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#1 Unread post by faded sun » Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:54 pm

I saw the Honda CRF 50 on the Cool Wall and recalled my first bike, a Kawasaki KX90.

My family owned a farm. My siblings and I (to varying degrees) were the labour there for the most part. While I longed for a motorcycle I knew that the subject was closed since my uncle had died (long before I was born) in a motorcycle accident on Christmas day. ( yeah, bummer, eh?) So I rode anything I could whenever I could as a shy 14 year old and subscribed to Cycle Canada magazine (or whatever it was).

So you can imagine my shock when my father asked me on my fifteenth birthday what I was doing and if I would care to go down to the local motorcycle dealer to look for a motorcycle. I had been haunting the place for months with my eye on a Yamaha 80 that was the smallest, cheapest one there. I was nowhere near saving enough to buy it myself.

When we arrived, I was horrified to find it had been sold. Unperturbed, my father asked what else they had to offer. Long story short, we brought home a Kawasaki KX90 in all its lime green glory and I was happy to agree to the terms and conditions of use. I rode it for several years at the farm and loved every minute of it. I am now in my 40th year of riding.

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#2 Unread post by ceemes » Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:52 am

My first bike was an very late 70's very early 80's Honda CM400. Bought it used, along with a used helmet and brand new rain gear and nylon saddle bags for less then C$5OO back in 1987 or 1988 after I was forced to sell my '79 Ford Mustang Corba (that was the one with the honking 5 L engine, manual transmission, fake hood scoop and wicked Cobra decals on the hood.) after doing some serious damage to the drive train and not being able to afford proper repairs. Needed cheap and reliable transportation to get to work and back so got the CM400. Never rode a bike before that, so had to learn it the hard way, by trial and error as there were no affordable riding schools around at the time. I took my test about a month after I got the bike and passed on the first go. Rode that bike for a couple of years through all sorts of weather, sun, rain and even snow.
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#3 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:33 pm

faded sun wrote:I saw the Honda CRF 50 on the Cool Wall and recalled my first bike, a Kawasaki KX90.

My family owned a farm. My siblings and I (to varying degrees) were the labour there for the most part. While I longed for a motorcycle I knew that the subject was closed since my uncle had died (long before I was born) in a motorcycle accident on Christmas day. ( yeah, bummer, eh?) So I rode anything I could whenever I could as a shy 14 year old and subscribed to Cycle Canada magazine (or whatever it was).

So you can imagine my shock when my father asked me on my fifteenth birthday what I was doing and if I would care to go down to the local motorcycle dealer to look for a motorcycle. I had been haunting the place for months with my eye on a Yamaha 80 that was the smallest, cheapest one there. I was nowhere near saving enough to buy it myself.

When we arrived, I was horrified to find it had been sold. Unperturbed, my father asked what else they had to offer. Long story short, we brought home a Kawasaki KX90 in all its lime green glory and I was happy to agree to the terms and conditions of use. I rode it for several years at the farm and loved every minute of it. I am now in my 40th year of riding.

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#4 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:35 pm

My first was my Yamaha 650 V-Star Classic. I was 53 when I started. :mrgreen:
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#5 Unread post by BusterWantsToFish » Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:48 pm

In 1980 I was thinking of buying a motorcycle. I was 20 years old but still living at home while in college and my parents made it clear that I would not have a motorcycle if I was living at home. My girlfriend also made it clear that I was not to buy a motorcycle. So when my parents went to Hawaii for two weeks I went out and bought a '75 Kawasaki KZ400. My riding experience at that point consisted of repeatedly stalling my buddy's CZ125 motocross bike alternated with pulling wheelies and then stalling the same bike. I picked up my "big bike" in a private sale and headed down the road. I was flying. I looked at the speedometer and I was doing a blazing 25mph. I was the wind. My parents didn't throw me out. My girlfriend didn't break up with me. It was a good lesson in false ultimatums. Three months later I had a Pontiac station wagon turn left in front of me. End of KZ400.

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#6 Unread post by faded sun » Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:18 pm

blues2cruise wrote:My first was my Yamaha 650 V-Star Classic. I was 53 when I started. :mrgreen:
Sounds like there's a lot more to that story...

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#7 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:59 pm

faded sun wrote:
blues2cruise wrote:My first was my Yamaha 650 V-Star Classic. I was 53 when I started. :mrgreen:
Sounds like there's a lot more to that story...

:wink:
Always liked motorcycles....circumstances prevented learning and acquiring....

One day after a ride as a passenger........when dropping me off at my home....my friend says to me..."You could do this, you know".....I protested that at my age it was too late to start....he gave me the gears about that...
Anyway...the next day I went to motor vehicles and got the book to read up on learning to ride...a few weeks later I wrote the learner's test and passed. I then signed up for the motorcycle course...cashed in an RRSP to buy the bike and the gear... After looking around at different used and new bikes of various makes and models...I purchased that 2004 Yamaha V-Star...new out of crate....

