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Old 05-06-2019, 11:55 AM
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? Anyone else here ride or wrench on them ? .
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Old 05-07-2019, 03:32 PM
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Want to buy a 1975 Z1B? 9100 orig. miles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQNwVQcmJVY
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? Anyone else here ride or wrench on them ? .
Had an old uncle with a Puch 175 split single two stroke - it was an interesting bike to ride and fix too.
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Old 05-07-2019, 05:36 PM
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Purchased and sold a batch of new Jawa and CZ motocycles years ago. They were dirt cheap to buy and usually required minor work to get then to run when received.

First bike I repaired was a Enfield 350 single I believe. Rebore and new piston and rings was 17.00 back in that day. The papers classified ads were full of used motorcycles. I wish for example I had tried a sunbeam with a drive system setup like a car.

Those were the days when in general motorcycles were not the rockets they became. The last bike I rode.. The handlebars where tilted back a little. When I gave it some gas in first gear it really was a job to even hold on to the hand grips. It took a real effort to back off the throttle.

I dumped two bikes and nearly lost one. I just decided this was a little too dangerous to pursue. In the large city I came from all too many cars did not seem to see you.

Try a fast front tire flat on gravel. Sitting there picking gravel out of yourself in the aftermath. Or setting up for a ninety degree crossing of railroad tracks and the bike still jumping off sideways. I stayed on but it was close. The inertia from the S curve setup to cross those tracks at ninety degrees was not totally dissipated yet. Or at least the bike and tracks did not think so. This cars not seeing me all too often amounted to the final straw.

I had the usual attempts by dogs to get me as well. One big fellow was so experienced as I changed speed. I noticed he was too good at correcting his angle of attack. He had started his run at me from way out front. I evaluated the situation and just braked for all I was worth and stopped.

Probably in only a very few seconds initially. I knew he was going to get me otherwise.. He had it all pre calculated. This was on a back country paved road. A very smart dog in my mind. People did not keep their dogs confined in those days as much as now.

A friend and myself seriously considered doing an across the country trip with motorcycles but did not do it.
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Old 05-07-2019, 05:45 PM
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Had an old uncle with a Puch 175 split single two stroke - it was an interesting bike to ride and fix too.


Think sears robuck or whatever sold a lot of them. In the day.
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Old 05-07-2019, 06:18 PM
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I had a front flat on a gravel road once with a girl on back. Luckily i got it stopped without spilling her off.

The Mrs. and I when we first got married did two weeks on my 72 BMW R60/5 from Lafayette, to detroit, toronto, montreal, quebec city, bay of funday, down through Maine and that area, boston and up into New Hampshire. Then home. We did 4000 miles in two weeks I believe. No mechanical difficulties, but wore my brand new continental rear tire right out.

We almost got nailed by a semi switching lanes on the freeway but I managed to back off and squeeze to the left edge of the pavements.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:19 PM
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I bought a 650 Triumph TR6 shortly before ETSing from the military. Drove it from Ft. Carson, CO, to Detroit, up and about in Canada, and then back to Memphis in 1971. Had two wrecks. First saw a car run over me from behind and push me and the bike about one hundred yards with the bike sideways and me on top with the front bumper banging me from above. Next day I had a flat on the expressway; lucky it was the front tire.

By the time I reached Memphis I had two blisters on my rear end which matched two bolts that connected the seat to the bike.

I was indestructible back then. And I loved that bike.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:59 PM
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Want to buy a 1975 Z1B? 9100 orig. miles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQNwVQcmJVY

They even put that engine on snowmobiles.
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Old 05-08-2019, 09:59 AM
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Thanx Fellas ;

Like most who ride and are older, I've owned and ridden many different brands over the decades .

I'm a dedicated pavement rider, I never enjoy off roading and forget about dirt bikes .

That 1972 BMW R75/5 was a very good bike, then and now, I've had quite a few /5's and still miss my short wheel base '72 "Toaster Tank" R75/5 a lot .

