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Old 11-18-2013, 11:58 AM   #61
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This is what started it all for me, brand new in '72, though I did have to share it with my brother. For a 50cc bike it was surprisingly capable.



Still in love with the genre, do-it-all Dual Sport bikes will always be my favorites.
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Old 11-19-2013, 04:02 PM   #62
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First street bike a 04 Honda 599. I was looking on craigslist a few weeks for a SV, or Versys/ any similar 600 "beginner" street bike when I saw a post for 04 honda 600 for sale 3000. Clicked expecting some ragged out crotch rocket and saw this. Never heard of a 599 before but it seemed to fit my requirements (and he wasn't asking 4500 like all the sv ads) called him that morning picked it up. I didn't ride it cause i didn't have my M endorsement.
Its worked out well put about 7k miles on it that summer tooling aorund the Tennessee valley no mechanical issues outside of dropping in in the gravel driveway
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:03 PM   #63
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You still may not fully appreciate how fortunate you are - those are really nice bikes - they will probably be sought-after at some point.
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:24 PM   #64
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My first was one of these. A Taco mini bike. Didn't realize they are popular again.


But the forks were only straight for about the first few minutes. Got on, gave it gas, and drove it right into a tree trunk. Worked great with bent forks for many years. That was how I learned about target fixation
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:35 AM   #65
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Here's mine, early 70's Suzuki Trailhopper:


Read the description in the ad, it's funny.

Here is my first "real" bike, 72 Kawasaki Bighorn 350: (ignore the flamboyant Japanese cowboy)



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Old 12-16-2013, 07:11 AM   #66
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Does that qualify? I mean the one in the front?



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Old 12-16-2013, 07:25 AM   #67
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My first was one of these. A Taco mini bike. Didn't realize they are popular again.


But the forks were only straight for about the first few minutes. Got on, gave it gas, and drove it right into a tree trunk. Worked great with bent forks for many years. That was how I learned about target fixation
My first bike was a Bird, similar to that one, with a 2 1/2 Tecumpseh, at age 12. Went through 3 engines, before I got the mighty Z 50 Mini Trail at 13.
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Old 12-20-2013, 11:21 AM   #68
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My very fiirst bike, back in 72, was a used Yamaha Twin Jet 100, 67 model.


My first brand new bike followed the Twin Jet, a 73 Honda CB350F. I had the 2nd biggest bike in high school. One other guy, smaller than me, had a Ducati 750 Super Sport. But I rode mine a lot more:


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Old 12-20-2013, 11:32 AM   #69
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When I was 12 I really wanted one of these from the Sears catalogue. I even devised a lottery scheme so I could get the money. However I was told I need to spend the lottery money on a prize and "just could not keep it". I was demoralized.




Then at 20 I got this as my first bike a 1978 Honda CB550Four




My first REAL bike as an 1984 FJ1100. I read the magazine, saw it was the fastest and I bought it. Being 22 year old, horny and drunk most of the time had nothing to do with the decision.

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Old 12-23-2013, 06:34 AM   #70
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This isn't me, but this was my first ride. 4HP! We rode in the power lines of NJ, no helmets, gloves, or boots. It does have a sweet cable actuated rear disk that uses the rear chain sprocket as the disk. We didn't lube our chains much back then so it wasn't much of a problem. I had friends with Home Made mini bikes that had no brakes, just your feet. What you can't make out is the metal flake side seat panels and the wood grain inlay on the kill switch panel right in front of the seat, it was the 60s, we were so cool
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:23 AM   #71
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My first bike was a CA100, the Nifty 50 step-thru, like millions of others around the world.
I feel for you guys that started on square tired Mini-bikes . i had one years later and found that if you pushed it close to the limit it would usually bite back.Hard.
The 50 , though limited in power and suspension, let me ride hard across the fields , through the creeks and down the paved lane to the service road that ran along the railroad tracks. My first races were against freight trains.
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Old 12-23-2013, 05:54 PM   #72
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Here's mine. 1979 Kawasaki KE100. Picture was taken around 1992.

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Old 12-23-2013, 06:06 PM   #73
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My first was a Suzuki Hustler... found on a farm, and I took it apart, put it mostly back together, and rode it around without a license.



And now my google image search shows me that Suzuki has come out with w new Hustler... NachtFlug would not be pleased.

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Old 12-28-2013, 04:55 AM   #74
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my first new bike, because I was 20 I had to buy a header, I got a winning (not pictured) for $160.
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:14 AM   #75
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My first bike 77 CB550K. Bought a few months after buying my first house. Parents didn't want me riding while under their roof and I wanted to buy a house rather than start renting.



Paid $500 for it and sold it 2 years later for $550. New owner fancied himself a builder and cut the tail off and put a crappy seat on it. I saw it back on craigslist a year ago and tried to pick it back up cheap but he never responded.
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