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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 CADMAN97

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #90 on: October 15, 2011, 03:25:14 pm »
My friend let me practice on his KLR 650, but the first bike i actually bought was a 1998 Honda Magna. My mom about flipped when I told her the bike in the garage was mine. I live 2hrs away from my home town, and when my parents came to visit one day, I knew the secret was gonna be over. But hey I was 26, and able to make my own decisions. Now 10yrs later everyone pretty much accepts the fact I ride. I eventually traded the Magna for my VFR800, which i just recently sold  :-\
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1998 Honda Magna--->Sold | 2003 Yamaha FZ1--->Sold | 2003 Honda VFR800--->Sold | 2010 Honda VFR1200--->Sold | Kawasaki C14--->SOLD | 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 1000--->Current | 2014 Yamaha FJR 1300ES--->Current

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #91 on: October 16, 2011, 05:31:09 pm »
My first street bike was a new blue Yamaha, that one was a 1973 RD250.
 Now I feel like a kid again, I just bought another new blue Yamaha , this one is a 2012 Super Tenere.
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Offline potshotpanda

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #92 on: October 21, 2011, 07:58:29 pm »
Learned to ride on a AMD 125 in a gravel pit about 10 miles away from my parents house (it was my older brother's bike)

First bike I owned was a 79 Suzuki GS425L, bought brand new.   Rode that bad boy for 36000 miles without a lick of trouble.  Made a trip from DC out to Columbus OH to visit a girlfriend via US 50.  Also rode it from RI to LA over a couple of days.   In January, missed any snow, fortunately.

Next bike was an 82 GS850 which caused me to fall in love with a shaft drive bike.   That one had issues, but still loved the bike. 

Last bike, before my 15 year hiatus was a Honda Rebel 250.   Not that I'd give up my Connie, but that was a nearly bulletproof bike that got near 70 mpg when I added a windscreen to make the airflow better around my rather square body.
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Offline SteveJ.

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #93 on: October 24, 2011, 06:33:26 pm »
First bike, 1970 CL450, brand new from Twin City Honda.
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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #94 on: October 30, 2011, 08:51:43 pm »
1978 Honda CM400 was my first bike that I owned.  The engine had flipped the speedo and finally broke the cam chain.  The guy swapped in a Hawk 450 motor and put another 30K on her before he sold it to me.  I rode it for a year down in FL and gave it away when I transferred to New York.

First bike ridden was a neighbor kid's Honda CR50.  When I was 8, me, him and my brother (5 yrs old) would rip up and down the county roads, all three of us sitting on the bike, no helmets, no nothing.  My brother had to sit in the middle so he wouldn't fall off (safety first!) We used to race the neighbor (high school age, with his girlfriend on the back) and he would let us win.  30 years later I looked at a 50 while I was at the stealer, and I can't believe I was ever that small.
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Offline txfatboy

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #95 on: October 30, 2011, 09:10:21 pm »
Honda 650 Night Hawk, 83 or 84...... Painted midnight metallic blue, all the emblems removed and most of the engine blacked out. I even filled in the "Honda" that was machined into the engine side covers. It was a great first bike and looked great too.
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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #96 on: October 30, 2011, 09:54:23 pm »
1978 Hondamatic 400 Hawk, in 1985.  Not recommended.  Sold it for $200.  See the missing mirror?  Front caliper hanging by the line?  Spent a year recovering from injuries. No cycle endorsements back then.  Could have avoided it.     

Offline dvitous

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #97 on: October 30, 2011, 10:04:25 pm »
A '73 Yamaha AT 125...  looked exactly like this one.  Bought from a guy I worked with... if I'm not mistaken, for $1/cc.



I suspect my brother was somehow involved... but one day it just "disappeared" from the garage, never to be seen again.

Replaced shortly thereafter by an '83 Kaw 550 LTD... then my '99 Concours!


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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #98 on: October 30, 2011, 11:09:30 pm »
Tote Goat, best damn mule ever devised ;D

Offline danl

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #99 on: October 31, 2011, 07:04:21 am »
I'm a relative newb as far as riding goes. My wife and I bought our 1st bike in 2006 when our daughter graduated HS. It was a brand new 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 750. We learned to ride on it and put about 8000 miles on the clock in a year, doing nothing much but local riding. She'd go out for a  couple hours, I'd go out for a couple hours later on. Lots of weekend morning country road cruises. After 6 months or so, I bought my own bike, a used 05 Suzuki C50. 6 months later, we traded in the 750 for a new '07 1500 for my wife which she still has. It's got almost 30k on it. I traded the C50 in with about 20k on it for my '08 Vulcan 1600 which I bought in '09 as a leftover new stock bike. I rode that for 16k and while I liked it, it never really made me want to just go out and ride. I bought my Connie a month ago and finally have the bike that I can't wait to ride.

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #100 on: October 31, 2011, 07:41:10 am »
first bike dang near killed half the family
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Offline Cavediver

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #101 on: October 31, 2011, 02:03:23 pm »
1975 Kawasaki F11 I beat that thing to death.

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #102 on: October 31, 2011, 05:53:28 pm »
First off road at the age of 16.....Yamaha YZ 125 1980
First street bike at the age of 20........Honda CBF400 1975. Should ve kept it. They re seeling for a few thousands
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Offline So Cal Joe

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #103 on: November 01, 2011, 06:31:44 am »
First motorcycle was a 1969 Honda CB 350, It was stock when I bought it but I made a few changes to it  :)

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #104 on: November 01, 2011, 04:46:13 pm »
First motorcycle was a 1969 Honda CB 350, It was stock when I bought it but I made a few changes to it  :)

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