I first started motorcycling on the road in 1959 aged 17 with a 20 quid BSA Bantam, of 125cc capacity, in green and with a plunger frame.
Before then I had two years around the local fields and footpaths etc. riding some old crocks.
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Since those days there have been Barnetts, Beezers, Bonnies, and all sorts right up to the present time, and today I still ride a 1970 Tiger 100SS.
On February 9, 1961, I rode my B33 plunger into Frank Bannisters of Chatham and came out with a new Ariel Golden Arrow – in those days I was a bit of a Jack-the-lad and the next two years were very fast and smoky!
Fifty-seven years later, and another Golden Arrow turns up, this, a 1965 model – the two bikes look the same in the photos, but the bloke sitting on them looks a bit different, happy days!
Geoff Marriott, Sittingbourne
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