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May 15th 2019, 08:49 AM   #1
 
  Jan 2016
  92 miles from Windy Ridge, Mt. St. Helens

  2017 FZ-07; Z1000 Kawi; '84 RZ350; '76 RD400; '74 RD350; '75 RD125; '72 G5 100; '69 HS1.
Tiddler Time!!

Ever since I took my first motorcycle ride @ age 7 I wanted one SO BAD. Back in the dark ages of the mid '60s, the only thing I knew of were the spindly rigid tube-framed "minibikes" with lawn mower engines. I drooled over 'em anyway, they were my size.

Years later when the first Yamaha Mini-Enduros, Honda SL70s and the like came out, I was smitten. By then I was 10 or 11. Alas, I knew even if my parents could afford such an extravagant gift, they would never do so out of pure principal. So I saved my babysitting & yard work $$$ for 4 years to finally buy my own bike @age 15, a '72 G5 100. I couldn't legally ride on the street yet anyway, but it did open my eyes to other small bikes.

At my Uncle's property there was what I later found out to be an old Yamaha, either a Twinjet or an LS2, both 100cc twin cylinder street bikes. I was intrigued and after getting my first street bike in Germany @ age 18, a nice condition '73 RD350, I was determined to get that 100 from him when I returned from overseas. When I came back, it was gone. I knew I wanted one, as by then I had a "thing" for little bikes. Pre-Internet research was spotty at best, and I would go to junkyards looking for such a specimen. Finally, as the Internet came on, I finally was able to ascertain what was out there. What caught my eye even more was the '69 through '71 HS1, a 90cc version out before the one year only LS2. So I figured that would be the one to find.

Years ago on the 2-stroke ride I saw a petite couple riding 2-up on one! I found another a few years ago in Oakridge, but there wasn't enough left of it to consider.

But last week a rider I know put up a link to a CL ad. I was ALL OVER it, and the next morning it was mine.

My 40 year quest to find this Tiddler is done!

My '69 HS1, 90cc twin. No rust, runs good. I hope to take it up to Vashon for the Tiddler tour next month. The only thing I worry about is my oversize girth putting a strain on it's little frame and suspension, but oh well....I'm going to do it anyway! Sorry for less than great pics, but I'M still in the dark ages of flip phones.....
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May 15th 2019, 12:56 PM   #2
 jared p's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  here

  there
not knowing what that was, clicking that link based on title alone was risky

that being said, looks like a neat little scoot!
May 15th 2019, 02:03 PM   #3
 307T's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
Congratulations on your successful treasure hunt Judy. Back when I rode with you and Kevin, I had my own desires for that little RD100 of yours (or was it a 125? 100 I think). Everyone always seems to want the latest, fastest, coolist, zoomy thing but they don't know the fun they're missing with a little two stroke. Well done my friend!

Edited by 307T on May 15th 2019 at 04:40 PM
May 15th 2019, 04:05 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
Congrats on the hunt, it's a beauty!
May 16th 2019, 05:33 AM   #5
 
  Jan 2016
  92 miles from Windy Ridge, Mt. St. Helens

  2017 FZ-07; Z1000 Kawi; '84 RZ350; '76 RD400; '74 RD350; '75 RD125; '72 G5 100; '69 HS1.
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Originally Posted by 307T
Congratulations on your successful treasure hunt Judy. Back when I rode with you and Kevin, I had my own desires for that little RD100 of yours (or was it a 125? 100 I think). Everyone always seems to want the latest, fastest, coolest, zoomy thing but they don't know the fun they're missing with a little two stroke. Well done my friend!
Thanks. Speaking of coolest, your bike is the coolest HD ever. The only thing about as cool is the Storz SP1200. The bike you're referring to is the RD125. It's bone stock except a couple of nice little changes. The first is handlebars taken from my Z1000 (but not yet on, in this pic), and the second and most important one is the guy that restored it sourced a front disk brake setup from a same era Canadian/Euro model RD. The RD125 imported to U.S. came only with drum brakes.

