What was your truly first bike?

Jul 25, 2012
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First ridden is a toss up between my brothers 49cc Garelli moped, a friends FS1E moped or a James I owned with a mate around '72. We all used to mess around on bikes in the fields and recreation park (Bolney, Sussex) together and swap bikes etc...... I never owned a moped as me and my bezzie oppo Rob spent all our time and money hunting for "barn finds"...... and in those days there were loads! As stated the first was a James..... pretty sure it was a 125 Cadet we found in an old lady's shed..... then there were BSA Bantams and Matchless etc...... all stripped and raced around the countryside!
First ever owned bike was a '62 AJS..... then came Honda 250 Dream, Honda CX500 (couple of 'em) Honda GL1000 (couple of 'em) Suzuki GSX1100E, then marriage and baby and a long while later, in Thailand, Kawasaki GPZ1000RX, Suzuki GSXR1100, H-D Electra Glide Classic, Honda AX1, H-D Road King (couple of 'em), H-D Electra Glide Ultra Classic, H-D 1200 Sportster Cafe Racer, Yamaha XJR1200, Honda GL1100 Gold Wing Interstate........ next?

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Johnsy

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Mine was a Yamaha TY80 in 1974, I learnt so much about riding doing trials :)

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Cruising

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Johnsy;283202 wrote: Mine was a Yamaha TY80 in 1974, I learnt so much about riding doing trials :)
Nice,i use to ride a borrowed TL 125 and TY 250 back then,certainly learned a lot. Wayne Gardner use to ride a TY 80 too.
 

pensionist

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Hua Hin
NSU Quickly, around 1970
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The Beauty, Zuendapp KS50 SuperSport, 1973-75
5.3 hp, reached 100km/h when laying flat on belly... at that time still possible :shh:

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Unfortunately my pictures from that time went lost, so I had search for pics of identical bikes on the net.
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Satonic

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May 30, 2012
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My first off road bike was -

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Peewee 50 when I was a nipper

My first road bike -

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Brand new 2000 R6 on my 18th birthday :)
 

jimbobs

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Oct 20, 2012
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Malaguti 50cc when i was 6 year old ,,and 1st road bike Honda NSR 125 white in 1987 ,,loved them both,,Great days

Dax 70cc honda monkey bike ownd in 1982 ,,,,, RD 250 1989 wow what trip that was,,,, all 1st bikes different times,,,,,,,, your 1st bike is really difficult to say because tomorrow will be my 1st bike in LOS,,,,,i will have delivery of a versys hopefully by the end of this month,,,,and plenty more to follow.......no superbikes tho i havnt got the skill or the fear to own one,,,,
 
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Yamaha 650 Special. Only people who live in Thailand and Japan seem to know what it is... pre-Virago shaft-driven pseudo chopper.
 

Phrafarang

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My first bike was a bright yellow Yamaha FS1E moped followed on my 17th birthday by a Suzuki GT250 and shortly after by a Triumph 750 Bonneville on the day l passed my test

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jimbobs

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Oct 20, 2012
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Phrafarang;284803 wrote: My first bike was a bright yellow Yamaha FS1E moped followed on my 17th birthday by a Suzuki GT250 and shortly after by a Triumph 750 Bonneville on the day l passed my test
Its the fizzy that excites me 35mph i think ..could ride at 16 ,,,many good memories of my older freinds...would only give me a seeter tho ha ha
 

koratsteve

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My First bike was a 1977 Honda SS50 here is a photo Taken on the morning of my 17th birthday with the second bike i ever owned.

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koratsteve

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Captain_Slash;285149 wrote: That looks suspiciously like a Honda 250 RS, I bought a new one in 1981 and I still wonder why if this bike gave me 100 mpg with a carburettor why modern FI 250s are no better and often worse
Yes it was a Honda 250 RS, i wanted a Superdream but this one was cheaper, I can not remember the fuel consumption but it did nearly 90mph flat on the tank which was a big step up from my 45mph SS50.
 

JAGI00

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My first legal bike was a second hand Triumph Tiger Cub in1964 but I had a fair bit of practice on my father's BSA Bantam before that. Happy memories but how I stayed on it with that 'square profile' Avon rear I don't know!
 

Morandzuric

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My first bike was '86 Dnepr MT11 (23000 km runned, I've made 7000 more) - ugly "chopper'style" custom made by some crazy guy in Voronezh. I've bought it for $500 without morrors and turn indicators...every day )every day!!!) I needed to regulate the valves, two times I've changed the gearbox and I could draw electrosystem with closed eyes...after 2-season torture I've sold it for $500 and bought '92 Honda Steed 600 (42000 km runned).
 

jusu777

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It was a 50ccm Jupiter Sachs that I bought at age of 11. It took quite a few months weekly allowances to come up with the money my friend was asking for it...

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Marmite

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My first bike was a Honda VF750S. Picked it up Christmas Day 2008 and rode it to Loei, Phrae, Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok and then back to Bangkok with my now wife on the back for much of it.

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KZ25

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I had a 750 Sabre, as it was called in the US, it had a Supertrapp on it, sounded great.

What are you riding now? A red CBR500F?
 

Wald0

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My first bike was Benelli Jarno 125cc i did custom paint job to it! too bad there are no pictures of it anymore.

Today i drive Chinese bike instead of Italian ;)

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Rambling Man

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My first bike that I owned was when I was about 12/13 years old, was a stripped down 500 cc BSA scrambler, A5 ?My first road bike was a 50 cc Fantic Super T, which was brilliant fun and quicker than any other 50 cc around. Including all the other Super T's by some margin. Its strange that although machines come out the same production line, some have the magic. Happy days.
 

Kawboy

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I had a Suzuki GSX-250L for my first bike, over 20 years ago when I was living in Tokyo- it was my escape from the crowded trains (onto the crowded roads:smile1:).

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Marmite

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KZ25;291713 wrote: I had a 750 Sabre, as it was called in the US, it had a Supertrapp on it, sounded great.

What are you riding now? A red CBR500F?
Yep. It's nice to have a bike that likes corners and has brakes.
 

phuketrichard

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1966, started with a 175 yamaha and a 250cc for motocross, then moved onwards to a husky, BSA 441 victor, 1966 Bonny, 1968 bonny ( with the Sonny route kit which bored it out to 800) FAST.
moved to Thailand and acquired a Norton Dominator (from Penang) , 250 Royal Enfield from Bangkok
and than a 1970 T100c ( 500 cc) from California.
plus my honda wave :)
 

hs0zfe

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A used BMW R-45. loved it and had some of my happiest moments on 2 wheels with it.
 

NomadJoe

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The "Wildcat" powered by a 5hp Birggs & Straton lawnmower engine built by my neighbors metal shop students. At 12 I bought a repair manual and repaired the engine myself then used a sledghammer to straighten the bent forks after my neighbors son crashed it into a police car. $#&t I can't find the photo. Will post later.