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What was your first, real motorcycle? No damn mopeds, please.

Honda
62 (37.8%)
Yamaha
34 (20.7%)
Suzuki
19 (11.6%)
Kawasaki
32 (19.5%)
BMW
0 (0%)
Triumph (the new ones)
0 (0%)
Triumph (the old ones)
3 (1.8%)
BSA
3 (1.8%)
Norton
0 (0%)
Ducati
0 (0%)
Moto Guzzi (seriously?)
0 (0%)
Harley
2 (1.2%)
Hodaka
1 (0.6%)
Maico
0 (0%)
Husky
0 (0%)
Bultaco
0 (0%)
Montesa
0 (0%)
Something Else (what?)
8 (4.9%)

Total Members Voted: 161

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Offline George R. Young

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #15 on: July 03, 2011, 06:35:54 pm »
. . . first GTR a Bridgestone 350 GTR . . .
Ah, my second bike.
65 CB160 (67-69), 69 350GTR (69-72), 72 R5, 73 RD350 (73-84), 82 XZ550 Vision (84-03), 01 Concours C10 (03-19), 89 EX250 (11-14), 00 SV650S (14-16)

Offline Kazairl

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #16 on: July 03, 2011, 10:47:57 pm »
My first bike was my 2000 C10.  I'm thinking, I could have found an easier bike to learn on. Oh well.

Offline IRULE

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2011, 11:19:42 pm »
I think it was 86 Suzuki GS700. What a POS!
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Offline jbailey

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #18 on: July 03, 2011, 11:58:26 pm »
1981 Suzuki GS450.  Bought it new.  Traded in for 1982 GS650 (Shaft Drive).

Offline tjpgi

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2011, 04:15:26 am »
1973 DT3 Yamaha 250 Enduro. Bought it for $959 with a painted matching helmet ( additional $29.99) from a Yamaha dealer in Tarpon Springs Fl in Nov. 1972. I was 22 and just married. When gas prices increased, I was able to convince my new wife that I needed to drive something more economical on gas since round trip  to my job as a journeyman electrician was about 50 miles . My car was a 307 Nova that only got 10MPG. I still have the bike and rebuilt it last year all except the seat, I'll finish that this summer. I used to hill climb a lot and can't count the number of times I wrecked going up or down the hills. I have also driven into fairly deep drainage ditches that I found abruptly sinking the bike several times. I would simply remove the jug, wash out everything, dry it, change the oil, dry the mag and points and it would fire right up. The bike is literally bullet proof. The bike in the picture next to the DT3 is a 1982 Yamaha 250 YZ..a great riding dirt bike.( water cooled)
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Offline Boomer

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2011, 04:38:01 am »
My first "big" bike was a KTM250GS similar to the one in the pic.


I replaced it (after writing it off hitting the back of a Jaguar) with the same but a year later model with monoshock rear.
George "Boomer" Garratt
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Offline Pokey

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #21 on: July 04, 2011, 07:24:16 am »
1977 GS 550.....wish I still had it too. :-\
2006 DL1000  2006 SV650
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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2011, 07:45:01 pm »
I didn't start riding until I went to college, first bike was a 2001 Suzuki Bandit 600S.  Damn thing was so cold blooded it would take 5 minutes before you could drive it anywhere!  I got in a pretty decent accident the second week I owned it because I got impatient and rode off after only warming up for 2 minutes and it stalled at a busy intersection and while I was cranking on it to start again, I slipped off the clutch and rode an unintentional wheelie for about 50 feet and dropped it on its side.   :-[  After that I only bought fuel injected motorcycles. 
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Offline Boxer

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #23 on: July 09, 2011, 08:18:48 am »
1967 Honda Superhawk
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Offline CrashKLRtoConnie

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #24 on: July 09, 2011, 10:53:07 am »
Honda 1966 CB160 (Cost used $225)
2 cylinder 4 Stroke 15.6 HP (Freeway legal)
4 speed
drum brakes
Once I got it over 80 MPH (Downhill)

Painted all the gray to black.

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Offline banditrider

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #25 on: July 09, 2011, 02:30:07 pm »
Suzuki TS185ER.  Bought for $120 with a seized motor which the old man sorted in a jiffy.  No kick starter so had to learn not to stall it pretty quick...
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Offline Scaffolder

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #26 on: July 09, 2011, 02:36:35 pm »
1983 Honda Sabre V-45----Loved it!!!
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Offline deadzed

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #27 on: July 09, 2011, 02:51:12 pm »
1985 Honda Shadow VT500c

Bought it in 1988. Rode it for 3 years before I ever owned a car & for several years after.
Great little bike. I still get a little excited when I see one.
Took it all over California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado & Wyoming.
“And I to my motorcycle. Parked like the soul of the junkyard restored, a bicycle fleshed with power, and tore off up Highway 106, continually drunk on the wind in my mouth. Wringing the handlebar for speed. Wild to be wreckage forever”
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Offline Zman

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #28 on: July 10, 2011, 09:07:09 am »
New 1982 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim - Only bike I've ever had until I got the '11 Connie in March.

Sadly faceed the fact that there is a new love in my life and sold her yesterday to a family member that will take good care.

And of course I can get some more farkles!!
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Offline MrPepsi

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #29 on: July 10, 2011, 09:49:45 am »
You didn't specify street only, so my first bike was a Honda 50 at the age of 5.
My first street bike was a Kawi Ninja 600 of course.
Its been all downhill since then.
Brent Johnson 
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