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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 Gsun

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #75 on: September 15, 2011, 08:43:29 pm »
The first one I actually paid for was my 98 Connie. I rode borrowed bikes way back because I couldn't afford one. A couple of dirt bikes, a 350 Kawi circa 1973. But the first bike I owned when I was about 11 (it was a gift) was this. Sorry, but it looks like a motorcycle! Mine was red.

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #76 on: September 28, 2011, 07:20:47 pm »
82 GPz1100. Mine was painted black.
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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #77 on: September 28, 2011, 08:01:20 pm »
Here's a pic just like my first one, only mine was not nearly in this good of shape. Early 1960s Honda CL72 Scrambler, 250cc of holy terror (not so much)


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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #78 on: September 28, 2011, 09:42:33 pm »
I had an '82 450 Nighthawk. The picture is not mine but it was the same color.

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #79 on: September 28, 2011, 09:47:34 pm »
My first bike with my GF at the time........both collectible now......... ;D  Not sure exactly what year the bike is, but pre 70.  It was a 125 or 150.......not sure right now. Dang, I might have to find one of these again just for grins.

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #80 on: September 29, 2011, 04:54:25 am »
Here's a pic just like my first one, only mine was not nearly in this good of shape. Early 1960s Honda CL72 Scrambler, 250cc of holy terror (not so much)




I just saw one of these yesterday. It was seriously trashed though but the guy was still riding it.
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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #81 on: September 29, 2011, 08:06:31 am »
I just started riding a little over 2 years ago.  First bike was this '92 (or maybe '93) EX-500.  I paid $500 for it and had to replace the flywheel (charging magnets were shattered. Common problem on 1st Gen EX 500).  Also went through the carbs and bought a windshield for it.  Put a couple hundred miles on it and sold it to buy my next project ('99 VFR800).

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #82 on: September 29, 2011, 08:29:49 am »
I learned to ride on a 1970 Honda 50 Mini Trail!

My first real motorcycle was a 74 Kawasaki KD 125.

First street bike was a 76 Kawasaki 400 Twin.
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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #83 on: September 30, 2011, 02:38:24 pm »
A 72 Kawasaki F7 175 2-stroke enduro.  Man I miss that thing.



  Wow thats my 1st street legal, a pic..amazing, it had some sort of rotary valve thingy that was high tech then, he he, I loved that thing!
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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #84 on: October 04, 2011, 10:28:40 am »
I found my first bike in rural PA - it was sitting idle for few years. It started after first push of the starter button and I rode it for a year just to make sure motorcycling was for me. The Nighthawk is a great bike to start on. It’s indestructible, functional and unpretentious... BTW, I found my current bike – the RT - in rural PA also. Hmmm, should be something about rural PA...  ::)

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #85 on: October 06, 2011, 09:29:20 pm »
1976 Yamaha xs 500. No pics but there is a 1978 for sale 3 blocks away from me. Hmmmmm maybe I should get it for old times sake.

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« Reply #86 on: October 08, 2011, 03:25:06 am »
82 Kawasaki 440 Ltd

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #87 on: October 08, 2011, 09:11:58 am »
That would be a 1976 Kawasaki KH250 which i picked up for a measly £20 GBP in 1984, still had it up til 6 years ago when I got my Mother to move my stuff from my old house, She sent it to the scrap yard!!!! and then said what did I want with that old bike!!! Also had a Suzuki GS125ES at the same time, small but looks like a big bike and being a four stroke single sounds (at tickover at least) like a big thumper. I'm now on my 27th to 34th bikes.
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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #88 on: October 08, 2011, 07:08:06 pm »
Depending one what you mean by "real" motorcycle...

My first was a 1973 Honda SL70. (Some of my neighborhood friends gave me crap that the "SL" stood for "SLOW"... but did they have their own motorcycle?  Noooooooooo!)

This was in 1973. I had wanted a mini-bike BADLY for a few years, but living in the suburbs, no good place to ride. Then, in the summer of '73, we moved out to "the country" (mom re-married). Part of the strategy of winning me over to the idea was getting a bike. "...and guess what Keith, you can get a MINI-BIKE out there!"

But my step-dad said No, you really don't want a mini-bike with those small wheels. He didn't ride, but was asking guys at work for suggestions. They all told him the smaller wheels would really limit the handling off-road. It didn't take much to convince me of that wisdom, and one June Saturday morning we went into Moon Motors in Monticello MN to buy my FIRST MOTORCYCLE! Brand-spankin'-new! We wheeled it out into the parking lot and the sales guy went over the controls with me. After I clumsily putted around the parking lot a little, we loaded it into the trailer and took it home.

So that's how I spent my time that summer, on that little blue Honda. Part of making the whole motorcycle thing okay with my mom was telling her... "Don't worry, I'm just going to ride it around the yard." Of course,  after riding around the yard a couple of weeks, and wearing trails into the grass everywhere, I had to have more space, and started riding along the ditches and along the mississippi river banks. There were a couple of small gravel pits along my usual route, and that was a blast banging around the pits and climbing hills and using the small piles of dirt as jumps.

Funny, as nostalgic as it makes me feel thinking about that first bike, I really have no desire to get one now. If I wanted to get a bike for nostalgia's sake, I think it might be one of those dorky-looking Trail 90's. My uncle had one and let me ride it on the gravel roads by my grandpa's (this was prior to the SL70). That was like the funnest thing I'd done in my life, and I knew I had to have one!

BTW, the pic attached is not my bike, a pic from Marbles Motors of a 1971, mine was 1973.  I think the only difference is the decals.

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #89 on: October 12, 2011, 07:58:43 am »
Depending one what you mean by "real" motorcycle...

My first was a 1973 Honda SL70. (Some of my neighborhood friends gave me crap that the "SL" stood for "SLOW"... but did they have their own motorcycle?  Noooooooooo!)

This was in 1973. I had wanted a mini-bike BADLY for a few years, but living in the suburbs, no good place to ride. Then, in the summer of '73, we moved out to "the country" (mom re-married). Part of the strategy of winning me over to the idea was getting a bike. "...and guess what Keith, you can get a MINI-BIKE out there!"

But my step-dad said No, you really don't want a mini-bike with those small wheels. He didn't ride, but was asking guys at work for suggestions. They all told him the smaller wheels would really limit the handling off-road. It didn't take much to convince me of that wisdom, and one June Saturday morning we went into Moon Motors in Monticello MN to buy my FIRST MOTORCYCLE! Brand-spankin'-new! We wheeled it out into the parking lot and the sales guy went over the controls with me. After I clumsily putted around the parking lot a little, we loaded it into the trailer and took it home.

So that's how I spent my time that summer, on that little blue Honda. Part of making the whole motorcycle thing okay with my mom was telling her... "Don't worry, I'm just going to ride it around the yard." Of course,  after riding around the yard a couple of weeks, and wearing trails into the grass everywhere, I had to have more space, and started riding along the ditches and along the mississippi river banks. There were a couple of small gravel pits along my usual route, and that was a blast banging around the pits and climbing hills and using the small piles of dirt as jumps.

Funny, as nostalgic as it makes me feel thinking about that first bike, I really have no desire to get one now. If I wanted to get a bike for nostalgia's sake, I think it might be one of those dorky-looking Trail 90's. My uncle had one and let me ride it on the gravel roads by my grandpa's (this was prior to the SL70). That was like the funnest thing I'd done in my life, and I knew I had to have one!

BTW, the pic attached is not my bike, a pic from Marbles Motors of a 1971, mine was 1973.  I think the only difference is the decals.

Sounds like the plan/plot to 'win you over' worked eh Keith?
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