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Offline Tailchaser

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Sent to Coventry
« on: May 02, 2019, 04:32:10 PM »
As I’ve been lurking in the shadows for a while, I thought it time to introduce myself to the masses…

I guess my first experience of motorbikes was at the age of around 12 when we used to “charge” around the fields on a Raleigh Runabout
My mate then bought a Greeves Scottish trials bike which must have weighed a ton and didn’t half hurt when it fell on you as you tried to negotiate a fallen log or for the brave & foolhardy go through the river!

Used most of my 1st weeks apprentice wage for the deposit on a second-hand FS1E which had “ace-bars” and a nose fairing and spent the next 18 months whizzing around the lanes of Warwickshire with a couple of epic voyages to Mallory Park for the Trans-Atlantic Trophy
This was then followed by an RD200 which I bought new from Albany MotorCycles (where I had a Saturday job - long since gone) which I kept for many happy years and blatted around the country-side.

Then I crossed to the “dark-side” and bought a 400-4 which wasn’t that much quicker than the RD but did a heck of a lot more miles to the tank! I always kept an RD (usually a 250) for the “winter hack” as they were so cheap to pick up.

A succession of 4 cylinder 4-strokes then followed: Honda CB650, GPX600, CBR600, Z750-L4, Z1100 (the re-take on the Eddie Lawson replica) mixed in with air-cooled 250’s, a YPVS 350 and a GT500.

After a bad accident which left me in plaster for several months and had to learn to walk properly again I though it time to do something safer so returned to another childhood passion – horse riding (only 1HP but no kill switch)

But, oh no, that addiction never goes away does it and after taking the plunge and retiring from work I bought a 250E from Terry (Kickstarter) in Feb and am in the process of “personalising” it.

Cheers,

Jeff

Some pics (couple a "stock images")

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« Last Edit: May 02, 2019, 08:05:27 PM by Tailchaser »
RD250E & 2 Connemara (1HP) ponies!

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Re: Sent to Coventry
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2019, 07:17:29 PM »
Welcome to the forum...
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Re: Sent to Coventry
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2019, 03:37:29 AM »
Welcome to the club Jeff and thanks for the brilliant photos, allowing us to stroll down memory lane.  :)
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Offline Tailchaser

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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2019, 09:14:43 AM »
Found a few more for your perusal....

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This was my L4 in Germany

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and again, a few months later after a big smash

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and I couldn't leave the 1HP machine out!

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cheers,

Jeff
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Re: Sent to Coventry
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2019, 11:57:54 AM »
Welcome to the club  ;).
I really like the Greeves as the old factory was in Benfleet were I live and it would be great to have a local bike in the garage. 8)

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Re: Sent to Coventry
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2019, 07:16:10 PM »
Welcome to the club Jeff, I think the horse is missing it's armour, or did you sell it to buy the new bike.

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Re: Sent to Coventry
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2019, 07:43:05 PM »
He was glad to make the sacrifice (too blooming heavy!) - a bag of carrots helped finalise the deal  ;D
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Re: Sent to Coventry
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2019, 12:01:25 AM »
Welcome to the club  ;).
I really like the Greeves as the old factory was in Benfleet were I live and it would be great to have a local bike in the garage. 8)
Will cost you a tidy some these days.  My brother has a Greeves Griffon 380cc trials bike in bits but will never part with it, nor ever put it together I reckon as it has been in that state for at least 35 years
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Re: Sent to Coventry
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2019, 08:36:47 PM »
Some great photos there, welcome in.

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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2019, 01:00:01 PM »
Welcome. My first bike, when I was 9, was a Raleigh Runabout (your top picture). Rode on some waste land, no suspension-ouch, but didn't care. Good little bikes.
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Re: Sent to Coventry
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2019, 09:48:30 PM »
Welcome to the club Jeff, always good to treasure old photos. I am retired as well now and live in Hinckley, not far away. Might see each other some time.  Jamie