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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #15 on: 06.08. 2017 13:34 »
Old Rocker? Cheeky monkey *grins*
I had a foot in both mod n rocker camps as Trojan became Lambretta concessionaires for the UK while I was there.  Mind you, I didn't buy ( or want) one - too expensive!
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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #16 on: 07.08. 2017 11:50 »
In our gang of of 5 we had an additional friend who was at Uni however he'd join us ,BSA A10 ,2 trumpets ,a huntmaster and a C15 with an LD150 ,never let him down and wasn't that slow at times . We did have some runins with Mods ,at a local chippy I emptied a jar of pickled cabbage over one who persisted in pinching loads of my supper despite being told to leave off ,had been a lovely light grey  suit ,silly sod went to belt me so we ended up outside and I whacked him .Then had to go and get some more supper as my mates had eaten mine while I was thumping the mod !! Mostly we just got along ok .
Strange as I sold bikes for a living I exchanged my Belstaff and jeans for a suit at work and used to ride in that around town ,sometimes I had to sell Scooters but I avoided riding 'em just couldn't get along with 'em.
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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #17 on: 07.08. 2017 13:27 »
Yes I missed the main event by some years. Historians now suggest that the Mods vs. Rockers main events were massively over stated by the popular press of the day anyway. There was a modish revival in the late 70s I think. I’d stepped up from a CD175 to my A10 in 1979 and was enormously pleased to have ‘British bike bastard’ shouted at me when rumbling under the railway bridge in central Chelmsford not long after I had got it. Got into a slanging match with one or two of them around then and at one point the whole of the Billericay Parkas were supposedly out gunning for me.

Water under the bridge now of course. We’re all just old motorcycle enthusiasts, of possibly still slightly different stripes. So now I’m just an old head banger; enjoy watching a rerun of Quadrophenia from time to time. If you were bemused by Phil Daniels performance in that one check out the file Freebird some time – that’s a real, err, treat.
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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #18 on: 08.08. 2017 12:48 »
Not that I have the least interest in riding any sort of scooter, but I must admit the old boy Mods (sometimes seen out en masse on Bank Holidays and Sundays) do seem to have a good social "scene" going on.
Bit of a ride out then back to the bar/pub where Motown, Stax or Atlantic records are playing full-blast.
Beer, good music and personal transportation is a heady mix... ;)

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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #19 on: 08.08. 2017 14:08 »
Motorcyclelists were considered dirty greasers by the mods who had smart Italian suits and Italian scooters.

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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #20 on: 08.08. 2017 14:55 »
The male mods were pure posers who used drugs, drink and dancing .
Rockers were more for fun and went more for coffee bars and juke boxes.
Then there were another lot that were nearer to rockers than mods, the Teds. (Teddy Boys).
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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #21 on: 08.08. 2017 16:44 »
Mmmm....Born in 1949, had the privilege to experience a fast, exciting changing world of music, fashion, culture and much, much more...A couple of us Rockers at the time had some grief from a few Mods at one time, one who was a bit mouthier and braver than the others and something had to be done as the USA would say in modern speak.  The said one's Lambretta was thrown off the canal bridge followed by himself, a result and no more grief........

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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #22 on: 08.08. 2017 16:51 »
Mmmm....Born in 1949, had the privilege to experience a fast, exciting changing world of music, fashion, culture and much, much more...A couple of us Rockers at the time had some grief from a few Mods at one time, one who was a bit mouthier and braver than the others and something had to be done as the USA would say in modern speak.  The said one's Lambretta was thrown off the canal bridge followed by himself, a result and no more grief........
I bet that ruined his posh suit   *woo*
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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #23 on: 08.08. 2017 17:42 »
From what I remember, he and his mates had army type surplus khaki jackets.....I thought the suited types lived in Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Hampstead......

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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #24 on: 08.08. 2017 19:12 »
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the Teds. (Teddy Boys).
Ah but they were not the originals, the original Teddy Boys (so called as they liked Edwardian fashion they say) wore drape jackets in bright colours with contrasting black collars and pocket flaps, very tight tapered trousers called drainpipes (similar to today's skinny look) and shoes with thick crepe soles ( brothel creepers) often black or blue suede ( hence the song by Carl Perkins I think) UH HU.

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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #25 on: 08.08. 2017 19:38 »
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the Teds. (Teddy Boys).
Ah but they were not the originals, the original Teddy Boys (so called as they liked Edwardian fashion they say) wore drape jackets in bright colours with contrasting black collars and pocket flaps, very tight tapered trousers called drainpipes (similar to today's skinny look) and shoes with thick crepe soles ( brothel creepers) often black or blue suede ( hence the song by Carl Perkins I think) UH HU.

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That is what I mean by teds  -  Drapes & crepes with a cwif.
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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #26 on: 08.08. 2017 21:58 »
Come on lads, now identify the bike
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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #27 on: 08.08. 2017 22:03 »
Come on lads, now identify the bike

1970s Japanese 4?

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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #28 on: 08.08. 2017 23:09 »

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1970s Japanese 4?

 My first hought was also some kind of Jappo, but also may be some kind of Beemer
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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #29 on: 08.08. 2017 23:43 »
Come on lads, now identify the bike

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