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Old Feb 23rd 2017, 05:03 PM   #1
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Time Warp photo.

Recently our old family home where I grew up was sold. It was in our family for over 50 years and it was sad to see where I grew up and had so many fond memories leave the family.

Part of the memories were all the bikes and cars my brother and I had from when we were young starting out with minibikes with lawn mower engines. Progessing to big road bikes and muscle cars.

Before the house went I thought it would be fun to recreate some photos taken back in 1980 with me as a young 18 year old with my Kawasaki Z900 and later in Dec 1981 as a 20 year old prior to riding solo around Australia on my Suzuki GSX1100EX. I paid $1100 AUD for the 1976 Z900 in 1979 and rode it to high school. The 1981 Suzuki GSX1100EX I paid $3300 for brand new and got a $500 cash back deal for Suzuki Australia. Roll forward years and I paid $36K for the 1199. Now there is 4 bikes in the shed.

So I took the Panigale down and got some photos in the same location at the house trying to capture the same background. I even included my Bell Tour Star from 1980 which I still have. The helmet in the photo of the Z900 is my original Bell Star which I no longer have.

The boots are my old Vendraminni MotoX boots and the leather jacket is from 1979.

I sold the GSX1100 back in 1984 and stopped riding after too many close calls. I used to ride rain, hail or shine back then. Started taking risks in the military instead. And after a long break purchased one of the first 1199S to come to Australia in May 2012. What a great bike to come back to motorcycling with.

Looking forward to riding down to Phillip Is this year for Moto GP. (Go VR46! Apologies to Mark LOL.)
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Old Feb 23rd 2017, 07:25 PM   #2
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Old Feb 23rd 2017, 07:29 PM   #3
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It's fun to stop and look back once in awhile!
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Old Feb 27th 2017, 07:07 PM   #4
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Its good to put a face to a name, Brad.
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Love the then and now photos! Thanks for sharing Brad.
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Old Feb 27th 2017, 08:07 PM   #6
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Its good to put a face to a name, Brad.
A young face. I was 18 when the pic on the Z900 was taken.
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Old Feb 27th 2017, 08:39 PM   #7
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Thats pure gold mate. Thank you for sharing with us.
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