Some of my old bikes


Just for fun I scanned some of the photos of my old bikes. There are a lot of bikes missing, mostly early ones. My first bikes were a Sports Cub, a TR25W Trophy and a C15. The Dommi below came next, then the A10 but there were also a couple of Starfires, another C15 or 2, a B31, and an early A65 Star that I've no photos of. Also another Hinckley Thunderbird.

Most were bought as non runners or in bits & were running & MOTd when sold.


1961 Dommi 99. As it was in 1975 when I first built it.
Still with me in 2020. A link to an article that appeared in Real Classics here
Me & my 2nd A10 in 1977. I've still got this one as well. An article that appeared in Real Classics here
The A10 as it is now.
Thunderbird chop after I'd sold it . I had it fitted with long straight through pipes, 'T' Bars, single headlamp, single seat & a small black numberplate & rearlight. 1976
Plunger A10 I had for a short while in the late 70s, rebuilt the bottom end & passed it on. DVLA has it still taxed.
1969 TR6P. I rode this around for a while 1982/3. Sold it to a German who made it into a hard tailed chopper.
I bought this Tribsa as a rusty cafe Racer in 1978. One I should have kept. Gold Star Frame, RRT2 gearbox. The subsequent owner hardtailed, raked it & put on 10" over springers, made it almost unrideable.
I kept this A10 for a couple of years 1978/79. An interesting bit of history here 667 FMP no longer registered
Another Sports Cub I bought with a bent front end. Sold it with a slightly less bent front end. 1970s
500 Matchless for a bit of fun in the woods. Late 70s
350 Triumph from the early 1980s, gutless horrible thing 542 GNK Last taxed Feb 1997
. The last incarnation of my first Commando, owned 1978-95. OCG 39L Currently on SORN
Most of my first Plunger A10 Combo, 1976. TUR 575. Number now on a Land Rover
Early C15, late 70s
Horrible, really horrible 350 Enfield India 1978
M21 1981 as it arrived, running - just.
This A10 came with an ally head & left without it. Late 1980s
I also had a 1955 Rigid M21 at the same time. Fitted a new bottom end to this one. RUR 930 Currently on a Porsche

M21 as it left. PEW 564 is currently on a Mercedes

A satisfactory £150.00 ride to work bike that a 4x4 finished off

Ducati Darmah with my first of 4 Escort vans. VVS 22S Currently on SORN. Van not taxed since 1985. Not surprising, it was rotton when I sold it..

Matchless 500, it just about ran 1993
I built this C15 from a box of bits 2000. Currently on SORN
1972 A65 . Another I should have kept. Devimead balanced & end fed bottom end. The smoothest verticle twin I have ever ridden. Early 90s. PLY 626L Currently Taxed.
The most ridiculous bike I ever owned. GS1000 maybe. 1997
C15 Sportsman. Nice C/R box, HC piston & lumpy cams.You had to rev the balls off it to get any performance & it vibrated badly
ZZR1100. A stupidly fast, smooth, good handling bike. I didn't like it
It looked pretty when it was finished
Triumph Daytona. Small & revvy.
Another A65 OIF. Not as good as the earlier Devimead one
Norbsa 850 1997 The full story is here
BSA Barracuda with a B40 engine. Terrible vibration.

Another Darmah. This was a good one. 40MM carbs, Jota bars & a SS fairing not shown.

A65 Thunderbolt. Rebuilt the bottom end. Not taxed since 1995.
Kawasaki Z900. Alright if you like that sort of thing. I swapped the Daytona above for this.
I had a T160 for a while, I didn't like it as much as the Commando that I had at the same time.
1994 Daytona 1200.. Very fast & smooth, good handling but very top heavy. I kept this a few years but didn't use it much.
A standard T/Bird that I prettied up. Better riding position than the Sport, but a lot slower & without sixth gear.
Another TR6P.
1994 Moto Guzzi 1000s Very pretty, quite quick, good handling, very good linked braking system, but I didn't like it. 2014
Yet another TR6
Ex WD M20 I bought it as a ride to work bike, rebuilt the forks & bottom end, but it was too slow to keep up with traffic.Mid '90s. GSJ 725 now on a BMW.
Thunderbird Sport. I fitted a Dyno jet kit , offroad pipes, Corbin seat. Fast, pretty & handled well. I didn't use this much either
650SS. Ran roughly & surprisingly didn't handle very well
A Mk111 Commando I had for a few years. Took it to Spain a couple of times & a few club runs. Very good with a passenger + luggage. YLR 187S Tax expired December 2019.
The front looked even worse. 1976
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