Float­ing your boat

Classic Dirtbike - - Letters -

There I was on the run up to Christ­mas 2016, mus­ing over what I’d like Santa to squeeze down the chim­ney for me and in the end I set­tled on my all-time lust ob­ject mo­tor­cy­cle, the one that is my screen­saver and makes me go all gooey.

Then I got to won­der­ing what you out there, my fel­low en­thu­si­asts, would like Santa to bring you, so just be­fore Christ­mas, I posted a photo of Bill Nils­son’s 1957 world MX cham­pi­onship win­ning AJS 7R on our face­book page, adding the com­ment ‘Dear Santa, for Christ­mas this year I would like… well what would you like? What floats your mo­tor­cy­cling boat? For me it’s Bill Nils­son’s 1957 world Cham­pi­onship win­ning AJS 7R.’ Then I asked you for your replies, here’s a few:

Freddy Malm­ström was straight off the mark with a photo of a Wasp Wes­lake out­fit, and mighty fine it is too. Next face­book com­ment was from Sam Brines who cited a 1974 250 KTM, though didn’t say if it was en­duro or MX. The world of face­book is global, as if you didn’t know, so over in Cal­i­for­nia, Hap Oswald reck­oned the Honda RS360T did it for him, and it was an­other Honda tri­als bike, this time the Steve Saun­ders Roth­mans RTL 250 which did it for Mervyn Smith. I seem to re­call Mervyn telling me he had ex­pe­ri­ence of this bike in his Honda days. Fi­nally though, Barry Nut­ley and Allan Forbes said they both liked Nils­son’s AJS, but it was the later Cres­cent ver­sion which did it for them. Thank you to all who took part and all who shared the post in our off-road com­mu­nity, it proved what I and many oth­ers al­ready sus­pected, this off-road lark is al­len­com­pass­ing. Tim Brit­ton Edi­tor CDB

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