A true icon of the 70’s the fizzie became the must have for any 16 year old of the period, and now the root of many a mid life crisis and middle age desires too. 48-year-old Tony Collins is a talented paint sprayer, who describes himself as being stuck in a seventies time warp “I love old sports mopeds” he laughs. “I have been restoring and painting cars since I was 17, this all started when a mate of mine wanted stars and stripes on his crash helmet, I do own a Suzuki GT750 as well as the fizzys, but my true love is my Fantic choppers i have four of these to date.
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Dave Newitt, from Hinckley in Leicestershire, has a history of restoring old XT Yamaha’s but has recently turned his hand to a string of smaller capacity strokers. His latest being a relatively rare 1979 RD400, and the last of the air-cooled breed before the world went totally LC crazy.
Tucked away a short hop off the M5, just a few miles north of Bridgwater, Somerset, is a real heaven for all Yamaha stroker fans. Situated in the sleepy village of Stretcholt, 40-year-old Wayne Pipe started off life as a panel beater and paint sprayer, working on cars but with a real love of bikes.
Tucked away in the Derbyshire peak district town of Bakewell, is a real gem of a biker’s paradise. Run in aid of charity, and housed in Tannery House, an old Bakewell Tart bakery in the centre of town, the collection is well put together and presented, some machinery having enjoyed lavish restorations, while others are in as run trim, lending an authentic feel and aroma to the proceedings.
Keith Dickinson is a 45 year-old Scientist, and part-time petrol head, who has always serviced and repairing his own bikes and cars. “I’ve had a bike of some sort on the road ever since I was 16 years old and have restored and rebuilt several bikes over the years – as well a Triumph Spitfire which succeeded in putting me off car restoration for life.
Mark Lindley had just turned 40, when he decided to live the dream and get away from the “rat race”. He and the family moved, lock, stock and barrel, down to the Norfolk coast and life now centres around the garage / beach / 2 stroke fumes but his biking habits of old would have to change to meet the surroundings. “I had my first TDR in 1992, what great memories” Mark recalls, “Various other bikes came & went in between but now I felt drawn back to the dark side.
Geoff Haines is a lucky guy, having swapped his life in the fast lane of sales for JCB, for the complete opposite, now working from home, alongside the classic bikes he loves. 57-year-old Geoff’s base is in a sleepy village on the outskirts of Evesham, with nothing but the occasional glider tug overhead to break the silence.
Situated right on the promenade, over looking the English channel, is a real time warp of a shop. Cosmo Classic Motorcycles, named after its proprietor 43 year old, half Welsh, half Greek, Evan “Cosmo” Cosmos, is just like going back in time 30 years or so, prices not withstanding this image of course. The shop and workshop is crammed full of tasty classics, and memorabilia, from the 70s and 80s.
47 year old sales manager, Peter Goodier, openly admits to reliving his youth. “I had a series of motorcycles between the ages of 17 and 29, but then had to lay off then when my first child was born, after that, I never had the time, or the money, to get back onto two wheels. I did have a Suzuki SP370, reg AYF 965T if you are still out there, back in 1979, and it was a great bike.
The L-plate laws changed quite dramatically during the early 80’s, young riders no longer being able to ride the latest 250cc tackle, instead having no option but to get a 125 restricted to just 12bhp. Yamaha was on the case however; the single cylinder RD125LC mimicked the styling of its larger LC siblings and, once liberated from its lowly learner-legal beginnings, it was fast too.