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Ahhhh, India. What a place! Probably the most dangerous country in the world to ride a motorcycle in. You do see the occasional helmet, but "de rigeur" if you'll excuse that ironic pun, is normal loose fitting clothes for a hot climate and no head protection what so ever. It's not uncommon to see three or four people on a bike, that is, rider plus passengers, blasting around blind bends in a completely insane way, and the girls ride pillion side-saddle!!!!

About 20-ish years ago, Royal Enfield Motorcycles Sold all the tools jigs and fixtures and a whole load of engines frames and cycle parts to the Enfield India Corp. and to this day, they produce a 50's style 500cc single the "Bullet" which is the national motorcycle of India...There are thousands of 'em.

I don't say I'm particularly brave or fool hardy, but just to get the braggin rights, I had to experience a ride in these sort of conditions to add to my own memories, so after much coaxing and cajoling, I convinced MrsBB to join me on a trip to Anjuna market, an old 60's hippy colony abt 20 miles from Candolim where we were staying.

To the rear of Zappa's, a beach shack bar, was a parking lot where a bunch of local traders had stalls and stuff set up to sell to tourists. Next to the row of ever ready taxis and tuc-tucs*
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* The tuc tuc... local colloquialism... is like a three wheel rickshaw powered by either a lambretta or a lawnmower engine....and thats the sound they make on over-run.
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There stood a Thai lookin lady in a sarong, hiring out Enfields!
More Ltr if any farquar interested.

....btw today May 13th is the anniversary of T.E.Lawrence's demise. Lawrence of Arabia shot through six days after he piled his SS100 Brough Superior into a tree as he swerved to avoid some kids on bicycles.

Although known as the Rolls Royce of Motorcycles, the brakes and suspension on these bikes were like a bad dream by modern day standards, and the SS100 achieved over 169 mph in the late 1920's
So, hats off to Lawrence, he's part of the streetfighter heritage.
 

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indeed. good story. pics??? i've never been anywhere india...actually barely been outta the US. i need world exposure!
 

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:LolLolLolLol: O.K. Adam, but that world exposure dont mean flashing ya ding-a-ling outta the window. :smiley finger wag:

All jesting aside, This is one inexpensive destination for a summer vacation. you can eat and drink plenty all day for a pocketfull of change and experience such a culture shock it will stay vivid in your mind for years. It's just a cacaphony of sounds, sights, smells, oppressive heat and a teeming ant-hill of people all babbling and begging or trying to sell you fake Rolex's wierd jewelry cheap clothes from dawn till..why, dawn actually.

Unfortunately my hold-all with camera and footage, and most bits that I wanted to bring home, were stolen/lost during the latter part of the trip, but I do have some shots from my wifes cam that can be scanned up. other than that, I'll try to paint the picture with words.

In the interim, It may be worth Googling up about Indian vacations just to see whar bargains are out just now. The place I write of is an ex-Portuguese colony called Goa and is a tad less risky to your health than some of the other provinces.

I shall root about for some of the pics for illustration purposes, and write up the tale soon. But heres a fun read to whet your appetite till then ;) BB

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/gregfrazier/news/2000-12-22.shtml
 

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Actually, this is nothing to do with the current topic.

It's just a work-a-day muse for CF-ers that are sharing this wider interest in motorcycling.
So, as a Lil bonus post check this out:



Instructo-matic: click on the tits then abnywhere on the page that loads then tweak the babes nipple as you listn to a nice background track. Enjoy ;)
 

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haelo said:
What the fuck is that.
It's something I learned to do in India. It's a Kharma trip man...you like? or is that the sherriff head you wearin my friend???
 

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I'v seen East Indian guy's riding in Vancouver BC wearing turbans...
AND it's legal for them,,,,something to do with they won't come off or something.

:wtf:
 

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their turbans are DOT and SNELL approved...didnt you know that?
 

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:D Of course it could be pre-bandage-ing I never thought of that before.

Yes, in England the Sikh religion wear the turban on motorcycles too, they have a special dispensation from the Govmnt.
 

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Katana John. Right now I'm "coming out" on this site as the original graybeard. You an' me are Vying for honorary member with most survival years under our belts. I'm gonna come clean now and tell you that I rode Honda's when they had bendy frames and rich milk chocolate camshafts. The time when "GIVE IT JAPAN" meant burying the tach needle so deep in the red that it fanned over the 'made in nippon' logo at the bottom of the guage.

This ones gonna slay ya....I frirst rode a mtorcycle as pillion on the back of a BSA Gold Flash combo (motorcycle and sidecar) behind a German!!! He was my uncle Otto, a German (ex) P.O.W.

Every great english sports bike b4 the Japanese screwed it up, I have either owned or ridden, from an Eddie Dow DBD34 Gold Star, A Velocette Thruxton, Triumph Bonnie, Norton 650SS Dominator, and I could go on and on but suffice to say...Arghhhh I'm freakin 60

(beat that kid) :LolLolLolLol:
 

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sounds allot like the phillipines. theres only one rule on the roads... the bigger vehicle wins
 

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ahhh BB that explains the dimensia. haha. j/k mate. age is just a number buddy a gauge..but its really how old you feel.

i woulda guessed you about my age :D



most importantly tho...we've got to have the wise old owl, to give us life lessons and fighterisms! haha.
 

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Thanks Adam. I thought I'd better spill the beanz so I'll be more easily recognizeable if ever there comes a CustomFighters World Bash....Now let me see, Ahhh Flat black zimmer frame with knuck handgrips..hmmm must be that old fart BB from england :D
 

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Ok BB you got me.
I didn't start riding till 1985, but I can say I'v crashed every bike i'v ever owned...:wtf:
Well KJ you have one over me there mate! But for sure I've had my share of spills too. One nasty back in my teens actually dam near finished me for good with head and leg injuries. The leg is now like a friggin rheumatic weather barometer, and of course the head damage is evident from my normal crackpot style of posts.

Keep on rockin John, Good to speak man. BB
 

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BB.I know how the leg thing is,, I always fall off on my left knee, it's just about had it.
I had a WHAT THE FUCK crash in 05,,,woke up laying on ground,,,,, bunch of tourists standing around looking at me.
Smacked my head real good that time.
The pills help a lot, found out I'm allerject to morphine the hard way...
Who's that guy that said "what doesn'kill us makes us stronger" well that's a load of crap.....But I keep climbing on so stupidity probably plays a part in all this.....
 

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Yeah KJ mebbe the stupidity bit is a result of a few too many bangs on the Ol' swede. ;) I have tried alot of remedies for the hip and leg pains, from acupucture to chiropractors, as well as a cocktail of pain killers when it gets real bad. It always comes back, and it's a bastrd. Interestingly, other than the amazing write up by the Doc in that link posted here at the start of the thread, one of my quests in going to India was to try out some of this Ayuverdic massage they do over there. I did pay 500 Rupees and 20 Rp. and recieved two such treatments, the 20R one was like a straight sports injury massage from a guy in a loincloth...very freaky thing for an ol' straighto like me...It seemed to work for a few days. The 500 was administered in a cool shady room by an 18 yr old babe in a thin cotton sarong, that worked better still and I forgot I even had legs for a short time. :D
 

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I'm barely legal :D
When I got back to the pool side mrsBB twigged that sumthin had gone on and I was rendered barely recognizeable during subsequent interrogation :D
 
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