1000RR fun
Credit: ericdehaven
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jul 29, 2011 - 04:22pm PT
Safety first !

pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Jul 29, 2011 - 04:45pm PT
I think that #57 BMW holds a couple of track records at Willow Springs and Streets of Willow.
1:20 and 1:13 repectively, with Jeremy Toye piloting.

Eric,
Your son has a lot of talent and dedication. I hope he has a long and successful racing carreer. He sure is on the right track!

Here's a spin around Laguna Seca on my R1 w/MIA on board ;)

http://www.youtube.com/user/steepfriends?feature=mhee#p/a/u/0/SJU58ahg1EE
ericdehaven

Sport climber
los angeles
Aug 1, 2011 - 12:11pm PT
Hey Pud..
Like I said before, funny how a few of us know each other not through climbing.
Do you know the Lauritzen's? (AFM, WERA, AMA peeps) they are big climbers as well.

Anyway, you are correct on Jeremys bike.
That pic was Austin testing the "B" bike which became the bike Steve Rapp is racing in AMA this year. Jeremy has the overall and 1000cc record with a 13'7 at Streets, Jimmy Wood beat Austin's previous 600cc record with a 14:2 (Austin had a 14:7) and we still hold the 125cc record and it was set before the repaving at a 19:4. But all the other records above were after the repave and straightening of the kink before T10.

If you are still climbing you should come join us one weekend. Austin is back in LA now for the rest of the year and we try to climb most every weekend
E
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 1, 2011 - 07:24pm PT
My wife saw a patient the other day who is 80. She is still working. Her 84 year
old hubby takes her to work and picks her up on their motorcycle!

I said - "I hope he doesn't go on the freeway!"
Wife - "Freeway? Pffft! They went up and back via the Alcan on the cycle last year!"

Of course the wife didn't ask what kind of bike it is. :-( Gotta be a Beemer.

wstmrnclmr

Trad climber
Bolinas, CA
Aug 2, 2011 - 06:41pm PT
In the early 70's, Bolinas school in West Marin had a motorcycle shop. In grade school! Probably the first and last of it's kind. In 71' the legendary Dick Mann of Richmond and the AMA champion at the time, brought out a BSA and flat tracked the school field. Dick is in the middle with the bike. I'm kneeling with the helmet.
Dick Mann 71' photo courtesy Dave Duffin
Dick Mann 71' photo courtesy Dave Duffin
Credit: wstmrnclmr
ericdehaven

Sport climber
los angeles
Aug 3, 2011 - 10:26am PT
Man I miss the days before over-lawyered insurance requirements..
Can you imaging what it would take to get a flattracker on a school field these days.

Speaking of dirttrack, for you Socal'ers. Gene (Romero) is putting on the AMA Pro flattrack finals Oct 15th at the Pomona County Fairgrounds and if your a motorcycle fan and have never seen a race in person.. Its a blast and a really classic and great venue.. The other cool thing is this event usually brings out many Pro racers and famous riders from the past so its a great time to meet and mingle.

climber bob

Social climber
maine
Sep 15, 2011 - 05:40am PT
emerged unbroken after my second day at the track..yeehaw!
emerged unbroken after my second day at the track..yeehaw!
Credit: climber bob
Damn this looks high

Trad climber
Temecula, CA
Jan 28, 2012 - 03:02pm PT
Credit: Damn this looks high

Yes.
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Jan 28, 2012 - 04:12pm PT
DTLH,
Mind if I take that thing out for a few laps ?
:)
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Jan 28, 2012 - 04:14pm PT
I haven't had a street bike since 1992 or so. I like my danger in my control. I had too many close calls from idiots while on a bike. And a few car accidents caused by other people where I'd hate to think what woulda happened on a bike. I may get a street bike some day but try to ride it in out of the way places.

My current dirt bike is a 2004 YZ250 2 smoke. Love it. From the moment I first got on it it felt like part of me. Nice and light with LOTS of power. Riding in the dunes is a blast. I've got a short track on my property and want to build some FMX style ramps. FUN.
yosemite 5.9

climber
santa cruz
Jan 28, 2012 - 07:58pm PT
Popped a wheelie once giving too much throttle when the bike was still leaned over coming out of a turn. The smaller diameter of the rear tire on its side lifted the front end a lot faster than I expected. This was on a Suzuki Bandit 1200 with 100 hp. It was a steal at $7,500 new in 2001.
I put a jet kit in it with a better air filter, advanced the timing, and removed the smog junk. I love the Michelin Sport Pilot tires. They stick well for me like my climbing shoes, though I suppose there are stickier tires out there.

I should have known better coming out of the turn. Luckily I had given my myself an extra lane to work with and landed it and turned it before going off the road. I have read many books and articles about motorcycling, but I don't remember reading about this particular effect of the smaller diameter of the rear tire giving so much more lift. It was a dramatic difference.

I don't agree with the idea of moving towards the center line when approaching a blind turn to see what is coming around the corner. I prefer to stay in the right tire track early when entering a blind corner.

This habit has saved me a few times in the Santa Cruz mountains when the oncoming driver took his share of the road out of the middle. I haven't yet had an oncoming driver take all of my lane, so why should I make things worse by getting near the center line to begin with?

