The CB92 cat­a­lyst

Old Bike Australasia - - LET­TERS TO THE EDI­TOR -

About 15 years ago I re­ceived from the edi­tor of VJMC UK a photo of a young chap and his girl friend on a Honda CB92 in the 1960s; me be­ing a fan of these mo­tor­cy­cles. All mo­tor­cy­clists with the same model of bike tend to have con­tact with other own­ers, but I did not know the owner of this bike un­til 2018. My friend and also owner of a CB92, Dave Cole­man, an ex-racer who lives in Aus­tralia he was one of the £10 poms in the 1960s. For peo­ple who do not know what this is, in the ‘60s you could im­mi­grate to Aus­tralia on as­sisted passage for the small sum of £10 (if that was only true to­day). Dave comes to the Isle of Man as of­ten as he can and came over in 2018 for the Jurby Fes­ti­val and to see the Manx GP. A few of Dave’s mates came over with him, and they all called up to our house. Two of them be­ing CB92 own­ers, I got out pho­tos of CB92s and while chat­ting away one of the lads, Barry Cham­ber­lain said, “Hey that’s me on that black and white photo you have”. This was the photo I had re­ceived 15 years ago. I then asked Barry who was the girl on the back of the bike? He said “My girl friend at the time, and be­came my wife Aileen. Wow, what a co­in­ci­dence – the chap in the photo at our house! Dave and Barry were mates in the ‘60s when both had CB92s and worked for the same firm. When Dave left for Aus­tralia they lost con­tact for 30 years. Both of them were mem­bers of the UK VJMC. Barry had sent a photo of him and his girl friend to the edi­tor and he put it in their news­let­ter. Dave saw it and said, “That’s my old mate,” and the friends were united again, and they still have Honda Benly Su­per Sports. I just had to take pho­tos of them on CB92s now. The two other chaps who called with Dave and Barry were also past £10 Poms and had moved back to Eng­land. Both mo­tor­cy­clists. Richard Bara and his son Dick. All four of them are plumbers (you can never get one when you need one and here I had four of them). Well we had a great time gal­li­vant­ing around the Isle of Man to places like Tony East’s Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum and the Jurby Fes­ti­val where we took lots of pho­tos. Yet again a lit­tle Honda bring­ing peo­ple to­gether again. John Dalton Isle of Man

Barry Cham­ber­lain with then girl­friend Aileen.

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