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Old 05-01-2008, 09:02 AM   #1
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Past & present motorbike thread

Due to the response s on the wanted thread I thunk this would be fun.
in the late 60's:
My 1st was a Bonaza 4hp mini bike
2nd a 1966 honda Cub 50,

In the 70's
a 1971 Honda SL 125
a 1973 Hodaka 125 combat wombat
a 1976 honda XL 175

in the 80s a Yamaha 175 tri moto
a 1981 (I think) Kawi KDX 450 single 2stroke
(Last bike for quite some time as I broke 3 ribs on that bad boy )

in the 90s a Kawi KDX 200

& last a 1996 Husqvarna WRC 610

I only have these 2 digitized at present
the Hodaka pic is JB at 16 years old.



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Old 05-01-2008, 10:34 AM   #2
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Didn't know they had color photos in the fortys.
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I had the obligatory mini-bike wuth the little tire's and the 3.5hp Briggs in the early '70's. The mid 70's gave me a small motorcycle. Dont remember much about it except that you pulled in the clutch and shifted gears by twisting the right handgrip. Late '70s had me buzzing around town on a Honda CB 125. I miss those days...
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I had the obligatory mini-bike wuth the little tire's and the 3.5hp Briggs in the early '70's. The mid 70's gave me a small motorcycle. Dont remember much about it except that you pulled in the clutch and shifted gears by twisting the right handgrip. Late '70s had me buzzing around town on a Honda CB 125. I miss those days...
John during the good old days

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I know you are, but what am I !!!
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Nobody hipped me to that, dude.
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Got to love that ding, ding, ding, chime from a old mini bike at idle. My brother in law has a old beater I keep going for him and the three boys. When ever I fix it I say "test run for me" They all scream " NO uncle Chris, your too fat!" Got to love kids!
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Everyone has big buts, lets talk about your big but.
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Lets not, and say we did.
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I only ever had one bike, a 1978 Honda XL75. I almost killed myself on it a few times as a teenager. When I outgrew it I figured my motorcycle career was over.



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I've had my share as well, including the no shocks(what were they for?) mini bike, several dirt bikes, then several 'enduro' bikes, then a Yamaha 650 special street bike. Now all I got is a recumbant bike. BUT, it is a fancy one with a computer and all that I can't work.
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Recent bike.... please see avatar.
Started out on a 650 Yamamama when I was 20.
Numerous Harley's and bloody knuckles since.
I tell the wife the Dyna in the garage is hers...........NOT
JB in that pic you look like a boy....BOY!
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Wow lets see if I can remember ....it was the 70's after all!
1976 Yamaha rd125 traded up to
1977 Yamaha rd400 sold for
1975 Norton 850 Interstate kept that til 1992
1979 Honda mt125r my road racer for many years
1992 H-D 883 sporster sold 2003 to get my Austin Healey
now have a 1970 BMW r75/5
Loved them all. Big fun.
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I can't swear to the years on the early ones.

'49 Whizzer
'50 Triumph 500cc (no 2nd gear; lots of friction tape)
'53 Harley-Davidson Hummer 175cc
'58 Big Bear Scrambler mini (5hp Briggs)
'62 Honda Cub 50
'56 Showa 250cc (Japan)
'58 Yamaha 125cc (Japan)
'64 Honda CL250 (Japan - U.S.)
'76 Honda CL350
'97 BMW F650
'02 BMW R1150RT (current)
'71 Triumph Bonneville (current)

Throw in 4 more for my wife:
'59 Hodaka 50 / Yamaha 125 conversion (Japan)
'01 Kawasaki Ninja 250
'02 Suzuki Bandit 600
'00 BMW R1100RS (current)

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Wow John now that's a list!
53' Harley Hummer. I don't think I ever heard of that one.
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53' Harley Hummer. I don't think I ever heard of that one.


Yep, they were 2-stroke singles made from '48 clear into the mid-'60s, using German DKW engineering designs turned over to the Allies after WWII. Siblings using the same designs included the BSA Bantam, the (Soviet) Mockba M1A, and the Yamaha YA-1. After a little more consideration, I think mine was actually a '51 or '52. It was a 125cc bored to 175cc by the previous owner, and in '53 a 165cc replaced the 125cc.

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I had to get the book out for that one.
I'll bet you wished you still had it now huh?
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I'll bet you wished you still had it now huh?
I wish I could have kept about half of them (that one included). Same with cars I've owned.

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