Two Great Bikes owned by my siblings
AJS-Triumph Scrambler and Honda Dream
1966: Mick's Scrambler: An AJS 500cc single OHV engine fitted into a Triumph frame and running gear of unknown vintage.
While our family was located in Ballarat and we were active in the Ballarat Rovers Motor Cycle Club, my brother Mick bought an elderly Triumph bike that had been fitted with a 500cc single AJS motor. Both items were of unknown vintage, but the package ran well. The frame had a rigid rear end (which sounds dreadful as I type this page in 2005, but such bikes were still very common in those days), but a well-sprung solo saddle and telescopic forks in the front. I went for a few rides on this bike myself. It was very reliable and Mick raced it at a number of scramble meetings, including at least one that I can recall at Korwienguboora. I cannot remember whether or not he won any races or titles. I haven't seen Mick now since about 1991, but I really want to get in contact with him again. Apart from riding it in scrambles, Mick also practised some stunt riding on it and I seem to recall that he was really the best member of the team at performing the Backwards Ride.
The photo at the right was taken the day my sister Karen brought home her 305cc Honda
Dream CA77 to our home in Warrenheip Street, Buninyong in 1967.
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