Motorcycles

This is a sort of blog of my motorcycles since about 2018. Re-reading it, it looks like my quest for my ideal bike!

 A bit of history first

Bicycles
I got my very first bicycle when I was about 11. It was a very heavy 18″ Raleigh Roadster with Rod Brakes and no gears. I loved it.
I got my second bicyle when I was 14.  It was a 21″ Raleigh Gran Sport it with 10 gears. It got stolen when I was 18.
I bought my third bike from a friend when I was 20.  It is a Jack Taylor tourer with five gears.
53 years later I still have it and still ride it.
I don’t change my favourite machines very often.

Motor cycles, Scooters
My first bike was given to me by a friend. It was a 98cc Excelsior with two gears. It was horribly unreliable.
 My next was a Lambretta LD 150cc which was my very first reliable motorised transport. I loved it.
Then followed : –

  • a 500 Triumph T100, (horrible)
  • a Lambretta GT200, (OK)
  • a Triumph T110 (great),
  • a  Norton Dominator 88 (OK),
  • a 650 Triton (made from the previous two bikes – wonderful)
  • a  500 AJS (OK)
  • a Honda CB450, (OK)
  • a 750 Norton Commando, (horrible)
  • a Kawasaki KLR600, (horrible)
  • a Honda H100 (wonderful)
  • a BMW R65LS (which I still have – wonderful),
  • and  a Honda Deauville (OK)

I was off bikes for around 10 years  then I decided to renovate my BMW.  As I had not ridden for quite a while I bought a 500cc  Royal Enfield Bullet sixty-five, to ease me back into bikes. I really liked the Bullet
I traded the Bullet in for a a Royal Enfield Himalayan. and now a Suzuki Address 110.

I was not really expecting a lot from the Suzuki.  I have had medium sized bikes (by modern standards – they used to be classed as big bikes) most of my riding life around 650cc and 50+ bhp. So a wee 113cc 9hp scooter was not going to do much.

What a surprise. It’s quick off the mark and will touch 60mph on the flat without a problem.

In the area I live the roads are quite narrow and twisty and most traffic is tootling along under 50mph.

It only weighs 100Kg. my other bike, a BMW 65RLS weighs in at over twice that.

Speed on the flat is unaffected by carrying a pillion passenger, but it is noticeable on hills. However I still seem to be able to keep up with the car in front, when there is one.

The seat height is quite low too and I can comfortably put both feet flat on the ground.  This makes it so easy to manoeuvre or to use the human powered reverse gear.
The Address is as much a revelation as my first Lambretta.  It is ideal for the roads where I live and the little 113cc 9hp engine is  enough to keep up with traffic on the roads in Cornwall – at least solo.  It reaches 60mph two up on the flat and it slows a little  on the hills.  It is so light and easily manhandled.  It is a cheap but well made scooter.

So currently I have my Jack Taylor Bike – made in 1964, my 1986 BMW R65LS, and my 2020 Suzuki Address.

What next??