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Hi all,
No riding in the Nor'east this week, (probably).
Reading Dave, from Las Vegas', reply post on "Don't just think about it", he listed past and current rides. It got me thinking how people started on different bikes according to how old they are.

I am 62, these are my past and current rides. Yours?

196? Vespa 160
1970 Triumph Trophy 500
1972 Triumph Trophy 650
1970 BSA Lightning 650
1970 Triumph Trophy 500 (second one)
198? Yamaha Seca 750, w/touring package
1975 Norton Commando **
1975 Norton Commando (second one)
1998 Triumph Trophy 1200
2003 Triumph Sprint ST
1972 Triumph Trophy 650 **
2007 BMW R1200RT **
2009 Kawasaki KLX250S **
1968 Norton Commando 750 **

The ** after the bikes are the ones I still have. I should have held on to all of them.

Mick

I forgot this one! Yamaha XT600
 

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Hey Mick,

I do not remember exactly the years but I had all this bikes:

Honda 70cc Dax
Honda 250 XR
Yamaha 500 XT 81'
Suzuki DR 350
BMW Gs 100 92
BMW GS 1100 96"
BMW GS 1150 2002
Tiger 1050 ABS 2010 (sold on Oct10' is not a boxer, you know what I mean!)

For 2011 I will be very sure after next Wednesday when I test ride the RT and the Adventure. I do really want an RT but I am concerned about the leg room. Let's see what happen.
I will let you all know which one I get.

Take care

Marcelo
 

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I always love these questions, just to see what others rode on their journey to BMW. For me, it included:

Honda Trail 90
Honda Nighthawk 450
Honda Shadow 500
Honda Nighthawk 650
Honda Nighthawk 750
Kawasaki Concours
Honda ST1300A

I know, a lot of Hondas. You find something you like, you stick with it, right? Wish I had rode a BMW a lot earlier. I always viewed them as too expensive, but a test ride solidified their value to me.

And now, my current rides are:

2009 1200RT
Suzuki DR-Z400

Happy New Year!
 

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I'm 63 and here's my list. A lot of dirt bikes in there! I even tried to turn the CB 160 into a dirt bike with limited success. I still have the HD but come spring it will have to go. It was very good to me but with 145,000 miles I'll bet it won't bring much.

1964 Honda CB160
1970 Honda SL 175
1971 Honda SL 175
1972 Yamaha DT 250
1973 Bultaco Alpina
1974 Penton 125
1974 Honda MR 175
1975 Honda MR 175
1998 Honda Aero
2002 Harley Davidson
2009 BMW R1200RT
 

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Hi guys - here it is. Complete list for the House of Trojan:

20" Schwin.
24" Schwin.
27" Schwin Racer 3 speed.
27" Raleigh Record 10 speed. (Rode this pup from Iowa City to Milwaukee once - a great adventure).
27" Trek road bike.
27" Trek hybrid.
1971 Yamaha 250 DT1-E Enduro
2008 Yamaha V-Star Silverado Classic 1100
2009 BMW R1200RT

And there you have it, from age 5 to my present stately age 57. V-Star, RT, and Trek hybrid remain in the stable. Note there was a little layoff between 1971 and 2008. Good to get back in the game.

Best, John
 

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I'm 57
72 Norton Commando (combat engine)
76 BMW R90s (Daytona Orange) kept for 12 years
18 years did not touch a bike
04 1150 RT
 

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Marcello wrote:

"For 2011 I will very sure after next Wednesday when I test ride the RT and the Adventure. I do really want an RT but I am concerned about the leg room. "

My 2007 RT had 5k on it when I got it. The first owner put a lot of accessories on it, the ones that worked perfectly for me were the handlebar back/risers, foot peg lowerers, aftermarket shifter and brake pedal. I have a 32 inch inseam and I usually have the suspension set near the lowest it can go and It is just right.

If you are tall, the seat can be raised a bit.

Mick
 

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Mick-F said:
Hi all,
No riding in the Nor'east this week, (probably).
Reading Dave, from Las Vegas', reply post on "Don't just think about it", he listed past and current rides. It got me thinking how people started on different bikes according to how old they are.

I am 62, these are my past and current rides. Yours?

196? Vespa 160
1970 Triumph Trophy 500
1972 Triumph Trophy 650
1970 BSA Lightning 650
1970 Triumph Trophy 500 (second one)
198? Yamaha Seca 750, w/touring package
1975 Norton Commando **
1975 Norton Commando (second one)
1998 Triumph Trophy 1200
2003 Triumph Sprint ST
1972 Triumph Trophy 650 **
2007 BMW R1200RT **
2009 Kawasaki KLX250S **
1968 Norton Commando 750 **

The ** after the bikes are the ones I still have. I should have held on to all of them.

Mick

I forgot this one! Yamaha XT600
Mick,

Great list of historic bikes!! since you no longer own them all, I hope you have lots of pictures! I'm sure you've got the memories!!

Cheers!
 

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I do have 32 inch inseam too.
By adding the foot pegs does it prevent you from hitting your legs against the fairing in a quick stop?
That is my only concern, since I am coming from GSs I am not used to fairing around my legs. Honestly I really want an RT. But let see how I feel about that fairing.

Thanks for your input Mick.
 

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My list is simular to many as I started riding in the late 60's and gradually went from a Honda 350 to a Honda 450 then to Harley's and now to my present BMW, a K1200LT.
Like most, I would buy a new one and then sell the old one, gradually moving up to what I thought was a better bike.

