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Re: Internet Motorcycle Photos
« Reply #30 on: February 17, 2017, 07:47:32 am »
How about some not so ancient history and a bike we have actually heard of?  This bike is from the year I was born which is old enough.

I love my Hondas but I've always thought the Yamaha Vmax looked badass.

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« Reply #31 on: February 17, 2017, 09:41:15 pm »
How about some not so ancient history and a bike we have actually heard of?  This bike is from the year I was born which is old enough.

I love my Hondas but I've always thought the Yamaha Vmax looked badass.



You like Mr. Max too?  So do I and you can read the little piece I wrote about the “badass” V-max here:  http://easttnbikers.com/index.php?topic=6962.0   (scroll down...I think it’s near the bottom of the first page of posts.)
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« Reply #32 on: February 17, 2017, 09:56:13 pm »
Unlike a lot of sports like NASCAR or baseball, Grand Prix racing isn't called off if it rains.  This great photo shows the current MotoGP champ, Marc Marquez, on his Honda in the wet.  It has always surprised me how well tyres can grip in the rain and on the track racers can achieve lap times pretty close to their dry track times.  The challenge is trusting those tyres!  Looking at that lean angle Marc is doing a good job.

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« Reply #33 on: February 18, 2017, 09:41:55 am »
Amazed they race under those conditions.

Damp Roads make me nervous---I think just the thought of loss of traction affects what little ability I have and makes me more at risk. The only saving thing is I SLOW IT DOWN A BIT. 
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« Reply #34 on: February 18, 2017, 02:24:38 pm »
Amazed they race under those conditions.

Damp Roads make me nervous---I think just the thought of loss of traction affects what little ability I have and makes me more at risk. The only saving thing is I SLOW IT DOWN A BIT.

In road racing rain is often seen as the great equalizer since big buck higher performing machines can't easily use their higher performance.  So a wet race often gives racers on slower bikes a chance in conditions that make rider skill more important than having better machinery.



Makoto Tamada - 2004 Camel Honda team on a Honda RC211V


Eddie Lawson - 1985 Defending World Champion on the Yamaha YZR500
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« Reply #35 on: February 18, 2017, 04:17:35 pm »
A wet race can be one of best since you never now what to expect.Everything is up in the air.
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« Reply #36 on: February 18, 2017, 08:48:09 pm »
A wet race can be one of best since you never now what to expect.Everything is up in the air.

Very true.  The Assen race last year was exactly like that with an unknown Aussie racer winning his first ever GP as bigger name talent crashed out.
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« Reply #37 on: February 20, 2017, 12:13:15 am »
The Honda CBX was produced by Honda from 1978 to 1982. The bike was something of a technology demonstrator for Honda and with its 1047cc six cylinder engine making 105 hp it was Honda’s flagship.  The star of the show was that marvelous engine but the complexity of the motor also made the CBX expensive to manufacture. The CBX got favorable reviews in the motorcycling press but was outsold and somewhat outperformed by cheaper alternatives like Suzuki’s GS1100 and Honda’s own CB900F.


Even so, these days the CBX is a collectors item and a good one will bring a pretty good price.  I wouldn’t mind one in my garage, except when it came time to adjust those 24 valves.




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« Reply #38 on: February 20, 2017, 02:02:09 pm »


You like Mr. Max too?  So do I and you can read the little piece I wrote about the “badass” V-max here:  http://easttnbikers.com/index.php?topic=6962.0   (scroll down...I think it’s near the bottom of the first page of posts.)

Good writeup on the Vmax.  If you're taking orders I can think of some other motorcycles I'd like to know about.  Just curious, how old is the bike you ride?
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« Reply #39 on: February 20, 2017, 08:13:03 pm »
Good writeup on the Vmax.  If you're taking orders I can think of some other motorcycles I'd like to know about.  Just curious, how old is the bike you ride?

Sure, let's hear them, I can probably dig something up and perhaps I'll already know something about your picks.

As for what I ride, up to my recent move back to the U.S. I would have said my normal rides are a '91 BMW K100RS and '79 Suzuki GS1000S in the US and a '97 Suzuki Bandit overseas.  But the Bandit is still in shipping boxes and the Beemer and Suzy broke right after I got back.  I've been busy putting my life in Tennessee together but as things are calming down on that front I can now turn my hand to getting a bike on the road.   I'll probably have the '79 GS-S on the road first.
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« Reply #40 on: February 20, 2017, 11:18:18 pm »



Beryl Swain was a British motorcycle racer and rode for a few years in the late 50s and early 60s.  She was the first woman to compete at the Isle of Man.  The racing authorities of the day moved to eliminate women racers feeling that racing was too dangerous for women to take part in.  They banned Swain by the simple expedient of establishing a minimum weight for racers that was lower than any male racer but higher than Swain’s. Unfortunately her racing license was pulled just as she was getting ready to move up to larger bikes so we’ll never know how she might have done on bigger and faster bikes.  But Beryl Swain gets the last laugh as she’s firmly in the history books as the first female solo TT racer and is prominently displayed on the TT organizers web page.


