Motorcycles Vans and Cars

Cars And Vans

Let's start with the less interesting cars and vans. These are the favourite vehicles I have owned in the past

VW Transporter

We had a VW transporter camper once. We had many of good times in it but it cost us a fortune to keep going so we had to get rid of it.

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Hillman Imp

My first car. A Hillman Imp

Vauxhall HA Viva Van

I had an HA Viva Van too. Very handy.

Audi Coupe

An Audi Coupe. This one cost us a fortune too. All sorts went wrong with it.

Motorcycles

Now to the good stuff, my motorcycles!

I have owned a few motorcycles over the years. My love of them started when I was 15. Nick Winter started me off with it. He had a Norton 350 Navigator that was really just a pile of scrap. He used to get it out of his shed and tear about on it now and again. This gave me the urge to own a bike of my own. For some inexplicable reason (actally, it may have been my parents that talked me out of it), I did not get one on my 16th birthday. It was just after that the law was changed and I had to wait until I was 17 before I could legally ride on the road.


BSA Bantam D14-4

Bantam 175 D14-4

On my 17th birthday (1972) I was out on the road on my BSA Bantam 175 D14-4. It only lasted 2 or 3 months. I ran into a delivery van at Marfleet as it did a U turn in front of me. The insurance I got from that paid for my next bike


Honda CD 175.

Honda CD 175

This was a good solid little bike and I used itfor quite a while before the urge took me to get another. Actually, I think it was my parents that talked me out of getting anything sporty up until now.


Suzuki GT250.

Suzuki GT 250 Suzuki GT 250 Suzuki GT250

1974. I bought it new and looked after it really well. When I sold it, it was still in showroom condition. It was a great two stroke bike.


Norton Navigator 350.

Norton Navigator 350

I then passed my test and bought Nick Winter's Norton Navigator off him. I was forever dismantling and fixing it. There was a nasty problem with a gear selector always going faulty. This photo with me sat on it was taken in 1972 before I owned it.


Suzuki GT 750 (Kettle)




These photographs were taken around 1980. As with the 250, I bought this new and therefore had an easy job keeping it in showroom condition until I had to sell it to get some money quickly when I bought a house. It always saddens me when I think that if I had not smoked then, I would not have needed to sell the bike as what I got for it equalled what I had spent on tobacco whilst saving for the house. This was one of my main reasons for stopping smoking a month or so later. I don't have any photographs of it without those awful panniers. I removed them fairly soon after buying the bike, they were a big mistake. Looked awful and rattled like mad. The lids used to fly off as I was going down the road too! Eventually, I had the tank and side panels resprayed in black with gold edging in JPS style. It looked beautiful, no photos sadly.


BSA Bantam D14-4

Around 1980 I built a BSA Bantam D14-4 from bits found all over the place. A frame that I dug out of the soil at the back of the now demolished 'Marfleet Motorcycles'. An engine I picked up from some bloke in Hull and a load of other bits from 'Temple Street' motorcycle dismantlers. One part I could not find oddly enough was the tail light and number plate assembly. I made one up from scratch out of a piece of heating ventilation system I found at work. The bike was a solid little thing that went like a rocket. At one time I let my mate Megson use it, he had it for a while and he used to really give it some hammer all over the place but it stood up to it very well. I don't remember what happened to it and I have no photographs of it either.


Honda 750 Four

honda 750 Four

After too many years, I finally managed to be able to afford another bike, a bit of a heap really but better than nothing. Sadly, I have very few photos of it. This was taken around 1990. Peter sat on the tank, he used to wait at the gate for me coming home from work so he could have a ride down the drive. He is now himself a keen motorcyclist.


1980 Honda CB 750 Custom Exclusive

Click here to see a lot more about it, it's an ongoing story with this one. A page to itself with lots of info that may be useful to other CB750 owners

At the shop

In the shop

At Home

Just for comparison. The little boy sat on the tank of the Honda 750F is now sat on the seat of the 750C






Taken 13/03/2002

My Lads and I on a Ride

We have not done this often. On 23 Sept 2007 (was it really that long ago?) I recorded a ride we had. Here it is:

 


CB1300 SAA 2014

My wife treat me to this one in 2014 to my great surprise. I think my lads talked her into it, their main argument being that if I didn't get one soon, I would be too old for it. I tried a couple of different machines that I liked the look of, fancying a TR3 until I gave one a road test that put me right off it. The CB1300 had been one of my favourites for a few years. It has turned out to be a very good choice I think. This is my favourite bike ever. She has never put a foot wrong (that was her fault that is!), it's as comfy as sitting in an arm chair. Heavy to push around the yard but as light as a feather to ride. Brakes are fantastic, it has as much acceleration as I need, low revs at high speed. She will go for ever, taking everything in her stride with me sat on her as snug as a bug in a rug.


 

In 2016 my lads plus a friend and I did a ride around taking in the Yorkshire Dales, The Lakes and The Scottish Borders. Between us, we had 3 GoPros. Here is a video of a great section with all three recordings in one, more or less synchronised:

Hardknott Pass Youtube

More Youtube stuff:

Routh to Wawne

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