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Old 06-11-2004, 08:03 PM   #1
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Wait... you mean fast motorcycles existed before I was born? Like whoa... Seriously, though, very nice article, beautiful bikes.
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Old 06-11-2004, 08:23 PM   #2
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I just love this stuff...stuff that dreams are made of.
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Old 06-12-2004, 04:10 AM   #3
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I saw a yellow Duck 750S in a Yamaha/Duck dealership on Hollywood Blvd in 1974. It was love at first sight. Solo seat and hollow aluminum tubuluar footpegs. At the time Japanese chassis technology was way behind everyone else. So the Duck was definitely unique. Being dirt poor at the time I could never afford it. And later when I learned that none of the reliability of Ducati's singles had transferred to the 750S it was probably better (It became nicknamed the Ducati time bomb)..... but dang it was a gorgeous bike. It'd be worth owning just to stare at.
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Old 06-12-2004, 05:10 AM   #4
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One of my favorites is the green-framed 750ss. I'm about out of garage space now so unless I get a gig as a late night talk show host, my motorcycle buying days are over for now.
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Old 06-12-2004, 05:44 AM   #5
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When I got out of the Navy in '79 one of my shipmates was selling a '78 850 in black w/ gold pinstripes.

I tried to buy it to ride from Virginia back to Tacoma but for some reason none of the banks or credit unions would loan $2000 to a soon-to-be unemployed 21 year old sailor with no permanant address and nothing but a sea bag full of clothes and $500 in his pocket.

I wound up "going Greyhound", which was a trip in itself.
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Old 06-12-2004, 06:31 AM   #6
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What, no Morinis?
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Old 06-12-2004, 06:53 AM   #7
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Nice article, love those jellybean tanked Ducatis.



To be nitpicky, though, the Guzzi twin is actually longitudinally mounted in the frame. The configuration refers to the relationship between the crank shaft and the frame. Thus, a Guzzi or a BMW is longitudinal and a Harley is actually transverse.
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Old 06-12-2004, 07:57 AM   #8
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Build a second level in your garage. Then you can have twice as many. Or just convert your living room into a parking area. I'm sure you can find a solution.
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Old 06-12-2004, 08:31 AM   #9
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Good point, the Moto Morinis (sp?) were spectacular/ futuristic / exotic to my eyes. The first time I saw a V-twin 350 in the mid seventies I must have spent half an hour walking around it. I was partial to the big MV Augusta's and Benelli's (a friend had a 60's Benelli 250 Single that seemed to accelerate/top out as well as my 400/Four Honda). I didn't get the Ducati/V-twin Sportbike thing, a day on a 749 through So Cals canyons cured that bigtime. A 50cc/36HP Guzzi Sportbike?!
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Old 06-12-2004, 08:36 AM   #10
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You're not wasting any space with Cars in there are you?
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