Swain at the 1962 Isle of Man TT races




Here’s a short news clip about her: 





Here’s her obituary from the Times:

From The Times (UK)
June 5, 2007

Beryl Swain
The first woman solo motorcyclist to finish in a TT race
In an era when riding a motor-bike was not thought to be a terribly
ladylike occupation, Beryl Swain became, in 1962, the first woman solo
rider to negotiate the notorious Isle of Man Tourist Trophy course in
an official event.

That year she rode her Italian Itom 50cc Racer into 22nd place in a
field of 25 in a TT race round the notorious 37-mile mountain road
course, which has claimed many lives and inflicted fearful injuries
over the years.

It was the first year in which the 50cc Ultra Lightweight class had
been granted world championship status, and the class was to prove
immensely popular. But this was not, alas, to be the start of an
international career for Swain. Feeling that Isle of Man TT racing was
far too dangerous for solo women, the sport's ruling body moved
swiftly, and revoked her international licence, effectively putting
paid to thoughts of a career at that level.

Born and bred in Walthamstow, where she went to school, Beryl Tolman
worked as a senior secretary at P&O in the City before her marriage in
1959 to Eddie Swain, the owner of a motorcycle repair business.

From that point her passion for bikes developed rapidly. A member of
several motorcycle clubs, she became a keen competitor in events at
Brands Hatch and Snetterton. The 50cc class was to be ideal for her,
but she also flirted with 500cc bikes at Hackney Wick speedway.

After the end of her racing career she went to work for Sainbury's,
and was for many years a departmental manager at branches around the
London area. In retirement she lived in Woodford, Essex, and then
Epping. An outgoing character, she was secretary to WI local branches
and helped to organise meals on wheels for the elderly.

Latterly she had suffered from Alzheimer's disease. There were no
children of her marriage, which was dissolved.

Beryl Swain, racing motorcyclist and supermarket manager, was born on
January 22, 1936. She died on May 15, 2007, aged 71
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« Reply #41 on: February 21, 2017, 03:31:22 am »
Remember Yamaha’s Midnight Specials from the early 80s?  The idea was simple and straightforward.  Take your standard street bike and give it a restyle with more cruiser-like styling to create the "Special".  Then make your "Special" models even more special by offering them with a special blacked out engine and bodywork paint job set off with gold chrome trim and call them "Midnight Specials".  They looked pretty good and sold well.  Most of the larger Yamaha street bike models available as “Specials” were also available as “Midnight Specials”. I had a chance to get a few days seat time on a XS850 Triple Midnight Special and I liked it a lot.  The engine, like a lot of three cylinder bikes, seemed to be a nice blend of multi-cylinder revs and horsepower like a four and good torque like a twin.  Here are some photos to bring back some memories:

XS1100 Midnight Special:





XV1000 Virago Midnight Special:




XS850 Midnight Special Triple:



XJ650 Maxim Midnight Special:

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« Reply #42 on: February 21, 2017, 01:30:07 pm »
A wet race can be one of best since you never now what to expect.Everything is up in the air.

Marc,

I ran across another couple of great racing in the rain photos.  One is of the great Aussie 5 time World Champ, Mick Doohan.  The other is of the current MotoGP Champ, Marc Marquez.


Mick Doohan

Marc Marquez
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« Reply #43 on: February 21, 2017, 05:48:26 pm »
I remember lusting after the Specials.I had the baby of them.A 185 Exciter.Nice bikes in their day.Rain racing sure proves throttle control and overall control of the bike and like you said is a great equalizer with the big boys allowing lesser bikes to be more equal.
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« Reply #44 on: February 22, 2017, 11:07:59 am »
Sure, let's hear them, I can probably dig something up and perhaps I'll already know something about your picks.

As for what I ride, up to my recent move back to the U.S. I would have said my normal rides are a '91 BMW K100RS and '79 Suzuki GS1000S in the US and a '97 Suzuki Bandit overseas.  But the Bandit is still in shipping boxes and the Beemer and Suzy broke right after I got back.  I've been busy putting my life in Tennessee together but as things are calming down on that front I can now turn my hand to getting a bike on the road.   I'll probably have the '79 GS-S on the road first.

