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Roadracer

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Re: Belfast motorcycle shops
« Reply #15 on: July 25, 2019, 09:25:58 AM »
Owen Brothers was another one.

Alber55

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Re: Belfast motorcycle shops
« Reply #16 on: July 25, 2019, 09:30:01 AM »
Hi Roadracer. Good memory there. I remember some of those but maybe some are post 1980 when I moved away. Rod Taylor used to race bikes in the 70s. He was the mechanic at MB before I started. Andy must have started after I left. There was a young apprentice there with me, also Maurice's brother (can't remember his name) and Maurice front of shop. That was the summer there was a fire in the 1st floor property above and MB got severely water damaged.

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Re: Belfast motorcycle shops
« Reply #17 on: July 25, 2019, 10:34:08 AM »

Just found out Maurice's brother was Ian. .sadly from here... https://www.funeraltimes.com/maurice-bradshaw816180137

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Re: Belfast motorcycle shops
« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2019, 06:27:40 PM »
Been trying to remember his name all day, sad to hear about Maurice a nice guy bought a new GSX1100EFE from him.
Rod Taylor did race and you may also remember John Borne around Dee Street way he raced as well.
There was also Ernie Coates and Hooky Spence.

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Re: Belfast motorcycle shops
« Reply #19 on: July 25, 2019, 06:33:34 PM »


One of my collection I reckon from about your era Alber55.

Alber55

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Re: Belfast motorcycle shops
« Reply #20 on: July 25, 2019, 06:37:17 PM »
Yes, very likely Roadracer. What year is it?

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Re: Belfast motorcycle shops
« Reply #21 on: July 25, 2019, 06:41:47 PM »
1976.


Alber55

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Re: Belfast motorcycle shops
« Reply #22 on: July 25, 2019, 06:45:10 PM »

Sorry, just saw your previous post. Don't remember John Borne nor Hookey Spence but Ernie Coates run a bike shop in my day I believe.

I worked for Maurice until I bought my Suzuki GS1000 from Boyd of Cullybackey. 1500 with free crash helmet. Maurice wouldn't budge from the 1725 RRP. I gad previously, 1976, bought a  Suzuki GT750 from Boyd so I expect he saw a returning customer.

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Re: Belfast motorcycle shops
« Reply #23 on: July 25, 2019, 06:47:50 PM »
1976, yes, I was 21 that year and had just bought my GT750.

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Re: Belfast motorcycle shops
« Reply #24 on: July 25, 2019, 07:04:07 PM »
Boyd became a popular dealer, I pillioned a few mate up there to collect their bikes, bet you wish you still had those bikes from your youth.
Another teaser.

Alber55

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Re: Belfast motorcycle shops
« Reply #25 on: July 25, 2019, 07:52:37 PM »
He was able to get any Suzuki you wanted.  I found out that he ordered 20 when he only needed 10, Suzuki GB would say "We can't give you 20 ...how about10?" and he got the 10 at the discounted trade cost if he was buying 20...that's why he could sell them on so cheap.  I went to Boyd in 76 to buy a GT380.....when I say the GT550 I ordered it instead.....but when I came back to pick it up, I changed my mind and ordered the GT750....he didn't seem to mind too much.  When I went back in 78 to look at a GS750....I bought the GS1000...I believe the 1st one in NI.   How do you attach pics?

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Re: Belfast motorcycle shops
« Reply #26 on: July 25, 2019, 08:25:22 PM »
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Re: Belfast motorcycle shops
« Reply #27 on: July 25, 2019, 08:38:45 PM »
CMcG, 77 Donegall Pass has had some occupants!

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Re: Belfast motorcycle shops
« Reply #28 on: July 25, 2019, 09:31:41 PM »
Remember Terry Boyd, my first runs around Donegal Pass on my moped was 1976. Looking at Z900 Kawasaki's and dreaming.
Anyway got quiite a few different classics later in life.
The Bridgestone was a version of Suzuki, I have a couple of Hustlers from mid and late sixties.


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Re: Belfast motorcycle shops
« Reply #29 on: July 25, 2019, 10:50:25 PM »


GS Motorcycles was on Ravenhill Road