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Offline reef

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Re: Motorcyclists
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2014, 05:34:54 am »

I don't have any original photos, but this is the same model 1966 Honda 250cc road bike I drove while in Southern Japan, Kyushu.  The bike actually belonged to a buddy of mine, also a military man.  We shared the expenses and use of this beauty on and around Hakata Air Force Base on Umino Nakameshi. 

My buddy finally had to give up his share of the use of the bike due to a facial affectation called Bell's Palsy, which at the time he thought was  due to the constant bitterly cold air, while riding.  As a result of the disease, which is now suspected to be due to herpes virus he bought a helmet with a full face shield.

Later he also acquired complications associated with spinal compression, resulting in minor lower limb paralysis, which prompted him to explore the advantages of a back brace.  Bikes in those days, even the so-called "road bikes" weren't big on shock absorbers. 

I had use of the bike for but a few months before I was separated from the military and went home to find a job  marry, start a family and go back to school where I drove a Volks Wagon Beetle, which was little more than a large four cylinder bike with two extra wheels.

The VW in the photo has Cal plates.  Mine had Virginia plates, a Herbie racing stripe and a  rat tail antenna for my CB radio.

(Those were the days!)

Beautifull bike Ron and i love the beetles trying to persusde my wife to allow me to buy an old one to convert to a trike ...

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« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2014, 12:20:09 am »
Hi Ron,

I like the Honda Dream, it looks pretty cool.  I’m told they are starting to be worth big bucks these days as collectibles.  Fair point on Japanese suspension or lack of it and subsequent handling problems. Sorry to hear about your buddy with Bell's palsy.  I had a 1972 VW Super Bug for a couple of years, it was a whole lot of fun.

Those were the days!

Cheers :)
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Re: Motorcyclists
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2014, 08:17:56 am »
Yes those early Hondas are now classics, and lovely bikes they are to.
Ron I had a beetle just like that one (a 1600) in RSA, where the dry climate of the Transvaal meant no corrosion at all, it was a lovely characterful little car.
Problem in the UK (and worldwide) is there are just too many cars on the roads, and aside from climactic impact, getting anywhere in one is an excercise in frustration.
My son in laws just decided to get himself a bike. His daily commute by car is over an hour to get about 7 or 8 miles - madness..

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