Yesterday I ordered one those new Leatt-Brace STX neck braces for sport riders who wear leathers with a hump on the back. The review in Motorcycle Consumer News was very favorable. There is internet site that shows how well it restricts neck bending at

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r4/leatt-stx-brace/review.htm

The Leatt-Brace internet site has problems. You have to call to get guidance on the correct size if you are interested.

Acceleration is fun, but I love going through turns in the mountains. The sides of my tires wear out before the middle does. It's kinda funny that way. I only start my ride when the sun is coming up and I am off the road by 8 AM. Call it risk management. Cars scare me. I would rather rise before dawn to avoid them.

TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jan 28, 2012 - 08:11pm PT
Posted this back in 10

I have a 68, R69S pregnant cow tank, with two sets of full Wixom fiberglass, upper and lower, and two sets of Harley fiberglass bags, VW tail lights in the shed that needs a good home if someone is interested in a restoration project.

I've been told the most lucrative option would be to part it out, but I can't quite bring myself to do that.

It found a good home and I made out quite well on the sale. I'll post photos when the new owner progresses with the restoration.

BTW Peter H. the last photo in your post is an R60, not an R69S. The tell is the shape of the valve cover.
Nohea

Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
Jan 29, 2012 - 04:54pm PT
My 3rd and final bike...out of the USN I saved up $2500 and bought a honda 250, then the classic passion was satisfied with 69 Electroglide, lost that one to the gods of small biz and finally here's my current and final HD...the 2011 Dyna Superglide Custom





we just spent some QT together, its great to hear it just puttin as I slide it into 6th doing 60mph. Stock pipes will soon go.

Aloha, its a great day for riding!
will
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 29, 2012 - 05:57pm PT
Near El Gran Trono Blanco.


Cole

Trad climber
los angeles
Dec 3, 2013 - 11:35pm PT
DR350 at Quail Springs
DR350 at Quail Springs
Credit: Cole
Looking down at the mighty DR350.
Looking down at the mighty DR350.
Credit: Cole
climber bob

Social climber
maine
Dec 4, 2013 - 03:53am PT
oldie but goody 1996 klx 650
oldie but goody 1996 klx 650
Credit: climber bob
climber bob

Social climber
maine
Dec 4, 2013 - 04:02am PT
2009 versys 650
2009 versys 650
Credit: climber bob
climber bob

Social climber
maine
Dec 4, 2013 - 04:05am PT
my girlfriends bike..
my girlfriends bike..
Credit: climber bob
speelyei

Trad climber
Mohave County Arizona
Dec 4, 2013 - 05:25am PT
I do my best welding with the grinder
I do my best welding with the grinder
Credit: speelyei

Credit: speelyei

Credit: speelyei

First bike, only bike, 86 xr 250. Got it to prowl around the desert, found out the MVD will let you put a plate on pretty much anything.
The Chief

climber
From the Land of the Mongols
Dec 4, 2013 - 06:21am PT
New addition to my familia....

Duc 900 SS. #156 of 210 made in 1999. Got it from the original owner who sold it to me for a steal. He took my offer of 2k's below Blue Book. Saw my love for V-Twins and basically gave it to me. It will be delivered this morning.


davidji

Social climber
CA
Jan 17, 2014 - 12:25pm PT
Nice Versys climber bob. I like the Kawi green color.

Here's mine:
Credit: davidji
Cragar

climber
MSLA - MT
Feb 10, 2014 - 01:50pm PT
A couple motos and and I taking a brake on some ridgeline in W-MT. I never thought I'd like the moto as much as I do... Getting a top-end done as I type, looking forward to a moto near a climbing zone outside of Butte America, the middle of next month!


Credit: Cragar
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Feb 10, 2014 - 02:20pm PT
Anyone do any trials riding? Seems like a natural crossover for climbers. I saw a comp a Donner Ski Ranch (probably posted about it earlier in this thread). Impressive!

Cragar

climber
MSLA - MT
Feb 10, 2014 - 02:40pm PT
Not yet. We have a fair amount of miles of trials-worthy terrain and if I can get hook buddy to go in on one I'd like to give'r.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 10, 2014 - 03:36pm PT
ClimberBob, thanks a lot, now I've drooled all over my keyboard.

Heard a teaser on NPR today about the 'Motorcycle Girl Gangs of Morocco."*
Sheesh, even NPR is going salacious?

*Didn't get to hear it.
Cole

Trad climber
los angeles
Mar 1, 2014 - 11:36am PT
Video I made of my first race last weekend out in Johnson Valley. Was a lot of fun!

John M

climber
Mar 1, 2014 - 12:03pm PT
Classic noob video Cole.

"I Got this"

DENIED!

Classic. LOL

Young bones required. Or old tough leathery ones.
Nohea

Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
Mar 1, 2014 - 02:15pm PT
That is a pretty enjoyable vid, I went wide screen. Way to enjoy life on too wheels!
Reminded me of my youth, throttling back and that dam almost ate it feeling.

Aloha,
Will


Demand the recount!
sangoma

Trad climber
south africa
Mar 1, 2014 - 03:10pm PT
Yamaha XT 250
Yamaha XT 250
Credit: sangoma
packed and ready for a five day solo climbing trip
Credit: sangoma
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