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Larks
11-15-2011, 07:33 PM
Triumph "Steve McQueen" - I've always been a Bonneville fan:

http://www.instablogsimages.com/1/2011/10/27/steve_mcqueen_edition_triumph_bonneville_bike_y36n i.jpg

http://www.triumphmotorcycles.com.au/motorcycles/range/classics/bonneville/special/bonneville-t100-steve-mcqueen

The Bigfella
11-15-2011, 07:46 PM
Yeah... it'd be nice to have one in the stable... but that one's about 15th on the shopping list I reckon. I still have a bit of a hankering to do one of those long-tailed old Harleys..... but I might just convert my old Shovelhead into a knobby-shod clod thrower.

The Wild Dingo's just bought himself a bike. I did try to steer him in the right direction... but nah, by the look of it he's gone for a Hunter... a small engined Chinese chopper wannabe with ape hangers.

P-man
11-15-2011, 07:52 PM
that is nice. it makes me want to put my old Honda CB450 back together.

The Bigfella
11-15-2011, 08:01 PM
I jumped on the old BMW F650 Funduro yesterday to go shopping. After 10,000 km on the big KTM in the last 3 months it was really strange.... so gutless..... not a single wheelie in the whole trip... and to actually have mirrors where I could see detail of what was behind me.... strange.... and to only pass one other motorbike in about 20 km... really, really strange.

.... and Greg... Kate would let you, she really would.

Peter Malcolm Jardine
11-15-2011, 08:03 PM
that is nice. it makes me want to put my old Honda CB450 back together.


I love those old CB's.... they were great bikes.

The Bigfella
11-15-2011, 08:07 PM
I love those old CB's.... they were great bikes.

In their day.

P-man
11-15-2011, 08:15 PM
In their day.

that's why it's a pile of parts in the corner of the shop and i ride a 2007 Suzuki.:)

Peter Malcolm Jardine
11-15-2011, 08:16 PM
In their day.

You're talking to a guy who's newest boat is a 1965 model :D

Canoeyawl
11-15-2011, 08:24 PM
I just have this old beater here...

http://www.gunkholing.org/images/Bonneville rs(5).jpg

The Bigfella
11-15-2011, 08:25 PM
I just have this old beater here...

http://www.gunkholing.org/images/Bonneville rs(5).jpg

and that's confirmation of my original impression of the new bike...

.... the headlight is too small on the new version.

btw... where's yer mirrors?

Peter Malcolm Jardine
11-15-2011, 08:27 PM
That is a drop dead beautiful bike. 1972?

Canoeyawl
11-15-2011, 08:38 PM
It's a '74
The year they didn't make them.
650-5 speed - *note the magneto, when I got it it was flat tracker

The mirror is a short stem, must be hidden behind the headlight

LeeG
11-15-2011, 08:47 PM
Larks, I approve. I have no wife and my common sense won't let me get it. But that Ural looks cool.

Larks
11-15-2011, 08:48 PM
.... and Greg... Kate would let you, she really would.

Not while we're living on the Gold Coast she wouldn't, too many nutters on the road. So yet another good reason to leave the Gold Coast, it's only the house that's keeping us here -.

Larks
11-15-2011, 08:49 PM
I just have this old beater here...



a man of good taste!!! Nice to see that you've kept it in good condition as well!!

pefjr
11-15-2011, 09:08 PM
I just have this old beater here...

http://www.gunkholing.org/images/Bonneville%20rs%285%29.jpgBeauty, I'll take that ol beater off your hands anytime...

rbgarr
11-15-2011, 09:28 PM
I saw a blue Triumph at the Head of The Charles rowing regatta a few weeks ago and could hardly take my eyes off it.

It reminded me that I gotta get me one of those Triumph t-shirts Jack Nicholson wore in 'Five Easy Pieces'. Remember the scene with 22 year old Sally Struthers? H-O-T hot.

