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
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.
I have also bought a Honda SH300, which is a great scooter but rarely sees the light of day. It was an impulse buy and I really don’t need it.
So currently I have my Jack Taylor Bike – made in 1964, my 1986 BMW R65LS, my 2020 Suzuki Address, and a 2018 Honda SH300
People are asking ludicrous prices for old tatty bikes nowadays, as long as that are old. Basically you pay about half the price of a brand new guaranteed bike for something that has been stored in someone’s shed for 10 years, unwanted and unloved until the market prices got ridiculous. What may have went for £300 two years ago now has a £4000 asking price.