2001 Honda Deauville NT650V1 and as a result I've got really involved in the Deauville "scene". An involvement that sees me now
an administrator on the UK Deauville Owner web site and forum owned by Graham Smith of Middlesborough. This is reflected in the
"motorbikes" area of this web site being divided up into a number of sections, allowing room for it to evolve.
My Biking history & Bikes I have owned:-
1963 my first ride on back of granddads Honda C90 step-thru
1965 father gets a pedal enhanced Italian moped
1967 father gives me the moped for off road use only
1969 father sells the moped when we move home
1972 I buy and run a Lambretta GP125 scooter (see small picture below) then
1973 pass driving test, buy and run a Bond 875 van (as well as the scooter)
1974 write off the Bond, retrieve it back home and set fire to it (you can't do that these days)
1976 p/ex scooter for Suzuki GT250M (Ram Air) painted Suzuki 'Burnt Gold'
1977 pass bike test
1979 p/ex Suzuki for Honda 400/4 F1
The only photograph I have of my Honda 400/4 F1, in this instance being ridden by my brother. Sports fairing, drop (ace) bars,
4x K&N filters, Koni rear shocks, Dunstall power exhaust, Avon Road Runner tyres are the mods I remember making. Bike was
blue (same shade as the small pic below).
1982 sell 400/4, buy a number of boxes of bike bits and build a Honda T360 based special from the ground up, run and sell
1983 buy Honda CF70 Chaley (before monkeybikes became fashionable) as non-runner, restore, ride, sell-off
1983 November sees me getting a mortgage and Chrysler Alpine (cheap), no money for bike
1984 marry, no time for building a bike
2001 bus lanes introduced on my Derby/Nottingham commute route I get Yamaha XV535 Virago
2003 p/ex Virago for 1984 Yamaha XJ900F
2005 sell XJ and buy 2000 Triumph Sprint ST 955i at end of January - for more on my ST Sprint Click here
2005 October, p/ex Sprint for a 2001 Honda Deauville NT650V1 and as a result I've got really involved in the Deauville "scene".
An involvement that still sees me an administrator on the UK Deauville Owner web site and forum owned by Graham Smith of
Middlesborough. This is reflected in the motorbikes area of this web site being divided up into a number of sections, allowing
room for it to evolve.
2012 - I sell the Deauville just before Christmas. Dad dies. The 2 are not linked.
2013 - February sees me buying Honda XL700 Transalp, the story is being told on this site.....
Bikes I have riden:
BSA 650 A7 Lightning
Ducati Darmah 900SS
Honda CX500 - the original "plastic magot"
Honda CBX 1000 - a 6 cylinder monster of a bike that was a pussycat to ride
Honda's CB200, CD200, CB500, CB550 & CB750
Kawasaki Z500 & a H2 750 triple (the H2 as pillion only, that was scarey enough)
Suzuki GT550 Ram Air & a GT750 (a beautiful & under-rated motorcycle)
Triumph 650 Bonneville (circa 1977 - both a standard and a Jubilee limited edition)
Yamaha RD125, RD200, RD250 & RD400
Motorcycling web sites & links:-
For links to commercial sites I have found & could be useful to motorbike owners and riders... Click here
1975 Suzuki GT250-M.
1976 Honda 400/4 F1.