McQueen doubled as his Nazi pursuers in the film: http://www.mcqueenonline.com/thegreatescapetriumph.htm

The Bigfella
11-15-2011, 09:45 PM
I seem to recall that there were times in that film where the bike was wearing knobbies and times where it wasn't

Larks
11-15-2011, 10:03 PM
I seem to recall that there were times in that film where the bike was wearing knobbies and times where it wasn't

Yep, I'm pretty sure it had knobbies for the jump. But that's probably because they wouldn't let Steve McQueen do the jump so some pussy stuntman wanted a different set-up to do it.

The Bigfella
11-15-2011, 10:06 PM
I caught most of that movie when channel surfing a few months back... its still a good watch.

Larks
11-15-2011, 10:13 PM
Mind you, just googling it comes up with this:

http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l7m1ulow5s1qczyjso1_500.jpg

http://www.tunc.biz/hogs_steve_mcqueen.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_s77XPQZjRl0/TA6auKPZlwI/AAAAAAAAGto/tl4WjjgEHBc/s400/mcqueen.jpg

so maybe they were on it throughout

purri
11-15-2011, 10:16 PM
Weren't quite a pussy t'was Bud Ekins, a REAL racer and the bike pics above show an alloy barrel and head T100 with swingarm, certainly post 53.

The Bigfella
11-15-2011, 10:17 PM
Only on the rear here

http://www.speedzilla.com/forums/attachments/street-track/16794d1217348549-steve-mcqueen-mcqueen2-thumb.jpg

The Bigfella
11-15-2011, 10:23 PM
Just found this....


The nationality of a few of the prisoners in the story was changed, emphasizing American, and de-emphasizing Commonwealth and other Allied.



Who'd a thought that Hollywood would stoop so low?

Oops... sorry for the drift...

purri
11-15-2011, 10:40 PM
^naturellement MW!

Nanoose
11-15-2011, 10:50 PM
Triumph "Steve McQueen" - I've always been a Bonneville fan:

http://www.instablogsimages.com/1/2011/10/27/steve_mcqueen_edition_triumph_bonneville_bike_y36n i.jpg

http://www.triumphmotorcycles.com.au/motorcycles/range/classics/bonneville/special/bonneville-t100-steve-mcqueen

Dave agrees...and his wife says "go for it!" :)

Gerarddm
11-15-2011, 11:31 PM
Actually a few years back Metisse came out with an actual clone of the old McQueen bike, old TR6 motors in a Rickman frame, etc. Exquisite. As new. $18,000 and it was yours.

That modern version is blaugh in comparison.

PeterSibley
11-15-2011, 11:38 PM
Not bad at all Greg, I took one for a ride a while ago from the Triumph dealer in Nerang . A Bonneville , same motor as your choice I'd say .Very pleasant , lots of torque ... nothing compared to Ian's machine of course but he's an adrenaline junkie !:D

He's right about the headlight though .:D

If I get another bike it will be lighter and slower,I've found speed just doesn't interest me .


Triumph "Steve McQueen" - I've always been a Bonneville fan:

http://www.instablogsimages.com/1/2011/10/27/steve_mcqueen_edition_triumph_bonneville_bike_y36n i.jpg

http://www.triumphmotorcycles.com.au/motorcycles/range/classics/bonneville/special/bonneville-t100-steve-mcqueen

RFNK
11-16-2011, 12:01 AM
Ah Greg, this is a dilemma we have in common, among others I suspect! Breaking my leg last year didn't do much to help my case!
Rick

purri
11-16-2011, 12:19 AM
IIRC the 68-69 Bonnies at abt 380lbs dry were the ducks guts if blueprinted and the PoD lectrickery set to rights with a CD ignition. The oil in frame models 71 on? became a bit porky and the conical front brake didn't as well as prior.

The current incarnation is a real porker through the twisties though capacity at abt 800cc makes up for some deficiencies.

Horses for courses really.

Lew Barrett
11-16-2011, 12:31 AM
http://www.speedzilla.com/forums/attachments/street-track/16794d1217348549-steve-mcqueen-mcqueen2-thumb.jpg

What's wrong with this picture?

Larks
11-16-2011, 12:38 AM
Not much at all really!;):D

Lew Barrett
11-16-2011, 12:40 AM
He's on the wrong side of the bike by today's standards!

