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Old guys, old bikes

Joined
Jul 12, 2008
Messages
543
Location
elgin,tx
#1
After buying a couple of old bikes, and being old myself, it got me to thinking.
What is the oldest combination of rider and ridden bike here? I'm almost 52 riding a 35 yo bike, puts me around 87 total...Who can beat me? I know this will be easy. Cheers. :chug:
 

h2000fb

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Joined
Nov 21, 2006
Messages
2,329
Location
Crawford, TX
#2
Interesting. Great subject! :popcorn:

I am 58 and was riding a 39 year old bike - but that does not count as I recently sold the bike. This sounds fun. Someone bet this fellow!!

Let's see some AGE! :sun:
 
Joined
May 18, 2006
Messages
594
Location
Laredo, TX
#17
I'm 55

I restored this 60s chopper for a guy, then ended up taking it in trade for my wyfe's '02 Bonneville. It's a '53 Triumph 6T Thunderbird with sprung rear hub, so it's 60 years old. Total 115 years.



However, to be totally honest, I sold it recently, leaving my totally original '66 Bonnie as the oldest running bike I own. That total is 102 years...

 
Joined
May 18, 2006
Messages
594
Location
Laredo, TX
#18
As far as RACING goes, I scratch built a 66/67/68/69 Bonneville 650 to AHRMA historic Production heavyweight rules; meaning it's totally stock except for allowed upgrades of electronic ignition, .020 over pistons and clubman handlebars. I'd say the combo of me and bike is at least 100 years if you average the age of the parts on the bike.

Two highlight shots from 2008 - Daytona & Bonneville





Our racing record is:

5th place in 2008 AHRMA Historic Production Heavyweight Championship, as a rookie (20 riders in the class)
2nd place in 2008 AHRMA "Best of the West" Regional Championship
Set class record at 2008 BUB land speed meet on the Bonneville salt flats 91.948 MPH
Upped class record at 2009 Texas Mile land speed meet - 97.048 MPH
2nd place in 2010 AHRMA Willow Springs race

Not bad for a couple of old beaters...
 
Joined
Jan 15, 2008
Messages
123
Location
Dallas
#19
Dang! I read the original post and thought I was a lock. 57 years old and 53 year old bike...110. I'm not close! Cool thread.
 
Joined
May 18, 2006
Messages
594
Location
Laredo, TX
#21
Your year description on the Bonnie reminds me of that Johnny Cash song "One Piece At A Time"...
Humble beginnings-



Overall finish record-

(1) 2nd
(9) 4th
(5) 5th
(1) 6th
(1) 7th
(2) 8th
(1) 9th

2007 Championship - 11th out of 19 riders (only competed in 4 out of 19 races)
2008 Championship - 5th out of 20 riders (only competed in 13 of 19 races)
2010 championship - 11th out of 20 riders (only competed in 4 out of 19 races)
 
Joined
Jun 11, 2009
Messages
63
Location
Travis County, Tx
#23
'62 cb77 superhawk, 69 yo rider = 120 years...

got the bike when I was 19, (see avatar photo); it went in shed with transmission problem in '74 or so, dragged it out and restored it a few years ago. still putting a few hundred miles on it each year...



also more recently restored a '71 hodaka dirt toy/woods runner, so 42+69 = 111 years on that one...

me second from left with some other hodaka enthusiasts at Hidden Falls last november:

 
Joined
Oct 4, 2009
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6,119
Location
Harmaston, TX
#26
'62 cb77 superhawk, 69 yo rider = 120 years...

got the bike when I was 19, (see avatar photo); it went in shed with transmission problem in '74 or so, dragged it out and restored it a few years ago. still putting a few hundred miles on it each year...

By the looks of that cell phone on your belt I'd say you restored it more than just a few years ago, haha.

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Joined
Jan 16, 2012
Messages
501
Location
Texas
#43
400 years total? :rofl: Think you got it.... OK dudes, let's keep it to one bike, your primary or oldest secondary.
The 5 bikes I have curently tagged, stickered, and insured add up to 163 years, plus , My 58 years :eek2:is 221 years. There are several older bikes not currently tagged, that ARE riders. The 46 Indian really adds up, but it is not currently tagged.
 
Joined
Feb 25, 2004
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Location
Marquez, Tx.
#46
I'm not old but I am 65. Since I failed the third grade, I would have been 64. 1969 Kawasaki Mach 3 500cc widow maker. What's our total years? I dont know, but its not worth figuring. No trophy for this youngster.
 
Joined
May 18, 2006
Messages
594
Location
Laredo, TX
#50
What the heck, some are old photos, some are not that old (bikes), but since the replies are drying up...

1980 Yamaha XT 250 monoshocker, photo taken about 1986-




Me (#142) leading the first wave of the Historic Production Heavyweight class, and one of the faster class (#40) that started in the wave ahead of us, into turn 1 at Barber's in 2007-




My scratch-built '69 Bonnie Street Tracker, and me, before my hair started turning gray. This photo must have been about 1999 or 2000-

 
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