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post #1 of 13 Old Aug 16th, 2013, 1:30 pm Thread Starter
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My "First" Motorcycle

What was your first bike? I have always been drawn to BMWs because my Father had one in the early 60's that he commuted to work on. But when it came to my first, it was a BSA, and not until 2004 did I get a BMW. I saw a new 1150rt at the dealer and jumped on it, especially since it was black! But I can claim that the first motorcycle that I actually sat on was an Ariel when I was 3 years old...
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What was your first bike? I have always been drawn to BMWs because my Father had one in the early 60's that he commuted to work on. But when it came to my first, it was a BSA, and not until 2004 did I get a BMW. I saw a new 1150rt at the dealer and jumped on it, especially since it was black! But I can claim that the first motorcycle that I actually sat on was an Ariel when I was 3 years old...
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I don't remember the year but it was a burgundy Yamaha 400 Special, parallel air cooled twin kind of in the mini cruiser style. I think it was 1979 or 80 vintage. I don't remember that much about the bike other than it did not have a lot of power and it had both a kick start and electric start, but just because it had a kick start did not mean that it would start with the kick start if the battery was dead or weak.

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Re: My "First" Motorcycle

The first bike that I actually owned was a 1952 Triumph Thunderbird, in 1964:



The oldest was a 1930 Triumph 500 single:



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My first bike was a brand new 1979 Yamaha XS650, burgundy red. I was a graduate student, and I couldn't afford a car. The problem, however, was that I was a graduate student at Syracuse University, so motorcycling was limited to the summer. But I lived in on campus housing, so it was no big deal.

When research got too stressful, I would take a ride around the Finger Lakes, stopping at great burger joints in Ithaca, Geneva, or wherever. I didn't wear any gear except for a helmet and glasses. Picked up girls at Wells College (an all woman's college, though not sure now) who loved to jump on the bike.

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First bike was a Yamaha 80..very well used when I got it.

Next was a Hodaka (combat wombat), which was the motocross version of the 125cc Wombat...... the racing version didn't have lights... about the only difference. Cost new was around $400.00. By the way, I never won a race.

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A very beat and bent '56 triumph Thunderbird in '62. Pretty cobbled up but it was all mine.

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My first bike was a brand new 1979 Yamaha XS650, burgundy red. I was a graduate student, and I couldn't afford a car. The problem, however, was that I was a graduate student at Syracuse University, so motorcycling was limited to the summer. But I lived in on campus housing, so it was no big deal.

When research got too stressful, I would take a ride around the Finger Lakes, stopping at great burger joints in Ithaca, Geneva, or wherever. I didn't wear any gear except for a helmet and glasses. Picked up girls at Wells College (an all woman's college, though not sure now) who loved to jump on the bike.

Good memories.

There is no better chick magnet than a motorcycle in college! That comment brought back a lot of great memories of borrowing my buddies 650 Suzuki on the weekends in college during the 70's.

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There is no better chick magnet than a motorcycle in college! That comment brought back a lot of great memories of borrowing my buddies 650 Suzuki on the weekends in college during the 70's.
You, sir, are partially correct. However, if your buddy's sister has a St Bernard puppy, and is willing to loan it to you for the weekend, on a S. Ca. beach.....well.....
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A very beat and bent '56 triumph Thunderbird in '62. Pretty cobbled up but it was all mine.
Amen to that! At least you had a proper rear suspension on your '56, while my '52 had basically a rigid frame with "sprung hub" suspension in the rear!

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Mine was a Ducati 860GT but I read the service manual and have had BMWs since.

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My first "bike" was a '62 or '63 (can't remember) Honda 50 Sport with 4.5 HP. Got it when I was 13. Chopped the fenders, put knobbies and a cheater sprocket on it and climbed every hill within a 4.5 HP range of my house. From there a Ducati Monza 250, then on to Triumphs through the 70s.
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