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Bikes and parts that have nicknames that stuck
Velocette LE "Noddy bike"
Norton "Dolls head" gearbox
Norton CS1 "Cricket bat" engine
OK Supreme "Lighthouse engine"
Triumph "Bathtub"

Any more?


BSA B31 500 "Stargazer"
Greeves 200 "Blue Meanie"
Greeves 350
Greeves 360
GM500 sprint bike "Deofol"
Jawa 500 "Llareggub"
Aprilia RSV Mille "Lo Stregone"
'35 & '36 OK Supreme
Kawasaki ZZR1400 "Kuro no senshi"
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BSA/Triumph triple "Ray gun" mufflers
OIF BSA/Triumph twin "bread box" fuel tanks
BSA/Triumph "comical" hubs
"Villainous" engines

Binks "mousetrap" and "rat trap" carburettors

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How could I have missed the pre unit BSA "Ski slope" ?


BSA B31 500 "Stargazer"
Greeves 200 "Blue Meanie"
Greeves 350
Greeves 360
GM500 sprint bike "Deofol"
Jawa 500 "Llareggub"
Aprilia RSV Mille "Lo Stregone"
'35 & '36 OK Supreme
Kawasaki ZZR1400 "Kuro no senshi"
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"Jampot" shock absorbers on the AJSs ....


Be guided by facts that you can observe yourself, along with knowledge of how people have behaved during similar periods in history.
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When I was 16 years old. me and my ol' man were sitting in the garage with me admiring my newly acquired 1968 BSA 650 Lighting and he said, "you got a Limey Leaker" as he slow dragged his cigarette.

He was a Harley guy but did own and ride a BSA 650 and then a Triumph 650 before going all out Harley-Davidson in the mid 1970's.


Good Times !!


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1957 6T Thunderbird 650
1968 T100R Daytona 500
1971 TR6R Tiger 650
1970 BSA A65F 650
1955 Tiger 100 - Project
1971 BSA A65 650 - Project
1972 Norton Commando 750 "Combat"


"Every time I listen to AC/DC, so do my neighbors"

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two strokes were " Tweedle Pops " around here.....or sometimes " Ringdings "

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Power-Egg Beezers
Sausage-box Norton gearbox.
Half- a-one Vincent comet.

There's loads of 'em.

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Pillion seat, fanny bracket.
Brake cooling rings, Bacon Slicers
Aluminium, trouble metal
Avon Speedmaster, skidmaster.
Dolls head , earlier Norton gearbox
Avon 1.5 fairing, Pigs snout
2 strokes, stink wheels


71 Devimead, John Hill, John Holmes A65 750
56 Norbsa 68 Longstroke A65
Cagiva Raptor 650
MZ TS 250
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We always called external fly wheels bacon slicers
Abd let us not forget the mightest BSA of all
The sausage tank B2


Bike Beesa
Trevor
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that waz a beautiful motorcycle

sausage or not


i'm old enough to remember when patriotism meant not trying to overthrow the government.
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Most of them I've ever heard everyone has listed above, but here's two from BSA in the '50's and '60's"

1952-1957 A7 and A10 headlight shroud" "Monk's Cowl."

1959-1962 A10 and A7 headlight fairing & shroud; "Top Hat and Trousers."

And one for the 1950's rigid frame Triumph dual seat: "Ironing Board"

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A few rimes I heard the BSA "power egg" referred to as a "duck decoy".


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'65(lower)/'66(upper, wheels, front end, controls)/'67(seat, exhaust, fuel tank, headlamp)/'70(frame) A65 Bitsa.
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and the number plate on the front fender was called the " Pedestrian slicer "


"It's about the ride..."
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Funny how these things come back in your mind in the middle of the night...

My Dad referred to external flywheels as "boot polishers."

"Bathtub" Triumphs came with "fireman's helmet" front fenders.

Pre-1968, Triumph TR6C and T100C bikes with energy transfer ignition (no battery) had weak, yellow "glow worm" headlights.

Non-folding kick-start levers were "leg breakers."

And, weren't some '50's AJS and Matchless bikes equipped with slim rear shocks, called "candlesticks?"

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Originally Posted by Irish Swede
And, weren't some '50's AJS and Matchless bikes equipped with slim rear shocks, called "candlesticks?"

Yep, they had to have their own name in contrast with the earlier big fat "jampots" ... !


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The old Harleys had a rocker-type clutch pedal with a friction holder that stayed disengaged when you took your foot off .... their Indian counterparts had a car-type clutch pedal that was just spring-return, and got the name "suicide clutch" because if your boot slipped, you were out in the middle of the intersection. Some people call any foot clutch a "suicide clutch" but that's not right.

Lannis


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Originally Posted by Lannis
The old Harleys had a rocker-type clutch pedal with a friction holder that stayed disengaged when you took your foot off .... their Indian counterparts had a car-type clutch pedal that was just spring-return, and got the name "suicide clutch" because if your boot slipped, you were out in the middle of the intersection. Some people call any foot clutch a "suicide clutch" but that's not right.

Lannis

And combine a foot clutch with a bike with only one (rear) brake that is operated by a foot pedal on the other side of the bike and you have quite an interesting riding experience, especially on hill starts.

John

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Unit BSA watermelon cases


1978 Bonneville T140E
1974 Trident
1970 BSA Thunderbolt
1971 Norton Commando
1972 Norton Commando
1973 Norton Commando
1974 Norton Commando
2018 Kawasaki Z900RS


Everything will be alright in the end. If its not alright, its not the end.
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Lannis and George,

My Dad rode 74-inch Harley knuckleheads until as late as 1977.
The front brake on "springer" forks was almost useless,

He referred to that small brake as a "hill-holder."

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"Featherlastic" .... which exists

https://www.cycleworld.com/Norton-motorcycle-building-perfect-bike-the-featherlastic/

All the millions of £, $, euros and yen that major motorcycle manufacturers spend on styling and "image" , and some bloke in a shed builds:

[Linked Image from i.postimg.cc]

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BMW's with "Toaster Tanks"
Gavin took the wind out of my sails by mentioning Royal Enfield's "Bacon Slicers".

Triumph "basket weave" and "eyebrow' tank badges. There must be a long list of derisive nicknames for Lucas stuff (deserved or not).


Al Eckstadt
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Royal Oilfields


1978 Bonneville T140E
1974 Trident
1970 BSA Thunderbolt
1971 Norton Commando
1972 Norton Commando
1973 Norton Commando
1974 Norton Commando
2018 Kawasaki Z900RS


Everything will be alright in the end. If its not alright, its not the end.
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Called "Royal Indian-fields" here in the USA back in the late '50's and early '60's.

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Called "Royal Indian-fields" here in the midwest USA back in the late '50's and early '60's.

How about Nortons with "garden gate" and later "featherbed" frames, and Triumphs with "garden gate" or "mouth organ" tank badges?

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My brother used to call them Bavarian Money Wasters.
You don't wanna know the nicknames I have for my BSA.


Knowledge speaks. Wisdom listens.

72 T120V cafe project "Mr. Jim"
72 T150V "Wotan"
92 BMW K100rs "Gustav"
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