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  • brucefxdl Posts: 1136
    south west victoria
    Performance Poster brucefxdl
    15 Jul 2019 07:26 PM
    Quoting Hoodeng on 15 Jul 2019 07:22 PM
    I used to run the R3 with three into one into two with empty ray guns,, damn loud. I have a Hurricane that i restored some years back but don't want to ride... If i scratched it i wouldn't forgive myself so i doing the R3 as a user.
    It has an 850 Route kit, big cams and other hot rod stuff, its going completely back to stock,even shouting it a new set of Amals.

    Cheers.
    stock as in removing the engine goodies as well ?
  • Hoodeng Posts: 199
    Stock Poster Hoodeng
    16 Jul 2019 12:26 PM
    Quoting Hoodeng on 15 Jul 2019 07:22 PM
    I used to run the R3 with three into one into two with empty ray guns,, damn loud. I have a Hurricane that i restored some years back but don't want to ride... If i scratched it i wouldn't forgive myself so i doing the R3 as a user.
    It has an 850 Route kit, big cams and other hot rod stuff, its going completely back to stock,even shouting it a new set of Amals.

    Cheers.
    Quoting brucefxdl on 15 Jul 2019 07:26 PM
    stock as in removing the engine goodies as well ?
    Yes Bruce, all back to stock,everything except the ignition that will be a Tri-Spark that are made in Adelaide [if you have a pommy bike these ignitions are a must]
    I have a stock bore barrel and pistons that are like new, there will be a lot of updates that have been developed over the years that make one of these things a different bike to what was manufactured in the day, a lot of these updates are machine and assembly procedures that guys have worked out over the years,,i have just finished doing the brakes which involved material, set up and machining procedures that were not used in the past that will work better than new.

    Just in the engine alone, there is different valve train set up that reduces valve guide/stem wear to minimum, bore finish and ring type will be current, crank balance update, cam setup for optimal timing and some modern coatings applied.

    I bought the R3 from BJ's in 83, it was my main road bike while i was building my XR, it did a lot of country miles and was great at speed,just hopeless around town.

    Cheers.
  • brucefxdl Posts: 1136
    south west victoria
    Performance Poster brucefxdl
    16 Jul 2019 07:37 PM
    Quoting Hoodeng on 15 Jul 2019 07:22 PM
    I used to run the R3 with three into one into two with empty ray guns,, damn loud. I have a Hurricane that i restored some years back but don't want to ride... If i scratched it i wouldn't forgive myself so i doing the R3 as a user.
    It has an 850 Route kit, big cams and other hot rod stuff, its going completely back to stock,even shouting it a new set of Amals.

    Cheers.
    Quoting brucefxdl on 15 Jul 2019 07:26 PM
    stock as in removing the engine goodies as well ?
    Quoting Hoodeng on 16 Jul 2019 12:26 PM
    Yes Bruce, all back to stock,everything except the ignition that will be a Tri-Spark that are made in Adelaide [if you have a pommy bike these ignitions are a must]
    I have a stock bore barrel and pistons that are like new, there will be a lot of updates that have been developed over the years that make one of these things a different bike to what was manufactured in the day, a lot of these updates are machine and assembly procedures that guys have worked out over the years,,i have just finished doing the brakes which involved material, set up and machining procedures that were not used in the past that will work better than new.

    Just in the engine alone, there is different valve train set up that reduces valve guide/stem wear to minimum, bore finish and ring type will be current, crank balance update, cam setup for optimal timing and some modern coatings applied.

    I bought the R3 from BJ's in 83, it was my main road bike while i was building my XR, it did a lot of country miles and was great at speed,just hopeless around town.

    Cheers.
    sounds good,i will keep a watch out for build updates,one day i might find some spare cash and a suitable bike to restore/enjoy.cheers.
  • Baloffski Posts: 1788
    Victoria
    Motor Head Baloffski
    16 Jul 2019 08:28 PM
    Hey Hoodengy, just on a note of the BSA Rocket 3. In the early 70s I was a stock records clerk for J.N.Taylors in Adelaide. Bought a new XL250 Honda Motorsport from them for $678.00
    Adelaide had a myriad of motorcycle shops scattered within the CBD, and I would browse every lunchtime in these shops, as I had while going to school in town. Anyway, I came across a beautiful blue BSA Rocket 3 one day for $850. I raced back to work and looked up the parts available for her, and was disappointed to find that we, the stockist for Triumph, BSA, Norton, Greeves, with the new Honda models coming in, plus there were other makes, can't remember,  had a couple of valves only for the rocket 3, anything else in those day,s I would order from the UK, which took a minimum of six weeks. I bought an XS1 650 Yamaha, unfortunately. I did have a BSA A10 at the time, embarrassingly metallic purple with a squeeze horn, god can still smell the oil from those British bikes still now. specially when going into those old motorcycle shops.
    If you can keep the Rocket reno updated,as sure many of the crew on here are interested, and reminiscing too. thanks. 
  • Hoodeng Posts: 199
    Stock Poster Hoodeng
    17 Jul 2019 10:45 AM
    So Ballofski, you were the Telex guy!!!  you have a lot to answer for!! i was one of those customers that waited for millennia for parts,yes, it was the standing joke back then when we were told the Telex had been sent and now for the legendary wait.[we were never told who the Telex guy was,we thought it was bullshit] We even had to wait for points and condensers which these bikes had an appetite for,,until,, i found Hannan bros around the corner, the Lucas stockist for Adelaide had stacks of them at half the price.
    I bought a  Bonneville 650 V in 73 so was a regular visitor, I bought a Sportster in 75 when it had changed its name to 'International motorcycles' same guys on the counter and same service, i still see Speedy, Bluey and have contact with Billy Horsy.

