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I still have a few days of lockdown on our property to run as I picked my wife up from the airport inbound from the UK about 10 days ago so we're both in quarantine. There's only so much gardening I can do, the bike has been cleaned to within an inch of its life and the cars only get cleaned every 6 months, so I'm sorting through a few photos. At 72, I guess I'm one of the older members and I've been riding since I was 16. Started on a Suzuki 50 whilst still at school. Haven't got any photos from then, but I have got a photo of me as a 19 year old in 1966 on my 1955 Tiger 100. I was an engineering student in the UK at that time and it was my sole transport in all weathers. The other photo was taken at the 1969 Isle of Man TT with a delightful Scottish lass I met there. The photo of my drag bike was taken in 1968 but that's another story entirely.

Any other "mature members" got any early photos to share for the fun of it?
 

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Geoff-

Great pics. I am amazed at how many "seasoned" riders/ owners there are of the 790 Duke.

Love the one of you in a suit with your drag bike, very cosmopolitan. Is that how you guys race over there? :)
 

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Geoff-

Great pics. I am amazed at how many "seasoned" riders/ owners there are of the 790 Duke.

Love the one of you in a suit with your drag bike, very cosmopolitan. Is that how you guys race over there? :)

Thanks AZM! Still riding is probably why I still have a mental age of 5 (according to my wife) :grin:

With the drag bike photo, I'd recently graduated and a suit was my normal gear. I'd just rushed home from work to have my photo taken by the local newspaper for an article. My wife reckoned I had the Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music) look before Bryan Ferry :devil:. Wish I was that slim now, with as much hair!
 

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thanks for sharing with us, and congrats on such a long (and ongoing) bike rider's career, that's really inspiring! :)

am I the only one who waits for the continuation of the story? Would love to see what other bikes you chose to own.
 

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Amazing! I love seeing these bits of history. That certainly looks like an interesting creation Geoff! Would love to know some more about it.
thanks for sharing with us, and congrats on such a long (and ongoing) bike rider's career, that's really inspiring! :)

am I the only one who waits for the continuation of the story? Would love to see what other bikes you chose to own.
Thanks Guys,

I count myself lucky to have had a passion that's lasted a lifetime. To say it's been good for the soul isn't an overstatement as a counter to the stresses of both business life and life in general. I'm also very fortunate to have had the on-going support of my wife and family. I had a few years of competitive sailing which actually uses a similar skill set to both motorcycle riding and flying but getting back into bikes in 1987 on a Honda GB400TT was an unplanned but magic moment! Photo of the bike below. Many of the bikes I've owned are featured in my blog but to answer Marky's quesion, there's a short write-up about the short stroke drag bike here: https://geoffjames.blogspot.com/2009/12/growing-up-bit.html .

For anything worthwhile, practice is important to keep skills up and stop bad habits creeping in. When I owned a Honda Blackbird in my late 50's and early 60's, it was clear that I was seriously lacking in talent and had a few close calls that were entirely my own fault. To get rid of bad habits and learn new skills I joined the NZ branch of the UK Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). They teach UK police roadcraft to civilians (minus the cool bits like pursuit and escort work :grin:) . That literally turned out to be a life-saver and wish I'd joined years previously as I enjoy riding so much more now. I just hope that I can squeeze a few more years yet on the 790!
 

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