Terrific story.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.
What's your story?
Sounds like there's a lot more to that story...blues2cruise wrote:My first was my Yamaha 650 V-Star Classic. I was 53 when I started.
Always liked motorcycles....circumstances prevented learning and acquiring....faded sun wrote:Sounds like there's a lot more to that story...blues2cruise wrote:My first was my Yamaha 650 V-Star Classic. I was 53 when I started.
I see by your name you still ride....how long before you got another bike?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.
Awesome..blues2cruise wrote:Always liked motorcycles....circumstances prevented learning and acquiring....faded sun wrote:Sounds like there's a lot more to that story...blues2cruise wrote:My first was my Yamaha 650 V-Star Classic. I was 53 when I started.
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.
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.blues2cruise wrote:
I see by your name you still ride....how long before you got another bike?
NICE! Out of the crate!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.