I know a few of you ride, and my comments to Colette’s question got me thinking .
If you could have a spin on any bike from the past, not necessarily own it what would it be ?
My answers are pretty much shaped from stories my father and grandfather used to share, my dad raced at Mallory park a few times and grandad used to go sand racing one of his pals George Brough though he never owned on of his bikes used a new Hudson who eventually became girdling brakes .
Late 70.s would have to be a Ducati 900 SS beautiful looking and a unique wail from air hitting the air box
My dads era a Manx norton or a Vincent black shadow, a tootle on a bsa gold star
But top spot has to go to a brough superior ss100 ....made famous by Lawrence of Arabia he owned several and was killed on one .
100 mph hands off the bars ...the advertising slogan and changed how rolls Royce made motor cars. The white gloves thing came from Brough)
Made at Haydn road in Nottingham my city of birth ,grandads...
After seeing Easyrider I have always fancied a full on Harley chop, long Springer front end, forward controls & 70s paint. Really like the old Yamaha VMax too, but my one wish would be to have my Nighthawk sorted out & back on the road. 28yrs we've been together now, lot of good memories there....
I always wanted a yamaha XT 500 if for no other reason than I remember seeing someone pull a wheelie on one the full length of Scarborough sea front when I was about 11. I think they are quite rare now.
Same as a lot of the 80s trailies. Always wanted an xl250s as a lad, then an xl500s as I got older. Then it was the big XT Yams. Somehow the transalps & supertenneres didn't do it for me. Now I couldn't get a leg over a decent trailbike, so maybe a flat tracker would do the trick....