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What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: mark75 » Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:16 pm

reflecting on the past year. :eek: --- :ssorry:
to help cheer myself, I got to thinking about my first bike and all the fun with it ...

just got to wondering what others started on?

mine was a 1959 or '60 "Allstate" 125 2-stroke, powered by a Puch engine.
exactly like pic except it also had a 'buddy' seat attached to rear fender (iirc).

had a rather complicated/delicate handle-bar shifter for its 3-speed tranny.
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Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.
Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated”


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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: Jake » Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:31 pm

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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: Naspc » Mon Dec 28, 2020 10:43 pm

!982 Yamaha Virago XV750J. :bg:
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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: Flyingdog » Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:06 am

Honda Dream
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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: faffi » Tue Dec 29, 2020 3:11 am

There have been several Honda Dream models, what was yours?

My first bike was a 1974 Suzuki A 100.
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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: Flyingdog » Tue Dec 29, 2020 3:17 am

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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: faffi » Tue Dec 29, 2020 8:55 am

Thanks, that was the big Dream :bg:
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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: Polkahero » Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:01 pm

1982 Kawasaki KZ440 LTD. Outgrew that in a year and got an '84 XV1000 Virago that I rode for the next 17 years until the front cam seized up.
1989 XV1100 "The Empress" & 1995 XV1100 "Maroon & Gold"

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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: chrismalm » Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:08 pm

When I turned 15-1/2, I got a Yamaha YM1 for $300. I thought the tank was ugly but it never let me down.
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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: Cusstout 1100 » Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:14 pm

A.J.S. 500 cc. single. Not sure of the year, I'm guessing mid-late '50's; I acquired it in 1966.
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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: Hellgate » Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:38 pm

My first bike was a 1973 Yamaha TX500. I bought it in 1982 or 1983. It was stolen and I did a happy dance! I replaced it with a 1982 Yamaha Vision 550. It was night and day.
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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: sequim » Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:39 pm

Honda Z50 1969 Candy Apple Red... It was handed down from my sister;-)
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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: mark75 » Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:43 pm

I went from the Allstate to a Honda CA150 (~ 1961-2?)

the 'most fun' I ever had was when my room-mates' Dad had bought his 2 younger brothers 1971 Yamaha JT-1 mini-bikes.
we picked them up at the dealer to deliver them. of course we had to "test" ride them along the way, to be certain they were "running ok"...
the term - "ride-it-like-you-stole-it" comes to mind. :naughty:
brand new out-of-the-box, we flogged the daylights out of them, and they never even hickuped, just ripped right along.
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Any day above ground is a good day.
so Laissez les bon temps roulez. just roll safely ---> Semper Vigilans --- always watchful

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Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.
Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated”


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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: drainplug » Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:37 pm

Yamaha 250 "Big Bear" 2 stroke twin. Black frame with a purple frame. My brother picked up two and put them together and I bought what came out. Rode it for a year or so then got a Yamaha TX750 twin
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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: faffi » Sun Jan 10, 2021 3:34 pm

Oh, the troubled TX750 :o: How did your hold up?
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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: csheun92 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:30 pm

1993 XV750

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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: drainplug » Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:40 am

faffi wrote:Oh, the troubled TX750 :o: How did your hold up?

I really liked the TX, with the pseudo British look and great power compared to the 250.
The Yamaha dealer wouldn't touch it to work on it.
T-boned a Falcon station wagon in November 74 , 6 months in a cast and got it back together then bought a new R90/6 BMW.
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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: faffi » Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:37 am

So you managed to destroy it before it self-destructed, then :ops: Pity about your injuries :o:

I love the looks of the TX750, and the engine was a great idea poorly executed. It got much improved for 1974, with more oil volume and I believe a tensioner for the balancer chain, but it was still to little too late. The siamesed outlet still made the engine overheat if ridden briskly for some time, despite more oil, and the balancer shaft chain still stretched beyond the scope of the tensioner after many miles. Yamaha killed the model after just two years. The KZ750 twin from 1976 was fairly similar, very robust, but also not nearly as pretty as the TX.
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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: turbodog » Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:18 pm

A Suzuki GT 250. Green. Looked exactly like this one, but I seem to recall mine being a '74:
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Re: What was your first ride?

PostAuthor: faffi » Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:42 pm

I understand I must post a picture as well

Not mine, but it looked like this minus the rust
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