What was your truly first bike?

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  1. Sateev

    Sateev Member

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    New here; great thread.

    My first bike was a brand-new black Honda CB160, bought at Bill Robertson Honda in Hollywood, California, for $525 in February 1966. On the way home on Santa Monica Blvd, which had trolley tracks down the middle, I decided to pass a bus on the right, only to have it pull over to pick up passengers. I narrowly avoided crashing, but learned a lifetime lesson...

    Several friends had CB90s and CB160s, and even a CL250 Scrambler, and we once rode to Palm Springs together early one Saturday morning. Quite a sight, not quite Hell's Angels, 20 or so of us on little Japanese bikes, roaring down the road. On the way home, some of us stopped along side the road, where there was a little dirt berm and a trail leading over it. I made it up first try, and then was lost forever: I LOVE dirt riding.

    On weekends, we would strip fenders and headlights, and take back streets to Baldwin Hills, an oil patch between suburban LA and the airport. We always were on the lookout for Greg Arnest, a mean LAPD motorcycle cop, who would pull out a broken-off car antenna, and stick it in our tailpipes to see if we had removed the baffles! Most times, we had...

    By the time I sold it in 1968, the CB160 was unrecognizable, with alloy fenders, yellow paint, Bates TT seat, twin up-pipes, and knobbies. I had looped it a few times, learning how to wheelie, and generally tried to kill it, but it just kept running. Japanese bikes of that era gave away quite a bit of handling to British bikes, but they were oil-tight, and made good power, and were infinitely more maintenance-free.

    On the other hand, the Matchless G80CS, which I bought for $125, well, a story for a different thread...

    Good riding to all.
     
  2. furyrider

    furyrider Ol'Timer

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    Well mine was a 1969 Rupp Roadster. It was a mini bike and had many hours of fun with it. What I can remember is it had the Tecumseh engine and centrical clutch that I wore out a few times. I can't remeber much more about the specs. I think that is were I learned about replacing the rope on a recoil. And how to override the governor to get a little more speed changing oil and all of that maintenance. Oh yea how to straighten the handle bars after the crashes and boy I can remember some spectacular ones at first.

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  3. KenYam

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    555 555 Furyrider your first bike looks more like a lawn mower engine, hey we all had to start somewhere. My first bike was a 1967 Yamaha 305cc two stoke which I painted orange and purple ( I wanted something different 555 ) she kicked me off many times before I wised up and sold her.

    Cheers Ken F
     
  4. Sateev

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    I remember Rupp Mfg. And I had one of those centrifugal clutches on my Briggs and Stratton-powered, welded up go-kart...

    The slickest mini-bike in our neighborhood was simple: a Briggs and Stratton 2-1/2 horse, with direct chain drive and a kill-switch. The thing was so easy to start, and had such low compression, that all you had to do was paddle with your feet until she caught, and you were away. Flip the kill-switch, drag your feet, and it stopped (mostly).

    Old times, good times.
     
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    My first bike was a 1970 Suzuki M31 55cc. I must have been all of about 10 or 11 years old. Crashed it in the first week and broke the forks so i replaced them with a BMX fork and bars from my bicycle. Used a brake lever to control the throttle and then had only a back brake. Probably drove the thing a few thousand miles before it started to give out. Ended up in a friends backyard somewhere and probably sits there to this day. After that was a Yamaha Razz 50cc 2 stroke scooter, followed by a Suzuki 175 Enduro 2-stroke. Addicted for life before the age of 13 and couldn't be happier.
     
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    Here`s a pic of me and my first bike the Kawasaki 75.

    Minibikeclub.
     
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    1954(or thereabouts) Lambretta scooter. Fuel tank was between the handlebars and it had an interesting habit of only starting when it was cold. My particular scoot was a piece of junk of the highest order. I bought it from a dealer in scrap at the local tip. However, I rode it for almost two years before buying a Vespa...which, incidentally, was the subject of one of my many blunders with motorbikes. I swapped it for a 125cc BSA Bantam. How on earth did that little, squat, underpowered heap ever develop cult status?! Even more amazing....how come I continued riding given such a tenuous start?!

    The Lambretta, Vespa and Beezer started me on a life of motorcycling. Since 1965, the longest period I have endured without owning my own bike is just three months. I've wasted a lot of money, but i'veadalottafunmate.
    Dave.
     
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    A '96 Honda 110cc Win bought two weeks ago in Hanoi. :p

    Previously I've always just ridden friends bikes. Never really needed to have one to call my own.
     
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    A 96' Suzuki GSX-R 750, got it in 99' when I was 15. Had it for a week and sold it after I realized I'd probably kill myself on it. Bought a 80' Yamaha 650 which was much safer, then bought my first car with some of the left over cash, an 89' Pontiac Firebird.
     
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    First bike a NSR 150 SP. Got it like 2 months ago lol.
     