Larks
11-16-2011, 12:42 AM
He's on the wrong side of the bike by today's standards!

That's only because he's American. :D

However if you are actually being serious, I take it you haven't ridden many dirt bikes?:confused:

Lew Barrett
11-16-2011, 12:14 PM
You are right. I know the cornering technique is precisely opposite than street riding (to increase traction). Just looks wrong to me! Also, the bike is filthy.

fishrswim
11-16-2011, 12:23 PM
Just stop blaming it on your wife, and if you really want one go get it. As I say 'they sell em at the store". Life's too short to wait for the good stuff.

Ted Hoppe
11-16-2011, 01:29 PM
Ask yourself... "What would Steve McQueen do?"

I never have found a woman complaining that her man acted to manly or decisive. Being a strong man with bold, adventurous actions excite a woman's imagination of what her man is and does. The bold actions also will have some pleasant consequences :rolleyes:

just make sure she feels and gets the Ali Macgraw treatment... i.e. A nice little bling, a pair of stylish boots, a decent jacket, a good date out and even a new fresh helmet to ride on the back with her boyfriend husband. don't wait too long and have A picnic for two on the new bike... It does wonders for everyone involved.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-qr2niAme7qg/TXUI3FN00qI/AAAAAAAAAi4/qPowdHLTM1M/ali-macgraw-04.jpg
http://theselvedgeyard.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/picture_324-jpg.jpeg?w=600&h=889

cathouse willy
11-16-2011, 02:40 PM
I can offer this one a 2001 (first year of the "new" Bonny) Its been well cared for

http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb368/cathousewilly/2011_1015bonneville0014-1.jpg

http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb368/cathousewilly/2011_1015bonneville0011-1.jpg

Gerarddm
11-16-2011, 02:54 PM
Yeh, give me a 69-70 TR6, drop a Morgo 750 big bore kit onto it, street tracker par excellence. O yum.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
11-16-2011, 03:37 PM
It's a '74
The year they didn't make them.
650-5 speed - *note the magneto, when I got it it was flat tracker

The mirror is a short stem, must be hidden behind the headlight

Which gearbox sprocket? - I had a 72 O.I.F. T120V - and couldn't run a tall enough final drive without resorting to machine tools.

Larks
11-16-2011, 03:54 PM
I gather some of you guys don't have a great deal of respect for your wife's opinions and worries???

I trust in the "happy wife happy life" adage. The only reason she's not keen on me having another bike is because the drivers on the Gold Coast are complete nutters and we've seen too many serious bike accidents where experienced riders have been killed or injured through the stupidity of others and as a psychologist she's had to deal with the wash up.

I doubt that she'd actually try to stop me buying one but I know that it would worry her tremendously, why would you do that to someone you love?

PeterSibley
11-16-2011, 04:02 PM
I suggested selling the BeeM recently Greg, just to put the money into a better car .Carol said no, hang onto the bike ... but then I ride mainly around the hills.The coast is no pleasure to ride anyway ..... as you say, too much traffic .

isla
11-16-2011, 05:41 PM
It's a '74
The year they didn't make them.
650-5 speed - *note the magneto, when I got it it was flat tracker

The mirror is a short stem, must be hidden behind the headlight

Lovely bike. I had one in the UK, built 1974 or 1975, at the time the Meriden workers occupied the factory. They needed to get some bikes produced quickly, so they put 650 engines in the new 750 oil-in-frames. I wish I still had mine.

isla
11-16-2011, 05:43 PM
Triumph "Steve McQueen" - I've always been a Bonneville fan:

http://www.instablogsimages.com/1/2011/10/27/steve_mcqueen_edition_triumph_bonneville_bike_y36n i.jpg

http://www.triumphmotorcycles.com.au/motorcycles/range/classics/bonneville/special/bonneville-t100-steve-mcqueen

No doubt a lovely bike, but this is the real McCoy..

http://www.islawoodcraft.co.uk/forum/bonny.jpg

stevebaby
11-16-2011, 06:04 PM
Ask yourself... "What would Steve McQueen do?"


http://theselvedgeyard.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/picture_324-jpg.jpeg?w=600&h=889Some background on Steve McQueen when he represented the US in the 1964 International Six Day Trials.
http://federicodecalifornia.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/mcqueen-america-take-on-the-world-isdt-%E2%80%A2-east-germany-1964/

reddog
11-16-2011, 07:03 PM
I let my wife buy this:
http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp346/killick/Motorcycles/2051190_20.jpg
1996 Yamaha Virago 535.
And she let me buy this:
http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp346/killick/IMG_1262.jpg
2006 Suzuki DL 650 'Wee' Strom.

