After threatening to do so for 10 years, we have finally had all our old print photographs scanned: organising & looking at digital pics is a lot easier than clunky albums! Amongs the photographs were some of my old bikes: thought I would post some up to see how things have changed!
Top pic: my first bike: Bridgestone 50cc two stroke. Was a pretty advanced bike for it's day (got mine in 1968): had oil injection, rotary intake valve (carb bolted to the crankcase via the rotary valve), rotary 4-speed gearbox (four gears down, press down once again and you are back in neutral, press down again you are back in first ad infinitum) Note aftermarket fairing (weight dropped the top speed from about 53mph down to 48mph but it looked fancy!). Had the head skimmed, the rotary valve modified: back up to 53mph! Must have heat seized it a hundred times! Off comes the head, off with the cylinder, polish everything (or sometimes new pistons & rings) and off again.
Second pic: Suzuki T350-II, 1971. Nothing fancy but went like stink! Remember drag racing a friend on a Kawa 350 triple, middle of the day, residential street, up to 160k! Ahh, the impetuousity of youth....
Third & fourth: Suzuki GT550 two stroke triple circa 1975. Once again: pretty advanced for its day. Note exhaust for the middle cylinder splitting in two for symmetry (and 25kg extra weight!) Did not have anywhere near the Kawa 500 Mach 1 triple performance, but it did have my first electric starter on a bike (still had a kick starter as well just in case...) and first hydraulic disk brake. Setting the timing: nightmare! Three sets of points: first time I did it it took me two hours. Twentieth time: 10 minutes! My wife & I did 1,500km over two days on this...
No pics of my first Honda: 1980 CB900F. Loved it though!
Last pic: 1983 Honda CB1100F. Great bike as well: not much faster than the 900 but much smoother (engine mounted on rubbers), more torque (for two up riding) and fancy anti-dive on front fork. The 900 had air front forks but had two seperate valves to pressurise it. The 1100 took it one better and had a line joining the two so you did not have to struggle to balance them. Our daughter in the pic is now a grown woman and we are.... somewhat less young.
Biking is fun!