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Hello from an old guy that loves riding

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Started riding in 1976 on a 400 Kawasaki triple 2 stroke when I went into the Air Force and it felt like the fastest thing in the world between stop lights at the time. Had a BSA 650 after that on a hard tail I rode from Austin Texas to California which broke down about every 100 miles due to Lucas Electrics, but I had a blast and met so many great people. I the bought an a 82 Sportster that I rode for years. Not riding at the moment but looking hard at the new Royal Enfields. Currently have a 1965 S90 I am bringing back to life that an old boss gave me a few years ago that she rode while in college back in the 80's. Hoping to get in touch with some of the Honda 90 crowd that might have some tips if I run into issues or have questions.
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I don't think $$$ will slow him down. His shop specializes in rare cars. Here's a few snapshots including his personal XKE, 1953 Jaguar and MGB-GT, a client's V12 Jag, and a bay inside his shop.

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I don't think $$$ will slow him down. His shop specializes in rare cars. Here's a few snapshots including his personal XKE, 1953 Jaguar and MGB-GT, a client's V12 Jag, and a bay inside his shop.

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No, with all those toys I would guess not. Cool cars.
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Started riding in 1976 on a 400 Kawasaki triple 2 stroke when I went into the Air Force and it felt like the fastest thing in the world between stop lights at the time. Had a BSA 650 after that on a hard tail I rode from Austin Texas to California which broke down about every 100 miles due to Lucas Electrics, but I had a blast and met so many great people. I the bought an a 82 Sportster that I rode for years. Not riding at the moment but looking hard at the new Royal Enfields. Currently have a 1965 S90 I am bringing back to life that an old boss gave me a few years ago that she rode while in college back in the 80's. Hoping to get in touch with some of the Honda 90 crowd that might have some tips if I run into issues or have questions.
Welcome from another old rider. Can't kick an old BSA any more, got a rigid frame for a65 in my rock garden though. Rode my BMW r1150r and my VulcanS both today while rounding up a couple of bolts for the Thruxton 900 I picked up last week. 360掳 crank like the old BSA held it bring back those old English memories but the low cafe bars are gonna limit my distance on it.
Started riding in 1976 on a 400 Kawasaki triple 2 stroke when I went into the Air Force and it felt like the fastest thing in the world between stop lights at the time. Had a BSA 650 after that on a hard tail I rode from Austin Texas to California which broke down about every 100 miles due to Lucas Electrics, but I had a blast and met so many great people. I the bought an a 82 Sportster that I rode for years. Not riding at the moment but looking hard at the new Royal Enfields. Currently have a 1965 S90 I am bringing back to life that an old boss gave me a few years ago that she rode while in college back in the 80's. Hoping to get in touch with some of the Honda 90 crowd that might have some tips if I run into issues or have questions.
The RE looks like a great choice. It is pretty much the most bike for the money and it is very "real". I'm surprised an XS650 wasn't on your list. It is a little more "real" than some folks might care for. I've had 5.
The RE looks like a great choice. It is pretty much the most bike for the money and it is very "real". I'm surprised an XS650 wasn't on your list. It is a little more "real" than some folks might care for. I've had 5.
My first street legal bike was an xs650, not sure how many of them I've had. Put about 9000 miles on my RE 535 Continent GT. Haven't ridden the 650s yet.
My first street legal bike was an xs650, not sure how many of them I've had. Put about 9000 miles on my RE 535 Continent GT. Haven't ridden the 650s yet.
You sounded like a XS650 kinda guy. My first was an XS-1 (now a serious collector item) that I rode from San Antonio to Lake Placid NY and back. NO freeways. The RE Interceptor certainly gets my attention, but my 599 would leave it parked a lot I fear. By any objective criteria this Honda Hornet is vastly superior.
Started riding in 1976 on a 400 Kawasaki triple 2 stroke when I went into the Air Force and it felt like the fastest thing in the world between stop lights at the time. Had a BSA 650 after that on a hard tail I rode from Austin Texas to California which broke down about every 100 miles due to Lucas Electrics, but I had a blast and met so many great people. I the bought an a 82 Sportster that I rode for years. Not riding at the moment but looking hard at the new Royal Enfields. Currently have a 1965 S90 I am bringing back to life that an old boss gave me a few years ago that she rode while in college back in the 80's. Hoping to get in touch with some of the Honda 90 crowd that might have some tips if I run into issues or have questions.
Hello there! I鈥檓 a few years behind you. I got my first Moto in 鈥76. I was 12, she was a Kawasaki KZ90; I鈥檝e not stopped since. I have a 鈥90 Honda Pacific Coast, and just got a 鈥22 Royal Enfield Meteor. It鈥檚 a fun little bike. Easy to ride, plenty of pep for my 135# frame, and looks great! Oh, and I鈥檓 getting about 70 mpg.
Wasn't going to get much further then that without a stop anyway. 2.5 gallon peanut tank doesn't go too far. Had a gas can packed in my duffel strapped to the sissy bar. No comments please on my intelligence or sanity. :rolleyes:
Welcome from the Missouri Ozarks and thank you for your service!

Plenty of folks (including some of the loving members on this site ;)) think I'm crazy for taking off on my bike by myself for 11 or 12 days on a reliable, modern machine (Currently a 2018 NINJA 650 ABS KRT; I've pulled the same stunt on a Honda NT700V, NINJA 1000, and, yes, NINJA 300 :eek:). But I have also been blessed to have the Good Lord send me help when I need it. The biggest problem I've had was that the shop gave me an off-road chain shortly before my trip last year, and nobody figured it out (including the same shop when I trailered back a there a couple days later to get it checked and adjusted again; I thought there may have been an extra link or something) until I was 250 miles in and the shop owner who let me use his parking lot to adjust the chain AGAIN (hard to believe he couldn't spare a mechanic for a damsel in distress with a credit card...) said, "There aren't any O-rings." Well, there weren't any X-whatevers either, but they DID give me the green chain I asked for.:rolleyes: But the Harley riders in the Waffle House parking lot the next day directed me to the former Kawi dealer in Paducah, KY (the current one didn't have anything in stock that would fit, as they used to be just Polaris, I guess) who had me on the road with a proper albeit not green chain about noon.(y) Two years ago, I was adjusting my windscreen at a gas station without benefit of my "good" tools, and a retired rider came over to see if he could help. Turns out one of the nut wells was damaged, but I didn't want to burn my last spare, so he came up with putting lipbalm on it to get it to seat in the windscreen.(y) Same trip, I was lost trying to escape Norfolk, VA, waiting at a light to go under the freeway to get back on, and I was trying to get a sip out of my Camelbak, but it was caught on something. A Good Samaritan from two cars back hopped out, ran up and freed my drink hose, then ran back to his car before the light changed. Yes, I truly do rely on the kindness of strangers.:giggle::giggle::giggle:
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Thanks to everyone for the posts and good wishes and I have really enjoyed reading everyone's reply's. I wanted to share that I got the S90 running, titled and tagged. Starts first kick (with a new carb) and will get up to about 50 MPH on a flat stretch. Taken it for a few short rides just enough to get the urge again. Of course the box truck that nearly ran over me dampened my enthusiasm briefly. :D:poop:o_O Sharing a pic of the beast, wasn't going for a full restoration just clean and roadworthy. Note the inspection sticker on the fork is from 1979 so been a while since last on the road. Cheers to everyone and ride safe.
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