  11. AlexOut

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    Here it is:

    XTEOe.
     
  12. ianyonok

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    This was my first bike, a 1969 BSA B25 250cc Starfire I bought in 1977. Lovely little bike. I put a shortie exhaust on it, blacked the engine and brush painted the tank and side panels….. I also passed my UK bike test on this bike and did an advanced riding course on it.

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    Second bike was a 1959 650cc Triumph Thunderbird, but never got it to run properly. My karma was to buy the same model bike of the same year, 15 years later in Thailand.

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    Third bike was a new 1978 model Triumph Bonnie T140V 750cc I bought in 1979. Beautiful bike which got nicked on exactly the day I finished paying for it, when it was a year old. I had also crashed it riding on black ice through the winter of ’79, coming back from a gig with the band I was playing in… drunk…..

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    In the eighties, I tried some Jap bikes, starting with a Yamaha XT250 which I toured Denmark, Germany and Holland on. Turned out to be a crap bike for touring….

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    So, I bought a 6 month old Suzuki Katana 1100cc for 2000 pounds and spent another 2000 pounds on a Yoshimura race kit; overbore to 1150cc, high comp pistons, stage 1 cams, 4 into one exhaust, together with smoothbore carbs and Dymag wheels. Nearly killed myself on it. A beast alright, but didn’t corner well. I raced to the south of France from north of Paris in a day, no sightseeing, just hard riding.

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    Then bought a lovely black and gold Ducati 900SS for 1200 quid and sold it 3 years later for 1800 quid. It used to go round corners on rails, sounded great and felt radical, long and slim.

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    Sold the last two bikes to buy a house in Thailand in ’85……… the rest is history…..!!!
     
  13. Lambo

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    My first bike was a 1951 350 MK5 Douglas, Reg No MKH 158 in 1956.£61-19-0d.Took it all over the UK.Went to the I-O-M on it in 1959 PX in 1960for my fist new bike 1960 BMW R 60. £412,including Dual seat and pillion rests,great bike did 24000 miles in thirty months,I had to swap it for a wedding ring,I know what a stupid twat, Keith I-O-M.
     
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    My first bike was a Yamaha YZ60 back in 1982.

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    15hp for 50ish kilos, great fun for a mini bike.

    Then a YZ80 in 1992.

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    It was quite a monster with 27hp, and well equipped too :)

    Got also a DT50 at the same time wich was my first road legal bike, what a boring bike when you are used to the ones above ....

    My first real bike was a XT600, I still miss it :)

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    A Mecatecno Chic 50cc... Spanish bike, I loved it!

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  17. Sharktooth

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    First time I rode a bike on my own I was 11 and got on an italjet 50 mx. Hit a wall on the the third lap of a dirt track and broke my leg. Started Comp Trials when I was 16 on a Yamaha TY 175. My TY was my first true bike and I loved it, although it took some amount of abuse and didn't love me back...
     
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    BTW it was 1980 when I was 11!
     
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    My first bike was a Candy apple red 1972 Honda CB350Four with 23000 miles on it. I got it in 1984. Definately wiish i still had it to this day. I sold it to my dad for $250 when i "upgraded to a Honda 650 Nighthawk a couple of years later.
     
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    The first bike I rode was a Kawasaki GPZ 305. My first own bike was a BMW R-45 boxer. I loved it and kept it for years.
    The joy of riding is not necessarily related to riding some fancy or fast & powerful bike.

    Chris
     
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    A Honda 125CBT used to pass my UK Part II license after the CBT (Compulsory Basic Training). In 1991 I was the 8th owner and, driving around London, did 4000 miles in 6 months. I should have become a taxi driver although I still don't have a car license.

    Honda125CBT.

    After getting a full bike licence this was the next machine. Not my photo but exactly the model and colour scheme.

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    Jim
     
  22. Eddie The Eagle

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    And Truly my last bike !!! :)

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  23. Vic Alborn

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    1953 Matchless G9 500cc parallel twin. Purchased 1959 at age 18.

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    Nice. Bet you wish you still had it.....
     
  25. Vic Alborn

    Vic Alborn Ol'Timer

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    Thanks ianyonok.
    Actually, I don't really want it back. There is a pristine restored example of a 1953 G9 for sale on "Trade Me" (Similar to eBay) for NZD16000 buy now but i am in sell mode. I can fit all I own (except for three bikes) in a 1988 Toyota Hatchback with room to spare. AND I plan on reducing this further. With respect to bikes I have owned, rather than clog this forum, I plan on a personal Phooto Album soon. It wii include all of the bikes I have owned so far with the exception of one Yamaha 50cc. Included will be some icons like 1963 Norton 650SS (new), Honda CX500 Turbo, Honda VF1000R.
    Cheers
    Vic (AKA Ah Boon)
     
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