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My dad rode his bike through Europe after the war. Here are a few grainy pictures. In memory of his passing, I was wondering if others had pictures of their dad on two wheels.
 

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Here's my Dad on hid Triumph before the war.
 

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All of those pictures are fabulous. Many, many thanks for posting them. Lots of big warm smiles thinking about those days when bikes were further outside the social mainstream and everything, including motorcycling, was probably a bit less restricted and more fun than it is today.

Good stuff.
 

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Sorry, I have 7 Bros and Sissies, so I have no old photos. My photos I have posted here many times before. I dont care. I will keep posting them because I like them.
Dad and the 69 450 ne bought new. His little Bro. Frank and his 70s RT450 he got new.
As with most of the older fellers, they had English bikes in the 50s to the mid 60s.
 

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All of those pictures are fabulous. Many, many thanks for posting them. Lots of big warm smiles thinking about those days when bikes were further outside the social mainstream and everything, including motorcycling, was probably a bit less restricted and more fun than it is today.

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+10, very well said.
 

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You guys are so fortunate to have pictures like that. I know you must treasure them. I can recall once in my lifetime seeng my father on a motorcycle. My oldest brother was the first to start riding. I was a teenager when he got me started. I remember my brother came over on his 70's Honda and gave our father a ride. There is only a short shot on an 8mm film of that event. But man was he grinning over it. Our father passed away at the early age of 63, 27 years ago this coming May. I miss him very much, wish I had more pictures like yours. I have the film of that ride and plan to have it and others like it put on DVDs for my brothers and I to share.


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You guys are so fortunate to have pictures like that. I know you must treasure them. I can recall once in my lifetime seeng my father on a motorcycle. QUOTE]

You may not have the pictures but you have that very special moment. My dad got all "responsible" by the time I came along the bike was gone, part of a misspent youth :D
 

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My Dad was a keen motorcyclist, he raced at a club level in the 1950s but gave up motorcycling just before marrying my Mother, mainly due to the fact that he crashed on the way to see her and instead of going on a date he ended up in the hospital - I don't think her (non-biking) family were well impressed. :rolleyes:

He tried some of my earlier bikes but not anything recent/fast, he has suggested that he'd like a ride on my 916 but at 78yrs old that might not be a good idea, despite having owned 'fast' bikes in his day (his last bike was a 1950's Manx Norton 500 a 'superbike' of it's time) a modern bike (even a 10 yr old 916) might be too much of a shock. :eek:

I wish he'd kept the old Norton (and given it to me;)), I'll ask him if he's got any pictures to post.

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Superbike of it's day ? That was the fastest bike that any of we mortals could buy ! Period.

As you probably know, you can still get one made even though Norton is long since out of business. Ya gotta love the British motorsport cottage industry, and the abiding love of the British biker to experience the sport of another era. You guys really carry the torch, and thanks for passing the passion on to American bikers.

Yep, post that piccy.

My Dad was a keen motorcyclist, he raced at a club level in the 1950s but gave up motorcycling just before marrying my Mother, mainly due to the fact that he crashed on the way to see her and instead of going on a date he ended up in the hospital - I don't think her (non-biking) family were well impressed. :rolleyes:

He tried some of my earlier bikes but not anything recent/fast, he has suggested that he'd like a ride on my 916 but at 78yrs old that might not be a good idea, despite having owned 'fast' bikes in his day (his last bike was a 1950's Manx Norton 500 a 'superbike' of it's time) a modern bike (even a 10 yr old 916) might be too much of a shock. :eek:

I wish he'd kept the old Norton (and given it to me;)), I'll ask him if he's got any pictures to post.

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This is a great thread. I have pictures somewhere, in fact I had some old film of my Dad spinning donuts on I believe was a Triumph. It also showed my Mom riding, she had both a Triumph and a Harley and used the latter to commute back and forth to work over the Bay Bridge in the early 50s. She told me she wore a pink bandana, the CHP recognized her and would give her a police escort on her way home to Oakland. She was a dancer at a nightclub in Chinatown (Chinese Skyroom) and got off work at 2:00am. In fact she was part of a chorus line featuring her and 3 of my Aunts. My step-Dad was the leader of the band.

I just called my brother asking for pictures and he thinks he has some around somewhere. If he finds them I'll post them up.
 
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Cool thread. I grew up in Alaska, dad was a biker. Loved all motorcycles, but gravitated towards Harleys and now runs a small custom harley shop in Anchorage. Here's a pic of him, and one of my first times giving it a go on his bike at the time (about 33 years ago)....

 

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Very cool pictures. Any idea when and where they were taken or who his riding friends were? What were they riding, Army surplus or British? Obviously, two of the pictures I figured out, the Eiffel Tower and about 19 kilics from Paris.

My grandfather passed away in his 40's, but my Dad told how he used to ride, guess that's where I got it from. He told me about how they were riding into some town with dirt streets (probably in the 30's). He got the tires on opposites sides of a dried tire rut, lost it and rolled up onto the sidewalk, in front of a barber shop. A bunch of guys came out and asked him if was OK. "Hell ya, that's the way I always get off!"
 

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Sorry this isn't a great picture. The thread is super though.

At the moment I just have this shot of a couple of pages from an old album I found after my Father passed in December 2005.

Left hand page, far right 2nd row shows my parents on Dad's Excelsior in 1952 His brother Frank (also passed) is on the pillion in the photo above.

The bottom of the opposite page shows Dad with his 1939 Velocette 349cc MAC that he bought over Easter 1953. My parents married in June '53 and went to the IOM TT for their honeymoon.

Dad fitted special little rear footrests (made them himself) so that I could ride pillion and kept the 350 Velo (as well as a 250 Velo) until 1967.

Wish he'd kept the Velocette, but I wish he was still around even more.
 

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Mr Hart,

YOUR PARENTS WENT TO THE IOM RACES FOR THEIR HONEYMOON ?????

I am in awe at this total expression of coolness, marital harmony, and example of how best to begin a marriage. I lift a glass in your direction, sir !

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I wish I had a pic of the bike my dad flipped over with his brother when he was 18... Wreckless, irresponsible youths on big dangerous bikes - strange, that sounds familiar...
 
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