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Your first bike...or close to thread...

The forum seems a bit quiet lately so I thought, "I'll start a new thread!"
I got into riding at a ripe old age of 18 in 1978. My first bike was a 1976 Honda 550Four and I modded the hell out of it. I modded the hell out of it in a cafe racer style for about 3 years until I had to abandon it by a dumpster after my last wreck. The bike and I totaled a Honda Accord on November 11th 1981. That was my worst accident...none since and counting. I got divorced a while back and as a result don't have ANY pictures of it...but that's another story. I swore I'd not ride again way back then...3 months later I bought a brand new '82 Kawasaki GPz750 pictured below while stationed in Texas. Fantastic bike!!! I modded the hell out of it too. From the factory it was red with some stripes down the sides. I had it repainted red and installed clipons, a Kerker full exhaust system, braided stainless brake lines, ported and polished cylinder head, smooth bore carburetors, etc as you see it pictured below while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. I had the bike repainted a nice steel blue a while later. After that I eventually ended up with it in England where I sold it in 1991 to another service member there. Great bike...and first I still have pictures of. What about you guys with pics?

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Wow they put DOD decals on the forks back then too!!!
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My first bike purchased about a month ago

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Wow they put DOD decals on the forks back then too!!!
Horrible, isn't it? Poor paint! These days I just fashion up an aluminum decal mount and attach it at on the side of the fork tube/brake caliper/front fender area. Save the paint!

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First one when I was 9 was the '78 Yamaha GT80.

Very close to one below....



That thing has made it through 3 years of me everyday, to a couple more years of me thrashing it occasionally through two more cousins then I lost track. Dad said it's still in circulation in the family and is only on it's third piston.

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oh sure, make us feel real old by searching the archives of ancient history.
Of course they didn't have digital cameras back in them thar days. I have photographs... somewhere
My first bike was a 1966 Honda 90. I think I was 12, 1969(for those of you counting) and paid $10 for it. All it needed was a set of points. Don't make me explain to some of you what 'points" are.

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198? Honda fiddy.
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Well , i ended up with my first bike 4 years ago , really never had an interest in riding , but my dad was in a bind , So i bought his bike , the 636 was my second bike . funny thing , a year later dad told me he missed riding , so i bought him a '73 for fathers day , and a year after that i traded him a mail jeep for it. but this was my first one , still got it , and go into riding so much i sold my car , motorcycle transport only....
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First bike was a gixxer. Imagine that. Mine was the Suzuki candy blue color. I was only 16. 2 strokes were king back then.

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oh sure, make us feel real old by searching the archives of ancient history.
Of course they didn't have digital cameras back in them thar days. I have photographs... somewhere
My first bike was a 1966 Honda 90. I think I was 12, 1969(for those of you counting) and paid $10 for it. All it needed was a set of points. Don't make me explain to some of you what 'points" are.
I was waiting for something made outta wood, and stone tires with you....
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Technically, my first bike was a 1979 Yamaha YZ80. My Dad taught me and my brother how to ride when I was 10 (in 1990 for those wondering). We still have that bike, too...It's a classic.

My first streetbike, though...was this 1989 Yamaha FZR600. Great bike. I got it when I was 17. And ended up selling it to a friend of mine who still rides the hell out of it.


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Don't make me explain to some of you what 'points" are.
You mean the spike bolts for a windscreen, right?




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1. 1951 BSA C-11 250 single. Peanut tank, Ape hangers and custom paint & seat. I got over that pretty quickly. One year later I bought
2. 1969 H-1 500 Originally icebox white. Decked heads, ported cylinders, purple metalflake paint, drag bars and leather seatcover. Had a hinge in the middle of the frame and I couldn't keep up with a Triumph 650 on a twisty road so I bought
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oh sure, make us feel real old by searching the archives of ancient history.
Of course they didn't have digital cameras back in them thar days. I have photographs... somewhere
Was expecting this-


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First bike was a mongoose. Jkjk

Anyways, it started with a Honda Elite scooter, not sure if that qualifies, but from that I moved on a Kawasaki Vulcan 500. From there I moved onto a my current bike: A 07 ZX-10r.

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Well now that i think about it , technically....but with no tassles.
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Was expecting this-

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I was waiting for something made outta wood, and stone tires with you....
damn kids

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on my 22nd birthday funny enough.. gift to myself i guess you could say. 05 zx6r for 3700 in mint condition :)

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damn kids
If it's any consolation, my wife saw your photo in the recent photos thread and said there was no way you were old enough for a Flinstone's motorcycle!

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