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Old 10-02-2013, 02:19 AM   #16
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Candy Topaz Orange?

I always wondered what they named that color. I bought one of those in that color with my saved up flight pay. It was 1970 and I was home from my tour. I also bought a Porsche. I was 22.

Yes, I remember the distinctive sound of the Honda Scramblers. Even the CL77 sounded good, but the 450 was the best. I tried riding it off road a couple times and after about 6 months I traded it for a Yamaha 360 Enduro. Much better! I tried racing it the next year, but it had such poor forks it would go into tank slappers all the time. I traded that for a Penton Six Days 125. Wow! So that is what a real race bike rides like. After that came a string of motocrossers.

Today I have two dual sport thumpers. I like riding them to remote places on long trips. I didn't rediscover motorcycle travel until I bumped into this site in 2004. Nice to still be able to do some of the things we did 40 years ago. Thanks for the memories.
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Old 10-02-2013, 02:27 AM   #17
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Love the road trip! So many young people today won't even get a drivers license let alone take a trip such as yours. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-02-2013, 03:34 AM   #18
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Fantastic step back in time. Touring was so much simpler then it seems now. Loved those SL350s. Remember a guy running one for awhile in our rice field motorx tracks and flat tracks back in '72 /'73. My road ride back then was a '72 Honda 750 which replaced a '69 Norton Commando Fastback What days, Farings? Nada.
Thanks for the time and effort to do this report. Really fun reading it as I know of the places you rode to by being there also.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:39 AM   #19
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I'm ashamed to admit that the first thing I saw that made me go all nostalgic is that awesome coat. Very popular style in '71. I never imagined it as a "biker" jacket. I was just 13 yrs old then.

Back then, our cold weather gear was the same as our winter gear. We really didn't have any special riding gear other than a helmet. No heated gloves, vests or even leathers which were too expensive. I noticed that my brother had a coat just about like mine. I just realized I still had the craftsman tool box, which was bolted on to the back of the SL350 with u-clamps. Talk about a survivor, it's at least 41 yrs old and I still use it for plumbing parts, tools etc. I tried to put stickers on it whenever we got into a new state etc. (kind of like people used to do with their RV/Campers back then to show off were they had been)

Here it is, you can still see stickers from Grand Tetons, Montana, Yellowstone and Vancouver, Canada.


Glad to hear my report has stirred up some memories for some of you. Thanks for your compliments!
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:06 AM   #20
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sl 350

I had a SL350 given to me about 1978 I rode it a year when the forks broke I put on a Suzuki 185 motocross front fork ,it worked good but bottomed out easily then the headlight quit I had a ford pick-up light bucket ,just drilled a couple of holes got a junk yard bulb 50cents .It had a two into one megaphone exhaust very loud It cost me $15.00 for a year of riding around Moab Utah. I called it my Forhonski I also had that coat in green corduroy
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:03 AM   #21
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I just realized I still had the craftsman tool box, which was bolted on to the back of the SL350 with u-clamps. Talk about a survivor, it's at least 41 yrs old and I still use it for plumbing parts, tools etc. I tried to put stickers on it whenever we got into a new state etc. (kind of like people used to do with their RV/Campers back then to show off were they had been)

Here it is, you can still see stickers from Grand Tetons, Montana, Yellowstone and Vancouver, Canada.


Glad to hear my report has stirred up some memories for some of you. Thanks for your compliments!
I have that tool box! I've also been subjected to the inquisition upon re-entering the US from Canada. In 1991 I visited Canada for a few hours when on vacation in Michigan. Coming back both my and my car were searched. I was pissed. I guess they figured a 25 year old in a new Camaro was suspicious.
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:21 AM   #22
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Thanks for sharing your trip down memory lane. Amazing, you guys were doing adventure rides way back in '72 - the year I was born. Mucho respect My first bike was an '83 Honda CB 900 Custom I bought when I was 15 before I got my first car. Love those old Hondas...they ran forever.
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Old 10-02-2013, 01:37 PM   #23
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Nice to recall old memories

I rode a burnt orange SL350. That bike took me to Sturgis two years in a row when I was in high school. Those engines were almost bullet proof.
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Old 10-02-2013, 01:43 PM   #24
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Thanks a bunch! I had a CL350 and still have the same Craftsman toolbox (hand me down from my dad).
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Old 10-02-2013, 01:50 PM   #25
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Last year a couple buddies and I headed out on a 77 GS750, 82 GS450, and 81 CM400. Over two weeks we put close to 5,000 miles on them riding through Yellowstone. Capable little bikes they were. Great story, thanks for the read. Way before my time but I can appreciate the machines you were on.
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Old 10-02-2013, 02:01 PM   #26
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Sl350

Moved to OR in 1972.
Bought a SL350 from my buddy in spring of 73. His wife gave him the ultimatum! It was a new 1973 with 120 miles on. The turquoise paint job with yellow tank insert. Kept it for 4 years. Did a lot of back road touring before it was called dual sport. Great bike.
Thanks for the travelogue and bringing back good memories.
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Old 10-02-2013, 02:56 PM   #27
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Great report. I picked up my nostalgia bike about two years ago. A blue SL350K1. Love the bike. Not in as good shape as yours, but I'm doing a semi restore. I'm fixing it to ride, not shine.

Thanks for sharing the memories.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:25 PM   #28
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I had a 1970 Honda SL100. Same green with white stripe. Rode all over the fields and mountains before I had my drivers license. Looks like you have a great trip back in the day.
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:30 AM   #29
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Very Cool!!!
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:31 AM   #30
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Those were the days before fancy custom luggage and huge bikes. Nice report,thanks.
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