Think pink

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

In relation to the story on Dot Robin­son (OBA 47), Dot and Earl rode around Aus­tralia in sum­mer 1973; I man­aged to get Dot’s 1972 FLH Har­ley in April 1973 – it was very pink! It had 10,600 miles on it and was in very good con­di­tion. The photo (right) shows my sis­ter Marlene on it. Larry Devlin Moe ,Vic 650 BSA Light­ning. It was an Amer­i­can model with candy ap­ple red tank and chrome knee in­serts. It looked fan­tas­tic, sounded even bet­ter and we had great times cruis­ing the streets of Ade­laide on it. My views of the bike changed though when we rode it to Mel­bourne one long week­end. The vi­bra­tions were just aw­ful. We had to stop on route to tighten up loose nuts and bolts and so the rider could give his wrists a rest from the vi­bra­tions. It in­flu­enced my views on twin cylin­der bikes for many years. After about 6 months of work I pur­chased my first new bike, a brand new Honda CB500 Four. It was smooth, started at the touch of a but­ton, and things didn’t vi­brate off it. It cost me $1250. At the time

In­aus­pi­cious de­but: the ex-George CroweBSA at Sel­licks Beach.Very pink in­deed!

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