Hairy Bikers and Other Petrol Heads

Discussion in 'Area 51' started by eastsidepilot, 20 March 2020.

  1. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    Did someone mention 2 Strokes .....


    The owner must have a great machine shop, this is a one off 5 cylinder jobbie....
  2. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

    Lovely. Is it one of those Allen Millyard creations?

    I think it is

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  3. Max Midnight

    Max Midnight Active Member

    It was made by Allen Millyard. Some of his other creations here ...and here.
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  4. PMP

    PMP Western Thunderer

    Might have had one or two...
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  5. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

    Is that a RD350 YPVS?
  6. PMP

    PMP Western Thunderer

    Nope, tis a 500, which kept you honest when turned up. :)
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  7. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

    Ah yes. I had a Honda VF500F as the 2 stroke power valve Yamahas were above my talent level. (I would have never admitted that at the time.)
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  8. eastsidepilot

    eastsidepilot Western Thunderer

    To be honest Nick, you've done the right thing with it, an oily rag job is ok if it's going to sit in a museum but for safety above all a rebuild is wise especially if the bike is going to have some serious use on the road, I learnt that the hard way :rolleyes: with some of the basket cases I've re-built in the past, still suffering the consequences today, and I'm sure your son, if he carries on through his lifetime on bikes, will thank you for it. It'll still be around in another 50 yrs at least.
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  9. eastsidepilot

    eastsidepilot Western Thunderer

    I notice the wise lad has fitted a steering damper, but did it make a difference ? one of my old mates nearly died on a Kwacker 2-stroke through no fault of his own.

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  10. AndyB

    AndyB Western Thunderer

    I've never been into motorcycles, so had never heard of Allen Millyard. But now I have, and as a fellow shed engineer, his Youtube videos are definitely worth watching.
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  11. Allen M

    Allen M Western Thunderer

    While waiting to cross the road (walking) I saw a hairy biker (for want of a better description) today on the ring road in Kidderminster.
    He was riding a big naked Ducati with the silencer 'removed'. As the traffic lights went green he took of like a Moto GP start, up through the gears to the next traffic island.
    But what made it was his riding gear. The mandatory helmet, tee shirt, shorts and trainers.
    Unfortunately morons like that is what make many people want to ban bikes.
    While just about every one of use has been a bit naughty at times there is sense and reason.
    Allen Morgan
  12. Boyblunder

    Boyblunder Western Thunderer

    Talking of steering dampers, I'm a great fan. As mentioned in my post about the Norton Commando on page one I think if my bike had been fitted with one I wouldn't have ended up in bed for 17 weeks back in 1972. The naughty beast had its isolastic suspension adjusted perfectly and was fitted with a a pair of almost brand new Dunlop TT100 tyres set at the recommended pressures, but the 5 gallon un-baffled tank and the rubbish frame coupled with my 9.5 stone weight at the time were a recipe for disaster as explained in this Dunlop video
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  13. fenman

    fenman Active Member

    Very interesting Robin, would have been handy to know back in my riding days.
  14. eastsidepilot

    eastsidepilot Western Thunderer

    All the years and miles I've done on bikes I could never understand riders in shorts and and T shirts, a menace only to themselves and the poor sod who had to clear up after !, it was leathers, boots and gloves for me.I'd seen the results that mates had incurred all too often.
    I've been thrown off a couple of times with the full kit on and still got gravel rash and heavy bruising, I still suffer (slightley ) from ligament damage in my knees today so your never fully protected.
    But that wouldn't want me to see bikes banned, what's more of a menace are knob's ( I've used the kindest word I'm allowed ) that drive whilst poisoned by weed and other chemicals, and they usually muller someone else.
    But you couldn't ban cars, the drug dealers need executing to my mind but then we are getting extreme so I'll leave it there.

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  15. eastsidepilot

    eastsidepilot Western Thunderer

    As Pete said would have been nice to see that back in the day. Curiously I never experienced tank slappers on my Interstate MK3 ( well not the motorcycle type anyway :D)

  16. Allen M

    Allen M Western Thunderer

    Watching the film there is, at about 3 min in a police BMW R75 with a wobble. I had for much of the mid/late 1980s a BMW R60 with the same faring (an ex police one with the holes filled) and could run up to brushing 100mph without a hint of wobble. The R75 and R60 were essentially the same bike except for engine capacity, 750cc and 600cc.
    Allen Morgan
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  17. eastsidepilot

    eastsidepilot Western Thunderer

    I had an ex-police Beamer also and never experienced anything like that shown in the film, out of all the bikes I've had I must admit it was the Japanese ( 1970's) bikes that I had any handling problems with.
  18. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    I never experienced anything like that, the only bike I had “back in those days” (1976) was a Honda 250 G5, which might have been able to do 85 or a little more with me flat on the tank behind my Rickman fairing. I got my Guzzi in 1989, but it has a damper. My Pan Euro just worked, as you’d expect, as does my BMW 650.

    Ancient vs Modern tyres?

    I’d heard talk of the infamous “tankslapper” but happily have never experienced one. I don’t recall anyone saying “lie down on the tank” as a cure. Worth knowing though.

  19. King Crab

    King Crab Member

    I can't resist this.
    Here's a picture of my Dad in about 1948.
    He has just motored over to the East coast from Manchester, with his pal Ivor ( in the background ).
    Standard gear for those days, Brylcreem, tweed jacket and a silk scarf.
    My dad had thirteen motorcycles in all, this was a favourite.
    I'd love to get my hands on one now.
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  20. Brylcreem, tweed jacket and silk scarf - that's perfectly normal isn't it?

    You flew Spitfires in shirtsleeves during the summer only a year or two before!

    Crimson Rambler