Recently I saw a very neat 650 Yamaha XS1977 at a befriended advertiser. I dreamed away. Such an XS is one of the few motorcycles that I have ever bought new. That was after ending a courtship. Of course it could have been a match made in heaven. But in the end it worked sub-optimally. In fact, we were still too young and inexperienced in love. On the plus side: Later I saw that period in my life as an apprenticeship: 'Lessons in love pt 2 ”or something.
Relationships take quite some time
Then when you are relational again, you suddenly have a lot of time to spend. And so I scored a new XS650 at Nico van de Kuinder in the Hilversumse Koningsstraat. I remember driving in the vicinity of the Nieuwkoopse Plassengebied while I freely sang to Manfred Man's Earth Band “Dolf is on the road again”. Apparently I had dealt with the breakup. The XS was a great machine. I thought the 1977'er was the most beautiful of all versions. The engine character, the sound ... Great!
A broken blob
Until the nylon worm gear with which the clutch pressure pin was operated broke down. There was a delivery problem with regard to parts and during an interim visit to Van de Kuinder I saw one Triumph T150V Trident standing in the back of the case. The first look was like a lightning strike the beginning of a new relationship.
Emotion as a guide: Risky
After an emotional negotiation process, Nico van de Kuinder had exchanged a ZGAN Yamaha XS650 with a broken plastic part for a Triumph of which he did not stop saying that I should not expect anything from the three-cylinder. That it was an impossible trade-in without even the slightest form of guarantee. That he actually didn't even dare to sell it. If I was really sure, very sure, what I was getting into? But love is blind. The Trident was given a neat delivery turn and was picked up when the broken Yamaha part just arrived at Van de Kuinder.
The first ride on the Triumph resulted in a near death experience because I had to get used to shifting on the other side. But after that, the Trident became a long-term relationship. The three-cylinder with its Norton S pipes was respectfully ridden and carefully maintained. Modern motorcyclists will not get it. But changing the oil every 2500 kilometers, checking the valves and ignition kept the Triumph almost 50.000 kilometers 'on the road' almost without any problems.
Mr. Jim as a youth
When the block was finished, it was overhauled by Paul Postma who now lives on in his thoughts and a then still very young, but now also legendary 'Mr Jim' '. After that, there came a while when I thought I needed to make a career and there were a few more courtships. Fortunately, my life came to rest by finding my ultimate Lief and the discovery of Moto Guzzi's and Urals.
The agreement between ...
By then I had already discovered the similarity between older bikes and women: As long as you give them constant sincere attention, love, care and respect, there will never be serious problems. If you fail to do so, you will have the most unexpected problems at the most unexpected moment. With the right approach, love can grow bigger and deeper. Anyway. An unexpected bunch of flowers for your Lief. Once a dose of Yellow Miracle Oil for your bike… “It's the little things that make it happen”. And when it comes to 'tension' in the relationship, tire pressure is also quite important.
By the way, the head photo was once taken by Frank Pekaar who still is Triumph rides and edited by FB friend Olaf Bok, who does this for hobby reasons. He also provides Photoshop training courses.