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Old 01-10-2011, 05:31 PM   #151
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1968 (8yo) - Taco MiniBike used
1968 (11yo) Kawasaki 120cc - C2SS used
1970 (12yo) Honda CB100 used
1973 (13yo) Kawasaki 100cc G5 New
1974 (14yo) CR125 New (in the picture)
1976 CR125 and Honda XL350 (both new same time, I had a nice Dad)
Within 2 weeks I'd flipped the XL on the highway at about 40mph and pretty much destroyed it.
Over 200 bikes and 40 years later it's still fun
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:24 PM   #152
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This was my third bike but my first new one.

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Old 01-21-2011, 11:44 PM   #153
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I'm another young'n. I found this 1991 Katana 600 in 2003 with only 1300 miles, owned by a real accountant type. 100% factory mint! Of course you know what THAT inevitably leads to.



This is after I finished repairing the bike. A few weeks after I got it, a deer flew out and I did a front flip over the bars on impact, slid for a bit, and then the bike (having pinged off a tree) slid up next to me, ever so gently. Some locals had the deer gutted licketysplit, but I didn't want anything to do with it. Forks bent, fairings trashed, rode it home and fixed it as fast as I could.



Having fun up in the mountains. I got the bike when I turned 19, because as my roommate said he was going to get his ears pierced, I suddenly went "I can buy a motorcycle!" I'd wanted one and not been allowed for so many years of my childhood, that by the time I was a late teen I'd all but forgotten. I put 14,000 miles on the bike in less than 6 months.



This is a recent pic. It's been living in my Mother-In-Law's garage, which makes me a little sad (I've moved cross-country). I sold it to my then-girlfriend now-wife before realizing it was a horrible beginner's bike for someone 5'3"! (Now she has an XT250 she's in love with, btw!)

Pardon the Japanese characters painted by a local painter who lives in the sticks and is a little more comfortable with "wolf howls at moon" than "Suzuki", heh.
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:16 AM   #154
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It started with this:



Then at 16 I bought this, my first bike:

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Old 01-22-2011, 12:20 PM   #155
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Calling this a "motorcycle" might be a bit of a stretch, but this was what got me started down this long two-wheeled path. This was actually my second ride. A year earlier I had gotten a hand me down '49 Cushman Roadking from my brother. No photos exist of that wonder. The inset pic was taken by my mom, a notoriously bad photographer, the day I got it in the Spring of '59. The hot rodded version a year later in the large photo. I've never been able to leave well enough alone.
To this day, nothing sounds as sweet as a baffleless 8hp Cushman on trailing throttle.

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Old 01-22-2011, 02:05 PM   #156
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I'm another young'n. I found this 1991 Katana 600 in 2003 with only 1300 miles, owned by a real accountant type. 100% factory mint! Of course you know what THAT inevitably leads to.



This is after I finished repairing the bike. A few weeks after I got it, a deer flew out and I did a front flip over the bars on impact, slid for a bit, and then the bike (having pinged off a tree) slid up next to me, ever so gently. Some locals had the deer gutted licketysplit, but I didn't want anything to do with it. Forks bent, fairings trashed, rode it home and fixed it as fast as I could.



Having fun up in the mountains. I got the bike when I turned 19, because as my roommate said he was going to get his ears pierced, I suddenly went "I can buy a motorcycle!" I'd wanted one and not been allowed for so many years of my childhood, that by the time I was a late teen I'd all but forgotten. I put 14,000 miles on the bike in less than 6 months.



This is a recent pic. It's been living in my Mother-In-Law's garage, which makes me a little sad (I've moved cross-country). I sold it to my then-girlfriend now-wife before realizing it was a horrible beginner's bike for someone 5'3"! (Now she has an XT250 she's in love with, btw!)

Pardon the Japanese characters painted by a local painter who lives in the sticks and is a little more comfortable with "wolf howls at moon" than "Suzuki", heh.
somewhere on advrider is a thread about a guy who's brother was killed on a katana and after that he took the bike and had a love hate relationship with it. he abused the hell out of it, made a rat/track/street bike out of it and piled up like 50-60,000 miles on it and then some. it was pretty cool, not meaning to throw any bad vibes I hope..
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Old 01-22-2011, 02:07 PM   #157
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1974 Kawasaki 100. My pride and joy when I got it at age 14. Look how shiny those chrome fenders are!

Trail Boss. Came with knobbies and a high low lever on the tranny which made it a 10 speed or something like that.
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:22 PM   #158
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Naples Italy in 1972 my 250 Ducati Monza can't remember the model year


just been repainted and rechromed.


Learned how to ride it on the beach across from the apartment Licola Marina, just outside of Naples.
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Old 01-23-2011, 01:45 PM   #159
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Aprilia RS125 my first love...fantastic little bike but didn't last as long as i'd hoped.
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:47 PM   #160
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My 72 CL350 in Colts Neck NJ around 1975
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:49 PM   #161
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Me and my 78 Z1R in 79. cant find pics of me and my mini trail
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:39 AM   #162
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Hey! that looks like a familiar bike! This was me, and my brother, back sometime when I was about 5 or so...

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Old 01-24-2011, 10:43 AM   #163
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Not my 1st Bike...but it is the oldest photo.

1972 Suzuki TM125 ( Roger DeCoster model ). This was the BEST slow-speed WHEELIE machine that I ever rode. You could just "put" around on that rear tire. This photo was 1973 ( I was in 7th grade ). Went to the 1st RM-125 in 1974...but that bike had to be kept above 5K-RPM. The RM was fast as hell, but not near the wheelie machine of the TM model.
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:50 AM   #164
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The Rupp Roadster was my 1st bike at age 4. My Mom wasn't all that happy that my Dad got me into the sport at such a young age. I only had it for about a year or so then moved up to a Hodaka Dirt Squirt 80! I musta put 100k miles on that old Rupp tearing around the farm yard...
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:49 AM   #165
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My first two-wheeler was a home made "doodle-bug" style minibike that my dad and I built from plans I bought from the back pages of Boy's Life in 1969 or so. We modified the design a bit- used angle iron (!) instead of tubing, and fitted an 8hp Rotax two-stroke that came out of a miniature snowmobile. We left the snowmobile clutch on the engine and rigged up a jackshaft with an idler pulley that allowed the variable diameter drive pulley to do its thing. That machine was seriously fast and with big knobby tires from a Cushman scooter, a reasonable dirt machine. Unfortunately, no pictures survive, but I have this hilarious ad from my 2nd bike, a 1966 Honda S65.

" ... runs away from most 63cc machines."
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