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Old 17th April 2019, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by dinny1300 View Post
I came across a 250 harley recently ,its a cagiva sst badged as a harley ,a proper oddball
They were badged as Cagiva,Aaermachi,Moto-Guzzi and HD.
The 70s was sure a crazy time.
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Old 18th April 2019, 10:57 AM
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18 years old on the button, got a few grand from a trust fund then bought a brand new Gilera Runner from Delaney's in Harold's Cross(2001). It was 1800 and as I recall the insurance was 1200
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Old 18th April 2019, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Touch-me-im-a-dinosaur View Post
18 years old on the button, got a few grand from a trust fund then bought a brand new Gilera Runner from Delaney's in Harold's Cross(2001). It was 1800 and as I recall the insurance was 1200
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Old 18th April 2019, 08:44 PM
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Only started when I was 35 , that was 5 years ago. Got a gs500, then moved up to a vfr800. Getting back on a bike soon as it's one of the best things I ever did. Never thought I'd be a biker!!
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Old 18th April 2019, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Touch-me-im-a-dinosaur View Post
... as I recall the insurance was 1200
And that was when we were still on the old money.
1200 IEP is more than €1500.
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Old 19th April 2019, 10:45 AM
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Started on honda 50s etc when about 14. First road bike was a 250 superdream at about 19 .i chopped that lol.
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Old 19th April 2019, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by woodsman View Post
A friend of mine dropped by the other day he’s 71. He was telling me how he just lost 40k on a business venture which he cannot afford to lose. He then had to sell off the few old bikes he had to make ends meet.
He then started telling me about a recent visit to hospital when the cornea in his eye detached. He woke one morning and rubbed his eyes as you do when it detached leaving him half blind and in agony. The postie found him later in distress and they organized getting him into hospital.
After much poking at his eye the doc said he’d have to patch up both eyes to stop them moving as much as possible. The nurses strike was the same day so he could not be admitted. So off home with loads of steroids to sit in the dark for the next week.
On the second day the steroids were playing havoc with his guts and things were not good at the back door. A sprint was required to the bog this morning and fortunately knowing the run of the house “even blind” he just arrived in time to drop the tracksuit bottoms, it all went south then like a fluttering of pigeons leaving the roost.
Just when you think things can’t get any worse......the toilet seat was down!
At this point I then told him he was probably too old to be riding motorcycles.
WTF I'm 72 and am still riding....bikes that is
You're never too old as long as you can balance, twist the throttle & hopefully brake on time
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Old 20th April 2019, 01:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Dub Duke View Post
I think once your gross and fine motor skills are fine, and you are used to being on the road in some form, then it's never too late.

I got into bikes before I was 10. Dad had a Ducati 750, and bought us a wrecked but complete Kwaker AE 50. We helped him build it, and have been a biker every since, although didn't always have a bike from then until now.

The problem with starting late is that you have to be conscious that it's a never ending learning curve, so just because you get your license, doesn't mean you are going to be in good shape on the road.
I think once your gross and fine motor skills are fine????
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Old 20th April 2019, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by oncebitten View Post
I think once your gross and fine motor skills are fine????
dat means control of muscles/nerve conductivity etc is good without any tremor or loss of function.



not that the person is gross.....
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Old 20th April 2019, 11:52 PM
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I got about 500 metres up the road and the low fuel light turned on! Cheeky bastard's!
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Old 23rd April 2019, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Confusion View Post
And that was when we were still on the old money.
1200 IEP is more than €1500.
More like €3K-4K 'buying power' realistically
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Old 23rd April 2019, 06:53 PM
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First spin on an autocycle about 8... smitten..fell madly in love with a garelli 50 at about 13 but never even got a spin on it. Father bought me a Honda 50 at 16... Honda ss 125 at 17 once I got a job.. but in truth in those days the kind of bike you had was a weak second place to just getting on the road and being able to actually go places.....
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Old 23rd April 2019, 11:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Touch-me-im-a-dinosaur View Post
18 years old on the button, got a few grand from a trust fund then bought a brand new Gilera Runner from Delaney's in Harold's Cross(2001). It was 1800 and as I recall the insurance was 1200
I had a gilera DNA in 2000 at 17 first bike, 1500 to insure.
A year later sold up and bought aTtzr125 for 1500 and paid 3500 for insurance... bought the bike outright and got a loan for insurance!

Only been bikeless for 6months ever since after witnessing a seriously bad crash at the 2007 TT I lost my nerve and sold up.

Have had near 40 bikes now...
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19, in 1999 with a Honda NS-1 80, had it for about a year ans a half then decided I needed a cage, then back into biking 5 years ago at 34, now that I can kind of afford to run both a bike and a cage.
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