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Bikes

Triumph Trophy TR5T Trail 500I’ve been riding motorcycles since age 12. I love it. I’ve ridden street bikes and dirt bikes, I’ve competed in field meets, road racing, enduros, autocross (yes, on a bike) as well as a bunch of impromptu flat track. scrambles, and motocross events.

In 1956-59, I was a Triumph dealer. Some of my favorite rides would now be treasured as collector’s items and/or cafe racers. Soon I’ll be writing more on my favorite bikes, including:

  •   46 Whizzer motorbike — engine on special-order Schwinn. Nicely done, but no brakes!
  •   48 Harley 125 — 2-stroke, rubber suspension, but nicely done
  •   49 Harley 125 — first bedazzled with chrome, later stripped as enduro bike
  •   Army Surplus Harley 45 — flat-head engine.  Shift on the tank, clutch on the foot
  •   Norton Dominator 500 twin.  Great road rider, but I turned it into a 500cc dirt bike!
  •   Triumph Trophy 500 twin — light, aluminum-block trials bike;  wonderful
  •    BSA 500 twin — fast, solid, reliable
  •    Triumph 500 twin — souped to the max by Hurtis Carr
  •    Triumph Cub 200 Scrambler — sedate when stock, rocketship when modified
  •    Ducati 250 single — good ride, solid engine, but junk electrics
  •    Yamaha 305 2-stroke twin — surprisingly fast, dead reliable
  •    73 Yamaha 100 Enduro — my son’s bike, utterly unbreakable
  •    73 Yamaha 175 Enduro — his ran so well, I had to have one too

Reply: <original was lost; talked about the rider’s favorite BMW

Reply:   jack on March 22, 2014 at 11:55 am said:

I assume that the BMW is a road cruiser sort, right? I’ve never been much for road riding, but to each his own. My favorite “big” bikes were the Norton 500 and the Triumph Thunderbird.

For dirt and enduro riding, I went much smaller. The Yamaha 175 was perfect for me. My rule is: never ride an enduro bike that’s too heavy to carry up a mountain, if you have to.

Reply:  Bruce on March 22, 2014 at 3:26 am said:

My favorite old bike was the Moto Guzzi 850 T3. It was never fast but a smooth ride and a pleasure to maintain.

If I could afford a new bike today, it might be the BMW 1200 Adventure.

Just 1 problem, I still have a liking of the simpler machine and the new bikes have too many electronics and gizmos.

Reply: jack on March 22, 2014 at 11:49 am said: I know what you mean about the gizmos. The Japanese bike builders, in particular, just don’t seem to be able to resist the temptation to add yet another light or switch.

My favorite peeve is the light to tell you what gear you’re in.  I figure, when the time comes when I can’t figure out what gear I’m in, it’s time to hang it up.

Even my favorite dirt bike, the old Yamaha 175, came with all kinds of electrics, including turn signals, the neutral indicator, etc., etc. On a DIRT bike. I must have taken off 100 pounds of wires and gizmos.

The bike ran much better after that 😉