The Bikes I have known
Or "Bringing back the Bike"
In the beginning there were MOPEDS and I was an owner. There were two flavours of moped which were acceptable the Fizzie, (or Yamaha FS 1E) and the AP50 or (Suzuki AP50) I hunted high and low for a Fizzie at the right price and ended up with:
A Suzuki AP50 moped
I needed a bike to sit my test on, the moped was just not "real" although I loved it dearly. I tracked down and bought a Honda H100S from Helen Langlands in Lochinver. Mine was black and red
Now this was a bike! No pedals, even sounded like a bike....Well almost This became my every day transport up and down to work even though I had a car licence and part share in the funkiest Mini in Lochinver at that time. I applied for my test through the DOT, at that time the two part test had just arrived, and had to travel to Inverness to sit part one in the Lorry MOT yard in Longman estate. In and out of cones and jump over three double decker buses, them were the days. Test was passed first time, and even after I knocked down three cones (And took the windscreen out of one of the buses) So, as long as you keep your cool and restart the test things generally work out Ok.
So now I need a bike
It's a funny thing life but you tend to get what you can get rather than what you really want. Way back about the time all of this started I met a bike. This bike was HUGE It had plastic fairings and panniers, it had a radio cassette with speakers Fer goodness sake. I met this bike in the garage of the littel farm cottage I lived in at Nigg in Ross-Shire between 1980 and 1981. This bike belonged to my housemate and foreman at the garage I was working in in KIldary, Ivor Ross. This bike was a Jet black Honda CX500 and I loved it at once. I also used to steal it and ride it around the farm roads of Nigg without insurance, tax or MOT. It was quiet, smooth and powerfull compared with my H100 and, by the time I had passed my test, it was waiting in Jurgen Thoma's paint store under the "Ranch" staff accommodation block of the Culag Hotel in Lochinver. I had been slowly getting it ready for the big day and that day had arrived. Ladies and gentlemens I give you:
"Le Cochon Noir"
Now this one I do have pictures of!!
Ok..so big deal I hear you say. Its a bit tatty you say....But..It was a bike and a hugely different beast than my previous mount...just a different world and, once I'd squeezed it out of Jurgens shed I took to the road in earnest. As you see it here it is a little different from the bike I used to steal from Kildary. For a start I changed the fairing for a more modest one without the radio Cassette..(Who needs that on a bike?) and new rear shockers. Also got a new seat and resprayed the petrol tank and restriped the whole thing. This was over the course of the first year and a half of ownership. Sadly I also had to change the engine as it dropped a cam chain tensioner. But, CX engines were ten a penny at the time and I became quite proficient at these things: