When I got back from the Jurby Festival and downloaded all my photos I realised I had got quite a few 1970’s and 80’s classics as well as all the vintage motorcycles I had photographed.
So, rather than lump them all into the one post I saved these for their own. Here they are together with a couple of retro motorcycles that caught my eye…
I saw at least 3 kettles in the carpark but this was by far in the best condition. I couldn’t find a mark on it!
I remember one of the older lads in town buying a brand new GT750. I don’t remember it being in as good a condition as this one though!
Produced from 1978 until 1982 the 6 cylinder CBX produced 105 bhp and weighed in at 600lbs with a full tank of fuel.
The attraction of the CBX was obviously the 6 cylinders. It was a one of a kind and you were drawn to its engine whenever you saw one.
There was only one owner of a CBX in our town. I was a wide eyed 17 year old and riding a KH250 with L plates on at the time. I remember asking him one evening outside Cox’s chippy what it was like on fuel?
“If I opened up the fuel cap while it’s running you can see the whirlpool as it sucks the petrol down the pipe.” To this day I don’t know if he was pulling my leg or serious!
Sales were ok but the CBX never pulled up any trees for Honda which is probably why the fetch such good money today. I saw a total of 4 Sixers in the Jurby carpark.
I know nothing about this and a Google search comes up with very little except a short 7 second video of the above motorcycle which I’ve included below.
If anyone can enlighten me please pass on anything you know in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Ducati Desmo 250D
A 1974 Ducati Desmo 250cc currently registered on the Isle of Man. If anyone wants Nigel’s phone number contact me here and I’ll be happy to pass it on.
It’s in very nice condition and one of the last to roll off the production line.
The BSA just sneaks in as a late 60’s early 70’s model although the main reason for inclusion is that it was gorgeous.
It has a 650cc parallel twin engine and it should sound as good as it looks with those pipes.
The BSA Lightning 650 was built between 1965 and 1972 and was also called the A65L.
Norton Commando 850
I believe this is a 1973/4 Mk1 as the rear brake pedal looks to be on the left.
I had to include the obligatory Triumph Bonneville.
There were plenty of Bonnies at Jurby but I took a shine to this one in particular. Not sure why, it looked cool but then most Bonnies do.
Ducati Hailwood Replica
I think this a self built Mike Hailwood replica rather than one of the various ‘official’ versions.
Mike ‘The Bike’ Hailwood was 37 when he turned up at the 1978 TT, his first appearance in over a decade.
Despite concerns for his well being he secured his legendary status on the island by completely dominating the F1 6 lap race and winning by a comfortable 2 minutes. Just for good measure he returned a year later to win the Senior TT ending his career with 14 wins on the island.
It has been argued that the win saved the Isle of Man TT. It had lost its Grand Prix status after the FIM removed it a year earlier and the TT could have declined into a none event if it weren’t for the publicity created by one of the greatest comebacks ever.
A Couple of Retro Motorcycles
There were plenty of retro motorcycles in the Jurby Festival car park this year. Here’s a couple that caught my eye.
Triumph Bonneville Thruxton
When Triumph Hinkley started turning out new versions of old classics such as this Thruxton at the turn of the century they paved the way for the retro motorcycle scene. All be it completely by accident.
Kawasaki W800 Scrambler
The Kawasaki W800 is a favourite with the custom builders and shed modifiers. I have no idea if these custom scramblers are professionally or shed built but they looked great and got loads of attention.
I had a great time wandering around the carpark this year. Easily spent twice as long in the carpark as I did in the actual Jurby festival!
As usual, if you spot any errors or have any further info on any of the motorcycles featured please use the comments below.