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I spotted these 2 old beauties near where I live.

Mods and Rockers live on.... The riders where not around to ask about the scooters, so I took the pictures anyway.

This is a 1963 model



and a 1982/3 looking older.



MH
 

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thanks for the cool shots!
there's a ripping scooter contingency in colorado i remember.
they would all rally once a year and show their stuff. some of the scoots were flat-out bad a$$!! totally tweaked little motors that would have them little wasps ripping down the streets! pretty impressive really.

cool color schemes, tricked out bits, etc. made me really want to get one during the dot.com era here in the city when parking was not to be had.

love the insignia on the wheel cover.
 

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I don't know what disturbs me more- The mirrors on the one scooter, the color of either scooter, or the fact that Monkey knew what year it was without being able to ask the owner.

Of course, I'm just disturbed no matter how you look at it...
 

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On 2006-11-12 18:54, crashmasterd wrote:
I don't know what disturbs me more- The mirrors on the one scooter, the color of either scooter, or the fact that Monkey knew what year it was without being able to ask the owner.

S'easy. UK plates are age related - and the fact that the numbers are white on black instead of black on yellow means they had to be pre 1st January 1973 (when the plate colours changed). The bigger clue is the six number / letter configuration used between the early thirties to 1963 (*1965)when a letter suffix was added (we were running out of number permutations). Anything registered in 1963 and after would most likely have had a seven number / letter plate. Certainly by 1965 (*some areas carried on using the six number / letter combo) when it became compulsory for all areas to adopt the new format.

Not sure why he believes the other scooter is an 1982 / 83 model looking older though. It's a seven figure / letter combo as far as I can see WTN 163A (The letter I was never used because it could be confused with a number 1) so that'd make it 1963 - when the A suffix came out. 1982/1983 would have had X or Y suffix.

mind you, all I know about scooters is that I had to keep picking them out of my Z1000's S&B filters back in the 80's when there was a resurgence of their popularity.
 

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Ha! That's almost as silly as it is here. (Note: Every state is different) Here we are forced to buy new plates every 5 or so years, and the plate will have a completely different number combination. That is, unless you fork over the pusillanimous extra cash to get a "personalized" plate. OR, if you happen to have, say, a 1963 Jaguar XKE, then you can put a vintage 1963 plate on the thing (if you can find one). But ONLY a 1963 plate. It must be the same year plate as the year on the title of the car. Otherwise you have to buy brand new plates.

But wait! There's more!

If you're a complete wanker, you can pay an extra fee and get a silly plate with a picture on it telling the world your stupid hobby or interest. Anything from Viet Nam War Veteran, to Bicyclist, to Dog Owner, to your favorite local Sports team. Probably SheepPhucker too for all I know.

Dumb.
 

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Sorry, can't help myself......

If you're a complete wanker, you can pay an extra fee and get a silly plate with a picture on it telling the world your stupid hobby or interest. Anything from Viet Nam War Veteran,
I know several Vietnam Veterans who might disagree with being called a wanker as well as multiple states that choose to give those Veterans such plates for no extra charge.
 

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On 2006-11-12 21:59, milqster wrote:
Sorry, can't help myself......
I know several Vietnam Veterans who might disagree with being called a wanker as well as multiple states that choose to give those Veterans such plates for no extra charge.
That wasn't my point. I was trying to show the decreasing levels of relevance. Why should a license plate that indicates your love for a freaking baseball team have the same significance as one that designates you as a veteran?

My apologies if any veterans felt I was calling them names. I was not.

The Veterans license plate used to have some significance and rarity, be it Viet Nam or WWII. Now it's the same as the guy next door who has one that has a "Water-skier" emblem.
 

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On 2006-11-12 19:52, Tee-Dub wrote:
For a full education on the topic, may I suggest renting the movie Quadrophenia.
Geez I wuz thinking along the same lines B4 I got to your post but the Who's LP/CD rather than the movie, anyhow if I recall correctly Sting is in the movie.
 

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With gas prices never going below $2/gal. again, the scooter thing is going to take off in a big way in the U.S.. I see a lot more college students around here riding scooters, and the grown-ups are getting into it too. The Japanese companies have retro-looking step-throughs that look like the old Vespas or Piaggios for the kids, and for the more practical, the big 650cc Bergman's and such offer lots of carrying capacity, incredible fuel mileage and near sport-bike looks, without having to actually lift your leg over the seat to get on, or having to learn how to shift.

Not exactly a Gixxer.
 

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Geez I wuz thinking along the same lines B4 I got to your post but the Who's LP/CD rather than the movie, anyhow if I recall correctly Sting is in the movie.
Yup, great movie, and the Who's album is the soundtrack.
 

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I stand corrected Darkskies... you're even more of a Reg plate anoroak than I thought i was.

:assim:

Thinking back I dont know why I was into the Rockers thing when it was cool to be in the late 70's. (too young for the original 60's thing) I never quite fancied the heavy rock stuff that was meant to go with it. Sad to say and confess but I prefered the Ska scene; Madness, UB40, Specials etc keep Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath etc...

:flam:

I didnt really go for the violance thing either. no point really we are all bikers after all; besides playing Rugby sorted out the chance to undertake some controlled violance knocking 7 bells out of some bloke trying to take the ball off you. :???:

Any I'm gonna restore a scooter some day to share the garage with the Yella fella and the little RD.

MH

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I'm one of those sad gits who has a personal reg. Her in doors bought it for me.... Its my initials and the name of the main road which leaves Monkey Hanger town. SAD or what. Anyway I like it.





Not sure why he believes the other scooter is an 1982 / 83 model looking older though. It's a seven figure / letter combo as far as I can see WTN 163A .....so that'd make it 1963 - when the A suffix came out.
:flam:

[ This message was edited by: MonkeyHanger on 2006-11-13 15:50 ]
 

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I was with a chick that rear-ended a guy that had a vanity plate...If he would have been on a bike he would have been fuct.....
 

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On 2006-11-13 15:40, MonkeyHanger wrote:
I stand corrected Darkskies... you're even more of a Reg plate anoroak than I thought i was.

...
I don't get out much.
 

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When i graduated from highschool in 1977, we had a different version of the same thing. It was the rockers (me) against the disco crowd. No real violence to speak of, just that some thought the two were mutually exclusive. I tried to increase my chances of gettin laid by doin both, kinda like lowering your standards and casting your hook into the so called unpopular crowd, which i also did. Figured out i felt much more comfortable with the not so beautiful people. :-D
 
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