Early eighties

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tigerbob
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Early eighties

Post by tigerbob » Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:11 pm

A friend just happened to post this pic on her facebook page. Although I'm not in it, it shows a mate's chopped BSA that I was just thinking about the other day. I haven't seen most of these guys for about 20 years. The FB was bought for $300. Wish I could get one for that price now...

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tigerbob
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Post by tigerbob » Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:20 pm

Just came across a better pic of the bike taken probably a little earlier in the day:

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Post by Cromag » Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:53 pm

Great Lookin Bike.
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Bacca

Post by Bacca » Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:14 pm

Cool Beesa

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Post by Prof » Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:15 pm

Yep great pics... was a different era... no billet or fancy machining and basically just buiding bikes to ride and be dfferent on.
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Post by tigerbob » Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:08 am

Back then, BSAs were the poor cousin that nobody seemed to want which made this bike all the more unique. I only got a lift on it once but it was through "The Gorge" after a swim in Kangaroo Creek Dam on a particularly hot Adelaide summer's day. Just a wet pair of jeans, a thin indian shirt, no helmet- just cruising down the Gorge Rd... Ah, the good old days!
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'73 TR6 Tiger - chopper under construction
'71 T140v Bonneville

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Re: Early eighties

Post by Prof » Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:22 pm

Put this pic up on our home page... I try to change home page photos every month or so.
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Re: Early eighties

Post by El Skitzo » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:09 am

That's for sharing the pics, and the inspiration.

I'm aiming for more of an 80's look with my bike and will be remounting my fat bob rear fender similar to that one shortly as the first step.

Love it 8)
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Re: Early eighties

Post by Prof » Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:09 am

The FatBob HD rear guard style was based on a style popularised in early 70's by Arlen Ness... used to use a lucas style taillight in it.

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But I think the Ness style as in this pic is far better looking.
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Re: Early eighties

Post by KBG » Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:37 pm

That back gard on Bob Abrews bike ( a fine sample of a Nor Cal bike) is made from a flh front gard with extensive mods not a Ness gard.
Just being picky :wink:
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Re: Early eighties

Post by Prof » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:56 pm

I was just trying to find something in a hurry to give the idea... but appreciate the correction... have the mag this pic comes from but would have taken too long to find.
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Re: Early eighties

Post by tigerbob » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:18 pm

Here's a few more early - mid 80s shots I've just come across. They're not choppers but a few of the bikes we had in our teens in Adelaide.

A Daytona that passed through the hands of 3 mates, this being the 3rd from original owner. It was originally used as a trials bike so the tank, seat wheels, guards etc were brand new when sold to the 2nd owner.
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A 71 or 72 bonny. One of 2 mates that had bonnys with breadbox tanks.
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BSA lightning. I don't know anything about this bike...
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73 Commando that was bought as an import from the US in about '84. It was basically stock with a set of tall apes. Passed through the hands of 3 mates & is still owned by the last one.
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84 S2 Mille 1000 bought new and being sunk to the engine cases in the dirt at Ponde 1984. Not sure where the fairing is.
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The finish line of the sand drags. Trying to get a good photo without a zoom lens was a bit tricky.
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'73 TR6 Tiger - chopper under construction
'71 T140v Bonneville

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Re: Early eighties

Post by Prof » Sun Aug 26, 2012 4:54 pm

Ducati pic brings back memories... we used to have a great time breaking in our new road bikes in local paddocks and four wheel drive tracks. When camping in sandy places we'd dig holes for our rubbish with spinning back wheels... 5x16 avons were nice and blocky and did a good digging job.
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