Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Scottish Motorcycle Show - Footnotes

Ok, I promise that this is the last Bike Show related post.

Mystery Bike

In my first post I included a photo of an old bike that wasn't all it seemed. The engine is from a Yamaha XV250 Virago (I think). Well done to Andrew Thompson who identified it in the original posting. I was thrown off a bit because the chrome cylinder head covers had been removed.

And finally,

As we left the show we found a guy in the motorcycle parking area struggling at the front of his Kawasaki ER5. He had attached an old combination padlock to his front disc and the thing refused to come off. He said he would phone his recovery service.

Malcolm emailed me later to say that after I departed the guy's recovery service refused to help because there wasn't anything wrong with the bike. He then went back into the show and bought a pair of bolt cutters and some bungee cords. All's well that ends well.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Scottish Motorcycle Show - More Classics

I love the Kawasaki Two stroke triples - a 750…

…and a 250.

Suzuki GT750

Yamaha RD500

Honda CB400 Four

Honda CB750F

Yamaha XS650

Yamaha FS1E "Fizzie" 50cc moped

BSA Hurricane

Dave Newman's Jawa 350 Twin - Red Style indeed!

Post Office BSA Bantam. These were used to deliver telegrams. They were mostly ridden by junior postmen aged 16-18. They were restricted to 30 mph but the boys found ways of defeating this. They operated until the mid '70's.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Scottish Motorcycle Show - Long Distance Hondas

There were a couple of round-the-world Hondas at the show.

Firstly this unassuming CD175.

Its story

That's a long way to go!

But who needs a 175cc twin to go round the world? Nathan Millward did it on a CT110 "Postie bike". This is a version of the Cub developed for the Australian postal service.

We had a chance to chat to Nathan who was selling his travel books.

Nathan on his travels

Postie bike in action

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Scottish Bike Show - Old Friends

Some examples of my past bikes were on show.

BSA Bantam D7. I feel guilty when I see a Bantam. I killed one in 1974 by throwing it into a skip (dumpster) I was given it free and got it going but then bought……..

…..a Yamaha CS5E. I was pleased to see this excellent example of my first bike (I used on the road)

It was in perfect condition. But there was a reason for this……

The title is wrong. The bike is a CS5, the CS3 was its predecessor and the RD200 its successor.

I had a GT500, this is an earlier T500 with twin discs in place of the original drum.

GT café racer

TR500 racer based on the T500

Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo

I'll add a few of my brother Norman's past bikes that he will remember with varying degrees of affection

MZ TS250

Honda CD175 - His first bike. We fell of it with me riding (maybe Castle St in Glasgow?) when I tried to slow down on cobbles. I remember sliding along the road on my front with my chin scraping along the ground and Norman clinging onto by back. I've still got the scar. More on this bike later…. 

Honda CB200 - I still remember him cursing the cable operated front disc brake

Yamaha SR500

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Scottish Motorcycle Show - Italians

Some of the interesting Italian classics at the show.

Tour in style - a Moto Guzzi V7 850GT

Moto Guzzi Falcone 500

Moto Guzzi V50 Monza

A new one on me - a Guzzi 400GTS - the engine is distinctly Honda

Guzzi 250TS two stroke twin

Ducati Pantah

Moto Morini

Laverda 3C - note Brembo four pot caliper conversion

What a look! a gorgeous MV Agusta Monza

Harley Davidson, Italian? - a SS125 made by Aermacchi

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Scottish Motorcycle Show

The Scottish Motorcycle show was held this weekend at the Ingliston Showground near Edinburgh. I hadn't been for a few years and with decent weather it was a very enjoyable day 

Many folk came on their bikes

Malcolm tries a Honda CB650F

The Royal Enfield Himalayan 400cc adventure bike

The KTM Duke 390 looks like fun.

I wasn't really that interested by the new bikes on show, I spent my time in the classics hall. I'll start with the dirt bikes.

A pair of Triumph twin scramblers

A Rickman BSA Victor

A CZ Trail (175cc?)

Yamaha IT175

Ok this isn't a dirt bike, but it's a dirty bike. It looks like an unrestored oldie, but….Magna De Bon, Paris? There was a manufacturer Magnat-Debon based in Grenoble….

….and that engine isn't right. An overhead cam? I think it started life somewhere else. Any guesses?

More show stuff on the way