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Re: Why do you ride an A7/10?
« Reply #15 on: 02.03. 2013 19:42 »
 To add to my last post. I grew up with my mothers parents as the old man ***** off when I was three. I always thought (and all the family) that I was the black sheep as no one on that side had anything to do with bikes. The wife was doing a bit of family tree stuff and found a cousin of mine on the old mans side. He sent me a picture of our Great Grandad's bike shop. He's the white coat on the right, taken around WW1 time.
 Her digging also found that her GGGGGrandmother is also mine.  *eek* *eek*
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Re: Why do you ride an A7/10?
« Reply #16 on: 02.03. 2013 20:09 »
Musky, have you by any chance got little scars un the side of your hand (maybe 6th finger removed)
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Re: Why do you ride an A7/10?
« Reply #17 on: 02.03. 2013 20:11 »
Just can't beat the sound of a British twin!

Says it all I guess.....

Gav, I think Ridley Scott owes you some money. I see now where he picked up the idea for his Alien movies!
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Re: Why do you ride an A7/10?
« Reply #18 on: 02.03. 2013 20:14 »
 Yes Gav but it's not as noticeable as where they removed the other head. All this time I thought I was Tasmanian. *smile*
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Re: Why do you ride an A7/10?
« Reply #19 on: 02.03. 2013 20:19 »
 *clap* *smile* gav
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Re: Why do you ride an A7/10?
« Reply #20 on: 02.03. 2013 22:06 »
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He sent me a picture of our Great Grandad's bike shop. He's the white coat on the right, taken around WW1 time.

Ted ?    sure it wasn't Ned

great thread this and the humour taken in the right way (I've seen wars started on other lists for milder stuff)
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Re: Why do you ride an A7/10?
« Reply #21 on: 03.03. 2013 12:10 »
Fascinating set of replies. I expected references to Marlon Brando and Steve McQueen, but clearly A7/10 riders are not so easily influenced by such fripperies.
My own first bike at 17 was a Matchless 250. Replaced the gearbox cluster at the side of the road on that one. Then followed a Lambretta, a Honda C90 and several forgettable Japanese machines. My first A10 wasn't even a BSA but an Ariel Huntmaster combination with a big coffin box sidecar on which I used to go mobile mechanicing in the wilds of Wales, mostly repairing Morris Minors, 2CVs and air-cooled VWs for the hippy community. Not much money but plenty of free smokes...happy daze...
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Re: Why do you ride an A7/10?
« Reply #22 on: 03.03. 2013 22:47 »
Good topic this one with some very interesting replies.

Musky your story and pic is terrific, I have a big interest in veterans as well as the A's. Dont worry about the distant family connection, thats a lot more common than most think. In my family we always say we dont have any skeletons in the closet, we tried to put some in but there were too many bones in there already.

My history with BSA's starts when I was 6 in 1962. My father bought a house that had to be transported to where we lived, here in South Australia in those days a house being transported had to have a police escort, in our case it was a copper on a A10. I still remember very clearly sitting on the side of the road looking at this big black shiney motorbike and saying to myself that I'm going to have one of them oneday.

I got my first bike of my own when I was about 12 and had  a few bikes between then and when I turned 15, mostly Bantams or anything I could get for free. When I was 15 1/2 I started looking for a bike to ride when I turned 16 and got my licence, I found a A10 totally in pieces in a big box for $100. My father didnt like bikes and didnt want me to have any let alone one that I could ride on the road but I bought it ( money I saved from rabbit trapping) and then bought a manual and page by page put it together. I got it going and registered it and that was my first road bike.