What was your first bike?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Kloque, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. corsair4360

    corsair4360 Been here awhile

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    First bike was a Honda CL350 1968 with the blue and white tank. Sold it to a friend. who died riding it... not fun, great guy.
  2. danedg

    danedg Horizontally Opposed

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    I was told that this would be a "good" bike for "me"...
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  3. mike in idaho

    mike in idaho Been here awhile

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    Got a 196? BSA Bantam that didn't run and swapped it for a 1961 Maico 250 that also didn't run. Bought a second Maico ($75) from the local used car dealer to get a running engine. Fixed it up and rode it for a year then traded it in on a new Honda CL160.
  4. fjer

    fjer Been here awhile

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    1968 Yamaha Bonanza 180 twin. Candy apple red. Would do 90mph down hill with the wind. Was only 15 at the time and no license. Got a dark face shield and rode it all over town that summer.
  5. JCool

    JCool Long timer

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    Indian 50 , I was 7. First streetbike was GT500 , I was 17.
  6. MR X

    MR X MOTORCYCLE MADMAN

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    First motorcycle was a Kawasaki 100 ,
    First street motorcycle was a Suzuki Gt550 I fixed up.
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  7. Kiwigber

    Kiwigber Been here awhile

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    Bay of Islands,New Zealand
    Corgi motor scooter-fold up and used by the Paratroopers during WW2-terrible thing,oiled plug every few hours-but at least it had two wheels.
  8. bad luck

    bad luck Adventurer

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    My first was a 64 or 65 Honda S90, after I bought it my dad bought one for all the other kids in the family.
    I rode it from San Jose down to San Diego and back home again.
  9. fireflyr

    fireflyr Been here awhile

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    1976 CB400F in 1980. Should never have sold it.


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  10. Runaway Train

    Runaway Train The Left-Right Tourer

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    1973 Suzuki GT 185 in 1989 for $25
    Been riding ever since
  11. MATTY

    MATTY BORDER RAIDER

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    As a 5 yearold kid Was my second bike the corgi rocket , first one being a cut down mobylete moped .
    The corgi had a 100cc Blackburn engine and mine had a Lodge spark plug in it which as you describe did whisker up frequently changedplug to a chanpion and my dad reducedtheoil to 25to 1 from the recomended20 to 1 ratio and it ran much better . Had it about five years.
  12. NAVIGATOR

    NAVIGATOR Wanderer

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    This is not the one, but just like my first MC

    I was on fifth grade and used it as school transportation and to do other errands.

    Rode it on the Street, dirt roads, hiways, open fields, did stunts etc.etc. had a Buco helmet and some leather gloves as AGAT

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  13. MATTY

    MATTY BORDER RAIDER

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    Apart from several off road bikes as a youngster and mopeds at 16 years , my first on the road real motorcycle after passing my test 4 days after my 17th birthday was a Suzuki T350 J a1971 in gold.
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  14. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    1970 - a BSA Bantam Major...150cc.
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  15. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    I was immersed in cool.

    I had as my trainer, a 1972 Yamaha R5C. It was thirteen years old, at the time...when I bought it it had been kept under cover and had been cleaned up, but it had issues.

    And Yamaha wasn't making parts readily available for something that old.

    After the throtte stuck once too often (and no kill switch) and I saw what a Y cable for the twin throttle sliders would cost...I sold it and bought a NOS Yamaha SR500.

    I went down with that, and the insurance totalled it.

    So I got a Kawasaki H2.

    ...JAY-ZUS. The handling scared me and the power scared me more. I sold it right away at a couple-hundred-dollars loss.

    What a fool was I.
  16. R80st

    R80st Been here awhile

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    Me on a NSU. in Holland [in de imbosch] around 1965
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  17. randingo

    randingo Voted "Class Lounger"

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    Greeves 250 enduro racer with lights and number plates. It actually had telescopic forks! Since I commuted on it, I had to carry 2x oil with me all the time. A guy I worked with bought it off a dealer in Frewsburg, NY and then parked it in his basement for years. When I bought it had virtually no miles. It was a PITA, but I sure wish I had it now.
  18. WRC51

    WRC51 Been here awhile

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    Yamaha Street 80 when I was 13 years old. Started a life long addiction with bikes.....
  19. rudolf35

    rudolf35 Warped & Twisted Mind

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    At 8 years old I got a Moto-Guzzi Trotter 40cc; in the US I think it was called a Robin. That poor moped not only taught me to ride, it also was the test bed for my burgeoning “mechanical skills”. It did survive my abuse until I graduated to a Kreidler Florett 50cc.
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  20. Velocipede

    Velocipede Been here awhile

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    My first was a 1947 Ariel NH 350.I soon got bored with it and traded it in for a 1953 Triumph T100C which I was told had been raced by the great Bob McIntyre.That was over 60 years ago and I have rarely been without a bike ever since.
    John
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