1951 Triumph TR6 Thunderbird
Lloyd ready to
head off to kindy
on the Trumpy. Come on Dad!
My first memories of motorcycles is my Dad riding his
1951 Triumph TR6 Thunderbird 650cc to work and the Rudge
sidecar unit down in the back yard. Later I can also remember Dad
taking me to kindy garden on the "Trumpy".
Eventually Dad couldn't afford to keep the Triumph
running and it was parked in the back yard near the sand pit.
I played on it a lot during my primary school years. The Rudge
ended up being taken to the Whyalla tip!
My first motorcycle was a Suzuki 120 purchased for $60,
very second-hand from the BHP Steelworks in Whyalla. I gained
access to it the day I finished my last HSC examination in
December, 1973. A quick clean up and going over saw it good
enough to pass a roadworthy and get registered.
& Scamp on the Suzuki.
It'll Do & Jurra in the background
But the Suzuki
didn't run well. I had to carry three spark plugs wherever I
went: one to get me there; one to get back; plus a spare.
The spark plugs would quickly foul up and have to be
cleaned. Nothing we tried to fix the problem worked very
Down a very steep hill, with a strong
following wind, the Suzuki once clocked 85 kph! It seized one day
early in 1974 and a complete strip down and rebuild was carried out.
Thankfully Dad was making frequent trips to Indonesia at
the time, where there was a good supply of spare parts for
that particular model.
In 1974, I first got serious about restoring the 1951
Triumph TR6 Thunderbird 650cc motorcycle my father
purchased in 1952. I ending up spending about $2,000 on
bits, re-chroming etc. But I left home to spend a year in
Tasmania before I finished the job and never got back to
it. At the time I wasn't planning to do a full restoration,
but now I think that would be the best thing to do. But
this means I'll have to find a tank, headlight nacelle and
instruments, exhaust system, etc. The real hard part will
be getting my Dad to dig out all of the bits that are
stored away in various nooks and crannies at his place in
& Kym Borrett heading off
to play basketball for Whyalla
on the Yamaha DT175 (1976)
In 1976 I purchased a Yamaha DT175 trail bike new. With
my mates we'd head off for the day riding in the scrub
around Whyalla. They all mostly had large old British
bikes, which would make it a really tiring day for them.
When I think back to some of the riding antics we got up to way out in
the middle of nowhere, I now shudder.
Not long after moving to Melbourne in 1977, I decided
the Yamaha DT175 wasn't really that suitable around the
city. I purchased a new Honda CX-500 water-cooled, V twin,
shaft drive road bike. A very big and heavy bike for its
engine capacity, which was accentuated by the full fairing,
twin Krauser panniers, tank bag and Hallmark back pack
accessories I added. A great touring unit though.
1978 Honda CX-500
I made a few trips to Sydney on the Honda, and of course
numerous trips to Waikerie to go gliding. The CX-500 would
sit comfortably all day on 150 kph and I'd get off at the
end of the day feeling just fine. Unfortunately the police
didn't approve and I was booked many times. The things we
do when we're young!
In 1990, after moving out of the city to my rural
retreat at Glenaroua, the Honda was sold. I've since had a
succession of dirt bikes on the place, but currently
there's nothing. Must do something about that.
Monday, 01 April 2013