I took the classes in September...rode all winter.....then took my road test in February....I managed to pass.....That was 2005. I put five years and 50,000km on that bike. Then in 2010 I traded in for a 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900.
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#8 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon Mar 28, 2016 11:01 pm

BusterWantsToFish wrote:In 1980 I was thinking of buying a motorcycle. I was 20 years old but still living at home while in college and my parents made it clear that I would not have a motorcycle if I was living at home. My girlfriend also made it clear that I was not to buy a motorcycle. So when my parents went to Hawaii for two weeks I went out and bought a '75 Kawasaki KZ400. My riding experience at that point consisted of repeatedly stalling my buddy's CZ125 motocross bike alternated with pulling wheelies and then stalling the same bike. I picked up my "big bike" in a private sale and headed down the road. I was flying. I looked at the speedometer and I was doing a blazing 25mph. I was the wind. My parents didn't throw me out. My girlfriend didn't break up with me. It was a good lesson in false ultimatums. Three months later I had a Pontiac station wagon turn left in front of me. End of KZ400.
I see by your name you still ride....how long before you got another bike?
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#9 Unread post by faded sun » Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:22 am

blues2cruise wrote:
faded sun wrote:
blues2cruise wrote:My first was my Yamaha 650 V-Star Classic. I was 53 when I started. :mrgreen:
Sounds like there's a lot more to that story...

:wink:
Always liked motorcycles....circumstances prevented learning and acquiring....

One day after a ride as a passenger........when dropping me off at my home....my friend says to me..."You could do this, you know".....I protested that at my age it was too late to start....he gave me the gears about that...
Anyway...the next day I went to motor vehicles and got the book to read up on learning to ride...a few weeks later I wrote the learner's test and passed. I then signed up for the motorcycle course...cashed in an RRSP to buy the bike and the gear... After looking around at different used and new bikes of various makes and models...I purchased that 2004 Yamaha V-Star...new out of crate....

I took the classes in September...rode all winter.....then took my road test in February....I managed to pass.....That was 2005. I put five years and 50,000km on that bike. Then in 2010 I traded in for a 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900.
Awesome..
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#10 Unread post by BusterWantsToFish » Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:23 am

blues2cruise wrote:
I see by your name you still ride....how long before you got another bike?
It was over a year until I could put together cash for the next bike...a '76 KH400 triple 2-stroke beast that had been a race bike. It was like riding a rabid chain-saw on steroids. I wish I still had that one.

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#11 Unread post by Bdub » Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:50 am

My first was an 09 V-Star 650 Silverado. I started riding at 52 after retiring from the US Air Force.

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#12 Unread post by Gummiente » Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:24 am

I was a young soldier stationed in Montreal in 1982, my best friend had an '80 Honda CB650 and we'd ride a lot with me on the back. I'd always been interested in bikes since I was a kid, but my Mom had always shut down any and all attempts to get my own. My friend got a little annoyed at having to take me along every time he wanted to go riding, so I asked if I could borrow his to learn how to ride. He gave me a basic lesson and away I went. Took to it like a duck to water, but only rode on the Base because I didn't have a licence. One day I asked to borrow his bike and he snapped at me "Why don't you get your own #&%@* bike!!" Good point.

So I had him take me to all the bike shops in Montreal one Saturday and we ended up at the Honda dealer. They had a lovely, plain jane, brown '82 CB650 with spoked wheels that I was drooling over, but the salesman steered me towards a better deal in a leftover new '81 CX500 Custom. As I didn't have a licence yet, we went to the local vehicle licencing office and got a trip permit, which was good for one trip only. My friend told the licencing agent that he would ride the bike back to the Base for me. We went back to the dealer, taped the paper permit to the licence plate holder and then, as the dealer never did ask to see my licence, I hopped on and rode it home with my buddy following behind me.

I was hooked. Problem was, I still had an Ontario driver's licence with no motorcycle validation, so any time I took the bike out I was a rolling violation. But the guys at the barracks had a cure for that; we laminated the trip permit so it wouldn't be damaged by the weather and then any time I wanted to ride we would all go out together (there were 15 of us with bikes) and I'd be buried in the middle of the pack so as not to bring attention to myself. Rode that way for three months until I went back to Ontario one weekend and got my motorcycle learner's permit. Which was not valid in Quebec, of course. Rode another three months like that until I got a ticket for running a red light in Valcartier. Well, it would have been a ticket, but the cop didn't speak English and I pretended not to understand French, so I got off with a warning (as translated to me through his Dispatch). I figured that was a sign to get my licence and plate, so that weekend I went back to Ontario (on the Quebec expired trip permit) and did the road test. I passed, got my licence plate and then went for a celebration ride.

Fifteen minutes later I had my first speeding ticket. Dammit. But at least I was FINALLY legal when it happened... I would have been deep in the hole otherwise. Lesson learned, finally.