How about something about the Valkerie?  I like Honda cruisers and it is one even if it has a pretty strange looking engine.

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« Reply #45 on: February 22, 2017, 11:16:58 am »
Meanwhile, back in Britain and way before Bluetooth.....


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« Reply #46 on: February 22, 2017, 11:21:40 am »
How about something about the Valkerie?  I like Honda cruisers and it is one even if it has a pretty strange looking engine.

Valkyries?  Interesting bikes.  Sure, let me look around and see what i can find as far as good photos.  (Careful what you say about Valks...they have enthusiastic supporters!)
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« Reply #47 on: February 23, 2017, 01:14:21 pm »
Movie stars and celebrities on bikes.  (And why is Triumph the most frequent bike of choice?)


A different horse?  Duke on a Honda SL350




Ann-Margret is a keen motorcyclist with a fondness for Triumph. In the 1970s she was featured in a lot of Triumph ads for obvious reasons.


Mary Poppins on a Beemer!  Julie Andrews on a R60/2 in the early 60s.


Rita Hayworth on a Triumph. 


You could do a complete album of just photos of Steve McQueen on bikes.  Here he is competing in the 1964 ISDT.  On a Triumph of course.


Elvis liked bikes too and was fond of full dress Harleys.  Here he is out for a ride with friends.


Bob Dylan on a Triumph, which he famously crashed.


All around petrol head Jay Leno often turns up at LA area bike events on something interesting from his 100+ bike collection.  Here he is with a 1920s Scott Flying Squirrel which he rode to the event.


Marlon Brando and his co-star Yvonne Doughty on the set of The Wild One, the movie that caused American bikers so much trouble.  Notice the Matchless "M" symbol has been turned upside down?


Paul McCartney.  (another Triumph!)


Prince Harry apparently is into bikes but tries to keep a low profile.  He was stopped a while ago on his Ducati 748 during at a routine police traffic checkpoint.  The cop asked him to take off his helmet to which Harry replied, "I'd rather not."  Before the cop could answer Harry's bodyguards showed up and after realizing he'd stopped the guy third in line for the throne for no real reason the cop's next words were, "I'm very sorry."  Amazingly, not a Triumph!


Arnold Swartzenegger on an Indian.  He has others including a HD sidecar rig painted up like a army bike.


Paul Newman in the mid 60s.  On a Triumph, of course!





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« Reply #48 on: February 24, 2017, 06:42:16 pm »
After mentioning the movie The Wild One and commenting on how it helped shape attitudes about motorcyclists I thought I'd mention another one which had a different effect.  Remember these guys?

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« Reply #49 on: February 24, 2017, 09:35:24 pm »

Prince Harry apparently is into bikes but tries to keep a low profile.  He was stopped a while ago on his Ducati 748 during at a routine police traffic checkpoint.  The cop asked him to take off his helmet to which Harry replied, "I'd rather not."  Before the cop could answer Harry's bodyguards showed up and after realizing he'd stopped the guy third in line for the throne for no real reason the cop's next words were, "I'm very sorry."  Amazingly, not a Triumph!


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Definitely a Triumph in the picture of him though.
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« Reply #50 on: February 25, 2017, 06:37:56 pm »
Definitely a Triumph in the picture of him though.

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« Reply #51 on: February 25, 2017, 06:47:53 pm »
Before he was a GP god with 4 (!) World Championships to his credit Eddie Lawson was wowing the crowds in AMA Superbike on a Muzzy Kawasaki.  He was pretty successful, winning the championship and along the way selling a lot of KZ1000's for Kawasaki.  They then released a special model of the Big Zook, the KZ1000R, to mark his victory.  The bike, which was immediately dubbed the Eddie Lawson Replica, or ELR, has become one of the most collectible Kawasakis.  The final photo shows Eddie sitting on one.  I wonder though...if Eddie Lawson is sitting on it, is it still a replica or is it the real thing?


Eddie proving the big clumsy KZ1000 sometimes wasn't...at least with him riding it.


Mr. Muzzy with the bike at Elkhart Lake 1981



The REAL Eddie Lawson Replica
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« Reply #52 on: February 27, 2017, 12:34:42 am »

Kawasaki ZRX1200

Well, since I posted a pic of Steady Eddie on a ELR I might as well mention the next stage of that progression.  Meet the Kawasaki ZRX series.  The ZRX series started as 1100 and 400 models in Japan in 1995 and then the big one was imported into the US in 1997.  It didn't sell very well and was upped to 1164cc to make the ZRX1200 after a couple of years.  It was sold in the US for about 10 years but lasted a lot longer, and in several different models in Japan.  The smaller ZRX's were made in 250 or 400 models and were pretty neat little bikes.  I'd love to have a ZRX400 here in the US.  I think the final special edition ZRX was finally out of production in 2016.


