Old Trail Bikes

Let's give these bikes their own, much-deserved thread.

At our corner of the lake where my cottage was, we (family and neighbours) had a black Honda, a red Suzuki, and a blue Yamaha, like this one. Fun times, even if I almost killed myself on that Honda, lol.

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This was a neighbour's bike, but I remember well how scorching hot that exhaust pipe would get.

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Those Trail 90's are worth a lot more now than when they were new. Just saying.

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Had to Google Trail 90s to know what you were referencing, but:
:+1:.

A fun(ny) little side story: as a younger lad, I heard junior high friends talk of dirt bikes, and the differences between 125s and 250s. I assured these friends that my father must have had a 500cc dirt bike since it was suuuuuch a huge motorcycle.

But.

Come a few summer later and I finally get to see my dad's bike again . . . . and it's a 90cc Honda trail bike, lol. But when I was 4 years old, it sure seemed huuuuuuuge.
:face_with_open_eyes_and_hand_over_mouth:

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But are the Als?

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iā€™d rather own that Trail 90 than the Als right now

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Sweet

This is what I was talking about. Dude's garage is packed full of these things - Like 20 of them from "sort of running" to "parts and pieces."

I had a 1965 suzuki m15 80cc back in the early 70s. So much fun for a 1st bike. Seldom drove on pavement.lol

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My cottage neighbour friend's grandfather had something similar. I'm not sure the year, but it was something like this one:

We (as young teenageers in the 80s) only rode them on the cottage roads.

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Mine was blu and drove it at the cottage surrounded by farm land. Freedom. Lol

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The prefect urban commuter. $2500 or more for working / driving. I want one but only want to pay $300. Very cool.

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Back in the day we had a Honda 55 Trail at our lake cottage, rode it til the wheels fell off. I've still got my 72 AJS Stormer 250 and a BSA Bantam sitting in my barn.

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This guy lives in a small town and he used to use these things as his bow hunting transportation - short hops out of town - this guy could be in the elk or deer by running a few minutes out of town - if he got something he would come back with his teen age kids and pack out whatever he killed. Kept his gas bill for the 4WD low -

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Had a little Honda 80 dirt bike as a kid. Loved it. It fostered a life-long love for me. Had quite a few street bikes plus a couple of race bikes I put onto the track. Been a while since I've ridden, but one thing I did like about BC was the backroads.

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here is a sweet vintage trail beast from scotland that may or may not be on roids. early 60ā€™s Greeves.

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This is more my dream...

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the fork and exhaust pipe on that thing are ridiculous

I'm not sure that one would do so well in the BC backwoods.

Give that old 60s chrome any day.

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Backwoods, no. Backroads, definitely.
And yeah, my buddy's BSA Silver Star is a hoot to ride. I'd also love to have an old Triumph Triple or Manx Norton. Great to cruise about. But for sheer performance, modern technology has evolved a long way since then, and with singular purpose.

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