in my early days when I was close to leaving school
aged 15, I got myself a Triumph motorcycle pamphlet,
and drooled over the Tiger Cub.
drooling continued for quite sometime. But the motorcycle
bug had bitten…….
Dad at that time, owned a Puch 50cc, I used to ride
this up and down the garden.
I turned 16, I took my test on the Puch 50 and passed….
In those days, all you needed to do was ride around
“the block” being observed by the examiner and at an
appropriate time, the examiner would dart out in front
of you to check you on your emergency stop. I did wonder
how many of these examiners were run down.
was the start to my love of my motorcycling.
wanted to upgrade to a bigger machine and fortunately
my Uncle Jack, persuaded my parents. And in 1970, I
bought a 1960 AJS 650cc Model 31CSR combination for
the princely sum of £59-10s-0d….(how many remember LSD…
Pounds, Shillings and Pence…not the drugs.). Can you
imagine a 17 year old weighing 9st 7lbs and height 5ft
6in riding such a BIG bike………
bike was great, I had lots of fun lifting the Sidecar
in the air when going round left hand corners until
one day, when driving in the college car park, I hit
some ice on a left hander, and smacked very hard into
the kerb and bent the forks.
dad came to the rescue as he worked in an engineering
factory, he straightened them for me and I put the bike
back together again.
short time late, after getting married, we found times
hard, we could’nt afford to run our car, so to get to
work, I bought a 1965Triumph T90…that was when I first
became hooked on Triumphs…..It was such a great reliable
bike. I fixed it soooo well, that there wasn’t even
an oil leak….how about that !!!
became easier, and my wife hated riding pillion, so
we were able to afford a car, but I had to sell the
bike to get the car…..Booo Hoooo…..
years passed, about 30 odd years in fact, when my wife
out of the blue said, “you still like bikes… don’t you”,
I replied yes. “Why don’t you get another one”
she said. So less than 2 weeks later I got my pride
and joy…a 1976 T140V Bonneville.
that’s where we are today, Over the moon with my mistress,
enjoying our meetings at the STOMCC and forging new
friendships with other members…. Long may it continue!
and Social Secretary