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Old 12-08-2013, 07:14 AM   #46
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Thanks for sharing, you have some amazing photos.
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:54 AM   #47
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Thanks. Great report. Great pix.

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Old 12-08-2013, 09:22 AM   #48
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Thanks so much for sharing...... The photos reminded me of my first ride down there in 1973,,,,,,, thanks!!!!!!
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:31 AM   #49
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Thanks for sharing
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:08 AM   #50
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Thanks. Awesome pics. Love the old Vancouver m/c shop pic.
As an old air-head guy, did you ever cross paths with Lawrence Bird, from Brandon Manitoba?
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:36 AM   #51
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Thanks a million for taking the time to share. I'm blown away by the quality of the pics.
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:58 PM   #52
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outstanding !

simply outstanding ! .... thank you for posting this

some streets and buildings in Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta are still the same, or close to it .... I rode a CJ360T back then - but only in BC !

really enjoyed this
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:02 PM   #53
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I didn’t really know Lawrence Bird but I met him briefly in his Brandon, Manitoba Yamaha-BMW shop at Phil Funnell’s suggestion (and no doubt with Phil’s hand-drawn directions, pre-GPS); that was during my first coast-to-coast ride in 1974. When Phil was Canada’s #1 BMW retailer in the mid-1970s, Phil would jokingly address letters, pre-email, to his friend Lawrence as “Dear #2 Dealer”.

More info on Lawrence here:
http://anderwerks2.blogspot.sg/2008/06/lawrence-bird-3rd-annual-memorial-ride.html
http://bp0.blogger.com/_04fnHSrfrWs/SDYuo6W1zgI/AAAAAAAAAEU/fjJR-2uIpJU/s1600-h/L.Bird2008.bmp

Of course Lawrence had the last laugh, continuing as a BMW dealer long after Phil left the business.

Since we are off-topic anyway, another shop that I passed by on that trip at Phil’s suggestion was David Hannigan’s shop Center Cycle on Circle Drive in Saskatoon. David was also kind and helpful to me, a kid just turned twenty, even giving me a bed for the night and taking some parts off his own bike to get me on my way. In the late 1970s David became a Toronto BMW dealer for many years. Then he moved to the USA where he manufactures fairings, sidecars, and trikes at: http://www.hannigantrikes.com/

All their stickers are still on my toolbox:


Off topic but fun.
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:08 PM   #54
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Simply wonderful. Thank you.
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:41 PM   #55
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Thanks for taking the time to create such a great historical document.

Just plain excellent....
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Old 12-10-2013, 02:27 AM   #56
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Cool

I was up in the Alps on a T140 with a tent and throw overs, back then
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:32 AM   #57
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Awesome!

This is awesome. Thanks for sharing these amazing photos and your story. It's like a time capsule.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:19 AM   #58
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thanks for the Lawrence Bird memories.
i still have a Yamaha brochure from his Brandon store.
1967. Priced via Lawrence's handwriting.
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:42 PM   #59
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Great report with some great history brought back with your photos. Recognized a few places in your pics . . . not the least of which was the Hotel Hacienda de Cobos in Guanajuato. I stayed in the room at the bottom left corner of your pic below - hasn't changed much.

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Old 12-10-2013, 06:22 PM   #60
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Thanks!

This is a fantastically engaging photo set - I really enjoyed it. Thanks for writing it up!
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