    A lot would not know that one of the big influences on old mate Johnny Trease's engineering was his early R3.
    I remember on Saturdays being in Bernies bar in Rundle st when an old guy used to idle down the road with what must have been his grandson on the back every week, fell in love with them then,then in the mid seventies a mate bought one and gave me a ride,that was it i was hooked. I have had Harley's since 75 but there has always been a triple in the shed.

    So you would have been around when 'Uncle Tom' 'Fat Peter' 'Huey Dunlop' and 'Mitchel' were lightening wallets? i nearly bought a BSA Y13 engine and trans from uncle Tom for $15 in 71,i had plans of building a chopper out of it,check out the price of one now.

    Cheers mate.

  • Lozz Posts: 19
    Stock Poster Lozz
    17 Jul 2019 08:48 PM

    Beside Streetbob, I have a 2000mdl xjr1300 Yammy that I have owned for 16years that mostly gets used as work hack. Strong, reliable, not as likely to get pinched while I'm at work & a good rider. Also a 1999 TL1000s Suzi vtwin 1000 just for fun. Was cheap and disposable if need be, and it's a beast with an awesome note. Looking for another Harley at the moment as I wrote off Bob on a country road courtesy couple of farm dogs. Looking for low km Dyna in Vic for around 15k to replace the king of the garage. Let's not forget the "87 Postie that I cruise the back lanes (No Rego)


  • Baloffski Posts: 1788
    Victoria
    Motor Head Baloffski
    18 Jul 2019 06:48 PM
    Oh oh, Hoodengy, no that guy was my brother, that worked a J.N's, I wished I had a brother to allay the fickled finger..

    Yeah, not there for too long, as started chasing money, but did enjoy working there, so much I'd leave home at around 6 or 6.30 am to start at 9.00 am. I road my motorcycles  through the Adelaide hills, on the way from West Beach- home, to Adelaide south work on various bikes , as you do...Hooked then.
    The guys that came in didn't bitch too much, although I tried never to serve the dude that came in displaying a  revolver under his cutoff/leather jacket, not you I hope. lol. Remember, a few Hendrix, Speedy, oh shit too long ago, but can picture them, Reg Pettman was my manager, I still have a reference he wrote me. My nickname was Weed, for some reason. I left before Harley equation, unfortunately.
  • bloodog Posts: 1462
    Alice Springs NT
    Performance Poster bloodog
    18 Jul 2019 09:52 PM
    About 100 years ago 
    I worked my cunt of 2 jobs to buy a brand new Honda CR 250R Motocross bike. Took it out for its first ride and flipped it in top gear. 
  • Baloffski Posts: 1788
    Victoria
    Motor Head Baloffski
    19 Jul 2019 01:32 AM
    Quoting bloodog on 18 Jul 2019 09:52 PM
    About 100 years ago 
    I worked my cunt of 2 jobs to buy a brand new Honda CR 250R Motocross bike. Took it out for its first ride and flipped it in top gear. 
    Ahh memory lane aye BD.. 
    Mine was a customised Yamaha 305,(two stroke) in metallic orange, ace bars, in 1971. Worked before school in Adelaide at the East market.
    Ya know its funny how you forget some of the harder slogs done to get that First Bike.
    My other bike is a 1996 Yamaha TT600 Belgarda.
  • budros Posts: 5
    QLD
    Stock Poster budros
    19 Jul 2019 10:56 AM
    My 1974 XS650 I just sold and my 1973 RD350. The RD is a machine, cant see myself ever selling it.
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  • Jay-Dee Posts: 85
    Great South East
    Stock Poster Jay-Dee
    20 Jul 2019 10:14 AM
    ^^^^^ Cool, I love the old RD.

    Here's my non-Harley, I had it long before the Harley, there's nothing like V twins.