Earl

Peter Malcolm Jardine
11-16-2011, 07:10 PM
I have this on the bucket list:


http://www.indian-motorcycles.com/forum/aspjpeg_resize.asp?Path=http://www.indian-motorcycles.com/uploads/images/Specialx1/ZBE_chief.jpg&Size=300

LeeG
11-16-2011, 07:12 PM
I gather some of you guys don't have a great deal of respect for your wife's opinions and worries???

I trust in the "happy wife happy life" adage. The only reason she's not keen on me having another bike is because the drivers on the Gold Coast are complete nutters and we've seen too many serious bike accidents where experienced riders have been killed or injured through the stupidity of others and as a psychologist she's had to deal with the wash up.

I doubt that she'd actually try to stop me buying one but I know that it would worry her tremendously, why would you do that to someone you love?

convertible sports car, you can't go wrong

Dan McCosh
11-16-2011, 07:17 PM
A former rider:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_YFp3CDcU4Oc/THrYAti93xI/AAAAAAAAAbI/tXpzD9kOfSo/s400/marlon_triumph.jpg

purri
11-16-2011, 07:18 PM
I have this on the bucket list:


http://www.indian-motorcycles.com/forum/aspjpeg_resize.asp?Path=http://www.indian-motorcycles.com/uploads/images/Specialx1/ZBE_chief.jpg&Size=300
48 Chief?

The Bigfella
11-17-2011, 12:22 AM
Go on, go the whole hog....

http://www.myunusual.com/Pix/Biker pix/overdone bike.jpg

purri
11-17-2011, 12:31 AM
more like the whole kimono...

stevebaby
11-17-2011, 12:34 AM
Go on, go the whole hog....

http://www.myunusual.com/Pix/Biker pix/overdone bike.jpgHe wouldn't want to get a flat rear tyre.

The Bigfella
11-17-2011, 12:36 AM
He wouldn't want to encounter a corner either....

Incidentally, I just found a fabulous bit of kit for my bike, which doesn't have a centrestand, its an adjustable rod that forms a defacto centrestand in conjunction with the sidestand... light, cheap, great thinking.

Geno
11-17-2011, 01:19 AM
I have a 1977 GS750,

Bessie is her name.

Just an old bike that didn't cost a lot.
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i209/Geno67/Bessie.jpg

PeterSibley
11-17-2011, 02:21 AM
I'm still trying to get my head around that ! It's a wonderful world :D.


Go on, go the whole hog....

http://www.myunusual.com/Pix/Biker%20pix/overdone%20bike.jpg

stevebaby
11-17-2011, 02:24 AM
http://i.minus.com/j6QPlHUixq06s.jpg (http://min.us/l6QPlHUixq06s)
http://i.minus.com/jbnzbea12illOn.jpg (http://min.us/lbnzbea12illOn)
http://i.minus.com/j82lIpJwhmi8y.JPG (http://min.us/l82lIpJwhmi8y)

If I coiud only have one bike it would be these three, maybe a TZ350 to park in the hallway for show..

