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    That was a fine looking machine DTNZ, are you tempted to get it back again?

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    This how it was......2nd owner, 28,000km, unused since the 80's.
    This is now....
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    ...my admiration developed in the early 90's when I used to ride a classic Triumph to Uni, a classmate swapped his Triumph for an SR and left me wondering what I was doing continually frustrated with my old Trumpy while he enjoyed the simple beauty of his SR.
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    Welcome to the forum ! I like a classic trumpy myself
    The rally is always a great event
    Been over 3 times myself
    Enjoy your project , A great hobby for sure
    Cheers Dave
    PS my SR500 is 150153 so I suppose that means it was the 53rd SR500 to get into OZ in 78
    The Trumpy is a 76 , 750 Tiger
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazza View Post
    That was a fine looking machine DTNZ, are you tempted to get it back again?
    Sooo tempted! But then I'd just end up with one in my shed & 1 in my son's shed! It was so good cosmetically, but the one I have now has so few k's on it I can forgive the wrinkles. I'm keeping my eye out for an XS or TX 650, or maybe an early R80GS, or maybe an XS750 or 850, oh man, help!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by davedunsboro View Post
    ...my admiration developed in the early 90's when I used to ride a classic Triumph to Uni, a classmate swapped his Triumph for an SR and left me wondering what I was doing continually frustrated with my old Trumpy while he enjoyed the simple beauty of his SR.
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    Welcome to the forum ! I like a classic trumpy myself
    The rally is always a great event
    Been over 3 times myself
    Enjoy your project , A great hobby for sure
    Cheers Dave
    PS my SR500 is 150153 so I suppose that means it was the 53rd SR500 to get into OZ in 78
    The Trumpy is a 76 , 750 Tiger
    3 times to the rally....from the West!! You inspire me Dave, and leave me with no excuse not to get there myself 😊.

    Good looking pair of cycles there......hmmm which one to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DTNZ View Post
    Sooo tempted! But then I'd just end up with one in my shed & 1 in my son's shed! It was so good cosmetically, but the one I have now has so few k's on it I can forgive the wrinkles. I'm keeping my eye out for an XS or TX 650, or maybe an early R80GS, or maybe an XS750 or 850, oh man, help!!!
    Hahaha......I'm hearing ya, life is full of difficult choices!
    Gotta love your current '81 though.

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    Although I have attended 3 rallies I have cheated every time
    I drove a van over the first time in 2009 with my SRX6 in the back
    2nd time I freighted my TRX850 over & flew over & rode it back (also did the 2013 P I motogp)
    The 3rd time (2015) I just flew over , bummed a lift to the event , bummed a tent & borrowed a bike off CJ
    Got to ride his XT500 & his SR500 & flew back after the weekend .
    I did qualify for the long distance award twice though
    I really like your 650 tiger , I have never had much to do with British bikes , but they are growing on me
    Much harder to do simple jobs on , (ie remove back wheel , work on brake calipers or change out chains)
    Only ever had Japanese bike till the Tiger last August
    Cheers Dave
    PS there is a few members from Swan Hill in the club too

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    I love British bikes and hold them in high regard for their place in the history of motorcycling. I loved the look and the sound of mine, but I could never quite get it to perform to my expectations....it was difficult to own....I knew bugger all about working on them at the time, ownership would be a different proposition these days with the internet and forums like this one. Nonetheless at the time I welcomed it as a great distraction from study.

    My Triumph was just over 20 years old when I got it in '91'92, it seemed vintage then, which was part of its appeal to me. Interestingly the SR is nearly twice as old as that now (relatively speaking) at 38 .....what an incredible classic bike it is.
    To my eyes it just looks fantastic, like a bike should look. Fun to ride, good to work on, and they even hold their value, they tick every box as far as I'm concerned. No wonder they are still going strong.
    Aside from the Royal Enfield bullet, is there any other bike that has had a 39 year production span essentially unchanged?
    Honda Postie bike maybe??
    Any others??


    There certainly is some club members in this town, was talking with the owner of the 'BSR' last week, I know some of the forum/ club members would be familiar with this superb machine (SR500 powered BSA framed Cafe Racer). He wasn't aware of this forum , hope to get him on board to share some pics of his bike with everyone.

    Cheers

    Dazz

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    is there any other bike that has had a 39 year production span essentially unchanged?
    The Suzuki S40 Boulevard, aka LS650, is a 650cc single with a 31 year production history. Not quite classic in ‘ye olde’ British tradition with more of an American cruiser appeal.

    Are you anywhere near Natimuk? I climbed at Arapiles back in the 70’s and buzzed around on a Yamaha YDS two-stroke twin then. It was able to lay down a defensive smoke screen to evade pursuit. Nowadays the environmentalists would not approve!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rokrover View Post

    Are you anywhere near Natimuk? I climbed at Arapiles back in the 70ís and buzzed around on a Yamaha YDS two-stroke twin then. It was able to lay down a defensive smoke screen to evade pursuit. Nowadays the environmentalists would not approve!
    Natimuk and the Arapiles are about 3 hours South of me. We're on the Murray River, not a mountain or gorge in sight. The place is called Swan Hill......an oxymoron for sure....should be called Swan 'gentle rise'.

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    Took this pick north of here into NSW on the way to pick up my SR.....you could scorch around here all day blasting out smoke signals from a dastardly 2 stroke and no one would ever know.

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