I'm thinking of finding another 18" front wheel for this that has a disc setup, but the narrow width will likely prevent any such conversion. Maybe a modern Euro model Moped, although they all might be 17" rims these days.
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May 16th 2019, 09:35 AM   #6
 Brassneck's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Seattle, WA

  '79 XS650; '01 FZ1
Small cc bikes are a blast. You should consider joining our racing group...we ride vintage honda 160 & 175's w/WMRRA. More fun than should be allowed.
May 16th 2019, 10:06 AM   #7
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

In the past a few friends would all take our little and ‘odd’ bikes out for half a day. We called it the ‘clown bike ride’. Little bikes are fun!
May 16th 2019, 10:10 AM   #8
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

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Small cc bikes are a blast. You should consider joining our racing group...we ride vintage honda 160 & 175's w/WMRRA. More fun than should be allowed.
I was feeling pretty good about my riding until that bastid’ on the 160 went around me on the outside at SIR while I was on my 250 Ninja. There is always someone faster! I did hang with him and learned a few things. Fun stuff!
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May 18th 2019, 06:56 PM   #9
 
  Jan 2016
  92 miles from Windy Ridge, Mt. St. Helens

  2017 FZ-07; Z1000 Kawi; '84 RZ350; '76 RD400; '74 RD350; '75 RD125; '72 G5 100; '69 HS1.
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Small cc bikes are a blast. You should consider joining our racing group...we ride vintage Honda 160 & 175's w/WMRRA. More fun than should be allowed.
Naw, I'm too old & fat for that. But regardless, I still love little bikes, and especially 2-strokes, which is what most of my bikes are. The 160/175 class is fun to watch, everyone's so evenly matched. About a dozen or more within inches of each other. If I was to try racing at this late date, it'd be flat track, something I've always wanted to try.
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May 18th 2019, 08:12 PM   #10
 307T's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
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Originally Posted by Quicklimegirl
If I was to try racing at this late date, it'd be flat track, something I've always wanted to try.
Yeah, Baby. Good stuff. Flat track is fun.

Edited by 307T on May 18th 2019 at 08:39 PM
May 18th 2019, 09:01 PM   #11
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Was some involved with flat track racing in the late 60's and early 70's. Had a friend that raced and rode BSA's that had a bottom end lunch and lock up on HY 167 'at speed'. His skill from the track is probably what kept him from going down. The skid mark was very impressive!
May 18th 2019, 09:33 PM   #12
 307T's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
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Originally Posted by Parilla125
Was some involved with flat track racing in the late 60's and early 70's. Had a friend that raced and rode BSA's that had a bottom end lunch and lock up on HY 167 'at speed'. His skill from the track is probably what kept him from going down. The skid mark was very impressive!
Yeah, I know about that. I had a BSA twin that was punched out to 750cc with a special crank and rods. Trackmaster frame. Ceriani forks. It was great for short track and TT. Even rode it in the desert down near Lancaster. Broke a rod on the Sacramento mile track. Sold it that afternoon for $300.
May 19th 2019, 06:17 AM   #13
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  Dec 2018
  Goldendale WA

  Classic Sportsters, Triumph & BSA
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Originally Posted by 307T
Yeah, I know about that. I had a BSA twin that was punched out to 750cc with a special crank and rods. Trackmaster frame. Ceriani forks. It was great for short track and TT. Even rode it in the desert down near Lancaster. Broke a rod on the Sacramento mile track. Sold it that afternoon for $300.
Oh Yeah! Still have 750 Tri & 250 BSA trackers in the back corner of the shop waiting for ???
May 19th 2019, 07:57 AM   #14
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Either one of you 'older' and named Ralph?
May 19th 2019, 01:58 PM   #15
 Akdawg's Avatar
 
  Dec 2018
  Goldendale WA

  Classic Sportsters, Triumph & BSA
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Either one of you 'older' and named Ralph?
Older yep....Ralph no
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