To coincide with the National Census in March, LAM invited all Full Members and Associates to take part in our own ‘census’ using a Mailchimp campaign. Invitations were sent out to all 413 members and we received 156 responses. Questions varied from “What do your ride?” to “How often do you do POWDER checks?” The results from the respondents produced an interesting insight into our membership.
What is the make and model of your bike?
BMW (60) - The most popular make is BMW and bikes with their ‘boxer’ engine are the most prevalent. Forty-three in all with twenty-six of those being the ubiquitous ‘GS’ version. The oldest ‘boxer’ model is an R75/7 (!976-79).
Triumph (45) - Close behind was Triumph with ‘Tigers’ of various types being the most popular. Twenty-one in all, with fourteen of those being the 800/900 series.
Honda (42) - Close third was Honda. Honda have big range of bikes so although one model didn’t dominate the marque there were twenty-four different models from a tiny ‘Z 125 Monkey’ to the giant ‘CB1300’ and ‘ST 1300 Pan European’.
Yamaha (29.5) - Nothing to note in the range of Yamahas owned apart from one member who owns half of an R1! Not sure if that’s the front half or the back half!
Suzuki (19) - Similar with Suzuki apart from one member with a ‘kettle’. A ‘GT750’. The only modern two stroke that I spotted. Ring ding ding ding!
Ducati (16) - The ‘Multistrada’ was the most popular but tucked away in one garage was a ‘Panigale 1199’.
Vespa (6) - not many of these seen on group rides
Harley Davidson (4)
Royal Enfield (3)
Norton (2) – both Dominators. Yes! Really!
How many bikes do you have?
The vast majority of respondents have just the one bike but forty-four have two bikes, fourteen have three bikes and seven have four bikes. Just two lucky members have five bikes!
Amongst all the bikes owned are thirteen scooters. Not included in the results are the six NSU Quickly mopeds owned by one member “that are in various states of repair and restoration”.
As well as modern machinery there were many examples of older bikes. Who would have known that? Not seen them at a Group meeting or Group Ride out! Obviously tucked away and cherished? Look at these beauties.
Ariel 500VH Red Hunter
1965 AJS 16C (Factory Trials bike for ISDT) 350cc
BSA Bantam D1
1960 BSA DBD 34 Gold Star (500cc)
BSA350 WD (1967)
Douglas Dragonfly and Steib sidecar (1957)
Francis Barnet Plover
1942 Harley Davidson WLA 740cc
1977 Moto Morini 350cc Strada. This one has been on a few members’ rides!
MV Agusta Pullman 125 (1953)
Norton Dominator 1957
1953 Triumph TR5 500cc trials bike
Vincent Rapide Series D
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