To digress just a little, last year, at my 40th high school reunion, I went to visit an early riding buddy from southern WV, who I hadnt seen in 40 years and he took me to the basement of his furniture store that had every bike he had ever owned since we rode together in the late 60's. Lined up in two rows, and I wish I had taken a picture, were at least 14 bikes, each with a sticker on the tank, noting the milage and last oil change date. They all had current license plates and were ready to ride.

He had mostly BMW's, but a few Triumps and Nortons. He said that he loved to buy motorcycles, but just couldn't stand to part with any of his kids!
 

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I have photos... and some magazine ads too.

1957 JBe Model K 100cc (information requested please)
1958 Zundapp Super Sabre 250cc
1970? Honda CB125
1980? Yamaha Maxim 650
1972 Triumph Daytona 500 Twin Carb (I did full restoration)
1960? BMW R60/2 began restoration, gave bike to a pal who finished it. Where are you Nick Van Vonno?
1989 H-D FXRS-S (may be best Harley ever made).
1989 H-D Tour Glide Ultra Classic
1995 H-D Road King Standard
2002 H-D Road King Classic
2002 H-D Road Glide best big frame Harley- at the time
1998 BMW R1100R
1999 BMW K1200RS-wow! scary fast bike.
2005 BMW R1200RT***
200? Honda CBR 600 F3... just nasty
1999 Ducati 900SS Italian Mistress
2006 Suzuki SV650 boring
2000 Triumph Sprint 955i RS*** fantastic bike all around

*** = still in the stable
 

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Hi Mick and all---

By the way Mick, the annual classic bike auction is here in Vegas next weekend, also televised (I think) like the car auctions. I'll bet there is another Norton for you there just waiting! Maybe a Trumpet as well!

Matchless, 1960 G9----Terror of Groveland Square
Triumph, 1970 Trophy
BSA, 1970 650 Lightning (first new bike) and lost in a bad crash while racing it.
BSA, 1971 B50SS Thumper "Go ahead, make my day, try to start it!"
Yamaha, 1974 XS650 Twin
BMW, 1980 R100RT (see icon photo) kept for 22 years and nearly 200K miles
H-D, 2003 Wide Glide (attitude on wheels)
H-D, 2005 Road King (a great ride)
Triumph Scrambler, 2007, the most fun you can have on 2 wheels
BMW, 2010 R1200RT current ride and a keeper like the last one

I was up to a 3 bike garage, Beemer, Triumph, and H-D but several things forced a sale of the H-D and Triumph just recently----but that auction is right around the corner!

Ride safe!
Dave
 

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1969 Suzuki TC 90
197? Suzuki 125 Enturo
1975 Yamaha 400 (Flat Track Racer)
1976 Honda CB550/4 (bought in 1978, sold in 2002)
2002 Honda Shadow 750 ACE
2000 BMW K1200LT
1973 Honda CB350 (turning it into a Cafe Racer) :D
It is a short list but I rode the wheels off the CB550 for a long time. :cool:
 

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I am 45 years old and have been riding since I was 14.
There was only 1 year since my first bike that I haven't had one in the garage!
In this order,
Gone but not forgotten:
1974 Honda XL175
1973 Honda CB360
1983 Kaw GPZ 550
1989 Kaw Ninja ZX-10
1983 Honda GL1100
1999 Suzuki DR 350
1989 Kaw Ninja ZX-10 (bought old bike back after seeing it on dealer floor 11 years later)
1987 Yamaha Venture Royale
current:
2006 Honda Metropolitan (wife's scooter)
2005 BMW K1200LT
 

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Bridgestone 200
Suzuki 500 Titan
78 Honda 750
79 Honda Goldwing
03 BMW K1200LT
07 Buell Ulysses
06 BMW K1200GT
04 BMW R1150RT
09 BMW R1200RT
 

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? Herters 5hp minibike, sold
72 Chaparral 80 scrambler, traded for
73 Chaparral 100, sold
73 250 suzuki enduro,
58 panhead chopper, totalled in california
80 yamaha 850 special, totalled w/1100 miles
81 Suzuki GS750L, sold
82 Suzuki GS650L sold
82 Honda 1100 Aspencade
88 Suzuki Cavalcade, sold
03 K1200lt
86 Honda 1200 goldwing w/sidecar

I got the herters in 72. All the bikes were bought used except for the yamaha 850 and the K12lt. I was without a bike for 7 years in the late 80's early 90's. Ex required me to sell it. That was how she became the ex. I should have made that decision before I sold the bike.
 

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Late 60's Honda 90
1973 Benelli 175
1976 Honda CL360
2000 HD Super Glide
2003 HD Soft Tail Duece
2004 HD Screamin Eagle Electra Glide
2009 R1200RT **
1967 Bmw R50/2 **
1965 Honda Sport 50 **
1969 Honda 50 Step Scoot **
1948 HD WL45 **
 

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I wish I had photos of everything, but they are lost in the mist.
I really have to stay off e-bay and Search Tempest, I still have room in my shop for more stuff, so that could be dangerous.
The 68 Commando is a recent purchase, 20,000 miles on in need of a really good cleaning, but it seems mechanically sound and all the parts are there except for an air cleaner. Easy to find. The frame is the original from the factory, and has had a repair done to it by the last, (second) owner. I had a friend of mine weld in the tube added to the later frames to make sure it is OK. The original Commando frame got the nickname, "the widowmaker" for good reason.

I may take a real quick look at the auction.

I have not had any problems with my legs hitting the fairing on the RT, I have put about 22K miles on it.

Mick
 
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