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#1 MGP59DB ONLINE  

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Posted September 04, 2016 - 12:46 PM

I recently  got a couple of Dual sport motorcycles . These have history with me and I am super happy to have these two.

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The first one I got is my uncle's 1971 TS250 'Savage'  He bought it new in 71'  I talked him into giving me a ride on this in 1972 . I would have been 11 YO .  It was stored in a shed on his hunting property for 25-30 years and needed a lot of work to resurrect it . But that is the kind of thing I like to do so I 'played' with it for a couple of weeks and got it running for him to take the first ride.

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At 75 YO you could see him still beaming with pride over this bike and he didn't hesitate  to kick it over and run it around for awhile.

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I love this bike and will take good care of it.

 

For me though this brought back a lot of memories of my first machine .

In high school I was just aching to have a motorcycle of my own , so I worked my butt off after school pumping gas and flipping burgers until I saved up enough to buy a TS125 Suzuki , I rode that thing endlessly , I burnt up 2 pistons and replaced them . My Dad actually told me he was proud of what I had done with that thing , being that I was 16 and rebuilding motors and such . I never forgot that.

I saw this TC125J on C/L nearby and couldn't stop thinking about it so I went and took a look telling myself that this had better be damn good for me to pay what he was asking.

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Well It was nice ... And after sitting on it and starting it first kick , running it around a bit . (sounded and felt just like my old one)

I couldn't resist. It was about at the going price for these now, but my emotional connection to it took over and it is mine now !

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For 45 years old these are both very classic machines and both in good shape.

Forgot to mention the green one has 3500 miles on it .

The red one has only 2120 miles. Barely broke in :D


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Posted September 04, 2016 - 12:59 PM

LOVE IT!!!!

 

Always had a thing for motorcycles and those are just a great size to putt around with.

The history is a super added bonus!  :thumbs: 


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Posted September 04, 2016 - 01:06 PM

I had a savage myself back in the 70's.  Had a lot of fun on it.

when I saw the picture of your uncle I remember talking to him at the show in Sheldon IL. Say hello for me.

Glad you got those.  Enjoy!    Rick


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Posted September 04, 2016 - 03:55 PM

That is some cool history, and both bike look it great condition.  My first 2 bikes were Suzuki's and I had a ball with both of them, then I discovered the English bike and there was no looking back. 


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Posted September 04, 2016 - 04:38 PM

Very Cool thanks for sharing!

He looks like he is really happy to see it running again

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Posted September 04, 2016 - 04:52 PM

those look sweat

 

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Posted September 04, 2016 - 05:01 PM

My Brother had the 125 Suzuki. He sent me a photo of it when I was in the service. 

Love the looks of the old dual sports. We called them Enduros. I had a new Yamaha 250 DT1 when I was stationed in Japan in 1971.


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Posted September 04, 2016 - 06:13 PM

My Brother had the 125 Suzuki. He sent me a photo of it when I was in the service. 

Love the looks of the old dual sports. We called them Enduros. I had a new Yamaha 250 DT1 when I was stationed in Japan in 1971.

I call them Enduro's too - It is just that 'Dual Sport' seems to be the accepted term these days .

I love the looks of these myself , the new ones don't have charm and style  IMO . Function - OK maybe better , I have ridden them and they felt wrong , probably because I have had bikes like these all my life. Had Sz 125 - Yam 175 - Kaw250 -Yam.IT250 all enduro's from the 70's . Now I added 2 more to the list.

Despite all the injuries I have had on them , these are still what I love , they have ME written all over them . :rolling:  :rolling:


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Posted September 04, 2016 - 06:58 PM

Since you have most excellent taste in motorcycles,  here is some eye candy.

Auction coming up not too far from me.   :angel:    Try not to drool on the keyboard!

 

http://www.jwoodandcompany.com/


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Posted September 04, 2016 - 07:00 PM

I call them Enduro's too - It is just that 'Dual Sport' seems to be the accepted term these days .
I love the looks of these myself , the new ones don't have charm and style IMO . Function - OK maybe better , I have ridden them and they felt wrong , probably because I have had bikes like these all my life. Had Sz 125 - Yam 175 - Kaw250 -Yam.IT250 all enduro's from the 70's . Now I added 2 more to the list.
Despite all the injuries I have had on them , these are still what I love , they have ME written all over them . :rolling: :rolling:


I've always thought like this.

Dual sports are street legal "dirt" bikes, bikes capable of highway travel.

Enduro is a dirt bike with lights on it. Not street legal.

I know my dad refers to my dual sport as an enduro
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Posted September 04, 2016 - 08:01 PM

 

.   :angel:    Try not to drool on the keyboard!

 

http://www.jwoodandcompany.com/

OMG


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Posted September 04, 2016 - 10:07 PM

 

Try not to drool on the keyboard!

 

8 pages worth of drool. That's unbelievable!


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Posted September 05, 2016 - 10:09 AM

Sure would not mind having any of the Matchless, BSA or Triumph's in that collection.  The BSA 441 got me into the British bike's.  


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Posted September 05, 2016 - 01:35 PM

Since you have most excellent taste in motorcycles,  here is some eye candy.

Auction coming up not too far from me.   :angel:    Try not to drool on the keyboard!

 

http://www.jwoodandcompany.com/

I have more taste than money I am afraid . :wallbanging:

Ha Ha -  I am playing around the smaller stuff because I just can't afford the big ticket stuff I really like ( El Camino - Corvette )

I had this bike from that collection only the 175 - Same color

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I dumped it in a patch of beach sand once , the exhaust pipe layed across my calf , it didn't take long to get it off of me  :mad2:

but the burn lasted for a long time .

I still have a scar on my shin from that old Suz125 , I was running it up a short incline and lost traction , I was sorta new at this and put my foot down , well the right foot-peg rode up onto my shin and the whole weight of the bike made a deep impression on how not to do it. LOL -


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Posted September 05, 2016 - 08:34 PM

I still have a scar on my shin from that old Suz125

 

Me too but mine is from a Honda 350SL. Foot peg in the shin really smarts. 


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