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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by klaviator, Dec 29, 2010.
The FJ! A dream bike from my youth. Was it a fun ride?
When the FJ1100 came out in 84 it was my dream bike although way out of my financial reach. In 1985 I had the money to buy my dream bike, although it was slightly used. Of course it was a fun ride. The whole story of my FJ is in my ride report: https://advrider.com/f/threads/you-only-live-twice.1042598/
I wanted one too and also couldn’t afford it. I ended up buying an FJ600 instead. My first brand new bike and I rode it for 9 years.
I remember the FJ600 well. I probably would have been better off on the smaller and lighter 600 instead of the 1100 but at the time I wanted the biggest and fastest.
I think the FJ660, especially in the color scheme above is a great looking bike, better than the 600 class bike of today.
I'm glad I got the FJ1100 because I needed to get having a super fast bike out of my system and everyone needs to get their dream bike at least once!
I'm planning on riding down to the Bike Shop in Leeds tomorrow for Gymkhana. For those of you who have never done a Gymkhana its a great way to build your riding skills, its a blast and its free!
Info here: https://www.motorcyclealabama.com/rides/index.php?topic=4336.msg38109#msg38109
That was, I suppose why I had a CBX, a GPz1100 and a ZR1100, all bought new.
As per the photo, remember when rational sporting bikes had centre stands? All three I mentioned did. Kerker even made a pipe for the GPz which retained the centre stand.
What year is that one. Very good looking bike
I'm not sure, I just pulled the pic off the internet. I'm guessing maybe an 84 since the color scheme is the same as my 84 FJ1100.
Thanks for setting the path on some good roads . I hope we didn’t hold you back too much but I was enjoying the scenery as well as the roads. I ended up at 378 miles for the day and enjoyed every mile.
I had one on the black color scheme. My dream bike in the early 80’s was the CB1100F. I bought a used one in around ‘91. For a while I had the FJ and the CB until I sold them both for a GPZ1100. I was addicted to big motors until I bought my VFR.
I was able to change my username from BobinCT. Pretty much describes my career.
I headed out this evening in my never ending quest for the perfect sunset. I didn't find it but it wasn't a bad sunset.
You didn't hold me back. If not for you guys I wouldn't have been motivated to go for a ride.
All those sunset pictures from all the years and no ufos in them?.
I don't normally post the UFO pics but since you asked This was last night.
I headed out before 8 this morning. It was pretty cold and I didn't dress warm enough. It was nice and sunny when I left but I soon ran into off and on fog. It was much colder in the fog.
Crossing the Tennessee River on 231.
It doesn't look like much in the next pic but it was pretty thick fog ahead.
I stopped at a gas station South of Arab and waited for a few other to show up. I forgot to take a pic but three others met me and we headed off. I got a pic on the go.
Despite the fog and cold it was a beautiful day and I was glad to be riding even if it wasn't on the most exciting of roads.
Soon we arrived at out destination.
This was the parking lot behind the Bike Shop in Leeds where we would be having a Gymkhana today.
The Thinwater clan unloading their bikes.
Riders here for the first time are asked to ride a 24 foot circle before going out on the course.
Johnny showing how its done on his big Harley.
Then it was time to head over to the course. The last few of these I hauled a small scooter down. This time I wanted to ride down which meant the Versys or Majesty. I've done a couple of Gymkhanas on the Versys but not the Majesty. I just felt like riding the Versys so that's what I rode. It is definitely way more work riding around the course that the Like or Super 8 which both felt like i was cheating. I was also faster on the scooters. The Versys has a snatchy throttle response at low speeds so I really had to work the clutch. It was still fun and very valuable practice.
After riding for a bit I got my Sony out and took a bunch of pics.
@Retro Iron who I first met in Maggie Valley on his Vespa was here on his NC700X doing some laps of the course. I told him he should have ridden the Vespa!
I was off my game today since I didn't manage to capture any napping bikes. Here's one that was just picked up.
left to right: David on his XT225, Natalee on her new Z400, and Zelia on her Agility 125.
The course wasn't that crowded I just tried to take some pics with as many riders in them as possible.
David @enginebreak , despite being a fairly new rider was really tearing up the course.
Buzz, in the middle on the Van Van set up the course.