In the late 50s a neighbour about ten doors down had a VINCENT black shadow.
We, as kids used to drool over that bike.
However, my present bike, that I use now, would have run rings around that Vincent if I had it in those days.
I didn't really appreciate the lack of speed limits then. You only missed them later when things became restricted.
Quite a happy age to have lived in.----
Just got off the phone talking to the older brother of my friend who had the BSA RGS I rode back then. He's now the same age as you. He is now down to only three Vincents....
Comets and Black Shadows. He had rather more but, is systematically selling off his motorcycle collection. The prices some of these old British Bikes fetch now is mind boggling. Three years after I bought it, I sold him my Triumph bought new in 1962 and he still has it although its in a local Motor Cycle museum.
Back then, he and his younger brother were discussing power outputs, torque and what have you. To demonstrate what he was torquing
about, at his invitation I jumped on the pillion of the big V Twin.
That's what I mean by torque John
It's not about high revs and on paper BHP figures...
Point taken and I was impressed watching that speedometer the size of a dinner plate
He lived then within crowd noise range of The Arsenal Football Ground at Highbury. You could always tell when they scored, or missed a sitter.
They are playing tonight away to Sutton United in the FA Cup. It's on TV as I type this. Still 0-0 after twenty minutes with The Gunners @ a massive 9-1 ON... Nine quid wins you just one..!
By the way, your Honda CB 1000... not the in-line six cylinder transverse I lusted after back in the early 1970s is it? What a bike.
Great days gorn forever ... the memories have not though.