Kawasaki ZRX400


ZRX400 for sale in Japan on the GooBike website


ZRX1200: Still fairly plentiful on the US used market where $5-6 K will get you a very nice
one.  These were mostly owned by older riders who took care of them
 


So, if Eddie's race bike was the original, and the street copy of that was the Eddie Lawson Replica, shouldn't this copy of the Replica be known as the Eddie Lawson Replica Replica?
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« Reply #53 on: February 27, 2017, 12:47:05 pm »
One I've always wanted to have in my garage.

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« Reply #54 on: February 28, 2017, 08:44:28 am »
Great History Study.  :21
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« Reply #55 on: February 28, 2017, 09:02:41 am »
One I've always wanted to have in my garage.

Me too!
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« Reply #56 on: March 02, 2017, 04:49:38 am »
this one's for SpareParts

HONDA VALKYRIE


Valkyrie Interstate


The Honda Valkyrie is an unusual motorcycle in a lot of ways. It was an atypical product from Honda and didn’t fit into any of the recognizable bike genres when introduced in 1997.  It seemed to be a mismatch of touring bike sourced drive train and cruiser styled chassis.  So, where and how did Honda come up with that?

Joe Boyd, that’s how and at American Honda, that’s where.  Joe Boyd was the Gold Wing guru at American Honda.  So much so that his nickname around Honda was “GL Joe”.  And it was him who was the original force behind the idea of using the GL1500 Gold Wing drive train to build a power house cruiser.  The Valkyrie was pretty much his brainchild and his baby and he rammed it though Honda’s bureaucracy.  He ran into a lot of resistance because none of the marketing experts at Honda thought such a bike would sell.  Boyd, however, was a believer in the project and used his considerable influence and charisma to force the project through. Along the way, he managed to step on a lot of toes and when the project did succeed, left a lot of hard feelings.  This led to less than whole hearted support from Honda and the Valkyrie never being marketed with quite the same sort of enthusiasm as other bikes in the line.  This in turn led to declining sales after the first three fairly successful years and the 1500cc Valks quietly died out as the parent Gold Wing line shifted from the GL1500 to the GL1800.  This could have been a chance for the Valkyrie to get a face lift with the new motor but the bike had lost its champion at Honda HQ.  Joe Boyd had been killed in an accident at a Honda test track about the same time as the new GL1800 was coming out.  With his loss the major force behind the Valkyrie project was gone too.  And so the Valk was allowed to fade from the lineup in 2003.



Valkyrie Standard


The Valkyrie name was resurrected in 2014 for a new Gold Wing model featuring cut down bodywork.  It’s an impressive bike and in some ways is the natural successor to the ‘97-’03 Valkyries.  But is other ways the new Valk is a much different proposition since it’s much more a modified Gold Wing rather than a cruiser using the Wing drive train like the original Valkyries.



New Valkyrie

Valkyrie Trivia:

The 1500cc Valkyrie engine is a horizontally-opposed six cylinder liquid cooled boxer engine transplanted from Honda's Gold Wing model but modified. In its transplant from the Gold Wing, the most notable engine changes were the camshaft and the change to 6 individual 28mm carburetors, one for each cylinder. These changes were made to increase power and torque. These changes also gave the engine a very different personality and a great exhaust note.  I remember a Valk at the Little Sturgis rally in Mississippi with a aftermarket 6 into 6 exhaust system that was gassing up at the same pump I was.  When he left he gassed it and that thing sounded like God’s own Porsche on steroids!


Only some of the 1500cc Valkyries retained the Gold Wing reverse gear.  The bikes slated for export to Japan were the only ones to get that.

The owners of Valkyries are some of the most enthusiastic guys you’ll ever meet and devoted to their bikes.  The Valk has become a real “cult classic” like the Suzuki Bandit and Yamaha’s RD series. There’s a sizable web presence and several forums with a lot of resources online for Valkyrie owners.
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« Reply #57 on: March 02, 2017, 12:49:50 pm »
That's a pretty cool story.  Thanks.

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« Reply #58 on: March 02, 2017, 05:55:29 pm »
Honda CB/CL 350s


Great bikes then, the easiest entry into vintage motorcycling now.


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« Reply #59 on: March 02, 2017, 07:07:44 pm »
I liked the Valk when it came out even if I wasn't riding at the time.A very cool bike that can be a cruiser or a very capable tourer.The CB will always be favorite amongst Honda folks.My first bike was a CB125S.As a teen I really wanted a 350 but that didn't happen.
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