Bob Melvin

Motorcycle CV


Raleigh Runabout RM6 (1964)
Powered Two Wheeler just ….with pedals. Couldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding.

Triumph Tiger Cub (1967)
Powered Two Wheeler … no pedals but still only just enough power to pull the skin off a rice pudding. Rider unfamiliar with the phrase, “If it aint broke, don’t fix it.”

Suzuki T200 Invader (1967)
Scruffy, reliable, quick. Taught me about riding longer distances. Split seat cover made wet weather riding err…unpleasant.

Triumph Bonneville T120 (1972)
A real bike but, ultimately, still not quick enough so extensively tuned with Weslake 8 valve conversion. Scorcher! Discovered how expensive girls can be, so sold.

Yamaha YB100 (1978)
First new bike. Reliable, fun commuter. Sold after 18000 miles and 1 round-trip to the TT.

Moto Guzzi V50 (1979)
Handled and went well but the park bench seat took its toll on a long run.

27 Year break

BMW R1100RT (1997)
Great long distance cruiser but sterile behind the very effective fairing. Rider too short for high CoG.

BMW R1200R (2015)
A real lightweight after the RT but the complete antithesis to the sterility of RT’s fairing. Too much wind in the face!

BMW R1200RS (2016)
The best compromise between its 2 predecessors. A cracking sports tourer for both rider and passenger.

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