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Old 12-28-2017, 11:40 PM   #1
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Solo back-to back transcontinental rides put Winifred Wells on the map but her full circuit of Australia confirmed her eminence among Australia’s moto pioneers. Winifred was 21, when on 26 December 1950 she embarked on her solo and epic journey from Perth to Sydney return across the unsealed and lonely roads of the Nullarbor.
Keep in mind, “unsealed and lonely roads” in putting it mildly. The route she took weren’t even roads yet.
They were bush tracks with nothing but sand for miles, no water, no food, no help.
She, and her life, were entirely in her own hands and the reliability of her bike.



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She received a hero’s welcome when she arrived back in Perth after 5,500 miles in 21 days. She went on to achieve the “big-lap” of Australia alongside her father in 1952.
Back in England Royal Enfield heard about this and knew it was a great promotion chance.
They seized the chance by the horns and made Winifred Wells a poster girl for Enfield around the world.



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Old 12-29-2017, 03:06 AM   #2
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... The route she took weren’t even roads yet. They were bush tracks with nothing but sand for miles, ...
I bet she made time to stop and get a nice tan all over.
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Old 12-29-2017, 05:13 AM   #3
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Royal Enfield. Now there's a name from the past.

I was never into motorcycles, but names like Royal Enfield, Triumph, Norton and BSA were, at one time, part of the landscape.
Most seem to have disappeared through ill-advised mergers, bankruptcy or desperate, but ultimately doomed, restructuring.
Survivors include Royal Enfield, which is now an Indian company with a factory in Chennai and Triumph which, as far as I can see, is the only household name which both survives and manufactures in the UK.

If you have £10,000 to £12,000* in loose change hiding down the back of the sofa, a brand new Triumph motorcycle can be yours.

www.triumphmotorcycles.co.uk

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*$13,500 to $16,200
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Old 12-29-2017, 05:57 AM   #4
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Might have to check the sofa and the recliner...
But the modern Royal Enfield Bullet is more reasonable, although not much more technically advanced from what she rode.
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Old 12-29-2017, 01:09 PM   #5
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I rode and raced a BSA Gold Star in the 1960's. It was a 500cc single and would vibrate your arms to numbness at speed. Helmetless and in short sleeves on LA freeways, ah youth.
Hers was a 350, but certainly a handful, heavy and with crappy brakes, not to mention with the lack of real roads and no logistical support.
Neat post.
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Old 12-29-2017, 02:42 PM   #6
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That there was a cool girl. Adventure today is more like crappy cell coverage.
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