KIWI RIDER 10 2018 VOL.1 - Page 70

Did you see these other Classic features?  WHEN BIGGER WAS BETTER  COMING OF THE TWO-STROKES Advertisement for RD400 Auckland 1976 Yamaha RD350 at Pukekohe 1955 BSA Gold Star 350 Honda C100 In fifth place came another icon from the golden age of British motorcycles, the BSA DBD34 Gold Star. The name comes from a lapel badge given to riders who completed a lap over a ton (100mph) at the Brooklands circuit in England during the 1930s. A 350 Gold Star won the Clubman’s TT in the Isle of Man in 1949. It is, however, the 500 that brought the model universal acclaim amongst road riders. The ‘Goldie’, as it became known, had a two- valve, push-rod, single cylinder 499cc engine, producing 42bhp at 7000rpm with a top speed of 160km/h. Sixth, and this couldn’t be left out, was Honda’s C100, the only bike so far that achieved greatness without any suggestion of performance. Instead it changed attitudes towards motorcycles in many parts of the > world. Often called the two-wheeled Model T Ford, the Japanese market consumed the entire production run of 750,000 in 1958 and 59. Millions were sold all over the world, and Soichiro Honda became the first foreigner to be awarded a place in the American Motorcycling Hall of Fame. Production of the little Honda C100 and following C50 made it into the 21st century. The remaining four in the list were the Norton Commando, Honda CBX 1000, Suzuki T20 250, and Suzuki Katana 1100. In three months time the 120th anniversary of motorcycling in New Zealand begins, and we might just ask our readers to vote on their top ten classic bikes. Watch this space. It will be interesting to see if there is much change in the line-up. Sharing your passion facebo /Caffein eAndCla ssics