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Re: Your first bike
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2018, 01:21:01 PM »
I had a series of tiddler bikes (Trail 90s and the like) when I was too young to have a license, but my first real bike was a 1971 Norton Commando MkIII.

It's a wonder I kept with the sport, to be honest.
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Re: Your first bike
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2018, 01:50:07 PM »
1980 Yamaha XS850 midnight special bought in 85 I think for $1000.

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Re: Your first bike
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2018, 03:34:58 PM »
A 1970 Honda CL175 that we hid in the bushes to run shuttle on whitewater trips in the 70's.  Had a 'matching' open face helmet in blue metal flake.   ATGATT on those shuttle runs was helmet, wet suit, PFD, and wetsuit booties.   Most trips it was helmet, shorts, PFD, and sandals.   8)

First real street bike was a new 1978 Honda CB750F.  Price from the dealer was $1999 + taxes, before the mods like Tommaselli clubman bars, drilled discs, braided brake lines, and other things I'm forgetting.   First real sport-touring trip and first 1,000 mile day were on that bike; a trip from Atlanta to Watkins Glen, NY to see the F1 Grand Prix in 1980 (last F1 race at the Glen).   I had my Dad's USAAF leather jacket from WWII in those days.   I need to find the pictures from that trip.

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Re: Your first bike
« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2018, 04:54:45 PM »
Heh, my first long ride was the 1976 Honda CJ360 that followed the S1.  I rode from Eglin AFB to Marietta, GA to visit my parents in 1978.  Dear dog, I hurt after than ride.   And so it began.....

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Re: Your first bike
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2018, 05:34:51 PM »
This was FREE:

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It looked like this for a while:

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Re: Your first bike
« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2018, 05:47:16 PM »
This was FREE:
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That's a LOT of fairing for a bike that taps out just over a ton.  :lol:
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Re: Your first bike
« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2018, 06:17:36 PM »
My first bike was a new 1977 or 1978 street legal Can-Am 250 two stroke bought late in 1978 after I landed my first job out of university. I think it was a leftover 1977 but I'm not 100% sure of that. My mind is not as sharp as it was.   

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Re: Your first bike
« Reply #22 on: April 15, 2018, 06:57:13 PM »
1971 Yamaha DT360.  Purchased in 1973  About $750 I think

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Re: Your first bike
« Reply #23 on: April 15, 2018, 08:43:21 PM »
First bike was a 550GSE (late 70's I think?) running on 3 cylinders and a smashed in tank.
I got it for (I think) $250?? No title, no papers just the bike. OH Ya not running.
Parents said NO BIKES!! DON'T EVEN BRING IT UP!
OK so  fixed it in the street and parked it around the corner. Was one of the best summers of my life. Wendy and Terisa were best friends and shared everything, they loved the bike and Me  :naughty:  Life was good.
On a rainy day I parked it around the street from parents home, and walked home in the rain, I will never forget what my dad said to me "Son it is raining, just park in in the garage"  Ya Dad was OK, much cooler than I knew, but looking back he was a cool Dad. Mom bought me a leather jacket. Crashed the bike on the way to a Midterm exam, and sold it to a friend. He in the end got it registered and legal. OH the summer of 17 to 18, Dam that was a good summer, and fall. Amazing part is I lived.
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Re: Your first bike
« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2018, 07:34:15 AM »
First one I owned??  1983 Honda V45 Sabre.

No idea what I paid. Bought it off a buddy around 1985. I was a Junior in High School.

Not mine, but it looked like this:


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Re: Your first bike
« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2018, 07:37:35 AM »
Holy cam-chain rattle Batman!
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Re: Your first bike
« Reply #26 on: April 16, 2018, 07:47:30 AM »
Brand new 1967 Ward's Riverside 50 (rebadged Benelli 50)...rode the piss out of it from dirt, trail, street...just beat it to death and it never died--started my love affair with Italian bikes.

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Re: Your first bike
« Reply #27 on: April 16, 2018, 07:52:11 AM »
1981 Suzuki SP500. Think kick start only DR500 made street legal. Great first bike but I shoulda got the 250. Bought as s leftover, new in 1983 for less than $1,500.  Shoulda kept it forever!
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Re: Your first bike
« Reply #28 on: April 16, 2018, 08:07:27 AM »
1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo.

673cc's, fuel injected, 16" front wheel. The '85' stood for the rated horsepower. I think I paid $1700 for it. Rode it all over Norcal, and on my two week Canada vacation back in 1989.

Also had my first racetrack experience  with that bike on Laguna Seca as a helper for the California Superbike School the day after the 1989 GP.

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Re: Your first bike
« Reply #29 on: April 16, 2018, 08:13:36 AM »
Holy cam-chain rattle Batman!

That bike took a lot of abuse, and I never had a single problem with it. I still miss the self-cancelling turn signals...

Traded it in on a V-Max within a couple years.