Friday, 20 September 2013
'DIFFERENT STROKERS FOR DIFFERENT FOLKERS' . . . . SIGHTED THESE TWO UTTERLY DIFFERENT SICKLES LAST WEEKEND, NOT MUCH IN COMMON THERE YOU MAY WELL OPINE . . . . YOU'D BE RIGHT AND WRONG . . . . THE B3 BANTAM CHOOK CHASER/CAFE RACER/TRIALS TAKER I LOVED FOR IT'S INDIVIDUALITY AND HONESTY . . . . THE EARLY EIGHTIES JAWA FOUR VALVE HAD ME FROM TURN LEFT, THE LAST OF THE CLASSIC MODERN ERA SLIDERS . . . . TWO WHEELS UNITED.
Like most guys my age who have always been bike nutters, I've seen a lot of BSA's most prolific product in a multitude of guises over the years, mint restos, unrestored shitters, scramblers, mini road racers, trials hybrids, ag-bikes and even a couple of half arsed comic chops, one with a raked Virago front end, but I ain't ever seen anything quite as unique as this little fucker, plastic Jappy MX tank and 'bobbed' rear guard, full length front guard and the entirely fetching cafe/beached dolphin seat, nonetheless, it's a motorcycle and I love it, ringa ding ding ding !!!
Then there was this 1979/1980 model speedway mosheen for sale at $3,500 standing proudly on its trailer and still evoking the sounds of these wonderful rockets in the days before noise restrictions and silencers fucking with the experience. The Jawa donk was fitted with the 4 valve, Briggs developed, head which in their day were an awesome bit of kit, helping to eke further life out of the marque that took over where the J.A. Prestwich powerplants left off, I remember going to the Sydney Showground with my dad and uncle to see the sliders in action as a young kid . . . . the sights, the smells and the sounds have stuck with me ever since, no brakes, fuck all suspension, one speed . . . . yep, go incredibly fast, turn left.