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    Last time I was in THE CITY, I was driving a long wheel base, conventional KW and pulling a a 48' drop deck. It was a ROYAL PITA to get around that place with that rig.

    I think it would be a hoot on a bike.
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    Just got back home from the Archipelago Rally bike meet. One of the oldest bike meetings in Scandinavia. This year it was 42th and 25th or 26th for me.
    Not exactly the size of the Daytona Bike Week but lots of beer, interesting bikes, weird people (=old friends i've known for years) and all. Great times.






    An interesting piece of history. Finnish Winha automatic mc from 1976. Only 70 pcs were ever made. Equipped with (Canadian?) Kohler engine and power take-off:

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    Is that a Russian Ural above the Winha, Sailor? I'm a bit of a fan of Ural's. And I have to say I love the barrel trailer. I want one for myself now. Don't know that it would ever be legal on Australian roads though...More's the pity.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MickR View Post
    Is that a Russian Ural above the Winha, Sailor? I'm a bit of a fan of Ural's. And I have to say I love the barrel trailer. I want one for myself now. Don't know that it would ever be legal on Australian roads though...More's the pity.


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    I can introduce you to an Irish mate of mine that lives and works in Sweden. He'll probably do his best to dissuade you on a Ural. He had two of them and both of them of wer royal PITAs to keep running and enjoy.

    Sailor,
    Not exactly the size of the Daytona Bike Week but lots of beer, interesting bikes, weird people (=old friends i've known for years) and all. Great times.
    that's what it's all about.

    Nowadays, Daytona and Sturgis are known as "trailer week" because the masses of posers that haul their rides in and try not to get them dirty or dusty whilst they stroll around and look mean in clothes they wear a couple of times a year. A small minority still ride in but for the most part, it's all about the pose.

    Great pics and I bet GREAT fun at your meet.

    I've got an amigo here in TX that has two ex Swedish army bikes. Both of them have auto transmissions. Damned if I can remember who made them. I think they're Husqvarna but I've consumed too much alcohol and slept too many times since I looked at those things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MickR View Post
    Is that a Russian Ural above the Winha, Sailor? I'm a bit of a fan of Ural's. And I have to say I love the barrel trailer. I want one for myself now. Don't know that it would ever be legal on Australian roads though...More's the pity.


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    Ural's are cheap bikes here. Not very handy as they tend to break very easily but i have some mates who have traveled around Europe several times with their old Urals without any single issue. At the neighborhood there's a lady who painted her Ural red with nail polish
    The HD trike and barrel trailer is self made by a friend. I'm not sure if it's legal here either. Guess that even police doesn't know

    Bike culture has truly changed a lot in 30 years since i started, but it's great that there are still people, around the world, who has it sort of a lifestyle, more or less. I do not go into bike meets as often as i used to, but maybe one or two times a year. It is always great to meet some old friends i've known for years. Brothers and sisters of the windy and rainy roads. The older they get, more weird they might look, but some of them are the most reliable people i've ever known.
    And while still doing one or two journeys abroad with wifey (will head down south again next thursday), it is always great to meet bikers. Lot of great times and great stories, no matter where you are from or what bike you have.

    It is sad that most kids these days aren't interested in bikes. Pretty soon we are just a bunch of old timers.
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    Now I said I was a bit of a fan of Ural's. Didn't say i was going to get one. Engine capacity is too small for my tast. I just love the classic looks of the Ural as I do the old WLA harley (and most other bikes from the 40's for the matter of that). I'll either be on a trike next, something from Oz Trikes if that happens to be the case, or a Triumph. I like the big 1700 'Storm'. Or perhaps I may hedge my bets and pick up a BMW 1200 GS Adventure, Or...Damn I just want them all!


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    It is an eternal problem about what will be your next bike. I've been very happy with my Bandit i've had for 7 years. Got it after i crashed my Katana. An old lady didn't see me standing in a red light so i got sudden flight. Luckily nothing serous, just bruses in my a$$.
    If i'm ever to sell mine, the next bike will be Guzzi California (i'm getting old).
    I have also a Finnish scooter that are pretty pricey here and i have no heart to drive it that much nowadays. Probably will sell it and get either Ural or Jawa with a sidecar.
    Few years ago we also had '53 Lambretta scooter (it was my wifes) but at some black moment i sold it. Would like to get older 125-200 Vespa for wifey.
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    IF I ever get away from these hammering old big twins ( and I think about more and more every day ) I want to get a Triumph Rocket III. I rode one for a few days a while back. They're HUGE, but they handle small. Pretty impressive that a 750Lb bike can pull a wheelie in third gear too...

    GOBS of power and OH SO SMOOTH!!!!
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    Now that was just too funny...I'm still cringing from the dropped badger joke...


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    I have a 2005 honda Cbr 1000rr fireblade in red, love it, its freaking fast and has gobs of power, its pushing 153hp right now and when I put the power comander on it should be getting much much more, its a really comfortable bike, you just really have to watch the speedo or you will be doing 180 and not even know it till you look down. I use to have a honda V65 1100cc magna but I hit a deer at 110 and obliterated that bike, as well as my butt and broke my arm and my finger, lucky for me I was wearing a full face helmet, and a leather jacket so I lived haha lesson learned skinny jeans are not suitable riding pants... converse shoes dont last very long sliding down the pavement... and pavement is really really hard, also people ask really dumb questions when they are in shock. But it makes for some great stories, The lady who was behind me asked if I wanted a ride home, I dont blame her though I got up and walked to the side of the road covered in blood and requested she didnt call an ambulance. once the shock set in and I couldnt stand up anymore and had to lay down on the side of the road, some guy stopped, got out of his truck, asked if it was ok if he took the head of the deer, apparently he didnt want the hind half which was in one side of the ditch and the head in the other, once I replied that I didnt care what he did he threw the deer in his truck and drove away, most people didnt stop or even slow down, and my father got chewed out by the nurse for getting me to the hospital in 11 minutes, a drive which usually takes 20-25 minutes so that was comedic, 65 xrays later I can sometimes start singing a song, turn the radio on and find that im at the exact same part of the song as the radio, also never ever let student doctors touch you if you are in a great deal of pain... anyway there are my stories haha
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