Post by hoist1 on Nov 28, 2019 7:36:47 GMT 1
This really isn’t just rose tinted specs , industry figures ( numbers and people ) will show the sheer volume of bikes sold in this period. In the 60s, being a biker was like being an outcast what with the mods and rockers on Margate beach for example and there was a certain amount of grunginess in clothing and the bikes that dripped oil everywhere, at least with loved strokers it only came out the end of the exhaust. In the immediate post war years it was also a family thing what with motorcycle combos and the fact they were cheap compared to cars. Younger riders ( are there really that many ) will remember mainly being a fair weather rider and the outcasts being car chavs with their stupid loud exhausts deliberately popping and banging about, some neighbours now blame bikes for the car noise and I would admit it’s sometimes not easy to tell. The other things the youngsters will remember, are crowded roads, nothing to do of an evening/night but join the endless drunks in all our towns and cities, piss poor driving standards on crowded roads and knife crime. Canterbury had for a while, The Pilgrims Motorcycle club based at The Red Lion, I remember one night there was a bit of food ( sandwiches ) provided by the tolerant landlord. The night finished off with the excess being used for a food fight that spilled outside and the worst thing that happened was perhaps some tomato juice dribbling down your tank or egg on your clocks. The pub still exists, so that night could be recreated but don’t suppose it would be appreciated now, and the participants would probably be mainly respectable figures ( really ? ).