My current full size Moto is a barn find 1975 BMW R60/6 ~ it has kinda small engine but it's a very nice bike only having 8,000 miles, I discovered it by accident when out of town chasing W123 parts, the seller couldn't get anyone to come up from L.A. where it's worth serious $ to poseurs and jerkhoffs who don't actually like riding and gave me a real break on the price .

These days I mostly ride Tiddlers, I've managed to survive two 'fatal' Moto accidents, the first when a gypsy cab ran me over from behind as I was waiting for a stoplight, that one crippled me badly, I can't walk well anymore but can still ride O.K. .

Then in 2017 I fell asleep in the mountains riding my Ural Solo sT and hit the granite going 40 MPH, broke more bones and spent most of that year in a wheel chair .

The comments about careless other drivers are spot on ~ one nearly killed me yesterday , used his blinker and began to change lanes without bothering to actually LOOK .

? Does anyone else ride in the rain ? .
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Old 05-08-2019, 10:49 AM
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Old 05-08-2019, 11:23 AM
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Yeah, I hear that ! .

Sliding on two wheels isn't any fun no matter what .

Back when my daily rider was a SWB '72 R75/5 BMW I was finally able to afford new Metzler 'Laser' tires, slapped them on and the next week rode in the pouring rain 35 miles to the BMW Club's monthly meet ~ that was the very first time I'd ever felt safe at speed (75) in the rain on any Moto .

Of course, I was the -only- one who rode there in the rain, I didn't bother renewing my member ship as no one ever seemed to want to actually _RIDE_ their BMW's .

Go figure .

FWIW, those Metzlers were, IIRC, 33 front and 77 rear...
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:25 AM
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I had a front flat on a gravel road once with a girl on back. Luckily i got it stopped without spilling her off.

The Mrs. and I when we first got married did two weeks on my 72 BMW R60/5 from Lafayette, to detroit, toronto, montreal, quebec city, bay of funday, down through Maine and that area, boston and up into New Hampshire. Then home. We did 4000 miles in two weeks I believe. No mechanical difficulties, but wore my brand new continental rear tire right out.

We almost got nailed by a semi switching lanes on the freeway but I managed to back off and squeeze to the left edge of the pavements.


That was quite the trip at the time. Not as many roads had been upgraded yet when we travelled.. Prices where cheap in that period and everything was different than today. Your motorcycle was a 1972. So we did a lot of trips about ten years earlier.

We were staying in the blue mountains and many other places for 2 dollars to 5 dollars a night for lodgings and some places even threw in breakfast. Gas was 5 gallons for a dollar and food on the road was cheap. Seems like yesterday but was pretty long ago now.

There were repair places seemingly everywhere as the vast majority of gas stations also did them. A time and era that will never be seen again. I know we were not aware such massive changes would occur. I feel a lot has been lost in the ensuing time until today. I was trying to visualize the changes in those ten years or more between our excursions. There would have been at least some changes I know.

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Old 05-09-2019, 12:42 AM
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You're not kidding .

I look back at how things were and how they are now .

Few who weren't there cold ever possibly understand .

$5 was dinner and a tank full of gasoline in 1972....

If course I was only making $35 a week but the rent on a small place was only $45 month and included utilities .
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BMW Moto R60/6 Barn Find, 8,000miles
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Old 05-09-2019, 06:22 AM
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It was 1976. The prices were a lot higher compared to your adventures but not too bad. It was on that trip I figured out Back Bacon was what we in the states call Canadian bacon (A major cultural fact).
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:44 AM
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Understand that I was usually living in a 500 square foot duplex most of those years, simple and cheap, not everyone had a decent paycheck back then .

It did light a fire under me to buy a house, it took me until I was in my late 20's before I bought my first house, a dump but it was mine, no landlord to tell me "! NO MOTOCYCLES AND STOP WORKING ON OLD CARS !" .
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