Here's my first ever brand new bike, a 1976 Suzuki GT250 bought from Lloyd Brothers in Hamilton. Previously I'd just had an old ex Post Office bantam that had a twisted frame and wobbled on roundabouts. It came as a great surprise how well the GT250 did in both left and right handers.
This was me ready for the off on my first adventure trip, I was riding from Glasgow to Osnabruck in W Germany, complete with L plates on a bike I'd owned for two weeks. I got it run-in in three days by riding down to Carlisle and back via Edinburgh just to build up the mileage in the first week so that it could be serviced before I set off.
The L plates were ditched as soon as I reached the ferry port at Hull.
The luggage is a full Rickman fibreglass setup, it worked well but scratched really easily. The thing on the tank is a plastic covered, sheet of A4 with hand written route-card. The only time I was 'Geographically Misplaced' was when I was trying to get out of the labyrinth that is Hamburg Docks.
Who would think of touring Europe on a two stroke 250 nowadays.
Older bikes that we've owned or wished we'd owned.
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