Stu88, Each of them was special to me, to choose would be like choosing which of my grandchildren I like best. However my "fave" thrill ride was my 1990 Ducati 851 (trick 984) with 140 rear wheel horsepower, titanium everything, inside and out, e.g. Polen's mag wheels, Roche's spaghetti exhaust (cut and welded to sit low for my saddle bags) upon which I put almost 40000 miles. I was fortunate enough to have a close professional relationship with the then Ducati factory race team(FBF) as well as the Castiglionis' (the factory owners), so they made sure I had one hell of a machine, and it surely was. Arnold
STU , That quote is quite correct , sounds stoopid but I have , more than once , blown a wheel offa an A-65 . the most notable was when I had a small tool bag hanging from the side , with an alu plate backing it and holding it away from the wheel.Hit some potholes at freeway speed , immediately stood up on pegs , bag got caught in the spokes (can only figure it was the leather straps that held it closed ) ripped most of the spokes outta one side as I screeched to a hault . Luckly i was only a couple miles from home and was able to limp it home in clown car style . I have a couple of other scenarios where I wasted wheels on Brit and other bikes... (most recently broke a cast wheel on the BMW while trying to keep up in traffic between 2 semi tractors ) almost always on the freeway ,absolutely lucky . I dont consider myself a particularly lucky guy , but when I think about some of these things I know someone up there is looking out for me , I am certainly not that much a skilled rider .
I can't match that! My two worst experiences were getting into two gears at once at 80mph on my Rudge, whick locked the back wheel, and the primary chain breaking and also locking the back wheel. In the second case I went over the handlebars and luckily landed in a hedge headfirst. I do remember riding a pushbike while carrying a garden fork and inadvertently sticking the prongs in the back wheel which took a few spokes out.
I am 79, not riding anymore because my knees and balance are shot.lasr bike was a 74 commando.
My experiences with the A-10 and A-65, are something like Valk's. I will say the A-10 takes a while to get from ~95 to 102. That is where mine tops out. Typically I run them around 70, and they are similar in handling. I feel that the A-65 is more rev happy and overall a quicker bike off the line.
Brian '64 B40T Enduro Star '49 AJS 18CS '65 A65L/R '71 BMW R75/5 '71 B25T '02 Bonnie '63 A10 SR '47 James ML 125