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Re: Poll - Which was your first Bridgestone?
« Reply #60 on: January 29, 2014, 03:32:11 PM »
My 1ST Bridgestone was a 1967 50cc ( Homer/Step-Thru).
I was 14 & bought it on a payment plan from J.C. Penny Automotive Center in Weatherford, Texas. I think it cost around $220 new, & I made monthly payments of about $15 per month. I washed all the family dishes (the old way) for 2 years to make payments!!
My Brother-in-law let me put the bike purchase on his J.C. Penny charge card, as my parents had no charge cards. I got it all paid off & really enjoyed that little Bridgestone until I eventually outgrew it... I got my 1st Drivers License riding that little bike at age 14....
Now I have  many vintage  Japanese, British & Italian bikes, including 10 various model Bridgestones, mostly resto projects for the future, since I just retired last year.
Sorry for rambling on!!!
Dale the Oldbikeguy  in Washington State, but relocating to my home State of Texas in 2015 ( with all my bikes of course!!)  :)

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Re: Poll - Which was your first Bridgestone?
« Reply #61 on: April 08, 2014, 10:59:21 PM »
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Re: Poll - Which was your first Bridgestone?
« Reply #62 on: May 21, 2014, 08:05:19 PM »
In college, brand new 350 GTR (around 1971). Brother totaled the front end so I installed Ceriani road racing forks. (Took it up to 110 mph gage indicated). Within a year I was building a 175 road racer. Was a Honda and four-stroke guy, but I was attracted to the advanced technology and sharp looks of this two-stroke. Still love it.

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Re: Poll - Which was your first Bridgestone?
« Reply #63 on: June 07, 2014, 10:25:42 AM »
Having ridden an Aermacchi 250 Ala Verde (European version of Sprint) from 65-69 in my teens, like Disc Valve I saw an ad for the GTR in the US 'Bike' magazine and thought 'WOW'  best looking bike I'd ever seen but didn't know they were available here in the UK. No internet then. Imagine my surprise when a few months later, I saw one advertised in the local paper at a nearby dealers. Had to have it, couldn't afford it but got it anyway in 69, 12 months old (courtesy of bank of Dad). Rode it for 2years then needed a car for work and sold it to a guy in London. Like all, Wish I'd never sold it. Can't remember what I had for breakfast these days but does LUN 274F still exist in the UK ?  Then 12 months ago I came across one and a half GTR's  (US imports) and bought them from a guy in Newcastle with a view to putting together one good one. Even now, there's probably no more than 30 -40 GTRs here in the UK, a similar number to the 30+ imported by Bill Smith , Chester way back in 1968. When I sit on the bike or handle the parts those 45 years disappear. Happy Days.
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Re: Poll - Which was your first Bridgestone?
« Reply #64 on: July 06, 2014, 02:36:17 PM »
My Dad was a dealer. Approaching my 14th birthday [legal license age in TN], he told me we could not afford a new bike but I could merge some trade-ins to make a good one. I chose a BS7 Deluxe. I tore it down to restore and painted it gloss black. Got the idea from a competitor Western Auto dealer who had Surfrider brand. Finished it just before my birthday [July] and family vacation to Florida. The morning we left was my birthday and a new '69 blue 100TMX was in the den. They let me ride it down the street and then put me in the car to Florida. We landed on the moon and a dream came true for me that week. He sold the 7. Wish I could track down that bike - it was bullet proof. My Junior High
included the 9th grade [14 yr olds]. We had around 15 Bridgestones that were ridden to school daily. We even had our own separate area where we parked.

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Re: Poll - Which was your first Bridgestone?
« Reply #65 on: September 15, 2014, 02:33:13 PM »
Hi Stoners,  I bought my 67 350 GTR in 1973 as a second "car". The engine was frozen and the entire bike cost me $125.00.  I was the second owner.  It had just 2000+ miles on it.  I still have it today and it's back on the road after 35 years.  I just had a great ride today and really enjoy the bike.  Thanks to all of you who helped me with my restoration questions.  Harry

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Re: Poll - Which was your first Bridgestone?
« Reply #66 on: July 27, 2016, 05:02:14 PM »
Mine is a BS50 that I bought off of eBay from s individual in Florida. It's actually in pretty good original condition. I need a key for it and have not taken time to get it running and ride it. My second one is s Sport 60 that is also in pretty nice original condition. Bought it last year at the swap meet at the Barber Motorsports Vintage weekend. It runs well however I need a fuel valve and rear brake shoes for it.
 
 

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Re: Poll - Which was your first Bridgestone?
« Reply #67 on: July 28, 2016, 04:56:08 PM »
This is my first Bridgestone.   She is a Bridgestone 175 Dual Twin.  I had admired her every time I went to volunteer at the University.  She was part of a static still life display for artists to draw and paint from.  When the art professor was retiring she called me up.  She asked if I wanted the motorcycle.  My question was, "How much?"  Turns out because of my working with her and her need to move it she just gave it to me.  At the time I had not given her a really good look over.  In fact I thought she was a small BSA.  I went in to assess what condition she was in.  To my surprise she was in fairly good shape.  A little oil weeping out the carb cover and a few missing rubbers.  She had a busted brake level and a busted clutch level but the cable were moving and I attributed it owner abuse .  That's when I got to here her story.  Turns out she was delivered to the University back in 1976.  When she was delivered she was sat on the still life stage and that is where she had sat for 40 years.  I was astounded.  She was never prepped for storage but then she never left an air conditioned art studio either.  Tires were flat but everything was like she had just been sitting in a showroom.  I opened the tank and the faint smell of gas filled my nose.  She was a little maintenance away from being ridden.  Not wanting to take chances though I was going to take the restoration slowly.  So I trailer-ed her to her new home and gave her I more thorough once over.  A few more things turned up but nothing completely devastating.  The motor turned and had compression.  I have no keys for her but I found a guy online that helped me get the correct keys.  I made a parts list as well as a list of gaskets to do a tear down and inspection.   Now I sit awaiting parts.  My restoration adventure is just beginning.

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Re: Poll - Which was your first Bridgestone?
« Reply #68 on: July 30, 2016, 06:55:14 PM »
Mental,

Enjoy your adventure and best of luck
getting the 175 back to life.

Your going to have a great time and feel
a great deal of satisfaction once you have
it running.

Any chance you can post some pictures?

Randy


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Re: Poll - Which was your first Bridgestone?
« Reply #69 on: July 30, 2016, 06:59:19 PM »
Mental,

Are those the pictures you posted of the 175?

If they are you have a good base to start from.
The bike looks great for setting for so long.

Randy

 


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