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  • Ratbob Posts: 1096
    Adelaide Hills
    Performance Poster Ratbob
    20 Jul 2019 10:28 AM
    Quoting Baloffski on 16 Jul 2019 08:28 PM
    Hey Hoodengy, just on a note of the BSA Rocket 3. In the early 70s I was a stock records clerk for J.N.Taylors in Adelaide. Bought a new XL250 Honda Motorsport from them for $678.00
    Adelaide had a myriad of motorcycle shops scattered within the CBD, and I would browse every lunchtime in these shops, as I had while going to school in town. Anyway, I came across a beautiful blue BSA Rocket 3 one day for $850. I raced back to work and looked up the parts available for her, and was disappointed to find that we, the stockist for Triumph, BSA, Norton, Greeves, with the new Honda models coming in, plus there were other makes, can't remember,  had a couple of valves only for the rocket 3, anything else in those day,s I would order from the UK, which took a minimum of six weeks. I bought an XS1 650 Yamaha, unfortunately. I did have a BSA A10 at the time, embarrassingly metallic purple with a squeeze horn, god can still smell the oil from those British bikes still now. specially when going into those old motorcycle shops.
    If you can keep the Rocket reno updated,as sure many of the crew on here are interested, and reminiscing too. thanks. 
    Jeeze mate, I bought my first Harley at Taylors, think it was 1974/5, a slightly used 1974 XLH.
    Yet another bike I wish I’d kept.
  • speedzter Posts: 1796
    The 'Rat
    Motor Head speedzter
    20 Jul 2019 05:22 PM
    Quoting Jay-Dee on 20 Jul 2019 10:14 AM
    ^^^^^ Cool, I love the old RD.

    Here's my non-Harley, I had it long before the Harley, there's nothing like V twins.


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    One of my all time favourite bikes.
    Had to sell mine as I was riding way to fast too often


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  • JFE Posts: 1741
    NSW
    Motor Head JFE
    20 Jul 2019 07:25 PM
    Always loved the look and sound of the Honda SP2. Good value now and a piece of history that still hammers!
  • steelo Posts: 2571
    Adelaide
    Forum Legend steelo
    20 Jul 2019 07:28 PM
    Love your 2 bikes budros especially the rd350. 
  • Jay-Dee Posts: 85
    Great South East
    Stock Poster Jay-Dee
    20 Jul 2019 10:15 PM
    Quoting JFE on 20 Jul 2019 07:25 PM
    Always loved the look and sound of the Honda SP2. Good value now and a piece of history that still hammers!
    They're slow by today's sports bike standards but still bloody fast and fairly hard to come by now. Nobody wanted the white ones when I bought mine, it's 2002 plated and was still in the shop brand new in 2004, the dealer had two of them.

    I still like the SP-1 as well, seeing one of them go past made me ditch my Firestorm for the SP-2. It's a shame you had to let your SP-1 go speedzter.
  • speedzter Posts: 1796
    The 'Rat
    Motor Head speedzter
    21 Jul 2019 10:31 AM
    Quoting JFE on 20 Jul 2019 07:25 PM
    Always loved the look and sound of the Honda SP2. Good value now and a piece of history that still hammers!
    Quoting Jay-Dee on 20 Jul 2019 10:15 PM
    They're slow by today's sports bike standards but still bloody fast and fairly hard to come by now. Nobody wanted the white ones when I bought mine, it's 2002 plated and was still in the shop brand new in 2004, the dealer had two of them.

    I still like the SP-1 as well, seeing one of them go past made me ditch my Firestorm for the SP-2. It's a shame you had to let your SP-1 go speedzter.
    Funny to think of them as slow, but yes compared to new standard of 200 hp bikes.
    Love the sound of the SP's gear driven Cam's.
    The SP had great handling on our shit roads.
    Not track perfect, but ever once gave the slightest twitch on the road.
    I also went from a Firestorm to the SP ! 

    As you say, cant beet a good V Twin !!
    Now I'm off to look through Bikesales ...........
  • Rivo Posts: 68
    Chiang Rai Thailand
    Stock Poster Rivo
    21 Jul 2019 12:46 PM
    My latest bike..............its a Honda NC750X, with the DCT (Automatic), parallel twin with a good amount of torque, redline is at 6250rpm................this bike is ideal for the type of riding I do up here in Northern Thailand.......................






  • Neale Posts: 416
    Richmond NSW
    Stage 1 Poster Neale
    21 Jul 2019 05:26 PM
    Quoting budros on 19 Jul 2019 10:56 AM
    My 1974 XS650 I just sold and my 1973 RD350. The RD is a machine, cant see myself ever selling it.
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    Nice RD.
  • Oz Dan Posts: 314
    QLD
    Stage 1 Poster Oz Dan
    11 Oct 2019 09:33 PM
    Been away for a bit ridin this........so, it’s a great bike for having fun on. Goes like all hell, handles like a dream, stops on a dime and is reasonably capable off-road. Still, wouldn’t be without my King......which is under the cover lol......


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