Moto mem­o­ries

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An ISDT check­point is of­ten a fran­tic place as riders hur­tle in, des­per­ate to keep on time. In 1975 how­ever, there was time to pe­ruse the Rokon.

It is a typ­i­cally Bri­tish thing to form an or­derly queue, even at an ISDT time check. This par­tic­u­lar one was in the Isle of Man in 1975 and John Hol­lan­der – on his Rokon – is about to leave and make way for Bri­tish team man John May on a 360 Jawa. A few of the Bri­tish team riders ad­mit­ted things were not al­ways so or­derly in other coun­tries, when a gag­gle of riders would de­scend on a time con­trol. Hol­lan­der’s Rokon is a tech­ni­cally in­ter­est­ing ma­chine, it be­ing more of an agri­cul­tural thing than a comp bike. How­ever, the ma­chines, with their pull cord start­ing and au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, were tough enough to fin­ish the ISDT, where other sup­pos­edly su­pe­rior ma­chines didn’t. No prob­lems with the Jawas used by Bri­tish teams that year...

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