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ZX Rider
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   Posted 8/20/2011 9:33 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
FG1 is working two jobs to make ends meet. She has to haul a bunch of stuff to work so the scooter wasn't practical for her. GD#2 is coming over and is excited to learn how to ride. She is 18 yrs old and must take a MC safety course before I cut her loose on the scooter. Going to shop for a FF carbon helmet for her. You need gear for a scooter and why so many don't wear one is just something I can't understand. In my youth days I wore nothing cause I thought I was invinceable. After seeing so many skulls busted open and some with only minor dents, result was death, changed me forever.
 
After we have breakfast and such going to work on the TC14. They think it is the coolest bike ever. For me though it's the Vincent,the Brits know how to build ultra cool machines. 

JC on a pogo stick, GD#2 is happy with the K car. Want's nothing to do with motorcycles. Oh well at least they have a free mind. Have only taken her on the 14 twice and was very careful not to scare her. I went half throttle with GD#1, scared the poopey doo out of her at only 2# boost. She had a hard time hanging on. The Triumph is their favorite motorcycle, sounds powerfull and is a realitive tame machine, not. The old Triumph is horrible fast to 70 mph. 


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Post Edited (ZX Rider) : 8/20/2011 9:44:06 PM GMT

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Smitty
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   Posted 9/27/2011 11:25 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

ZX Rider, I can assure you as an ex owner of several Vincent twins, in the past years, you cannot compare them to most normal irons of to-day.

They had all of 49HP & if you had the extra money & were willing to fork out the extra you would have a Black Shadow with 51 hp, bar the colour all was the same, like lousy suspension & remember the two drum brakes a the front were antiques in being just a single came each instead of improved few bikes made over in Japan as being twin cams pr brake drum.  Look at our modern bikes like sportbikes & realize the dual disc brakes at the front are just a few inceches smaller then the inside diameter of the front wheel.  That is just a few examples & remember kicking starting the bike into life was a feat in itself for one had to tickle the rear then the front Amal carbs in perfection.  If not done in perfection then that is the reaso so many of us carried new or fully cleaned spark plugs & sometimes after the 4th prod we were into trouble, so besides the new spark plugs all of us had a spark plug spanner in the boot leg or within easy reach.

Two of three Vincent riders are going to fire up & ride some distance, but each time they start to kick the bike into life ALL waited till the others got started & if not we use to take over the chore of kicking over the bike & with luck also into life.

Remember we did not have the prop stand down & both feet on the footrests.  We had the left foot on the ground & then took the flight into the air to come down on the kickstarter one to four times or time & time after---it was not easy.



Remember all the others on the road are crazy & out to kill you.

Post Edited (Smitty) : 10/6/2011 11:26:37 PM GMT

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