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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%)

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Offline Rhino

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #60 on: August 05, 2011, 11:26:16 am »
I started riding late in life. My first bike was a brand new 2004 Honda VTX1300S. I had to trailer it home since I didn't have an endorsement or more importantly didn't know how to ride it. From my house I could ride it to a church parking lot about 1/2 mile away. I learned to ride it in that parking lot. Was able to get into a class a month later and get my endorsement. Within 8 months I replaced it with a Honda Valkyrie. I now have about 90,000 miles on 4 different bikes.


The actual bike on a road trip in the summer of 04. I just realized that without intention it is almost the same color as my C14.

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #61 on: August 06, 2011, 09:45:53 am »
A 72 Kawasaki F7 175 2-stroke enduro.  Man I miss that thing.

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Offline anycleavers

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #62 on: August 06, 2011, 09:51:57 am »
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A 72 Kawasaki F7 175 2-stroke enduro.  Man I miss that thing.

I had the 125 version. I agree, I miss that little bike, some very good times were had.
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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #63 on: August 25, 2011, 09:11:04 pm »
My 2003 Concours was my first.  Got it used in spring 2005 with 7600 miles on it.  Now has 58,000.

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #64 on: August 26, 2011, 04:27:53 am »
81 Honda GL500.  Didn't run so well.  Had to rebuild the carbs (which was easy on this bike).  Got it for $500.  I wish I had a digital pic of it, but I don't.
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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #65 on: August 26, 2011, 10:07:22 am »
83 KZ550LTD

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #66 on: August 26, 2011, 02:12:12 pm »
81 Honda GL500.  Didn't run so well.  Had to rebuild the carbs (which was easy on this bike).  Got it for $500.  I wish I had a digital pic of it, but I don't.
Jim, as noted earlier in this thread, I had the 82 CX500-  got it brand new in '84.  Great running bike- I put well over 50K miles on that bike... and that's in MN !!  BRRrrrrrrrr
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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #67 on: September 04, 2011, 03:07:55 pm »
73 CB 350 Honda.  Had about 5k mi. on it. I added another 5k plus then sold it and bought a brand new CB 550 F. This had a 4 into 1 pipe from the factory. Followed this up with a 79 GS 850 Suzuki, great bike, put over 113k mi. on this over a 16 period. Then the Concours came along and I got a brand new one in 95. Been on this ever since.

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #68 on: September 04, 2011, 03:27:09 pm »
A 72 Kawasaki F7 175 2-stroke enduro.  Man I miss that thing.




Oh man, I remember that bike. My dad bought one of those for himself, I got the yamaha 80..with turn signals and fully street legal.   That f7 was a cool machine. Japans first cdi ignition, on anything, and a cool front fork that let you change offset by moving the axle forward or backward.  The Yamaha ran like crap once the airfilter was clogged...who woudl have guessed?

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #69 on: September 05, 2011, 02:33:24 am »
Honda CT 70 followed by a trashed out 71 Honda CL 350 "Scrambler"  8) 8)
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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #70 on: September 13, 2011, 07:07:35 pm »
Kawasaki 440 ltd, belt drive 1981....

It was so small.. and it was so slow.  I loved it took me where i wanted to go....  traded for a yamaha seca 750...  greta college bike, to a ninja 1000r, grand daddy of our concourse....  1986....  Well later boys..

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #71 on: September 13, 2011, 07:51:22 pm »
Started riding in 1984 on a 1980 Honda Twinstar 200



Man, I loved that machine like a person.  Like a good dog it was.  Always there, and showed me the world!

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #72 on: September 14, 2011, 07:20:00 pm »
Benelli   125 cc  2 stroke. Spent more time working on it than riding. Montgromery Ward service manual helped  as they sold these bikes under the Riverside name through the catalog store.

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #73 on: September 14, 2011, 07:48:00 pm »
Mine was a 1981 Honda CB650 in black.  I was already in my 30's with three kids because while I was in school my parents wouldn't go along with it and then in early marriage couldn't afford it.  Road it for over 10 years and took it to Europe with me, where I sold it to a colleague.  It was a great first bike and I thought it was powerful & fast - then I got a C10 and learned better, and now I have a C14 and learned more better  ;D.
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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #74 on: September 15, 2011, 08:14:20 pm »
Ahhh....   Memory Lane.  There sure have been some great bikes.