1950s-60s usability, what do they ride like?

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1950s-60s usability, what do they ride like?

Postby tigcraft » Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:08 pm

At some point I could be interested in something from that era but what do they ride like compared to British of the same times? Are they leak free, reliable and ‘light’ to ride by any chance?
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Re: 1950s-60s usability, what do they ride like?

Postby Rod Fryatt » Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:19 pm

Fifty years ago I was riding a 1965 R50s. It was oil tight, had good brakes, instant starting, utterly reliable light and easy to handle. Would happily go from 10 mph to 90 mph in top gear two up! In spite of its 90k on the clock.
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Re: 1950s-60s usability, what do they ride like?

Postby tigcraft » Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:18 pm

Good to hear so far...

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Re: 1950s-60s usability, what do they ride like?

Postby Jockboxer » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:01 am

Stretch your parameters a bit. An early 5 series flat twin would be a great choice. A pre disc brake R60 or R75.

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Re: 1950s-60s usability, what do they ride like?

Postby chasbmw » Wed May 06, 2020 2:18 pm

leak free, reliable and light.

My R50 is not the quickest.....I have taken it to the Los Indianos rally in Colombres most years, 1000 miles in a week.

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Re: 1950s-60s usability, what do they ride like?

Postby tigcraft » Mon May 11, 2020 7:53 pm

Cheers Chas, simplicity at its best. I do like the linked pics. Have you had it long ? It looks rewarding to ride. Eric

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Re: 1950s-60s usability, what do they ride like?

Postby chasbmw » Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:26 pm

The R50 is fun to ride, I did have some gear changing issues when hot, but they largely went away when I greased the clutch splines, and it took me a while to understand how to adjust the front brake.
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Re: 1950s-60s usability, what do they ride like?

Postby tigcraft » Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:13 pm

Well I don’t seem to be any closer to a ‘real’ bike as yet....
They’re got dame expensive when they turn up...

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Re: 1950s-60s usability, what do they ride like?

Postby windmill john » Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:15 am

That’s one of the reasons I initially got Gupta, my 350 Bullet.
Being an Indian version, he was affordable, yet same design as the 56 Bullet, it gave me a taste of riding a classic bike. A taste I’ve really come to enjoy.

The bike could do it, just not sure I’d want a decent Euro trip on him; purely speed reasons.
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Re: 1950s-60s usability, what do they ride like?

Postby Mjolinor » Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:19 am

Nice one gone on ebay today:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1967-BMW-R50 ... Sw0ZZfkIp5

I too would easily have a RE but the thought of having to MOT it is a problem and expense I can do without.

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Re: 1950s-60s usability, what do they ride like?

Postby tigcraft » Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:12 pm

That’s one of the reasons I initially got Gupta, my 350 Bullet.
Being an Indian version, he was affordable, yet same design as the 56 Bullet, it gave me a taste of riding a classic bike. A taste I’ve really come to enjoy.

The bike could do it, just not sure I’d want a decent Euro trip on him; purely speed reasons.
It’s not that heritage I’d be wanting although it’s very British what you have. Classic Brit stuff never appealed to me although I would like my fathers old 1957 bsa 250 to ‘feel the times’ and experience his life on a bike but it’s nowhere to be found. I’ve a fascination of small Italian classics and also German ‘mopeds’ as they call that name towards real bikes.


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