I've never been without a bike since. That was 34yrs ago.
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#13 Unread post by GS_in_CO » Mon Apr 04, 2016 1:02 pm

I was in Submarine School after having finished a year of US Naval Nuclear Power training. With completion of nuke school there was a bonus that was enough to pay for my Suzuki GS425.

Sub School was in New London Connecticut during the summer and was a great place to learn to ride by following the many one-lane paved roads all over the countryside. Right sized bike, great environment on a learner's permit.

The seeds were the Honda Cub 50 my father brought back on the aircraft carrier from a Westpac deployment. I rode on the back as we explored San Diego. (sold when I got big enough to likely be able to ride and start it on my own). Then the parts bin mini-bike of scavenged lawnmower motor and v-belt pulleys and chains and sprockets on a Rupp frame bought 2nd hand with all the real parts stripped. That one was used for droning round and round and round the small suburban backyard.
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#14 Unread post by Jarlaxle » Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:31 am

Went to the MSF class, bought a Qlink Commuter 250 (Helix) off Craigslist.

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#15 Unread post by Slow Ride » Thu Jul 28, 2016 2:23 am

I was an electronics technician in the US Navy back in 1971. I was in an A-6 Intruder squadron stationed at Whidbey Island , WA. Our squadron was deployed to Viet Nam onboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION CVA-64 for a 13 month cruise. On the way back to the states we stopped in Yokasuka, Japan. There I bought a brand new gold 1971 Honda CB350 in the crate for $635.00. I was single at the time. We arrived at Whidbey Early June, I put that bike together using the Japanese manual. I rode the wheels off that little Honda and I had alot of different girls wanting to ride along. In 1971 a 350cc was a respectable size for a motorcycle. There were no 900, 1200, 1500, 2000 cc. Honda was just releasing the first 750s which were HUGE mills.

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#16 Unread post by faded sun » Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:38 pm

Slow Ride wrote:I was an electronics technician in the US Navy back in 1971. I was in an A-6 Intruder squadron stationed at Whidbey Island , WA. Our squadron was deployed to Viet Nam onboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION CVA-64 for a 13 month cruise. On the way back to the states we stopped in Yokasuka, Japan. There I bought a brand new gold 1971 Honda CB350 in the crate for $635.00. I was single at the time. We arrived at Whidbey Early June, I put that bike together using the Japanese manual. I rode the wheels off that little Honda and I had alot of different girls wanting to ride along. In 1971 a 350cc was a respectable size for a motorcycle. There were no 900, 1200, 1500, 2000 cc. Honda was just releasing the first 750s which were HUGE mills.
NICE! Out of the crate!

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#17 Unread post by NorthernPete » Sat Jul 30, 2016 8:25 am

My first actual bike was a 1972 Yamaha rd350 that I bought at a garage sale for 350 bucks in the summer of 1998. It was nice bright orange on one side and the side that had been sitting toward the window in the garage for the past 20 some odd years had faded to a pale orange like white. Lol. Hid it at my buddies garage for the remainder of the summer since my parents had told me I couldn't have a bike. Wrote my m1 test which was valid for 90 days. After 30 days I got back to school and brought the bike to a garage for a safety and plates. Was told it needed a few things and to come back in 2 weeks. 2 months later I went to get the bike as the next day was when my lisence would expire and I needed to do a parking lot test to get the m2 level. And since I had never rode a bike I thought perhaps I should give it a whirl beforehand. The garage informed me that parts for the bike were on back order but they would certify it for me anyway.

Rode for 2 hours in freezing rain, stalling and cursing. Then said "well, if I pass I pass" next day broke the key off in the frozen ignition, drove to the end of the driveway after fixing that, it backfired, stalled and never started again.
Sold it for 100 bucks. Lol

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#18 Unread post by Thejeepdoctor » Tue May 09, 2017 11:15 pm

My first bike was a 75 Yamaha dt175. Rode its wheels off. I did own a 75 RD250, it had abt 2500k on it. I put a 350 top end on it at 18k. Put expansion chambers and fiberglass reeds in it. Mildly ported, K&N filters. Was wicked fast. I was reading in a post minutes ago abt if this would be a good first bike. I would say NO. These bike just want to wheelie. My kid is now grown, so I bought an 86 Suzuki Cavalcade LX. Cruiser, the thing is a beast. Loaded, cruise control (like a car) rear shocks are air ride, seats inflate, stereo, and other goodies. I've installed led bulbs throughout it. If any of you have a bike that you can install led head lamp bulb, do it. It took that little yellow patch of light, and lit up the night. Opt7 is the way to go. Was scared to ride at night(night vision isn't great anymore) and took all the fear away. Money well spent. These bulbs don't have any dark spots in them. Leds in dash, makes it crystal white. Well it's bed time, so good night to all, and ride safe.

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#19 Unread post by blues2cruise » Wed May 10, 2017 10:40 pm

Thejeepdoctor.....Welcome to TMW. :)
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