PeterSibley
11-17-2011, 02:34 AM
Is that a Thruxton or a Clubman ?

stevebaby
11-17-2011, 02:44 AM
http://www.centralmotorcycles.com.au/shop/item/velocette-mk2-venom-clubman
It fooled me...I thought it was a Thruxton but apparently it's a Clubman modified to look like a Thruxton.
Only $AUD22500. Bargain! :D

PeterSibley
11-17-2011, 02:59 AM
I rode a mate's Venom Clubman a few times when I was a young bloke, a brilliant bike that performed far better than the specs would indicate .

purri
11-17-2011, 03:54 AM
http://www.centralmotorcycles.com.au/shop/item/velocette-mk2-venom-clubman
It fooled me...I thought it was a Thruxton but apparently it's a Clubman modified to look like a Thruxton.
Only $AUD22500. Bargain! :D

Sheesh, I remember when Burglars and Stealers had Venom Thruxtons at $AUD998. Lucky I didn't as the after sales service wasn't.

stevebaby
11-17-2011, 04:35 AM
Sheesh, I remember when Burglars and Stealers had Venom Thruxtons at $AUD998. Lucky I didn't as the after sales service wasn't.I think I mentioned before that a mate bought one of the last Thruxtons built. I can't remember what he paid for it but I do remember that it was expensive compared to ,say, a Kwaka 500. Every one told him that he could have bought a Honda 4 for less but he had to have that Velo. He was a third year apprentice when he bought it. Unfortunately he rode it into a brick wall at speed with fatal results for him and the bike.
I haven't seen one for years but I still remember the glorious exhaust note and the quality of the paint work.
If I ever own one, I'll just sit and look at it...and look, and look, and look...:D

The Bigfella
11-17-2011, 05:05 AM
Well, if you want one of those sort of things... a mate of mine brings several containers a year in... full of stuff like that. Actually, he's got a Moto Morini on fleabay at the moment IIRC

purri
11-17-2011, 05:30 AM
I'd put it that the Moto Morini 500 was the best iteration of that capacity. Sweet as!

The Bigfella
11-17-2011, 05:32 AM
Yeah... just went looking for it, must've finished today

Ted Hoppe
11-17-2011, 10:55 AM
If your wife won't let you buy that Triumph... she might as well hire this Triumph rig for a couple of hours for your final ride when you need to get here to there. (there are other brands of choice as well):)
http://www.lymn.co.uk/index.cfm/page/ranges.rangedetail.cfm/id/30/navid/34
http://www.lymn.co.uk/images/content/ranges/vehicles/Triumph 2009.JPG

And for our larger American friends who may need a bit more room, boom and zoom...

http://www.schluppucak.com/images/don_on_cycle_bandanna.jpg

Ted Hoppe
12-31-2011, 10:35 AM
Ran across this video. Some are posers and some are not. but the thing that struck me was the beauty of such machines that has the power to make one happy.

http://vimeo.com/sgtoepfer/itsbetterinthewind

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
12-31-2011, 11:42 AM
If you want to be real picky about which heads turn....
There's a guy in town has one of these
http://www.teknikka.com/Blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/suzuki_re5_aacme_1024.jpg

rogue
12-31-2011, 12:55 PM
I had a '73 Daytona 500 for about 8 years that was a fun bike...My current ride is this GL1000 hack rig; I like it because I can bring the dog, carry oars, and a jug of fuel, etc. when I head to the boat. I'm getting about 30mpg , which beats my truck by a long shot!
http://i622.photobucket.com/albums/tt307/blcrow/DSCF0043.jpg
http://i622.photobucket.com/albums/tt307/blcrow/DSCF0025.jpg

The Bigfella
12-31-2011, 04:24 PM
Great video Ted. Just watched it with the missus

Ted Hoppe
12-31-2011, 05:25 PM
Great video Ted. Just watched it with the missus

I knew you and yours would appreciate it. I always look forward to hearing the moments of the extraordinary when away from one's comfort zone.

for those who think about life this year. we chose how to make moments count or waste. I cannot tell you how I love to feel each moment whether fixing and sailing my boat or tinkering & riding with my bike on sections of road to places, smells and awarenesses on my adventures.

The Bigfella
12-31-2011, 05:44 PM
It even prompted the Missus to ask me what my plans are for the year. I think it took all of about 60 minutes to convince her that the plan isn't a plan. "I want to have a look at.... and.... and...."

rogue
12-31-2011, 07:44 PM
Heaven for me is riding to the boat on the hack...it doesn't get too much better than that...:)