Came across the site when looking for a toy run, will be there on Sunday hopefully meet some you of then.
Been riding since 1975, initially on a Suz then Yam 50 (I think you called ‘em fizzies here), a GT750 two stroke Suz, then decided to try and be sensible about the size and go smaller to a GS400. That’s when I found the biking bug had bit hard and there was no getting rid of it. Got rid of the 400 within 3 months and got a GS1000G.A few years later I wanted something sportier but with a shaft drive so bought a Yam 650 turbo which I kept for 21 years.
When I arrived in the UK March last year I saw so many bikes on the road and couldn’t help thinking how insane people are here riding in cold weather. Well this April I took the plunge and bought a ‘97 Thundercat, so I am now officially insane too!
I live in Croydon and try and avoid central London as much as possible!!:hehe:
Looks like the model names may have differed in the UK. I had an AS50, which was an ‘upgrade’ on the A50. These both preceeded an AC50, which possibly was the AP here.
The AC and FS1 were very popular in South Africa, because of the very hilly terrain the SS didn’t do so well, which was very noisy and also extremely slow up hills!!
I didn’t migrate to the FS1, although that was the object of my desires. I had to buy and run the bikes with my pocket money and what I got from holiday work at Christmas. Instead I got an RD50, although the trail version, MR was more popular. It was a scaled down version of it’s bigger brother (or should that be sister) boasted a reed valve intake which made it faster than most. It could still be overtaken by a VW beetle though!!
Glad to know the ‘water bus’ or kettle as you know it was here, nice bike, pity about the handling though!!
I don’t think the Yamaha turbo made it here either.